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Jury Acquits Two Border Patrol Agents Accused of Committing a Lewd Act at Circus Show

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A jury acquitted two Border Patrol agents Monday of committing a lewd act at a crowded Cirque du Soleil show in Del Mar, Calif., U-T San Diego reports.

The only intimacy was hugging and kissing, Kallie Helwig, 25, and 35-year old Gerald Torello said during the trial. 

The jury deadlocked on a second lewd act count.

Helwig was convicted of misdemeanor battery for punching Navy Lt. Chai Wu, an audience member who had complained about the couple’s intimacy at the May 27 matinee.

Helwig was accused of performing oral sex on Torello during the show.

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FBI Probing Utah Highway Patrol Trooper Accused of Lying During Testimony in Drunken-Driving Case

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Utah Highway Patrol trooper appears to be under FBI investigation after a judge revealed she lied during testimony in a drunken-driving case, KUTV reports.

The question is whether Trooper Lisa Steed, who has been fired, violated the civil rights of the person accused in the DUI, KUTV reported.

At least one witness has been questioned by the FBI .

Family of Joe Paterno Commissioned Study That Suggests Late Coach Did Nothing Wrong

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The family of Joe Paterno commissioned a report that suggests the Penn State University coach did nothing wrong and was the victim of a rushed investigation, CBS News and the Associated Press report.

The report argues that the probe into the handling of the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal, which was led by former FBI director Louis Freeh, contends the evidence against Paterno is not supported by the facts, the CBS News and AP wrote.

One of the experts used in the report, Former U.S. Attorney General Dick Thornburgh, said the Freeh investigation was incomplete and flawed.

Freeh’s report reached “inaccurate and unfounded findings related to Mr. Paterno and its numerous process-oriented deficiencies was a rush to injustice and calls into question” the investigation’s credibility.

Freeh defended the probe.

“I stand by our conclusion that four of the most powerful people at Penn State failed to protect against a child sexual predator harming children for over a decade,” he told the AP.

Sweeping Budget Cuts Could Force Furloughs for as Many as 1,000 Secret Service Agents

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Homeland Security is preparing sweeping budget cuts that could result in as many as 1,000 Secret Service agents, officers and others being furloughed, the Washington Guardian reports.

In an agency wide memo last week, officials warned of reductions that are needed in the event of sequestration, which is an automatic budget cut to take effect March 1, the Guardian reported.

The memo warned that the “department leadership is engaged in extensive planning efforts” determining how best to deal with the potential budget cuts.”

The Secret Service is known for protecting the president, also investigates major financial crimes.

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When You’re a Detroit City Councilman, Is It Ever a Good Thing to Get a Visit From the FBI?

Councilman Gary Brown

 
By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — When you serve on the Detroit City Council and one of your employees at city hall tells you the FBI is here to see you . . .well, your mind starts racing. You figure the agents aren’t there to talk about the Tigers’ prospects.

President Pro-tem Gary Brown recounted the FBI dropping by his office a while back during a ceremony Friday in U.S. District Court in downtown Detroit in which he spoke on behalf of his friend Terry Berg, the former acting U.S. Attorney who was sworn in as a federal judge.

Brown told the packed room of dignitaries, which included Sen. Debbie Stabenow, that he thought, just maybe, that because he was in Monica Conyer’s former office, and she was in federal prison, the agents were there to collect listening devices they might have planted.

Instead, he said, the FBI visitors came to ask background questions about Berg, who had been nominated for a federal judgeship by President Obama. That was a relief.

Terrance Berg/doj photo

He said he went to say very very flattering things about Berg, his Northwest Detroit neighbor, who belongs to the same jogging group.

Since it sounded as though they were such great friends, the agents — who seemed to be testing him — asked if he could give them Berg’s address. He couldn’t. He told them he was bad with numbers.

In fact, he said he couldn’t recall Berg’s street name, but was able to say where to turn off 7 Mile Road to get there.

After recounting that story about how he almost blew it, he turned to Berg and told him he was surprised he got confirmed.

 

El Paso Named Safest City in U.S., Just Across Border from Drug-Torn Ciudad Juarez

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 Oh, the difference a border can make.

While Ciudad Juarez in Mexico is tied up in a drug war that has claimed  10,000 lives in the past five years, its border town, El Paso in the U.S., was ranked the safest place in the country with a population over 500,000 for the third year in a row by CQ Press, which compiles FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, according to Fox News.

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano credited President Obama’s increased border measures for the reduction in crime.

“Whenever people tell me the border is unsafe, I say ‘well, what about El Paso?’”

Mother of Missing Woman Urges FBI to Take Speed Freak Killer’s Advice on Where to Dig


Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s not often that a serial killer and a potential victim’s family agree on something.

But the mother of a California woman who has been missing for 25 years and believed to be a victim of “Speed Freak Killer” Wes Shermantine is urging the FBI to take the suspect’s advice and stop digging for bodies in the wrong spot, News 10 KXTV reports.

Shermantine has been telling the FBI that it’s excavating the wrong area and told agents to look about 200 yards away, News 10 reported

Believing her daughter may have been killed by Shermantine, Sue Kizer wants the FBI to listen to thin

“If Shermantine says they’re in the wrong spot, then they’re in the wrong spot. Everything Shermantine has told us has been the truth. Why all of a sudden is he not telling the truth? He has nothing to gain, nothing to lose,” Kizer told News 10.

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FBI Urges Local Police to Monitor Facebook, Twitter for Lawbreakers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is urging local police to closely monitor social media, such as Facebook and Twitter, for criminal activity, according to an official publication on the bureau’s website.

The FBI publication also encourages law enforcement to be cautious about their own postings to avoid trouble with the law and others.

In some cases, police can jeopardize a case with posts to social media. Those include postings about lack of sleep or photos of drug evidence.

The publication reminds agents of the treasure drove of data kept on social media that could help catch lawbreakers.