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September 2022


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Nathan T. Gray Named Head of FBI’s Phoenix Office

By Allan Lengel
WASHINGTON — Nathan T. Gray, a native Kansan and 18-year veteran of the FBI has been named special agent in charge of the bureau’s Phoenix Division.
Gray has served in various field offices including Houston and Cincinnati.
In 1997, he was promoted to a supervisory position in the Organized Crime Section at headquarters and was detailed to the CIA’s Crime and Narcotics Center, the FBI said.
In 2000, he became a supervisor of the FBI’s Domestic Terrorism Squad in Columbus, Ohio.
After Sept. 11, 2001, he was temporarily posted in the Islamabad and Riyadh Legal Attache Offices, the FBI said.
In 2006, he was named special agent in charge of the Charlotte office.

Departing Kansas City U.S. Atty. Remembered for His Visual Aids

U.S. Atty. John Wood/doj photo

U.S. Atty. John Wood/doj photo

He came into the job when the Justice Department was embroiled in controversy. But he managed to navigate in the job with skill.

By Mark Morris
Kansas City Star
KANSAS CITY — John F. Wood loves visual aids.

If he left one lasting impression during his 22-month tenure as U.S. attorney in Kansas City, it was of him standing at a news conference, pointing to a map or chart that, depending on the case, showed how:

•Chinese women were trafficked into Johnson County massage parlors.

•Illegally obtained tax refunds traveled from bank accounts in Kansas City to Kenya.

•Contributions to a Columbia nonprofit purportedly supported a terrorist-linked orphanage in Pakistan.

•Raw materials from China allegedly contributed to an illegal scheme to make and sell anabolic steroids in the U.S.

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Terrorism Suspect Going to U.S. Court (Washington Post)

Missouri U.S. Atty. John Wood Leaving For D.C. Wall Street Law Firm

U.S. Atty. John Wood/doj photo

U.S. Atty. John Wood/doj photo

By Allan Lengel
The exodus of U.S. Attorneys continues around the country with the latest, John F. Wood of the Western District of Missouri, who will step down Saturday to take a job at a Washington Wall Street firm, Hughes Hubbard  & Reed.

Wood, a Bush appointee, began serving in April 2007.
Before becoming U.S. Attorney, he was the chief of staff for U.S. Homeland Security.

During his tenure, his office handled a number of large scale cases including the indictment of two Chinese companies and their top executives for alleged export of tainted pet food ingredients to the U.S.

He has also served on the Attorney General’s advisory committees on Terrorism & National Security and White Collar Crime.

“Service as U.S. Attorney for the Western District has been the highest honor of my professional career,” he said in a prepared statement.

Chicago FBI Gives NBC Executive Larry Wert Citizen Award

CHICAGO — Larry Wert, President of the Central and Western Region of NBC Local Media, is the 2008 Chicago recipient of the FBI Director’s Community Leadership Award, the FBI in Chicago announced.
Commenting on the award, in a prepared statement, FBI Director Robert S. Mueller III said Telemundo Chicago (WSNS-TV), a subsidiary of NBC Universal, has provided has provided invaluable help in the past year by airing its “Unsolved Crimes” segment.
Each of the 56 FBI field offices give the award to a citizen.

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Retired DEA Agent Stanley M. “Mike” Grobe Dies at Age 65

Chicago Tribune
Stanley M. “Mike” Grobe, age 65, of Kankakee, IL, U.S. Army Veteran, Special Agent for the DEA, retired after an illustrious career of 31 years.
Son of the late Stanley Myers Grobe and MinnieGertrude Chapman; husband of Christine K., nee Miller; father of Alexa Miller Grobe, Christian Miller Grobe, Janna (David) Viverito and Erik Grobe; brother of Sharon Kay (Charles) Perry of Huntington, WV and the late Ronnie Grobe; uncle of several nieces and nephews.\
Visitation Thursday,4 p.m. until time of Funeral Service 8 p.m., at theKankakee Chapel of the Schreffler Funeral Homes.\

Former Secret Service Agent Jon MacDonald to Be Inducted into Maine Sports Hall of Fame

By Allan Lengel
Jon MacDonald, a former U.S. Secret Service aqent, will  be among nine people inducted into the Maine  Sports Hall of Fame on May 31, the Maine Sunday Telegram reported.
MacDonald played basketball, football (four years as quarterback) and baseball (four years as shortstop) at Stearns High School in Millinocket, Maine, the paper reported.
As a guard on the basketball team, he scored 1,223 points and was selected to the Parade magazine All-American high school basketball team. He earned a scholarship to the University of Maryland, where he was co-captain of the team in 1969.
MacDonald served all around the country as an agent for the Secret Service from 1970 to 1990. In 2006, he was inducted into the New England Basketball Hall of Fame at the University of Rhode Island.

Colorado U.S. Atty. Troy Eid Steps Down to Run for State Atty. Gen.

Ex-U.S. Atty. Troy Eid

Ex-U.S. Atty. Troy Eid

By Allan Lengel

Colorado U.S. Atty. Troy Eid , the first Egyptian-American U.S. Attorney,  has resigned to launch a bid for for state Attorney General in 2010.
In a recent press conference, he said he was excited to run for state office and mentioned that his wife Allison Eid, a Colorado State Supreme Court Justice, had agreed to resign if he’s elected to avoid any conflict of interest.
That, he said, “gives you an idea how serious I am.”
In the meantime, Eid, 44, who stepped down earlier this month, is returning to his old law firm Greenberg Traurig, where he worked from 2003 to 2006. He said he will be doing environmental litigation.
“No one asked me to leave,” Eid said about his resignation. “I’ve always believed in Frank Sinatra. I’m doing it my way and I’m going out the way I want to go out.”
Assistant U.S. Atty. David M. Gaouette, 54, is the acting Colorado U.S. Attorney.

FBI Agent Stephen Tidwell Who Worked on D.C. Sniper and 9/11 is Calling it Quits After 25 Years

After 25 years and investigations that have included the D.C. snipercase and the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks, FBI agent J. Stephen Tidwell is calling it quits.

Annapolis Capitol

Crofton resident J. Stephen Tidwell has had an exciting career with the FBI since 1983.
He currently holds the bureau’s fourth-highest position, and during his career he led the investigation into Flight 77, the American Airlines flight that crashed into the Pentagon during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. He also was in charge of the FBI’s October 2002 sniper investigation in Washington, D.C.
In 2004, he also was the on-scene commander for the FBI during the 2004 Athens Summer Olympics.
But all that FBI excitement will end for him this month, when he retires at age 56. It will likely be replaced by some Harley riding and golfing.

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