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Border Patrol Agent Remembered After Fatal Car Crash in California

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A 26-year-old Border Agent who died in a car crash in California was recently married and on his way to work without a seat belt Friday, KSWT News 12 reports.

The accident that killed agent Francisco Puga, of the El Centro Sector, remains under investigation.

“We have an idea that most likely we’re not going to come back that day because maybe we’re going to die fighting a criminal sometimes and most of the time we don’t think we’re going to die because of a car accident either on duty or on our way to work,” Agent Amaya told News 12.

Since Puga wasn’t officially on duty at the time of the accident, his family is not entitled to extra compensation, News 12 reported.

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Edward Hanko To Run Philly FBI

Edward Hanko

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Edward J. Hanko has been named the special agent in charge of the Philadelphia Division.

Hanko most recently served as  special agent in charge of the Cincinnati Division and was responsible for FBI investigations in central and southern Ohio.

Hanko joined the FBI in 1986 and was first assigned to the Springfield Field Office. In 1990, he was transferred to the Newark Field Office, where he conducted organized crime and drug investigations. In October 1995, he was promoted to supervisory special agent and oversaw drug trafficking investigations, according to a press release.

Three years later, Hanko transferred to the Scranton Resident Agency, where he worked drug, organized crime, and political corruption investigations. He was promoted to supervisory senior resident agent in August 2002, the press release said.

Hanko transferred to the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., where he instructed new agents, police officers, and Command Staff College attendees.

He became an assistant special agent in charge of the Detroit Field Office in October 2007, and in October 2009, was promoted to the ranks of the Senior Executive Service.

From 2009 to 2011, he served as chief of the Operational Support Section in the Criminal Investigative Division.

He served as an officer in the Baltimore City Police Department from 1981-86.

 

FBI Probes Possible Ties Between High-Profile Killings in Texas, Colorados

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating whether two high-profile killings in Texas and Colorado are connected, Reuters reports.

A masked gunman killed Texas Prosecutor Mark Hasse in Kaufman, Tex. as he walked to his car Jan. 31, Reuters reported. On Jan. 19, Colorado Prison Chief Tom Clements was killed in El Paso County in Colorado.

“The Dallas and Denver offices of the Federal Bureau of Investigation are comparing the homicides of Mark Hasse and Tom Clements to determine if there is any evidence linking the two crimes,” Kaufman Police Chief Chris Aulbaugh told Reuters.

Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Killed in Two-Car Collision in California


 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 26-year-old Border Patrol agent was killed in a two-car crash on his way to work Friday afternoon in California, Imperial Valley Press reports.

The Highway Patrol is investigating the cause of the accident, which also killed a 43-year-old woman who has not been identified. 

Imperial Valley Press identifies the agent as Agent Francisco Puga.

Agents were told “that we lost one of our brothers, that he’s too young to be taken from us, that he was coming to work,” said Lombardo Amaya, union president of National Border Patrol Council Local 2554, which oversees the El Centro Sector.

“We feel really sad for his wife, for his sister, for his mother, for his brother,” Amaya said.

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FBI Agent Opens Up About Ex-Detroit Mayor Kilpatrick’s Public Corruption Trial

Kwame Kilpatrick/deadline detroit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI opened its investigation of former Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick more than 8 years ago after getting a variety of tips, the leader investigator on the case told WXYZ Channel 7 reports.

Channel 7 interviewed FBI Special Agent Bob Beeckman about an investigation that included some 70 agents, 1,000 witnesses and 40,000 text messages.

“If you have public officials that betray the trust of citizens, the whole fabric of society comes apart,” Beeckman told Channel 7.

The prosecution tallied more than 30 guilty convictions against Kilaptrick, his father and contractor Bobby Ferguson in the public corruption case two weeks ago.

Beekman said the most damning evidence was probably the text messages that revealed a lot about the former mayor’s administration.

Ammunition Found in Wealthy Dallas High School; Where Are the Metal Detectors?

Pamela Kripke

By Pamela Kripke
Huffington Post

Earlier this month, a student at my daughter’s public high school found a pile of .22 caliber bullets on the floor of a boys’ bathroom. A day before, a threatening note was discovered in the same restroom, inside a stall. On top of the tissue dispenser. In February, three similar notes were found, three days in a row, in the same place. All talked of bombs.

When the bullets surfaced, FBI agents were called to the school to assist local police officers. The next day, someone dropped another handwritten note at the top of a stairwell. Then, after a $10,000 reward was announced, someone emailed a seventh threat to the organization that receives the tips. Twice this week, a person sent intimidating messages to individual students’ telephones. One was two paragraphs long. It said that the situation is “not a hoax,” we will see, but has been “building.” Finally, today, while writing this piece, another round of messages hit students’ phones.

When something happens, the school administrators send a text message to parents. They started doing this after the first round of notes. Numbers show up on the screen and you know there is trouble. We rush to the school to pick up our kids, in pajamas, in the middle of work. My stomach pangs when the phone rings. The morning of the bullets, it was my mom. I should tell her not to call.

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Weekend Series on Law Enforcement History: A 1960 FBI Film on Defense Tactics

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