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DEA Albuquerque Office Gets New Leadership Role As Assistant Special Agent in Charge

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Sean R. Waite, a longtime DEA agent, has been appointed as a new agent in charge of the agency’s Albuquerque, NM, office, the Republic reports.

Waite replaces Keith Brown, who left to become the agent in charge of the DEA’s New Orleans field office last year.

The office is part of the El Paso Field Division, which has been busy with synthetic drug trafficking.

ATF Agent Awarded for His Time Spent Mentoring for Big Brothers

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

As if being an ATF agent wasn’t busy enough, Larry Wozniak has spent countless hours mentoring a boy who is now 17 years old.

CBS LA reports that Wozniak was named Orange County’s Big Brother of the year for his time dedicated to mentoring children.

“Sometimes you see kids that stray for different reasons and I just want to try and have a positive influence and impact on at least one kid’s life,” Wozniak.

The little brother, Geoffrey, said he’s a better person because of Wozniak.

“He really taught me to not think just about myself but about the community,” Geoffrey said.

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Senate Narrowly Rejects Obama’s Choice to Lead Justice Department’s Civil Rights Unit

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The U.S. Senate on Wednesday narrowly rejected President Obama’s choice to lead the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division.

The 47-52 vote was shy of the majority needed, the New York Daily News reports.

Debo Adegbile couldn’t muster a majority because eight Democrats joined all 44 Republicans in voting no.

At issue was Adegbile’s role in offering legal help to a man who shot a Philadelphia police officer.

Obama didn’t say whether his office would give the appointment another go.

Obama called the rejection a ““travesty based on wildly unfair character attacks against a good and qualified public servant.”

FBI Expected to Announce New Investigation of String of Stabbings in California in 1976

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The 1976 string of stabbings in California was horrific and never yielded much of a clue about the suspect.

Now,  the FBI is expected to announce today a possible link between the five homicides in San Mateo County and a murder in Reno during the same time period, KTVU reports.

The bureau also is expected to announce a new task force to investigate the new leads.

That’s good news for loved ones of the victims.

“I’m glad the case is not dead.  I’m glad that people are remembering Ronnie and the other women that were killed,” a friend of one of the victims told KTVU.

Ex-Border Patrol Agent in Texas Charged with Murder in Death of Wife’s Alleged Lover

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Border Patrol agent accused of killing a man for allegedly having an affair with his wife has been indicted in the fatal shooting in Texas, the Associated Press reports.

Adam Garibay was lodged in the Medina County Jail on Wednesday on charges of murder, assault and evading arrest. He is being held on a $3.1 million bond.

Garibay quit his job as an agent after his Jan. 2 arrest.

Garibay is accused of beating her wife to identify a man with whom she was having an affair. Garibay then drove 160 miles to shoot Keith Martin, prosecutors allege.

Is Pot More Dangerous Than Alcohol? DEA Deputy Director Refuses to Answer Question Before Congress

 Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was a simple question: Is marijuana more dangerous than alcohol?

Yet DEA Deputy Director Thomas Harrigan wouldn’t provide an answer during a House oversight committee hearing.

Rep. Steve Cohen, D-TN, asked because DEA Administrator Michele Leonhart insisted in January that pot is more dangerous than alcohol.

“Marijuana is a Schedule I controlled substance that Congress has passed, Congress has agreed to,” Harrigan responded.

“We’re not talking about that,” Cohen fired back. “Marijuana as it is standing on its own. Is it worse than alcohol, that kills tens of thousands of people and causes much violence and cirrhosis of the liver and DTs?”

Harrigan replied: “Again, marijuana is a Schedule I controlled drug.”

Cohen gave up.

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D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray Demands Secret Service Loosen Up Traffic Jams from Dignitaries

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

D.C. Mayor Vincent C. Gray is tired of traffic jams caused by dignitaries visiting the capital.

In a stern letter sent Tuesday, Gray said the Secret Service protocols need to be changed because “significant portions of downtown Washington (are) being paralyzed by traffic,” the Washington Post reports.

The Secret Service responded that it wold review street closures and protocols.

The agency “makes every effort to minimize traffic disruptions when implementing security plans,” according to a Secret Service statement.

Los Angeles Gang Members Captured on Film Fighting Alongside Terrorists in Syria

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is investigating two Los Angeles-based gang members who are accused of fighting alongside terrorists in Syria, CBS LA reports.

A video shows two unidentified men shooting AK-47s while apparently giving shootouts to their gangs.

“Look homie, check this out,” one man said.

The men are known as “Creeper” from G’d Up-13 and “Wino” from the Westside Armenian Power.

They were fighting alongside pro-Hizbullah and pro-Assad forces.

“The Joint Terrorism Taskforce is aware of the video and is investigating to determine any potential threats to Americans or U.S. interest,” FBI spokeswoman Laura Eimiller said.

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