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Head of FBI’s Boston Office Worked Way Up Bureau Investigating Foreign Spies

Richard DesLauriers

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As special agent in charge of FBI’s Boston office, Richard DesLauriers is leading the joint investigation into the Boston Marathon attacks.

The 52-year-old Massachusetts native doesn’t have a long track record of busting terrorists, but colleagues told Time magazine DesLauriers is a driven, professional and skilled investigator who cut his teeth running operations against foreign spies.

“Rick is the real deal,” David Kris, former Assistant Attorney General for National Security during the Russian roll-up, told Time. “He’s very, very good, extremely methodical and organized.”

DesLauriers, a 25-year-veteran of counterintelligence experience, began spy work quickly after becoming an agent.

One friend describes him as a “good Catholic boy.”

Ex-Fed Agents Taking to the Airwaves as Talking Heads in Aftermath of Boston Explosions

Ex-FBI Agent Brad Garrett comments on Boston explosion.

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — It was a busy 24 hours for former federal agents providing their expertise on TV around the country.

In Detroit, Andy Arena, former head of the Detroit FBI, took to the airwaves, as did former agent Ned Timmons, who runs a security firm.

Former ATF official Michael Sullivan spoke to ABC News, as did former D.C. FBI agent Brad Garrett. There were many other agents who spoke in the past 24 hours on TV.

FBI Takes Lead in Probe of Boston Marathon Explosions That Killed Three, Injured 144

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is taking charge of the investigation into the Boston Marathon explosions that killed three people and injured 144, CNN reports.

The FBI and other law enforcement are tracking down a person of interest, whose apartment in Revere, Massachusetts, was searched late Monday with consent, according to CNN.

“This will be a combined federal, state and local effort,” Richard DesLauriers, the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Boston Division, said at a news briefing by law enforcement officials on Monday evening.

No more details were available this morning on the person of interest.

Is former Basketball Star Dennis Rodman an FBI informant? Agents Interested in North Korea Trip

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Retired basketball player Dennis Rodman said the FBI has approached him about his publicized trip to North Korea, the Miami New Times reports.

“I have been contacted by the FBI and I met with them. They wanted to know what went on and who’s really in charge in North Korea,” Rodman boasted to Herald reporter Lesley Abravanel. 

Rodman said the best weapon against a North Korean is communication.

“I might be able to keep folks’ heads cool,” Rodman told the Herald. “We all going to find a way to get along and keep peace. Peace and love is where it is at.”

Former Police Chief, Librarian Charged with Plotting to Kidnap, Torture, Rape and Kill Women

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two men were arrested Monday on charges of conspiracy to kidnap, torture, rape and kill woman and children in an elaborate, twisted plot, the FBI announced.

Charged were Richard Meltz, chief of police for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for the Bedford, Massachusetts Veteran Affairs Medical Center, and Robert Christopher Asch, a former high school librarian.

“The bone-chilling conduct alleged in this complaint is a chronicle of sadism and depravity that includes the defendants’ very real steps to carry out their plans to kidnap, torture, rape, and kill the women and children they targeted,” Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said in a press release. “As alleged, Richard Meltz and Robert Christopher Asch assiduously planned their plot in detailed conversations and alternately served as advisers and facilitators of the plan—Meltz provided ‘strategic advice,’ and Asch conducted surveillance and provided supplies including leather ties, a sleeping agent, instruments of torture, and a Taser gun. The only thing that stood between these alleged kidnappers and their horrifying plot was the outstanding investigative teamwork of the FBI and the prosecutors in this office.”

Agents said the men provided an undercover agent with a ski mask, hyper dermic needles, leather ties, chrome forceps and other supplies to help in the plot.

FBI Raids Family Business of Cleveland Browns Owner Jimmy Haslam

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents Monday raided the family business of Jimmy Haslam, owner of the Cleveland Browns. the Cleveland Plain Dealer reports.The raid shut down the headquarters of the business, Pilot Flying J, a chain of truck stops and convenience stories. 

“The FBI secured our headquarters today and informed us they are investigating Pilot Flying J,” Browns owner and Haslam, CEO of the company, said in a statement.

“We will cooperate appropriately with any and all external investigations and conduct our own,” Haslam said. “I believe and trust there has been no wrongdoing. The integrity of our company always has been job number one.”

It’s unclear what the FBI was looking for.

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FBI Sets Up Hotline for Boston Marathon Bombing

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The FBI has set up a hotline to field tips and collect visual images anyone might have captured Monday at the Boston Marathon.

The number is 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324), prompt #3.

“No piece of information or detail is too small,” the FBI said in a press release.

 

 

Lucky Stroll Through Park Leads to Evidence in Mob Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI Agent Gerard Conrad was just taking a stroll in Forest Park in Queens when he stumbled upon a meeting between top Gambino mobster Bartolomeo (Bobby) Vernace and others involved in the crime family, the New York Daily News reports.

Conrad happened to be supervising 15 agents who were investigating the crime family when he made the discovery on a warm 2006 day: “I saw three made members of the Gambino family and two associates of the family the park,” the agent said.

Conrad called for a camera, and the photos are now a critical piece of evidence in a racketeering trial, the Daily News reported.