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Gunmen Abduct Family, Force Husband to Rob Bank

police lightsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Armed gunmen abducted a Tennessee family from their home Tuesday and forced the husband to rob a bank, the FBI said.

The suspects forced the family, which included a bank employee, his wife and their young child, into their own car and drove them to a bank branch in Knoxville Cedar Bluff district, ABC News reports. 

After the husband robbed the bank, he handed the money to the gunmen, who left the man in a parking lot while driving the wife and child, who were hooded, to a nearby intersection.

The FBI is searching for the suspects, who they describe as white males.

Ex-FBI Agent Who Stole Heroin From Evidence to Be Sentenced Today

fbi badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent who stole heroin from criminal investigations to feed his addiction should be sentenced to seven to nine years in prison, prosecutors plan to urge a judge, the Washington Post reports.

Former agent Matthew Lowry, who worked in the Washington field office, spoiled drug case and forced prosecutors to dismiss drug charges against 28 people.

“Whatever can be said of the defendant’s decision to self-medicate, what is both indefensible and inexcusable is the fact that the defendant decided to supply himself with heroin by stealing it from FBI custody,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Kevin R. Brenner wrote in a sentencing memorandum.

Lowry is scheduled to be sentenced at 1:3o p.m. today.

Check Out Secret Service’s Most Telling Code Names

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service has come up with some interesting code names of the people they are paid to protect.

Here is a partial list compiled by Vanity Fair:

Roger Clinton: The half-brother of President Bill Clinton, notorious for his attempts at influence-peddling and a conviction for cocaine use, got the nickname “Headache” for obvious reasons. “I don’t have a choice of being first brother,” he recently told The New York Times.

Senator Ted Kennedy: Back when the late Lion of the Senate was but a wee brother of the president, his pale Irish complexion didn’t mix well with the summers playing flag football in Hyannis Port, or his penchant for drinking. Hence, the name “Sunburn.”

Dick Cheney: The former vice president usually went by “Angler,” both for his love of fly fishing and his tendency to take favorable angles on things like invading Iraq. (He was also known as “Backseat,” because really, he was the ultimate backseat driver.)

George W. Bush: Speaking of invading Iraq, Bush’s code name was “Tumbler,” assigned to him back when he was just the son of George H.W. Bush. (Bush had a notorious drinking problem while his father was vice president, making the code name especially cruel if it wasn’t randomly assigned.) When he became president, he changed it to “Trailbazer,” which is more manly and sounds less like women’s gymnastics.

Click here to see the rest of the list. 

Liquid Meth Is No. 1 Drug Crossing Border Because of Cheaper Ingredients

dea-badgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Forget marijuana and cocaine.

The No. 1 drug entering the U.S. from the Southwest border is liquid methamphetamine, KSAT.com reports. 

“The Mexican cartels have figured out a very effective way to massively produce very low cost, inexpensive methamphetamine year-round,” said Wendell Campbell, spokesperson for the DEA’s Houston division.

One reason it has become so popular is the price, which has dropped from $21,000 per kilo in 2010 to $10,000 last year.

In just the past few years, the DEA has witnessed a 350% increase in seizures.

Some of the chemical ingredients come from China.

The substance is mixed with gas or acetone and heated over an open fire to make it crystallize.

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Gun Used to Murder Woman in San Francisco Was Stolen from Federal Agent

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man accused of killing a 32-year-old woman on San Francisco’s waterfront used a gun stolen from a federal agent’s car, sources close to the investigation told the SFGate.com.

The gun was a .40-caliber pistol, but it did not appear to be the agent’s official gun.

Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez was charged in the murder of Kathryn Steinle.

The suspect was in the U.S. without documentation and was deported five times to his native Mexico.

The gun was stolen in a downtown robbery.

It wasn’t immediately clear which agency the agent worked for.

Subway Breaks Ties with Jared Fogle Following Child-Porn Investigation

Jared Fogle

Jared Fogle

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Subway has ended its 15-year relationship with its pitchman Jared Fogle following an FBI raid at his Indiana home.

The investigation of Fogle is centered around child pornography accusations, just two months after his friend was arrested on charges of possessing hundreds of vile videos, the New York Daily News reports. 

Subway immediately scrubbed its website of Fogle’s presence.

Fogle’s attorney said his client is cooperating and has not been charged with a crime.

Subway and Jared Fogle have mutually agreed to suspend their relationship due to the current investigation,” the company announced.

Secret Service, Obama, Former Presidents Celebrate Agency’s 150th anniversary

Secret Service photo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

President Obama and other four former presidents joined Secret Service officials to celebrate the agency’s 150th anniversary.

Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson and Secret Service Director Joe Clancy gave brief speeches at the small, private gathering inside the National Archives building Tuesday, CNN reports. 

The nation’s four living former presidents – Jimmy Carter, George H.W. Bush, Bill Clinton, and George W. Bush – delivered video speeches in what CNN described as “a rare and poignant tribute that could only be reserved for the Secret Service.”

This come amidst troubles in the agency that caused a shakeup in leadership, but officials managed to stay clear of that subject during the celebration.

TSA Screeners Aren’t Charged on Allegations of Groping ‘Attractive’ Male Passengers

tsaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two Denver airport security screeners who were fired after being accused of fondling attractive male passengers will not be charged, NBC News reports. 

The TSA screeners, a man and a woman, were fired in April following a six-month investigation by the TSA, which alerted Denver police to the allegations in March.

But Monday, the Denver district attorney’s office said investigators were unable to prove that one of the screeners was working at the time of the alleged incidents.

The male screener was accused of signaling to the female screener when an attractive man was approaching. The female passenger was then accused of patting down the passenger’s groin by signaling to the machine that the passenger was a woman.

“These alleged acts are egregious and intolerable,” the TSA said in a statement in April. “TSA has removed two officers from the agency.”

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