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Mexican Authorities Say Drug Cartel Shot and Killed ICE Agent

ICE Agent Jaime Zapata/ice photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

No surprise.

Mexican authorities are saying that two ICE agents who were shot in the northern part of the country Tuesday were ambushed on a road about four hours north of Mexico City by drug cartel gunmen, the Washington Post reports. One died and the other was wounded and is stable condition.

The paper reported that the governor of San Luis Potosi, Fernando Toranzo, where the shootings took place, were killed by the same cartel that has wreaked havoc in his state.

The paper reported that the agent killed has been identified as Jaime Zapata, 32. The other agent, whose name has not been released, was taken to a hospital in Houston. They were assigned to the ICE attache in Mexico City.

The paper reported that the Mexican government bans U.S. law enforcement personnel from carrying guns.

A press release said that Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and Attorney Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. had decided to form a joint task force, led by the FBI, to track down the perpetrators.

Agent Zapata joined ICE in 2006 and was assigned to the Office of the Deputy Special Agent in Charge in Laredo, Tex., where he served on the Human Smuggling and Trafficking Unit as well as the Border Enforcement Security Task Force, ICE said in a statement.

He began his federal law enforcement career with the Department of Homeland Security as a member of the U.S. Border Patrol in Yuma, Az. A native of Brownsville, Tex., he graduated from the University of Texas at Brownsville in 2005 with a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice.

Slain Dep. Marshal Had Been With Agency For a Little Over a Year

Dep. U.S. Marshal Derek Hotsinpiller/facebook

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A deputy U.S. Marshal killed Wednesday while trying to serve a warrant in West Virginia has been identified as Derek Hotsinpiller, 24, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page. He had been a deputy Marshal for just over a year.

Two other deputy Marshals were shot, but suffered non-life threatening wounds, according to the Charleston Gazette. The gunman was shot and killed.

The Marshals, along with West Virginia State police, had gone to the house of Charles E. Smith, 50, in Elkins, W. Va.  to serve an arrest warrant for Smith who was wanted on drug charges. After the deputy Marshals entered the home, Smith opened fire with a shotgun. Hotsinpiller was shot in the neck, authorities said.

The Officer Down Memorial Page reported that the slain Marshal was the son of a former police officer. His brother is also a police officer in West Virginia.

Ex-FBI Agent Paul Lindsay Returns to the Motown for Book Tour

Paul Lyndsay

By Susan Whitall
The Detroit News

DETROIT — As a thriller author, Paul Lindsay doesn’t have to burn hours of time interviewing FBI agents or homicide detectives to get it right.

As Lindsay puts it, “I’ve got all my research down.” That’s because the author of “The Bricklayer” and his latest thriller, “Agent X” (both written under the nom de plume Noah Boyd), is a former FBI agent himself, with 20 years in the bureau’s Detroit office under his belt.

As an FBI agent, he spent years chasing down criminals like Benjamin Atkins, the Highland Park strangler, who murdered women along the Woodward Corridor in 1991 and 1992. Lindsay retired in 1993, after writing a book highly critical of his bosses.

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Reader Comments

Comment from Jim Burdick | [e]
Time February 16, 2011 at 12:04 pm

I read “The Bricklayer,” and it was terrific. Congrats to you, Paul, and I hope you’re bringing that character back, and soon. Jim Burdick

Ex-New Orleans U.S. Atty. John Volz Who Prosecuted Governor and Crime Boss Dies at Age 74


By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former New Orleans U. S Attorney John Volz, who prosecuted such notables  as crime boss Carlos Marcello, former Gov. Edwin Edwards and former New Orleans District Attorney Harry Connick, died in Tulsa Saturday morning after a lengthy illness, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported. The Carter appointee was 74.

U.S. District Judge Lance Africk, who worked for Mr. Volz in the U.S. Attorney’s office, said Mr. Volz was an honorable man who loved his family and friends.

“As U.S. attorney there was only one trail he followed – the trail of evidence,” U.S. District Judge Lance Africk, who worked for Volz in the U.S. Attorney’s Office, told the Picayune. “He was a fearless advocate for the community. And he was fearless when it came to public corruption cases.”

Mr. Volz, a New Orleans native, held the job from 1978 to 1990, the paper reported. In recent years, he worked as an administrative law judge in Tulsa, until his retirement in December, the paper reported.

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Ex-Fed Prosecutor Mark Hulkower Who Convicted CIA Agent Aldrich Ames Dies at age 53

Mark Hulkower/steptoe-johnson photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

A former Washington area federal prosecutor who helped put away some key spies including CIA double-agent Aldrich Ames, died this past weekend of colon cancer, the Washington Post reported. He was 53.

Mark J. Hulkower, 53, worked at the U.S. Attorney’s office in Alexandria, Va.,from 1989 to 1995 and went into private practice where he defended clients from companies like Enron and Blackwater, the Post reported. He was a partner at the D.C. firm of Steptoe and Johnson at the time of his death.

During his reign as a federal prosecutor, the Post reported, that he got convictions in spy cases that included defendants Frank Nesbitt, a one-time Marine who passed secrets to the Russians; Frederick C. Hamilton, a Defense Intelligence Agency researcher who gave secrets to the Ecuador and Steven J. Lalas, a State Department staffer who spied for Greece.

“No matter how overwhelming the evidence can be, prosecuting espionage cases is never easy,” John L. Martin, the retired chief of internal security at the Justice Department told the Post. “Mark was prepared to the teeth.”

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Ex-Nashville U.S. Atty. John Roberts Dies at age 74

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Former Nashville U.S. Attorney John Roberts, who served during the Clinton administration, died Sunday after a long illness, the Memphis Post reported. He was 74.

After leaving his post, Roberts served as executive director of the Livingston-Overton County Chamber of Commerce.

Previously, he served as a General Sessions Court judge.

The paper reported that he briefly returned to the bench in 2006 at the request of Gov. Phil Bredesen. He temporarily filled a vacancy due to a contested election.

Frank Figliuzzi Named Assist. Director of FBI’s Counterintelligence Division

C. Frank Figliuzzi/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

WASHINGTON — C. Frank Figliuzzi, deputy assistant director of the FBI Counterintelligence Division at headquarters, gets a bump up to the assistant director spot.

“Frank is a seasoned investigator and an experienced manager, and he knows the threats the FBI and our country face,” FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said in a statement. “He’s well-suited to lead our Counterintelligence Division.”

Figliuzzi, who headed up the Cleveland FBI from 2006 to 2010, joined the FBI in 1997, and was first assigned to the Atlanta office where he worked terrorism and foreign counterintelligence.

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Retired FBI Agent John Wills Publishes Third Novel

John Wills

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Retired FBI agent John M. Wills keeps cranking out the books.

He’s just penned this third suspense novel “Targeted” as part of his “Chicago Warriors Thriller” series.

The ex-FBI agent and former Chicago cop has written a novel about a sniper who targets and kills cops in Chicago, rocking the Windy City.

As a part of the complex tale, a Catholic priest is arrested for child molestation, but flees Chicago after being freed on bond. The two story lines collide.

The book was published by TotalRecall Publications, Inc. and is set to go on sale April 6.

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