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Renoir Painting Stolen at Gunpoint Makes FBI’s Top Ten Art Crimes List

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

 The FBI has added a stolen Renoir painting to its global gallery of most wanted art pieces, the bureau announced Tuesday.

Last year an armed man with a ski mask swiped the painting, “Madeleine Leaning Her Elbow with Flowers in Her Hair,” from a private Texas home.

“We hope that adding the Renoir to the FBI’s Top Ten list and publicizing the reward of up to $50,000 for information leading to the recovery of the painting will prompt someone to come forward,” said Peter Schneider, a sergeant with the Houston Police Department and a member of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force in Houston.

Schneider said the theft is among the most high-profile art heist he’s encountered.

Click here to read the FBI’s press release.

Slain Border Patrol Agent Honored with Naming of New Station

Brian Terry

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry was gunned down in a 2010 shootout with bandits north of the Mexican border in December 2010, the Associated Press reports.

His memory was honored Tuesday with the grand opening of a new Border Patrol station named after him.

The fatal shooting caused an uproar after authorities noticed that two guns at the scene were acquired by bandits from the government’s botched gun-smuggling probe, Operation Fast and Furious.

The new station in Naco is designed to accommodate more than 450 agents and support workers, according to the AP.

“We are still sad,” said Robert Heyer, a cousin of Terry’s. “There is a huge void in our lives with Brian being gone, but we take an immense amount of pride and we’re even now … able to smile and remember the things that Brian has said and has done.”

Justice Department: Sheriff’s Office in North Carolina Routinely Violated Rights of Latinos

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A two-year probe by the U.S. Department of Justice has concluded that a North Carolina sheriff and his deputies targeted and arrested Latinos without probable cause, the Associated Press reports.

An 11-page report issued Tuesday says Alamance County Sheriff Terry S. Johnson and his deputies trampled on the constitutional rights of Latinos with the intent on increasing deportation.

But the department found that many of those targeted were U.S. citizens and legal residents, according to the AP.

The Justice Department lists recommendations to end discrimination. If they are ignored, the department may take the county to federal court, the AP reported.

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Column: Just Following Orders — No Laughing Matter For Ex-Detroit Mayor’s Co-Defendant

Victor Mercado

By Allan Lengel
For Deadline Detroit

DETROIT — Back in 9th grade I remember a teacher yelling me and a classmate as we laughed uncontrollably. We were watching a movie about a 1960s psychological experiment at Yale on peoples’ willingness to obey authority.

It was called the Milgram Experiment. A male volunteer was assigned to be a teacher. A middle-aged decoy, who sat in another room, was the “learner” or student. The teacher asked questions through an intercom, and each time the learner gave a wrong answer, the teacher delivered an electric shock. The voltage increased with each incorrect answer. The learner really wasn’t getting a shock, but the volunteer didn’t know that.

Before long, the learner shouted “ouch” after each shock (it was actually a recording) and complained about a heart condition. Some of the volunteers refused to continue, even after a facilitator ordered them to. But others, albeit hesitant, kept delivering shock after shock as directed. They felt pressure from the facilitator. They were just following orders.

I’m reminded of that film as the corruption trial starts Friday for ex-Detroit Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick.  Four people are standing trial, including Victor Mercado, the former water department boss, who claims that he felt pressure from the Mayor, and was just following orders. Besides Kilpatrick and Mercado, co-defendants include contractor Bobby Ferguson and Kilpatrick’s dad Bernard Kilpatrick.

The feds charged that Mercado, 61, helped delay or cancel city contracts, at the behest of the mayor, so contractors would be forced to give Kilpatrick’s friend Bobby Ferguson a piece of the action or kickbacks. Ferguson then allegedly spread the love to the mayor and his father.

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Zombie Battleground Included in Counter-Terrorism Summit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Authorities and police will take on fictional zombies at a 44-acre training site in San Diego as part of a security summit next month, 5 NBC Chicago reports.

Sound silly?

The HALO Corp., which set up the hands-on demonstration, said the idea is to prepare more than 1,000 police officers, medical workers and government employees for anything.

The so-called Zombie Apocalypse is to feature actors who will attack participators in a realistic combat setting, 5 NBC Chicago reported.

Man Accused of Taking Someone Captive in FBI Office Building in Salt Lake City

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Of all the places to try and pull something like this off.

Police say a man walked into a building that houses the FBI in Salt Lake City and took another man captive in an elevator Monday, reports Fox 13 News

“It was reported that someone was being held in the elevators here,” Salt Lake City Lt. Josh Scharmann told reporters outside the office building.

Scharmann said federal agents arrested 42-year-old Robert Hibbard in the building.

The motive behind the kidnapping is unclear, but the victim was uninjured, according to Fox 13 News.

Border Patrol Agents Accused of Assault, Groping Each Other Near Child

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A trial date has been for a pair of Border Patrol agents accused of assault and groping each other in a sexual manner in front of a child at a circus-like show in California, the DelMar-Carmel Valley Patch.

Agents Gerald Torello and Kallie Helwig are to stand trial Jan. 28 on misdemeanor charges of battery, annoying or molesting a child and performing lewd acts in public.

A witness, a Navy psychiatrist, told police the couple high-fived a child as they groped each other May 27, according to the Patch.

Prosecutors say the female agent, Hewig,  punched the witness in the face while the male agent Torello grabbed the victim’s arms.

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