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June 2021


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Retired DEA Supervisor John Cipriano Dies at Age 66

By Allan Lengel

Retired DEA supervisor John Cipriano, who investigated organized crime, has died at age 66, the New York Daily News reported. The cause of death was attributed to complications following a kidney transplant.

The Daily News reported that Cipriano retired in 1998 and joined the New York Civilian Complaint Review Board, where he investigated police misconduct up until 2005.

“He was a legend, a gentleman and the epitome of a DEA agent,”retired NYPD Detective Tommy Dades told the Daily News.

He was buried Sunday in Staten Island.

Karen Loeffler Sworn in as Alaska’s First Female U.S. Attorney

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Karen Loeffler/jason kohler-ktuu-tv

By Allan Lengel

Karen Loeffler officially became Alaska’s first female U.S. Attorney on Friday.

Loeffler was sworn in at a ceremony in the U.S. District Courthouse in Anchorage, KTUU-tv reported.

Former U.S. Attorney Robert Bundy administered the oath to Loeffler and described her as a brilliant attorney and state shooter, the tv station reported.

“Being the U.S. attorney is a big deal,” Loeffler said, according to the station. “It’s a very important office. There’s a lot of challenges that we have now. We have very good state and local partners, and we’re working very hard on addressing issues and hearing from people what the issues are.”

NY FBI Gives Dir. Community Leadership Award to Activist Devorah Halbertstam

Former US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, FBI Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) Joseph Demarest Devorah Halberstam and the Honorable Rudolph Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York. Photo credit: Matthew Coleman, FBI
Former US Attorney General Michael Mukasey, FBI Assistant Director in Charge (ADIC) Joseph Demarest Devorah Halberstam and the Honorable Rudolph Giuliani, Former Mayor of New York. Photo credit: Matthew Coleman, FBI

By Allan Lengel

Devorah Halberstam, whose son was killed in a terrorist attack on the Brooklyn Bridge in 1994, was honored last week with the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award. It honors individuals and organizations for their efforts in combating crime, terrorism, drugs, and violence.

The New York FBI Office gave her the award.

In a press release, the FBI said:

“On March 1, 1994, Devorah’s son, Ari Halberstam, was murdered in a terrorist attack on the Brooklyn Bridge. Following her son’s murder, Devorah committed herself to the fight against terrorism. She pounded the halls of Congress to change laws on immigration, terrorism and gun control. Working side by side with former Governor of New York George Pataki and other officials, she was instrumental in enacting the Anti-Terrorism Act of 2001, the first of its kind in New York State.

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Daphne Hearn to Head FBI’s Intelligence Division in LA

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Daphne Hearn/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Daphne Hearn, special assistant to FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III, has been named special agent in charge of the bureau’s Intelligence Division in Los Angeles

Hearn, a Kansas City, Mo. native, began her FBI career in 1991. She started out in Buffalo and got involved in an organized crime investigation into an international illegal gambling operation with links to the mob in several cities, the FBI said.

In May 1998, she was went off to the Chicago division where she worked organized crime involving the town of Cicero, Ill.

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Retired FBI Fingerprinting Supervisor Elizabeth Eaton Dies at Age 103

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By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Elizabeth Eaton, a 30-year veteran of  the FBI, who retired in 1972 as the unit supervisor in the fingerprinting division, died last month in Washington at age 103 from atherosclerosis, the Washington Post reported.

The long time Washington resident was born in Cortland, N.Y. and moved to the Washington area in 1927, the Post reported.

She was a member of the Chevy Chase United Methodist Church and held cookie-decorating parties in her neighborhood, the Post reported.

FBI’s Kevin Favreau and Bill Lewis Get New Posts

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Kevin Favreau/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON – There’s been a little game of musical chairs at the FBI as of late.

Kevin Favreau is leaving the mothership in Washington to become special agent in charge of the FBI’s Las Vegas Division. He was mostly recently assistant director of the Directorate of Intelligence at headquarters.

Bill L. Lewis has been named special agent in charge for the FBI’s Criminal Division in Los Angeles. He was most recently the FBI’s legal attaché in Baghdad.

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Bill Lewis/fbi photo

Favreau replaces Steve Martinez, who goes from Las Vegas to Los Angeles where he was named assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Los Angeles Division.

Read Press Release on Bill Lewis

Read Press Release on Kevin Favreau

FBI Names Jeffrey Johnson Assist. Dir. for Office of Inform. Tech. Systems

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Jeffrey Johnson/fbi photo

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Jeffrey C. Johnson has been named the FBI’s assistant director for the Office of Information Technology Systems Development. He will also assume the role of the agency’s chief technology officer, the FBI announced Thursday.

Before joining the bureau in August, he worked in the private sector where “he managed a variety of information technology development projects. He provided enterprise instant messaging platforms and managed world-class solutions for server build, patching, server management, server imaging, and host intrusion prevention,” the FBI said in a press release.

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Atty. Herbert Miller Who Helped Convict Hoffa and Brokered Nixon Pardon Dies at Age 85

Miller Helped Convict James Hoffa
Miller Helped Convict James Hoffa

By Allan Lengel

WASHINGTON — Herbert J. “Jack” Miller Jr. lead the Justice Department’s  war on organized crime in the 1960s under Atty. Gen. Robert Kennedy,  and helped convict legendary Teamster James Hoffa ,  according to the Washington Post.

On the flip side, as a top notch D.C. defense attorney, he brokered President Richard Nixon’s pardon and represented politico types on both sides of the isle. The Post reports that Miller died in Rockville, Md., on Nov. 14 at age 85 of renal failure after being treated for influenza.

Reporter Matt Schudel put together a nice obituary on a man who accomplished so much. To read click here.