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Wife of Drug Suspect Charged in Pittsburgh FBI Agent’s Slaying

Wife claims she thought it was a home invasion.

FBI Agent Samuel Hicks/fbi photo

FBI Agent Samuel Hicks/fbi photo

By Paula Reed Ward and Jim McKinnon, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
INDIANA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — The 11 law enforcement officers weren’t looking for Christina Korbe when they showed up outside the sand-colored brick house on Woods Run Road just before 6 a.m. yesterday.
But she was there, armed with a .38-caliber handgun, and moments later FBI Agent Samuel Hicks — the first in the door behind a battering ram — lay dying. Last night she was charged with homicide in his death.
The agents and officers had a warrant for Robert Ralph Korbe, Ms. Korbe’s husband, when they arrived at the Korbe home in Indiana Township. They knew that he had skirmished with officers in the past — and even once dislocated an officer’s shoulder. But he wasn’t considered to be the most dangerous of the 35 people they were seeking in a drug round-up yesterday.
According to a police affidavit, the officers knocked on the door and ordered Mr. Korbe, 38, to give himself up. When he refused,officers burst through the front door.
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UPDATE (1:55 p.m.) — AP is reporting that bail was denied for Christina Korbe.

Update on Slain FBI Agent in Penn.

FBI Agent Shot and Killed In Penn. While Serving Arrest Warrant

FBI Agent Samuel Hicks/fbi photo

FBI Agent Samuel Hicks/fbi photo

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Suspect Robert Korbe/wtae-tv

By Paula Reed Ward, Jim McKinnon and Michael A. Fuoco
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
INDIANA TOWNSHIP, Pa. — An FBI agent was shot and killed early this morning as he and at least one other officer were attempting to serve an arrest warrant in Indiana Township. He was identified today as Special Agent Samuel Hicks.
Earlier reports were erroneous that the victim was a local police officer.
FBI spokesman Bill Crowley said the agent who was killed was not alone as he attempted to serve the warrant around 6 a.m. at a home in the 100 block of Woods Run Road, near the Middle Road Volunteer Fire Department headquarters and a township park that contains several soccer fields.
Mr. Crowley said Agent Hicks was pronounced dead at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital.
Michael Rodriguez, agent in charge of the Pittsburgh FBI office, said Agent Hicks joined the FBI in March 2007 and was assigned to Pittsburgh in August 2007.
He said Agent Hicks, 33, who is survived by his wife, Brooke, and 3-year-old son, had been a Baltimore police officer and a school teacher before joining the FBI. He is a Western Pennsylvania native and a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh.
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ICE Agent Arrested on Crystal Meth Charges

Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com
WASHINGTON — A decorated Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent has been arrested here on drug trafficking charges, the Associated reported Wednesday.
Special Agent Kevin Merkel was arrested by the FBI on Oct. 29 on charges of possession and intent to distribute crystal methamphetamine, the Associated Press said in an article attributed to annoymous sources. The indictment remains sealed.
The news agency reported that Merkel is a veteran officer who won the Attorney General’s Award for Excellence in Law Enforcement. ICE’s Office of Professional Responsibility and the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general were part of the probe, AP said.
Corrie Bassett,a spokeswoman for ICE, said Wednesday afternoon she would look into the matter.

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Pakistani Woman Who Tried Killing FBI Agents Mentally Unfit For Trial

In the long run, being mentally unfit has its advantages.

By Associated Press
A Pakistani neuroscientist indicted in New York on charges that she tried to kill an American soldier and F.B.I. agents while she was in custody in Afghanistan is mentally unfit for trial, a court-ordered psychological evaluation has determined.
The neuroscientist, Aafia Siddiqui, is unable to understand the nature and consequences of court proceedings and cannot assist properly in her defense, according to the evaluation at the Federal Medical Center Carswell in Fort Worth, Tex.
Judge Richard M. Berman of United States District Court in Manhattan described the results in an order sent to lawyers, according to an entry in the case on Monday. He scheduled a conference for Wednesday so lawyers could discuss what should happen in the case next, including the possibility of medication for Ms. Siddiqui.
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Cleveland City Council Prez Mum About FBI Subpoenas

Here in the Midwest, in a city once known as the Mistake on the Lake, city council president Martin Sweeney isn’t taking chances by saying the wrong thing as a public corruption probe heats up.

Council Pres. Martin Sweeney/official photo

Council Pres. Martin Sweeney/official photo

By Henry J. Gomez
Cleveland Plain Dealer
CLEVELAND — Martin J. Sweeney offered few clues Friday as to why his name has surfaced in the corruption probe targeting Cuyahoga County.
But subpoenas obtained last week by The Plain Dealer indicate that federal investigators are curious about the Cleveland City Council president’s possible ties to Blaze Building Corp. and Lopat Development Co.
“I haven’t seen — I wasn’t aware of any subpoenas, and I won’t have any further comment about it,” Sweeney said Friday in a brief phone interview. “That’s my on-the-record statement.”
The subpoenas, served on Blaze and Lopat in July, requested documents showing any communications between Sweeney and the contractors. Investigators also demanded any evidence of financial relationships that Sweeney and others might have with Blaze and Lopat.
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BET to Feature In Depth Show on J. Edgar Hoover

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

J. Edgar Hoover/fbi photo

WASHINGTON — Love him or hate him, we can’t seem to get enough of the guy.
The BET network this Thursday at 10 p.m. will feature an in depth look at the legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover on its “American Gangster” show.
In promoting it’s upcoming segment, BET said:
“The first and most famous director of the FBI, Hoover consolidated his power through a combination of brilliant public relations moves and compromising personal files he kept on politicians who held his fate in their hands. Positioned as an avowed and implacable enemy of Communism, Hoover was often at odds with left-leaning Black leaders throughout his reign, including Marcus Garvey and Paul Robeson.
In recent weeks, reports surfaced that Hoover kept his eye on such notable authors as Norman Mailer and David Halberstam.
Documents recently released also showed that he not only kept tabs on investigative columnist Jack Anderson, but despised him.

FBI Honing in on Some Muslim Leaders in Phoenix Area

Several incidents have prompted the FBI in the Phoenix area to take a closer look at the Muslim community.

By Sean Holstege and Dennis Wagner
The Arizona Republic
PHOENIX — The FBI has sharpened its scrutiny of some Phoenix-area Muslim leaders because of their links to two controversial incidents and a federal probe into the financing of terrorist groups.
No Arizonan has been accused of supporting terrorist groups or actions. However, a Mesa man was charged with lying to the FBI during the financing investigation.
The events that triggered the stepped-up scrutiny were the federal probe into a Muslim charity accused of funneling money to the Palestinian group Hamas; a target-shooting episode in Phoenix this year involving a large group of Muslim men and boys firing hundreds of rounds from AK-47s and other guns; and the high-profile removal in 2006 of six Arizona-bound imams from a jetliner after passengers and crew complained of their behavior. Click here to find out more!
Although some Islamic leaders say they understand the scrutiny, they also view it as another sign that innocent Muslims unjustly fall under suspicion because of the 9/11 terrorist attacks.
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