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Home Depot Worker Charged on Accusations of Planting Bomb in Store for Ransom Money

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A Home Depot worker has been arrested for threatening to detonate bombs inside the stores unless he received $2 million in ransom money, the New York Daily News reports.

Daniel Patrick Sheehan, 50, threatened to shut down all Long Island stores on Black Friday by detonating three pipe bombs inside Home Depots, the Daily News wrote.

Police found one working pipe bomb.

After lowering his ransom demand to $1 million, Sheehan sent another letter saying he would pick up the money while being “wired up like a Christmas tree,” the Daily News reported, citing a complaint unsealed in Long Island Federal Court.

Sheehan was caught after police traced his phone number when he called to complain that the money drop was crawling with cops in late October.

Former ICE Leader Set to Be Sentenced on Child Porn Charge Today

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The former special agent in charge of ICE’s South Florida office is set to be sentenced today on a child pornography charge, WPTV reports.

Anthony Mangione, who was a leading crusader against child pornography, faces a mandatory sentence of at least five years in prison, according to WPTV.

Authorities recently said they also discovered that Mangione used his ICE expertise to wipe clean 150 pieces of child porn from his personal computer.

Mangione’s attorney said his client suffers from a mental disorder that makes him sexually attracted to children, WPTV reported.

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President Obama Set to Replace Mueller As FBI Director in What Could Be a Difficult Appointment

Robert Mueller

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

 President Obama will soon decide on a successor for Robert Mueller, the longest-serving FBI director since J. Edgar Hoover, the USA Today reports.

Replacing Mueller, who is set to leave in 2013 after Congress extended his 10-year term at Obama’s request, won’t be easy for an agency that investigates crime globally, federal law enforcement analysts told the USA Today.

The FBI Agents Association said new leadership must understand the agency’s many focuses, “from Bloods street gangs to mortgage fraud to Russian sleeper cells.”

Don Borelli, a former assistant agent-in-charge of the FBI’s New York division, said the next director needs to be well-rounded and able to steer a big ship.

“The biggest challenges facing the next director are organizational,” he told the USA Today. “It’s how you direct a large organization, provide it the resources it needs to function. Obviously, you need someone who knows the nuances of politics and could be confirmed (by Congress).”

He added: “No matter who gets the job, though, there is going to skepticism, because agents by nature are skeptical. But what you need is someone who can take over like a CEO of a big corporation.”

FBI Joins Probe of Racist Graffiti at Church, Election Polling Location

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI has joined an investigation into racist graffiti spray-painted on a suburban Detroit church that also was serving as an Election Day poling place, the Associated Press reports.

Bishop-Elect James Richard Evans Sr. said he believes the graffiti, which included an anti-black slur, was intended to intimidate voters.

Racial problems are nothing new in Mt. Clemens, where many African Americans are moving to escape high crime in Detroit.

The AP wrote that FBI Special Agent Jeffrey Eberle spoke about racial equality to an audience of about 100 at the church.

Jared Loughner Gets 7 Consecutive Life Sentences in Arizona Mass Killings

Jared Loughner/pima county sheriff photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Crazed gunman Jared Loughner, who killed six people in 2011 including a federal judge and wounded 13 including Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, was sentenced Thursday in Tucson to seven consecutive life sentences.

U.S. District Judge Larry Burns on Thursday called the sentence “astronomical” and “justified” because Loughner, 24, “knew what he was doing,” according to the Arizona Republic.

“The facts show he traveled there with the purpose of shooting Ms. Giffords,” Burns said.

The 2 1/2 hour hearing including comments from Loughner’s victims.

To read more click here.

 

 

Controversy Brewing in New Orleans Over Allegations Prosecutor Posted Harsh Comments Online Under “Eweman”

U.S. Atty Jim Letten/gov photo

By John Simerman
New Orleans Times-Picayune

NEW ORLEANS — Two of U.S. Attorney Jim Letten’s strongest backers in Washington expressed concern Wednesday about the recent allegation that a second top prosecutor in his office had posted intemperate remarks online taking bitter aim at targets of federal probes.

Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La. and Sen. David Vitter, R-La., both sounded troubled about the charge by River Birch landfill magnate Fred Heebe that First Assistant U.S. Attorney Jan Mann is the caustic online author “eweman.”

Vitter also said he is worried about the delayed public response from Letten, who has yet to offer any public defense of Mann or specifics on the case since Heebe filed his defamation lawsuit against her on Friday.

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FBI Agent, Reporter Published Book About Bizarre Heist

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A retired FBI agent and newspaper reporter have written a book about the bizarre bank heist involving a pipe bomb that exploded around the neck of a pizza delivery driver, the Associated Press reports.

The book, “Pizza Bomber: The Untold Story of America’s Most Shocking Bank Robbery,” was released Tuesday.

The idea behind the book is to provide new details and dispel claims that the pizza delivery driver, Brian Wells, was an innocent pawn in a sophisticated heist, the AP reports.

Retired FBI special agent Jerry Clark worked on the 2003 case that involved a strange list of characters and said Wells was not the innocent victim he pretended to be.

Clark said Wells “Brian Wells “had some association with these people and had some cooperation with committing this crime,” the AP wrote.

Autopsy: Border Patrol Agent Died from Gunshot to Head During Suspected Friendly Fire Shooting

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 A long-awaited autopsy has revealed that a U.S. Border Patrol agent died of a gunshot wound to the head by what federal authorities describe as friendly fire along the Arizona-Mexico border, CNN reports.

The report, released Wednesday, shows that Nicholas J. Ivie, 30, of Provo, Utah, died Oct. 2 by a “penetrating gunshot wound of the head involving the brain.”

Ivie was responding to an alarm at the border when he became involved in a shootout that also wounded another agent.

In a preliminary investigation, the FBI said evidence suggests the shooting was between Border Patrol agents who had become confused.