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FBI Adds 2 People to Most Wanted Terrorist List

Husayn Muhammad al-Umari/fbi photo
Husayn Muhammad al-Umari/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI has added two people to its Most Wanted Terrorists list.

One of those people is Fahd Mohammed Ahmed al-Quso, who is wanted in connection with the October 2000 bombing of the USS Cole in Yemen that killed 17 sailors, the FBI said.

The second man is Husayn Muhammad al-Umari, who is wanted in the 1982 bombing of Pan Am Flight 830, which killed a teen passenger and injured 16. The flight, bound from Japan to Hawaii, carried 267 people.

The additions bring to 24 the number of people on the Most Wanted Terrorist list.

The State Department is offering  up to a $5 million reward for each man for information leading to the capture or conviction.

Gotti Jury for 2nd Time Says it’s Deadlocked

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By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Thanksgiving at the Gotti home may be filled with a little more laughter than at the homes of the New York  prosecutors and FBI agents who worked his case.

That’s because the odds of a mistrial for John Gotti Jr. are improving by the day.

On Tuesday, for the second time during the 9 days of  deliberations, federal jurors in New York let the judge know they were deadlocked and couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict in the racketeering trial that includes allegations of murder and drug trafficking, the Associated Press reported.

John Gotti Jr./youtube photo
John Gotti Jr./youtube photo

U.S. District Judge Kevin P. Castel rejected the defense request to declare a mistrial and ordered the jury to continue deliberating, AP reported.

“This trial has been conducted at considerable expense and human effort to both the government and the defendant,” the judge told them, according to AP. “If your deliberations do not end in a verdict, in all likelihood it would have to be tried again before another jury.”

The jury is expected to cut off at 2 p.m. Wednesday and return Tuesday. This is Gotti’s fourth trial. The other three ended in mistrials after the jury deadlocked.

FBI’s Most Wanted List No Longer Hangs in Most Post Offices

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It’s hard to get all teary eyed and nostalgic about the FBI’s Most Wanted Fugitives list, but you have to admit the list looked pretty cool hanging on the post office walls. It brought a little excitement to a place that is anything but exciting.

By Lee Hill Kavanaugh
The Kansas City Star

For decades, the baddest of the bad stared out from FBI wanted posters in post offices nationwide.

Bank robber Willie Sutton. Serial killer Ted Bundy. Osama Bin Laden.

Multiple murderer Thomas James Holden — the first name on the FBI’s first 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list, back in 1950. Holden once escaped from the federal penitentiary in Leavenworth and was captured two years later on a Kansas City golf course.

Seeing the faces on a post office wall is a rarity now. They have disappeared over the past decade.

Post offices no longer want the Most Wanted.

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Undercover ICE Agent’s Life Spared in Colombia When Traffickers Learn of his Identity

colombiaBY GERARDO REYES
Miami Herald

MIAMI — Luis Angel Ortiz was being driven to a party in Medellín when the car came to a halt and a man in the back seat put a gun to his head.

Time to pay up, Ortiz was told.

The threat came from the chief of a Medellín drug trafficking gang.

So began a 48-hour drama in Colombia that kept Ortiz — a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who had infiltrated the gang — teetering on the edge of death.

But Ortiz escaped execution when his captors discovered that he was an American antidrug agent.

According to Ortiz’s account to the FBI, his kidnappers panicked, apologized — and even surrendered a firearm while they asked him not to expose them, according to an FBI report obtained by El Nuevo Herald.

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Chicago Area Businessman Pleads to Assaulting FBI Agent

illinioisBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A suburban Chicago business man, who was charged with assaulting an FBI agent, has decided to stop gambling on his fate.

John Esposito, a Franklin Park businessman, agreed to plead guilty to a misdemeanor after a jury failed to reach a verdict on Monday on felony charges, the Chicago Tribune reported.

His attorney James Streicker told the Tribune that the jury was split in half and his client decided to go for a sure thing rather than take a chance with a new trial.

Esposito got into a a scuffle with agent Brian Etchell, who had come to his business to investigate suspected fraud. The two ended up rolling on the ground during a confrontation.

Baltimore FBI Office Named After Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Sam Hicks/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — The FBI’s Baltimore office is now officially named after FBI Agent Sam Hicks, who was killed last year while serving an arrest warrant in the Pittsburgh area.

The name change came during a ceremony held on Monday, which was attended by his wife and three-year-old son, according to media reports.

Hicks, 33, was a Baltimore police officer from 2002 up until 2007 when he joined the FBI and was assigned to the Pittsburgh office.

Christina Korbe is awaiting trial on the shooting of Hicks, who had come to her home to arrest her husband on a drug charge. She has claimed that she thought Hicks was an intruder.

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FBI Busts NY Man in Theft of Andy Warhol Piece

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fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
For Sphere.com (A New AOL News Site)

In the pop art world, the provocative Andy Warhol made a big splash. On Monday, one of his classic works proved his 15 minutes are far from over.

Federal authorities announced Monday they had charged James S. Biear, 49, of Ossining, N.Y., with stealing a Warhol work — a silkscreen on a wooden crate mimicking a Heinz 57 case of ketchup — and selling it to an unwitting New York art collector for about $220,000.

Biear turned himself in to authorities Monday and faces one count of wire fraud and one count of mail fraud, authorities said. If convicted, he could be sentenced to up to 40 years in prison, although sentencing guidelines would recommend a much shorter term.

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Philly FBI Busts 5 Men of Lebanese Origin in Sting That Involved Stinger Missiles

beeBy Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The Philly FBI busted five men of Lebanese origin in an international sting in which one man allegedly wanted to buy 100 Stinger missiles designed to shoot down aircraft, the Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

The paper reported that the central figure in the sting, which was  run by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force, planned to use anti-aircraft weapons and 250 machine guns in the Middle East, “and asked to have them exported to Iran or Syria for use by “the Resistance,” according to an FBI affidavit unsealed today, the Inquirer reported.  The “Resistance” group was not identified.

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