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Richard DesLauriers, Head of Boston FBI, Announces He’s Retiring And Joining Private Sector

Richard DesLauriers

Steve Neavling

Richard DesLauriers, who has led the Boston FBI office since July 2010, announced he’s retiring from the bureau and taking a job in the private sector, The Boston Globe reports.

DesLauriers, who most recently led the response to the Boston Marathon bombings, will retire effective July 13 as he prepares to take a job as vice-president corporate security with Penske Group, a suburban Detroit transportation company, the Globe reported.

DesLauriers also is known for helping capture mobster James “Whitey” Bulger.

“I think it’s been a very eventful three years,” he said. “We’ve had some tremendous accomplishments.”


Veteran Detroit ATF Agent Kim Marie Battle Dies at Age 47

By Allan Lengel

Kim Battle

DETROIT — Kim Marie Battle, a veteran ATF agent in Detroit, mother of a 12-year-old daughter,  and a loyal fan of local Detroit sports teams, died early this month after battling breast cancer. She was 47.

Her motto was: “Courage is being afraid, but going on anyhow.”

Battle came from a family tradition of law enforcement. Her father, Richard “Dick” Newcomb was a Detroit Police detective for more than 32 years.

Her father encouraged her to enter law enforcement. She began her career as a pre-trial specialist at Recorder’s Court in downtown Detroit.

According to close friend Jennifer Granzow , she was humbled by the responsibility of serving the citizens.

She grew up in Southwest Detroit, graduated Bishop Borgess High School and Wayne State University.

Friends says she was a a loyal fan of the Michigan Wolverines, Detroit Tigers and Detroit Red Wings.

People who knew her say she enjoyed spending time with family, friends and her four-legged “girls”  (her three dogs). Kim was a member of St. Paul’s Evangelical Lutheran Church, in Livonia, Mich.

Kim is survived by her mother, Marie Josephine Newcomb, and her daughter Delaney Marie Battle.

“Kim’s daughter was the light of her life,” said Granzow. “Delaney is a loving, resilient and delightful twelve year old. She was by Kim’s side throughout her struggle and reminded all at the memorial, that those closest to Kim are ‘thankful that God has taken Kim out of her battle with cancer.’”

Granzow added: “Kim was better than a sister. I miss her.”

Bernard La Forest, the former head of the Detroit ATF Division, who hired Battle, wrote:

“One of my heroes, Kim “Newcomb” Battle has taken the walk … those sacred steps we must all tread someday. She was true to what her last name bespoke—a tenacious fighter. To the law enforcement profession she loved so much, she was a proud member. A Senior Special Agent with ATF, Kim battled breast cancer with grit and firm resolve. It was not unlike how her father faced off against his life-ending illness. Richard “Dick” Newcomb, was a retired DPD Detective. Kim, Dick, and my own DPD partner and brother—Paul La Forest, have provided us with gallant benchmarks on how one projects strength and dignity when the end is in sight. God bless them all!”

“Kim and her dad were “solid blue through-and-through'”

The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, will be held in Livonia on June 8  and “Kim’s Battle Brigade,” will be there to honor her memory. (For information on that click here.)

Those who have a memory of Kim they’d like to share with her daughter, please send a postcard, note or photo for a memory book for Delaney to: Attn: Ms. Jennifer Granzow, P.O. Box 372, Plainwell, MI 49080.

A trust has been created for Delaney. Contributions may be sent to the  P.O. Box above.


Philadelphia Division of ATF Has New Leader with 20 Years of Federal Law Enforcement Experience

Steve Neavling 

Twenty-year veteran Essam Rabadi became the new special agent in charge this month, reports.

Rabadi, a native of Yonkers, N.Y., became an ATF special agent in 1992, three years after he started off as a local police officer, reported. Rabadi supervised the Philadelphia division’s drug-trafficking task force from 2000 to 2005.

Rabadi’s new job requires him to oversee 14 ATF offices in Pennsylvania.

“ATF remains dedicated to identifying, targeting, and investigating violent criminals who prey upon innocent citizens and lessen the quality of life in our neighborhoods,” Rabadi said in a statement.

New Special Agent in Charge Takes Over FBI Office in Denver

Steve Neavling

 The FBI’s Denver office has a new leader. 

Thomas P. Ravenelle, who most recently served in the inspection division at FBI’s headquarters in Washington D.C., has been named as special agent in charge of the Denver office, CBS Denver reports.

He replaces James Yacone, who left in March to work for the Virginia-based Critical Incident Response Group.

Most recently, Ravenelle led inspections of FBI offices and investigated FBI-involved shootings.

Yacone launched his career with the FBI in 1987.

Kevin Cornelius to Head FBI’s Cincinnati Division

By Allan Lengel

Kevin R. Cornelius, who most recently served as chief of the Tactical Section within the Critical Incident Response Group (CIRG) and commander of the Hostage Rescue Team (HRT), was named head of the Cincinnati FBI.

Cornelius joined the FBI in 1991 and was first assigned to the Indianapolis Field Office, where he worked violent crime and major offender investigations. In 1994, he joined HRT and served for five years.

In 2003, he became the supervisor of the southern Ohio Joint Terrorism Task Force in the FBI’s Columbus Resident Agency.

In January 2008, he was named assistant special agent in charge for the National Security Branch of the Cincinnati Field Office and was responsible for managing the Counterterrorism, Counterintelligence, Cyber, and Intelligence programs.

He was the FBI’s on-scene commander in Iraq and Afghanistan during 2008 to 2009 and oversaw personnel in both theaters.

In 2011, he was promoted to the Senior Executive Service and his leadership role within CIRG.

He has been an adjunct faculty member with the University of Virginia at the FBI Academy’s Leadership Development Institute, where he taught graduate- and undergraduate-level courses for the FBI’s National Academy.


Director Appoints Agents to Head Offices in Charlotte, Newark and Phoenix

Aaron Ford


John Strong

By Allan Lengel

Douglas Price

The FBI has announced the appointment of agents to head offices in Charlotte, Newark and Phoenix.

John A. Strong, who was deputy assistant director in the Criminal Justice Information Services Division in Clarksburg, W. Va., will head up the Charlotte office.

Douglas G. Price, who most recently served as chief of the Employee Development and Selection Program Section in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters, will head up the Phoenix Division.

And Aaron T. Ford, who served most recently as the special agent in charge of the Memphis Division heads north to head up the Newark Division.



Former Head of FBI’s Office in Buffalo Is Expected to Enter Mayoral Race in Buffalo

Steve Neavling 

Bernard Tolbert, the former head of the FBI office in Buffalo, is entering the mayoral race as a Democrat and will take incumbent Byron Brown, the Buffalo News reports.

Tolbert, 64, is expected to soon file his paperwork for a campaign finance committee.

A Buffalo native and FBI veteran, Tolbert has been quiet about his intentions.

Brown, however, is considered the favorite as he seeks a third term.

New Head of FBI Office in Philadelphia Finds Inspiration from Old Photo of His Dad

Ed Hanko

Steve Neavling

When Ed Hanko took over as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Philadelphia office, he prominently displayed a photo of his father standing with about 60 other helmeted coal miners at a plant in Pennsylvania, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The weathered black-and-white photo on his bookshelf reminds Hanko of how hard is father worked without making it to high school. 

The Inquirer wrote that Hanko was 12 when he and his father toured the mine. When they re-emerged, his father told Hanko to stay in school and get a good job.

“Whenever I feel like I’m having a bad day,” Hanko, now 52, said, “I look at the picture of my father.”