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Obama Nominates Leslie Caldwell to Top Post in Justice Department Division

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A defense lawyer whose expertise is white-collar crime was nominated Tuesday to be assistant attorney general  for the Justice Department’s criminal division, the New York Times reports.

President Obama nominated Leslie R. Caldwell, a former federal prosecutor who worked in the Northern District of California and the Eastern District of New York.

Caldwell served as director of the DOJ’s task force that specialized in Enron’s 2001 collapse, the Times wrote.

She graduated from Penn State University and George Washington University law School.

D.C. Agent Paul Abbate to Head Up Detroit FBI Office

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Paul M. Abbate, a veteran FBI agent who has extensive experience in counterterrorism, has been named head of the Detroit FBI, Deadline Detroit has learned.

Abbate, replaces Robert Foley III, who recently transferred to Florida. John Shoup has been the acting head of the office in Detroit since Foley’s departure.

The FBI office in Detroit said Abbate will begin work here on Nov. 4.

Abbate, who has a law degree from the University of Connecticut, is currently the special agent in charge of counterterrorism at the Washington Field office.

He joined the FBI in 1996 and was first assigned to New York where he worked white-collar crimes, and was a member of the SWAT Team.

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Former Fox2 Reporter Simon Shaykhet Leaves Detroit FBI to Return to TV

FBI spokesman Simon Shaykhet being interviewed by WXYZ.

By Allan Lengel
Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — After 1 year and 10 months as the FBI spokesman in Detroit, Simon Shaykhet — the guy with the hard to spell last name — is returning to TV as a reporter.

“The FBI was a terrific experience and I was proud to be able to represent such a prestigious law enforcement organization,” Shaykhet told Deadline Detroit.

Shaykhet, 32, who worked for Fox2 for 5 1/2 years before joining the FBI, has joined WXYZ-TV as a general assignment and investigative reporter. He did an internship with WXYZ back in 2003.

Shaykhet, a Detroit native, was first hired at the FBI by Andy Arena, who then headed up the Detroit office. Arena was very outgoing and considered very press friendly. When Arena departed to head up the Detroit Crime Commission, he was replaced by Robert Foley III, who seemed less at ease with the press and was considerably lower profile. Foley transferred weeks ago to Florida.

Shayket insists both Arena and Foley were great to work for, acknowledging that each had a different style.

“Channel 7 was an excellent fit for me,” he said. “It was a great opportunity for me to go back to journalism, and it happened to occur just as my boss at the FBI was transferring to another position. ”

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FBI Agent Who Lectured Sports Teams about Drugs Dies at 67

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

James A. McIntosh was not just any lecturer.

The 6-foot-7 FBI agent was a basketball standout at Villanova University and considered a role model for many of the younger athletes he spoke to about the evils of drugs, the Philadelphia Daily News reports.

McIntosh died on June 29 after a battle with prostate cancer. He was 67.

McIntosh also held drug seminars for pro and college athletes, meeting with almost every team in the NFL and NBA.

McIntosh spent most of his career with the FBI working with the Philadelphia division, the Daily News reported.

Retired ATF Official Phillip R. Price Dies at Age 75

Phillip Price

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Phillip R. Price, a 23-year veteran of ATF, died Sunday morning. He was 75 and was from Lancaster, Ky.

After serving in the military, Price returned to his home state of Kentucky to become a state trooper.

In 1967, Price was recruited to join the Alcohol and Tobacco Tax Division of the IRS, (known today as the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and explosives, or, ATF).

During his 23 year career with ATF, Price held field and supervisory assignments in Kentucky, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and Washington,

DC, where he retired in 1988 as the Chief of the Special Operations Division. He retired from ATF in 1988.

After that, he began a second career as an investigator for the U.S. Department of State. He served the Bureau of Diplomatic Security for 25 years until his passing.

He is survived by his wife of 30 years, Deirdre. He is also survived by his sister, Helen Coburn of

Livermore, CA, his daughter Lori Gibbs of The Plains, VA, his son, Adam, of Washington, DC, his grandson, Matthew Gibbs of Pensacola, FL, his niece, Karen Stanfield of Lexington, his niece, Tammy Thurman of Livermore, CA, and his nephew, Tony Coburn of Sonoma, CA. Also mourning Phillip’s loss is Roxann Stacey of Sherrills Ford, NC, his first wife and the mother of his children, and her husband Anthony Stacey, with whom he remained close. He is preceded in death by his mother, Lilia Mae Price, and sister, Patsy Evans of Prestonsburg.

A viewing is planned for Friday, September 13, 2013 from 5:00pm to 8:00pm at Spurlin Funeral Home in Lancaster, Ky.Viewing will be followed by a brief service at 8:00pm.

 

 

It’s Official: James B. Comey Becomes the 7th FBI Director

FBI photo

 
By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Wednesday marked the start of a new era for the FBI.

After 12 years at the helm, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III was replaced by James B Comey.

As noted on the FBI website, Attorney General Eric Holder administered the oath of office at 4:32 p.m., making Comey the seventh director.

“I know Jim brings an impeccable sense of judgment, a commitment to innovative methods and tools, and a lifetime of experience to this new role—which is critical to the protection of our nation and its citizens,” said Attorney General Holder. “As a seasoned prosecutor, a proven leader, and a faithful advocate for the American people—and for the rule of law—I am confident that Jim Comey will continue to uphold the standards of excellence and integrity that the FBI’s outgoing Director, Bob Mueller, helped to establish.”

 

Boetig, Expert in Cyber Threats, Named Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Buffalo

SAC Boetig

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

An expert on cyber threats will serve as Special Agent in Charge of the FBI office in Buffalo, reports Buffalo News.

Brian P. Boetig, former director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force, was named Tuesday as the new head of the Buffalo office.

Boetig’s career with the FBI began in 1998. He worked as an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Virginia, and as an FBI Counterterrorism Division Liaison Officer to the CIA’s Counterterrorism Center, Buffalo News wrote.

Before joining the FBI, Boetig served as a police officer in Auburn, Alabama.

Boetig replaced Christopher Piehota, who departed in April to take the position of director of the Terrorist Screening Center in Washington D.C.

Denver’s ATF Head Lands Job As New Director of Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF’s head of the Denver field division has been named the new director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Denver Post reports.

The Navy announced Andrew Traver’s new position Friday.

“It is an awesome privilege to be chosen to lead a top-tier, elite agency in NCIS, and I intend to do my very best to ensure that NCIS continues to be a highly proficient, efficient and accomplished force, setting an inspiring professional standard for all to emulate,” Traver said.

Traver had been nominated by President Obama to become the new director of ATF, but his nomination stalled and never went anywhere.