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Two Suspects in Shooting Death of Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent Were Illegal Immigrants

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two illegal immigrants from Mexico have been charged in the shooting death of an off-duty Border Patrol agent while he was on vacation with his family in Texas, Fox News reports.

The defendants have been arrested and deported several times in the past.

They are Gustavo Tijerina, 30, and Ismael Hernandez, 40. After being arraigned Tuesday inside the Willacy County jail library, the men were ordered held without bond. They have been charged with capital murder of a peace officer, attempted murder and other lesser charges.

The pair were living in Texas illegally when Border Patrol Agent Javier Vega Jr. was with his family fishing in Santa Monica.

The men confessed to the robbery and other crimes, Fox News reported.

“They claim to have been involved in other incidents, this means you’ve got stolen vehicles going into Mexico,” Santa Monica, Sheriff Larry Spence said. “Everything is going to be cartel-related, there’s a connection somehow.”

Jury: ATF Entrapped Low IQ Defendant by Encouraging Him to Break Law

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man with a second-grade reading level and a low IQ was acquitted in an ATF sting operation because he was entrapped, a jury decided.

The jury acquitted Alexis Davis on two counts agreeing that the ATF entrapped the man by “pressing” him to break the law.

Had the ATF not encouraged Davis to break the law, he likely wouldn’t have, his attorney argued.

“He never would have possessed the guns if they hadn’t come up with that store,” attorney Sharon Samek said.

To the jury, it was a clear case of entrapment.

“To me, this was not about fighting crime,” said juror Michael Lehman of St. Petersburg Beach. “There is a lot of crime going on in the world, you don’t need to manipulate the circumstances in order to encourage people to do bad things that they might or might not otherwise do.”

Founder of Company That Provided Performance-Enhancing Drugs to Baseball Players Is Arrested

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The founder of a company accused of providing performance-enhancing drugs to more than a dozen professional baseball players is expected to be indicted soon by a Florida grand jury after he was arrested Tuesday, the Washington Post reports.

Tony Bosch, the founder of Biogenesis, surrendered to DEA agents at the bureau’s Fort Lauderdale office.

Bosch’s associate also were arrested on conspiracy charges.

The case has prompted speculation that more baseball players will be outed for using performance-enhancing drugs.

Feds said more players could be implicated.

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Armed Florida Man Climbs Gate, Demands to Speak to FBI

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An armed 36-year-old Jacksonville man climbed over the fence at the FBI’s Jacksonville office and demanded to speak with agents about someone following him, News 4 Jax reports.

Avery McNight Jr. was quickly stopped by a security guard who also was armed and demanded the man drop his weapon. McNight followed directions and was arrested.

He is now charged with possession of a firearm by a convicted felon, armed possession of crack cocaine, armed trespassing, and theft of a firearm.

Police said McNight never threatened the guard.

After police arrested McNight, he kicked his way out of a police car and was subdued again.

Two Arrested in Connection with Slain Off-Duty Border Patrol Agent in South Texas

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two men were arrested Monday in connection with the robbery and fatal shooting of an off-duty Border Patrol agent while he was on vacation with his family, Valley Morning Star reports.

Agent Javier Vega Jr., who was stationed in Ricardo, Texas, was killed following a gunshot wound to the chest, and his father was hospitalized with a gunshot to the hip. The shooting took place near the town of Santa Monica, Tex., in south Texas.

The shooting occurred during an attempted robbery while the agent, his wife, father, mother and three children were fishing in the Santa Monica area, authorities said.

The suspects fled but were later tracked down and taken into custody.

Authorities said gunshots were exchanged at one point.

Visitors to Military Bases Will Now Be Screened by FBI Database

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Anyone trying to enter a military base will have to be screened against the FBI’s criminal database, Nextgov.com reports.

The idea is to determine whether visitors have been arrested, have a  felony conviction or outstanding warrants. It comes in the wake of  the shootings at Fort Hood in Texas  and Navy Yard in Washington, D.C.

Troops, veterans, relatives and others with access have traditionally been checked against a Department of Defense database.

The DOD database will begin tapping into the FBI database on Friday.

Justice Department Finds Rampant Abuse at New York City Youth Jails

Photo by Tim Rodenberg - Flickr: Rikers Island Jail.

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

New York City’s juvenile jails are rife with abuse, and the constitutional rights of teenagers are often trampled by guards, according to a newly released Justice Department report.

The Associated Press reports that the federal investigation revealed “rampant use of unnecessary and excessive force” at Rikers Island juvenile jail facilities for teenagers ages 16 to 18.

The problems were numerous, from poor training to the overuse of solitary confinement.

“It is a place where brute force is the first impulse rather than the last resort; where verbal insults are repaid with physical injuries; where beatings are routine while accountability is rare; and where a culture of violence endures even while a code of silence prevails,” said Manhattan U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara at a news conference.

Video: Border Patrol Agent Tells Trucker That Citizenship No Longer Matters

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Texas truck driver captured a Border Patrol agent in a moment of complacency.

Travis Pope was video-recording as he approached a Border Patrol checkpoint.

After being asked whether he was a U.S. citizen, Pope responded: “Yea, but does it really matter?”

The agent, apparently unaware of the recording, said “not anymore, unfortunately.”

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