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DEA Agent May Lose Gun After Fight with Girlfriend

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A DEA Agent may have his gun and ammo taken away from him after being arrested on domestic violence charges in Foster City, Calif., reports the Lagonian.

Jay Anderson, a 29-year-old special agent with the DEA, was arrested on October 8 but will not face prosecution for the charges. He faced felony domestic violence and false imprisonment charges, but the District Attorney for San Mateo cited insufficient evidence in deciding to press charges, said District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe, the paper reported.

Still, the Foster City Police Department filed a Dec. 1 petition to keep and destroy one of Anderson’s two guns because returning the items “would be likely to result in endangering the victim or the person reporting the assault or threat,” according to the petition, the paper reported. His other gun was not cited in the petition.

Anderson was at a wedding at a local recreation center on Oct. 7 when he got into a fight with his girlfriend, according to a police report, when a man called police to report a physical altercation between a man and a woman shortly after midnight. The responding officer wrote in the incident that Anderson had “forcibly grabbed the female victim on both of her shoulders then intermittently shoved the victim’s chest, causing her to slump down into the area between the driver’s seat and the driver’s door panel.”

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ICE: Federal Immigration Program to Become Mandatory by 2013

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Provisions which allowed local law enforcement officials more choices in complying with the federal Secure Communities immigration enforcement program will be “streamlined” or “eliminated,” bringing law enforcement groups in line with federal mandates, reports the LA Times.

The information-sharing program between the FBI and local law enforcement, which allows the FBI to share with ICE fingerprints collected from county jails, was implemented two years ago as a way to focus immigration enforcement on “serious convicted criminals,” according to the LA Times. However, it has come under fire as a large portion of the immigrants in the system were never convicted of crimes or were low-level offenders, the Times reported.

Dated Oct. 2, 2010 but only released recently, a 9-page letter from a legal advisor for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said that “choices available to law enforcement agencies who have thus far decided to decline or limit their participation in current information-sharing processes will be streamlined and aspects eliminated. In that way, the process, in essence, becomes ‘mandatory’ in 2013.”

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Money Wasted in Cook County Police Program, Lawmakers Call for FBI Probe

Cook County Board Pres. Toni Preckwinkle

 
 By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Would you believe that federal money was wasted in Illinois’ Cook County, home of the city of Chicago?

A report by the Department of Homeland Security claims that millions of dollars may have been wasted on a troubled $44 million county program that put faulty cameras in police cars, reports the Chicago Tribune.

U.S. Sen.  Mark Kirk and and U.S. Rep Michael Quigley scheduled a press conference for later on Monday calling the FBI to investigate “potential criminal misuse of federal funds” on “equipment that does not perform as intended,” according to the Tribune.

Cook County officials ended “Project Shield” in June after a review by the County Board President Toni Preckwinkle found an “ill-conceived, poorly designed and badly executed program that put the lives of emergency responders in danger.” The $65,000 cameras the county had purchased for police not only didn’t work, according to the Tribune, but also obstructed the air bags in police cars, said Michael Masters, director of the county’s Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

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ATF Agent’s Death Result of Decisions of “Career Criminal,” Officials Say

John Capano/atf photo

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

ATF officials are calling the man ultimately responsible for the death of off-duty agent John Capano a “career criminal who chose to resume his life of crime” on the afternoon of New Year’s Eve, reports Wantagh-Seaford Patch.

Capano, a 23-year veteran of the ATF and originally from the New York town of Seaford, was fatally shot when he tried to interrupt a robbery at a local pharmacy he had entered to pick up his aging father’s cancer medication. An off-duty police officer came to his rescue, but ended up shooting Capano accidentally.

The lawyer for the off-duty police officer expressed remorse on behalf of his client, Christopher Geraghty, in a letter to the Associated Press. Geraghty shot Capano as Caoano wrestled with the thief, James McGoey, and is “devastated” by what happened, Patch reports.

“Ultimately the responsibility for the tragic events that occurred on December 31, 2011 lies with the career criminal who chose to resume his life of crime,” said Joseph Anarumo, the Bureau’ of ATF’s special agent in charge of the New York field division.

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Sen. Schumer to DEA: Pharmacies Need More Protection

Alum Sen. Charles Schumer

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Senator Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., is concerned about American pharmacists. There have been about 1,800 pharmacy robberies in the past three years, he has said in calling for increased protection for pharmacists, reports UPI.

Schumer blames the robberies on the increased ability to obtain highly addictive pain medications like Oxycontin, and in a letter to the DEA has called for increased security infrastructure at pharmacies, local access to DEA data on pharmacy thefts and an increase in the maximum sentences for pharmacy related crimes–up to 20 years per offense, according to UPI.

“The guidelines and regulations issued by the DEA to pharmacists do not meet the challenges faced by 21st century pharmacies and do not fully protect pharmacists from the awful violence prescription drug addicts are willing to inflict in order to steal schedule II narcotics and should be updated to reflect this frightening new reality,” Schumer wrote in the letter to the agency.

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Book Review: Retired FBI Agent Writes About His Dealings with Mobster “Whitey” Bulger

By Pamela Reinsel Cotter
Associated Press

Retired FBI agent Robert Fitzpatrick tells his compelling story of trying to bring Boston mob boss James “Whitey” Bulger to justice in “Betrayal,” written with Jon Land.

Fitzpatrick’s career was filled with multiple commendations and promotions, and when he transferred to Boston in the early 1980s with orders to “clean up the mess,” he jumped right in and asked to meet Bulger, a prized informant.

Fitzpatrick was shocked to discover Bulger acting like he was in charge. He tried to shut down Bulger’s FBI informant status and have him arrested for murder, but Bulger managed to stay one step ahead.

The book is available on Amazon.

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