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June 2021


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Long Time Fugitive Sentenced to 15 Years for 1968 Hijacking of Pan Am Flight 281 to Havana

By Allan Lengel

Luis Armando Pena Soltren, a fugitive for 41 years,  was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in New York to 15 years in prison for his role in the Nov. 24, 1968, hijacking of a Puerto Rico-bound Pan American flight 281 to Havana from JFK Airport.

After being on the run for decades, Pena Soltren, 67, a U.S. citizen, voluntarily surrendered in October 2009. He pled guilty in March.

“Today’s sentence of Luis Armando Pena Soltren for the violent hijacking in which he participated more than four decades ago should send a strong message that we will vindicate the interests of justice no matter how long it takes,” said U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara.

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Stephen Anthony Named Head of Cleveland FBI

Stephen D. Anthony/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Ohio native Stephen D. Anthony, a former special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, has been named special agent in charge of the FBI’s Cleveland Division.

Anthony most recently was responsible for establishing an FBI-wide leadership development program, the FBI said.

Anthony entered the FBI in February 1988 and was first assigned to the Memphis Division. He established the city’s first Safe Streets Task Force. He was named a field supervisor in 2000.

In December 2003, he held different posts within the Executive Development and Selection Program at FBI Headquarters.

In February 2006, he was elevated to assistant special agent in charge at the Washington Field Office (WFO), where he oversaw all administrative matters and training programs, the FBI said.

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Thomas Browne Named Assistant Director of FBI’s Training Division

Thomas Browne/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Thomas J. Browne, former head of the Little Rock FBI office, has been named assistant director of the agency’s Training Division.

In his new assignment,  Browne will be responsible for all FBI training programs, including the new agent and intelligence analyst training programs, and the National Academy, which trains federal, state, local and international police executives.

Browne entered the FBI in August 1985 and was first assigned to Las Vegas, where he investigated white collar crime.

In April 1990, he headed east to the Newark Field Office and subsequently went to the Franklin Township Resident Agency and investigated organized crime and white collar crime. He was the case agent in a high-profile case involving a corrupt prosecutor.

In July 1996, he was off to headquarters where he served in the Financial Crimes Section of the Criminal Investigative Division.

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Neo-Nazi on Trial Also Targeted Miami Herald Columnist Leonard Pitts, FBI Agent Testifies

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By Allan Lengel

An FBI agent testified Tuesday that a Neo-Nazi on trial in federal court in Chicago once posted potentially harmful information about a popular African American Miami Herald columnist Leonard Pitts, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.

The agent’s testimony came in the trial of Neo-Nazi William White, who is charged with advocating violence on his website against Chicago juror Mark Hoffman, who helped convict white supremacist Matt Hale in 2004, the paper reported.

White wrote that Hoffman was a “gay, Jewish anti-racist” who wrongfully helped convict Hale, who had ordered his head of security — who turned out to be an FBI informant — to kill U.S. District Judge Joan Lefkow, the Sun-Times reported. At some point, two family members of Judge Lefkow’s were murdered by a disgruntled litigant not affiliated with a white supremacist group, the Sun-Times reported.

In the case of Leonard Pitts, White criticized his column, used the n-word and posted personal information about Pitts including his wife’s name and a home address, according to testimony reported by the Chicago Sun-Times.

The FBI agent testified that when the Miami Herald managing editor asked White of Roanoke, Va., to take the info down, White replied by email: “Frankly, if some loony took the info and killed him, I wouldn’t shed a tear.”

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Ex-FBI Official Don Clark Comments on Mexican Drug Cartel Truce

FBI Helped New Year’s in Times Square Come Off Without a Major Incident

New Year's Eve in Times Square/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

One of the more intense events of the year — New Year’s Eve in Times Square — came off without any major incidents.

The New York FBI office said it deployed hundreds of employees including agents, analysts and professional staff to deal with the event.  It also worked with other law enforcement agencies like the New York Police Dept. and members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

“We are constantly working to help keep this city safe. At high profile events, like New Year’s Eve, the FBI works tirelessly to prevent and thwart any possible attacks,” said assistant director in charge of the New York FBI office Janice K. Fedarcyk.

Agents in the mobile command post/fbi photo

“We worked closely with our law enforcement partners and as we look back on the fact that last night was only filled with good memories, we can say job well done.”

Fedarcyk’s office posted some photo on the N.Y. FBI website from the evening.  Here they are.

SWAT team leader Dan Feither talks to reporter

Agent Kristy Kottis speaks to colleague in joint operation center

Special Agent in Charge Greg Fowler gives briefing

FBI's mobile command center

Special agent bomb tech Pete Licata

NYPD's command post

SAC Mary Galligan (center)briefs head of NY office Janice Fedarcyk at joint operation center (right)

Weekend Series on Crime History: FBI Agent Goes Undercover With the Mob

Editors Note: I’ve run this before, but this is a fascinating story and it’s certainly worth watching if you haven’t seen it.   Allan Lengel, editor,


FBI: No Known Terrorist Plots Aimed at Times Square on New Year’s Eve

By Allan Lengel
For AOL News

With just hours to go before the ball drops, the FBI in New York says  it knows of no credible terrorist threats involving the traditional New Year’s Eve celebration in Manhattan’s famed Times Square.

“While there’s no credible threat, the FBI and NYPD, as they do every year, will have a large security effort in and around Times Square,” FBI agent Richard Kolko, a spokesman for the New York office, told AOL News.

Kolko said the FBI and New York police will have fully operational control centers and teams of bomb techs to respond to suspicious packages. Hazmat and SWAT teams, evidence techs and hostage negotiators will also be on hand.

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