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Ex-Fed Prosecutor Named U.S. Magistrate in Baltimore

Stephanie Gallagher

By Allan Lengel

Former Baltimore federal prosecutor Stephanie A. Gallagher has been named a U.S. District Magistrate Judge in Baltimore.

Gallagher, 38, served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Baltimore office for seven years before forming the firm Levin & Gallagher in Baltimore.

At the U.S. Attorney’s Office she investigated and prosecuted a number of high profile cases involving public corruption, money laundering, RICO, mail and wire fraud, bank fraud, tax offenses, and narcotics trafficking. She is a graduate of Harvard Law School.

Steven Levin, her law partner and former supervisor at the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a statement:

“I have had the honor of working with Stephanie both in government service, where she proved herself to be a dedicated public servant, and in the private sector, where she has shown herself to be a consummate professional through the exercise of her sound judgment and constant adherence to the highest ethical standards.’

Levin is a contributing columnist for

DEA Releases Touching Photo of Baby Who was Born After Agent Father Died in Helicopter Crash in Afghanistan

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — The DEA on Tuesday released a touching photo taken last September which showed its Chief of Operations Thomas Harrigan holding a baby of Forrest Leamon, one of three DEA agents killed in a U.S. military helicopter crash on Oct. 26, 2009.

The baby, Luke Leamon,  was born on April 8, 2010, about five months after his father’s death.

The photo (on the right) which also shows agent Leamon, was one of several pictures posted on the agency’s website Tuesday as part of a slide show on “The DEA 2010 Year in Photos.”

The helicopter agent Leamon crashed while returning from a joint counternarcotics mission in western Afghanistan, the DEA said. The other agents killed in the crash included Chad L. Michael and Michael E. Weston.

Leamon, 37, became a DEA agent in 2002 and served at the Washington Field Division and in the El Paso Field Division until 2007, when he joined the FAST team (Foreign-deployed Advisory and Support Teams) in Afghanistan.

Charlotte FBI Agent Jerry Senatore — “Mr Relentless” — Dies at Age 46

Jerry Senatore/charlotte observer

By Allan Lengel

The Charlotte Observer noted of Jerry Senatore: “As a boy, Jerry Senatore turned to his mother after an episode of the TV cop show ‘Dragnet’ and proclaimed: ‘Mom, I am going to be an FBI agent one day’.”

Last week, Senatore, who spent 20 years in the FBI’s Charlotte Division — the last seven lead a SWAT team, died from non-Hodgkins lyphoma at Duke University Hospital in Durham, N.C., the Charlotte Observer reported. He was 46.

The paper noted that his friends and colleagues referred to him as “Mr. Relentless,” because of his toughness to battle his disease and the way he went after criminals.

“Jerry was a natural-born leader and protector,” FBI special agent Jim Page of Raleigh, Senatore’s second in command on the SWAT team told the Charlotte Observer. “He cared for everybody. He invested in you… Whenever we were on a mission, he’d pull the team together and say: ‘OK guys, it’s 5:30 in the morning, it’s cold out and we’re going after a very bad man. There’s no place I’d rather be.’

“And he meant it.”

The funeral for the father of three is Monday.

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Teresa Chambers to Return as U.S. Park Police Chief on Jan. 31

Teresa Chambers/gov photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Ousted U.S. Park Police Chief Teresa Chambers will return to her old job on Jan. 31,  U.S. Secretary of Interior Ken Salazar announced.

Chambers was fired in 2004 for publicly voicing concerns about budget shortfalls and staff shortages which she said left citizens vulnerable to crime.

The Merit Systems Protection Board earlier this month ruled that she could have her job back, plus more than six years of back pay. It concluded that the evidence against her was weak, and that the Interior Department retaliated against her.

“It is a tremendous honor to return to the United States Park Police and to work alongside the men and women of that organization who have the privilege of serving the law enforcement profession while also serving our country,” Chambers said in a statement.

In announcing her official reinstatement, Salazar said that the current chief Sal Lauro has agreed to serve as a Senior Advisor to the Interior Department.

“In that position, Chief Lauro will work closely with Kim Thorsen, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Law Enforcement, Security and Emergency Management to launch a comprehensive review of all aspects of the Department’s and Bureaus’ law enforcement activities and programs,” a press release said.

“Chief Lauro and Deputy Assistant Secretary Thorsen will provide recommendations to the Secretary, Assistant Secretary, and Bureau heads on how to strengthen law enforcement throughout the Department and its agencies.”

Retired ATF Official Bernie La Forest Pens 2nd Book

Bernie La Forest/facebook

By Allan Lengel

Bernie La Forest, who headed up ATF offices in Kansas City, Detroit, Phoenix and Los Angeles before retiring, has just penned his second suspense novel —  “In The Red Dragon’s Shadow.

The murder mystery is chock full of international intrigue and involves the ATF, Detroit Police, guns, radical Muslims from Iraq, Iran and China and assassinations. It was just released.

La Forest says the story in his latest book “reboots” a few years after the conclusion of his first book “Shadow Partners”, which was released in 2010.

La Forest, a former Detroit cop, retired from ATF in 1998 and then worked as a contractor for the agency on a gun trace project from 2002 to 2007.

The book is available on

Secret Service Employee Dies While Fighting a Fire in Baltimore County

Mark Falkenhan/baltimore co. photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — An Emergency Services specialist for U.S. Secret Service died Wednesday while fighting a four-alarm fire as a Lutherville, Md., volunteer firefighter in Baltimore County.

Mark G. Falkenhan, 43, a four year employee of the Secret Service, died in a blaze, which was called in as a kitchen fire around at 6:18 p.m.,  according to a press release from the Baltimore County Fire Protection, Emergency Medical Services and Rescue. The fire quickly escalated.

“On Wednesday evening, January 19, the U.S. Secret Service lost not only a dedicated employee, but a close friend, colleague and public servant,” U.S. Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan said in a statement.

“Mark is one of many Secret Service employees who volunteer their off-duty time to local fire and emergency rescue departments. Mark’s devotion to public service was indicative of the strength of character he possessed and we share in the grief of his loss.”

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ATF’s Robert Browning to Head Columbus Division

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Robert J. Browning,  Deputy Director of the Terrorist Explosive Device Analytical Center at Quantico, has been named head of ATF’s Columbus, Ohio field division.

A 23-year veteran of ATF, Browning worked at Quantico as part of a multi-agency organization responsible for analyzing improvised explosive device (IED) evidence, primarily from Iraq and Afghanistan, ATF said.

ATF’s Columbus Field Division is comprised of Ohio and part of Indiana.

Browning is a native of Mobile, Ala. and a graduate of Loyola University in New Orleans, La. and holds a Graduate Certificate in Criminal Justice from the University of Virginia, according to a press release.

During his 23 year career with ATF, he has served as Chief, Public Affairs Division at headquarters; Assistant Special Agent in Charge, New Orleans Field Division; Supervisory Special Agent, Special Operations Division, Washington, D.C.; Resident Agent in Charge, Youngstown, Ohio; Public Information Officer, Atlanta, Ga. and Special Agent, Little Rock, Ark.

John Dowdy Jr. Named Court Appointed U.S. Atty in Mississippi

John Dowdy/doj photo

By Allan Lengel

John M. Dowdy Jr., who has been the acting first assistant U.S. Attorney for the past year, is now the court-appointed U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Mississippi, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.

He replaces Donald R. Burkhalter, who retired this month.

Dowdy was appointed by Chief U.S. District Judge Louis Guirola Jr. Dowdy, a veteran federal prosecutor who has been with the office since 1988, had previously served as chief of the criminal division since 2004. He will likely serve as U.S. Attorney until president Obama appoints someone to the post.