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Justice Department to Investigate Cleveland Police on Complaint of Excessive Force

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department plans to announce it is investigating excessive force within the Cleveland Police Department, WXYC Channel 3 reports.

The probe involves a police pursuit in November when Cleveland cops fired 137 bullets at an unarmed man and woman.

WXYC reported that a news conference is expected today to announce the investigation.

Cleveland Mayor Frank Jackson has requested assistance from the Justice Department.

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Fight to Land New FBI Headquarters Starts to Get Nasty with Harsh Words

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The battle to land the new headquarters of the FBI has turned ugly, NBC 4 Washington reports

In one case, a Fairfax County official took a swipe at Prince George’s County, saying it’s the place where the FBI would be busy because of criminals.

“I made that comment in the context of talking about why Fairfax County is the most appropriate location for the FBI headquarters, including our safe neighborhoods and decades-long tradition of good government,” Fairfax County Development Association President Gerry Gordon told NBC 4.

“Quite frankly, I was stunned,” Prince George’s County Deputy Chief of Economic Development Aubrey Thagard responded.

FBI’s New Special Agent in Charge of Miami Office Impressed Washington D.C.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Michael Steinbach was supposed to be the temporary head of the FBI in Miami while the bureau searched for a permanent special agent in charge.

But the 46-year-old who has fought violent crime and terrorism impressed Washington D.C. so much that he received the permanent job, the Miami Herald reports.

“I never pursued it,” Steinbach, 46, who studied aerospace engineering at the U.S. Naval Academy, told the Herald.

Steinbach joined the FBI in 1995 and eventually held the top job at the bureau’s Jacksonville office, the Herald wrote.

Two City Councilmen in Georgia Were Indicted on Accusations of Taking $20,000 in Bribes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two city councilmen accused of splitting $20,000 in bribes were indicted by a grand jury Tuesday, the Macon Telegraph reports.

Forsyth City Councilmen Desi Hansford and James Calloway face up to 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine on three counts.

Hansford “admitted to receiving the previous $5,000 bribe in January. [He] stated that he paid some bills with part of the money and over $2,000 of the original bribe money was located in his residence in Forsyth,” McClendon’s affidavit reads, the Telegraph reported.

The bribes allegedly come from Travel America truck stop restaurant in Jackson, which is trying to renew its contract.

The Telegraph couldn’t reach the councilmen for comment.

Feds Want to Run eBay Sneaker Business Implicated in Massive Pot Conspiracy

photo: Baltimore City Paper

 
By Van Smith
Baltimore City Paper

BALTIMORE — The manufacturer’s suggested retail price for a pair of Nike Shox Turbo 3.2 SL running shoes is $120, but Krush NYC, an eBay seller based in a warehouse in Jessup, sells them for $79.99. That kind of markdown is what attracts the buyers that make Krush a profitable enterprise: It clears an average of almost $1.5 million annually on gross sales of nearly $2.6 million, according to court documents.

The nitty-gritty on Krush’s financial information was revealed in court because federal prosecutors want to make sure Krush remains valuable. Its principals—40-year-old Kerem Dayi of Gambrills, Md., and California, and 43-year-old Steven Neil Madden of Randallstown, Md.—are two of 18 defendants charged in January with operating a massive pot-dealing and money-laundering conspiracy in Maryland, New Jersey, and California since early 2010. The indictment includes a count to allow the government to take ownership of at least $10 million in allegedly ill-gotten gains, including a number of assets already seized: eight pieces of real estate, 22 bank accounts, 24 vehicles, and three businesses. Krush is one of them.

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FBI and Secret Service Probing How Info of Big Names Landed on Internet

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By Carol Cratty
CNN Senior Producer

Washington – The Secret Service and FBI are investigating how personal information purported to relate to first lady Michelle Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and former first lady Hillary Clinton ended up on an Internet site, officials said Tuesday. It was not clear how much of the information was accurate and whether it was obtained through hacking or by scrutinizing public records.

Asked about the hacking in an interview Tuesday, President Barack Obama couldn’t confirm the details of the incident, but said “we should not be surprised that if you’ve got hackers who want to dig in and devote a lot of resources, that they can access peoples’ private information. It is a big problem.”

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Dallas County DA Under Fire for Decision to Seek Charges Against Oil Heir

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Federal authorities are investigating Dallas County District Attorney Craig Watkins in connection with his decision to seek criminal mortgage fraud charges against an oil heir, the Dallas Morning News reports.

Questions are swirling about whether Watkins leveled charges against oil heir Al Hill II in 2010 as a favor to political contributors, according to the Morning News.

Watkins was found in contempt last week for refusing to testify under oath about the circumstances leading up to his decision to seek charges.

A judge dismissed the mortgage fraud charge, the Morning News reported.

The FBI and U.S. attorney for the Eastern District of Texas are investigating Hill.

FBI Investigates Who Posted Personal, Financial Information on Government Officials, Celebrities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is trying to determine who posted private financial and personal information on a website about top government leaders and celebrities such as Mel Gibson and Jay-Z, the Associated Press reports.

Even the Social Security number, address and credit report of FBI Director Robert Mueller were posted on the site, which included Beyonce, Ashton Kutcher, Kim Kardashian and Paris Hilton. Some information also was posted about Vice President Joe Biden and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, the AP wrote.

The site, which was not identified, did not reveal why the people were targeted.

“The best word I can use to describe it is creepy,” Los Angeles police Cmdr. Andrew Smith told the AP. “It’s a creepy thing to do.”