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Monument at Township Hall Honors Slain FBI Agent In Indiana Township, Pa.

Slain FBI Agent Sam Hicks/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It’s not big – a waist-high granite stone.

But the memorial signifies so much more.

For Charlotte Carrabotta, it’s a place to reflect on her son, Agent Samuel Hicks, who was gunned down in November 2008 while trying to serve a drug warrant in Indiana Township, Pa.,  reports TribLive.com.

The memorial for the 33-year-old slain FBI agent was unveiled Tuesday at the Indiana Township Town Hall.

“For five years I’ve held it together in public. But this is going to be hard to do today, because this has been such a personal project,” Carrabotta said, reports TribLive.com. “When I lay my head on my pillow at night, I struggle for answers and I struggle for peace. But here we are, still honoring our commitment to his memory. And I think Samuel would have been so proud of that.”

Oregon’s Top FBI Official Is Retiring, Accepting Job with Nike

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

From the FBI to shoes?

Oregon’s top FBI official, Special Agent in Charge Gregory A. Fowler, is leaving the helm after two years, the Oregonian reports.

“I am retiring at the end of this month to take a position in the private sector,” said Special Agent in Charge Gregory A. Fowler in a prepared statement to The Oregonian.

Fowler told his staff he was taking a job with Nike as director of investigations.

“I have been privileged to lead the men and women of the FBI’s Portland Field Office, and will always be proud of their unyielding dedication to keeping Oregon and the country safe,” Fowler said in his statement.

Fowler was named special agent in charge of the Portland Division in the summer of 2011.

New FBI Chief Comey Picks 25-Year Veteran to Become Deputy Director

Mark Giuliano/fbi photo

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of the most important jobs at the FBI is the position of deputy director.

On Monday, FBI Director James B. Comey named 25-year bureau veteran Mark Giuliano to the job, which makes him responsible for overseeing all domestic and international investigations, the Washington Post reports.

He’ll begin his new duties when the current deputy Sean Joyce retires on Dec. 2.

Giuliano started his career as a special agent at the Washington Field Office and has plenty of experience in national security and counterterrorism, the Post wrote.

FBI Director Comey Names Bureau’s New National Security Chief

Andrew McCabe/fbi photo

 
Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI officially named Andrew McCabe to its top national security post.

The long-time terrorism investigator was promoted to assistant director of the National Security Branch, which oversees terrorism-related intelligence, the FBI announced.

McCabe, who began his career in 1996 with the bureau’s organized crime squad in New York, was the first director of the High-Value Interrogation Group, which was established by President Obama’s administration to crack down on terrorism.

FBI Names New Special Agent in Charge of Detroit Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Detroit’s FBI division has a new leader.

Paul M. Abbate, who has a background in counterterrorism, will replace Robert Foley, who announced plans to step down in August after a year on the job. The appointment was first reported by ticklethewire.com and Deadline Detroit.

Fox 2 reports that Abbate most recently was a special agent heading up the Counterterrorism Division in the Washington Field Office, where he supervised the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Abbate’s career began in 1996. Since then, he’s worked in Afghanistan, Iraq, New York, Los Angeles and New Jersey, Fox 2 reported.

 

Douglas Lindquest to Head Up El Paso FBI

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Douglas E. Lindquist, who recently served as section chief of the Counterintelligence Division at FBI headquarters, has been named head of the agency’s El Paso Division.

Lindquist began his career with the FBI in 1997, and was first posted at the Washington Field Office, where he investigated international terrorism and counterintelligence.

In 1998, as a member of the Rapid Deployment Team, he deployed to Nairobi and Mombasa, Kenya, as part of the KENBOM investigation, which followed the bombings of U.S. embassies in Africa, according to an FBI press release.

In 2002, he was promoted to a supervisor in the Middle East Unit of the International Terrorism Operations Section in the Counterterrorism Division.

Two years later, he joined the Springfield Division as a counterintelligence squad supervisor and program coordinator. He also supervised the Field Intelligence Group squad.

In 2009, he was off to Philly where he became assistant special agent in charge of the division’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction programs and directed the Joint Terrorism Task Force.

Before joining the FBI, he was an officer in the Marine Corps.

 

 

Former Detroit U.S. Attorney Roy Hayes Dies at 73

Roy Hayes

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT –– Roy C. (Joe) Hayes was one of those U.S. Attorneys who took the job seriously, but seemed to enjoy what he did while keeping a pretty good sense of humor about him.

I got to know Joe when I was a reporter at the Detroit News covering the federal courthouse. He loved to schmooze and he seemed to be the kind of guy who got what he wanted. He died Thursday of pneumonia in Charlevoix at age 73, according to the Detroit Free Press.

In 1985, he became the U.S. Attorney in Detroit at age 44. He was appointed by President Ronald Reagan. He came with some experience in that area. He had been with the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office where he battled corruption, organized crime, violent crime and fraud.

As U.S. Attorney, his office prosecuted some high profile cases including the Chambers Brothers crack-cocaine gang, which dominated the city’s east side. Hayes himself was the co-prosecutor on the case, which I ended up covering for the News. His office also oversaw the massive investigation into corrupt judges in Detroit’s 36th District Court and Recorder’s Court.

Joe loved a good laugh and he used always kid me about the “Grey Rabbit,” a hippie bus I once took in college during winter break from Portland, Ore., to Indianapolis (I had to take a Greyhound on the final leg of the journey to Detroit.) I told him the amusing story about the Grey Rabbit, which included a passenger in front of me “borrowing” my tooth brush. I never used it again after it left my possession.

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Counterterrorism Expert Named as Head of FBI’s Chicago Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Robert Holley, one of the FBI’s premier counterterrorism experts, was tapped to head the bureau’s Chicago office, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The 55-year-old will join the Chicago office as the new Special Agent in Charge in October, the Sun-Times wrote.

Holley worked in Chicago in the past as the office’s lead counterterrorism expert.

“Bob Holley will be terrific. He is smart, practical, hard-working and gets along with people,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, former U.S. Attorney in Chicago during the Headley investigation. “He has the experience of working side by side with federal, state and local partners as well as prosecutors. And he has the experience supervising important programs at headquarters. Working with Bob was great. The FBI Chicago will be in great hands.”