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FBI Arrests Woman Accused of Setting Fire to Blankets During Flight

JetBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a woman who set fire to two blankets while aboard a Puerto Rico-bound flight from New York City’s John F. Kennedy.

According to the statement by the FBI, passenger Idializ Gomez was a passenger on a JetBlue aircraft when she “utilized a lighter to ignite and successfully damage two blankets and a portion of the in-flight control panel of the seat next to hers.”

Gomez boarded the plane at 12:43 a.m. and was arrested at 4:21 a.m. Tuesday, when the aircraft landed in Ponce, Puerto Rico.

Gomez was charged with destruction of an aircraft and aircraft facilities.

It’s unclear what prompted Gomez to allegedly ignite the blankets with a lighter. The FBI continues to investigate.

Homeland Security Employee Charged After Bringing Weapons to Headquarters

homeland2department-of-homeland-security-logo-300x300By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 45-year-old Homeland Security employee in Pennsylvania was arrested after authorities say he walked into the agency’s headquarters with a gun, knife, pepper spray, handcuffs and an infrared camera in June.

Leigh Wienke, who is a federal government analyst, was charged with illegally building a silencer on an unregistered pistol, along with six other counts. He faces up to 10 years in prison, NBC Washington reports. 

Security officers found Wienke with the weapons at the headquarters on Nebraska Avenue in northwest D.C.

Agents said in the court filing that there was “probable cause to believe Jonathan Wienke was conspiring with another to commit workplace violence, and more particularly may have been conspiring or planning to commit violence against the senior DHS officials in the building.”

FBI Helps Find Boy Who Was Abducted 13 Years Ago, Allegedly by His Father

missing boyBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Julian Hernandez was 5 years old when he went missing.

When the FBI joined the investigation and helped find him this month, Hernandez was 18 years old.

The FBI received a tip on Oct. 30 that Hernandez may be living in Cleveland, 13 years after he was abducted from Alabama, ABC 5 reports. 

On Monday, the FBI confirmed that it was in face Hernandez and arrested his father, Bobby Hernandez.

The FBI issued this statement:

On October 30, 2015, the Cleveland FBI office received information that an individual residing in Cleveland may be a missing child from Alabama, missing since August 2002.  An investigation ensued by members of the FBI’s Violent Crime Task Force joining the ongoing efforts of the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, the Vestavia Hills Police Department and the Birmingham Division of the FBI regarding missing child Julian Hernandez.    On November 2nd it was confirmed that this young male is in fact missing child Julian Hernandez.  Julian Hernandez has been missing from the Vestavia Hills/Birmingham, Alabama area since August 2002.   Through coordination with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office,   Julian’s father, Bobby Hernandez,  was arrested and subsequently charged in Cuyahoga County Court.   Julian’s biological mother has been notified.  This matter is ongoing and no further details can be provided at this time.

Teacher, Her Husband Arrested on Methamphetamine-Related Charges

Theresa Stroud

Theresa Stroud

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Parents have enough to worry about when sending their children off to school.

In Midland, Texas, a teacher and her husband were arrested over the weekend on methamphetamine-related charges, My San Antonio report.

DEA agents arrested the couple, Theresa Renee Stroud, 47, and Stacy Stroud, 52, who were being held in jail awaiting bond.

Federal officials were staking out the couple for more than a moth before making the arrest.

The good news: Officials don’t believe Theresa Stroud brought the drugs into her classroom.

“I know that when they apprehended her that she had narcotics on her,” Sheriff Gary Painter said. “She was booked into jail and they found some more during the booking process.”

Stroud resigned from Lee High School.

“MISD was made aware of the arrest of Lee High School teacher, Mrs. Theresa Stroud, over the weekend,” MISD Superintendent Ryder Warren said in the release. “I have accepted a resignation from Mrs. Stroud this morning, so she is no longer an employee of the district.”

4 Men Sentenced to Prison for Trying to Buy Women at ‘Sex Slave Auction’

sex slave via justice department

A sex-slave confinement room, via Justice Department.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The men gathered at a warehouse in Phoenix, thinking they were buying sex slaves.

But the auction was set up by the FBI as part of a two-year sting that resulted in the arrest of four American men, The Arizona Republic reports. 

The men outfitted their homes with chains and other confinement devices.

“We are just kind of horrified by the dark nature of this reality,” George Steuer, a supervisory special agent for the FBI in Phoenix, said. “It’s a very sickening reality that you realize some victims have actually had to live through.”

While touring one of the homes, agents were told by a 65-year-old suspect, Charles Bunnell, that the slaves “will never leave. … They are just going to be serving.”

Bunnell is one of the last defendants to be sentenced to federal prison this month. He received 108 months.

The other three men were sentenced to between 60 and 84 months.

Friend of Alleged Charleston Church Shooter Arrested by FBI

handcuffsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI on Thursday arrested a man who gave shelter to the accused Charleston church shooter, Dylann Roof, and then allegedly lied to investigators in an attempt to cover up for his friend.

The Washington Post reports that Joey Meek is expected to be arraigned today on charges of making false statements to federal officials and “misprision of a felony.”

“We knew it was going to happen,” his girlfriend told the Post, referring to the arrest, “but we don’t understand why it was happening.”

The FBI believes Roof stayed at Meek’s trailer in Lexington County in the weeks before the shooting.

Charges Dismissed Against Man Arrested After Taking Photo of FBI Headquarters

camera policeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It took just moments to dismiss a misdemeanor charge against a man who was arrested after he was spotted filming the exterior of the Richmond-area FBI headquarters, the Richmond Times-Dispatch reports.

After public outcry over the arrest of 27-year-old Kyle David Hammond, the Assistant Commonwealth’s Attorney David Giroux requested that the charges be dropped. Minutes into the hearing Monday, a Henrico County judge dismissed the case.

In contrast to the debate surrounding his arrest, no public discussion took place in the court.

ISIS-Supporting Son of Boston Police Captain Accused of Plotting to Attack Campus

Firearms collected from Ciccolo's house.

Firearms collected from Ciccolo’s house.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ISIS-supporting son of a Boston Police captain is accused of threatening to use pressure-cooker bombs and guns to attack an unidentified university, Boston.com reports. 

Alexander Ciccolo, 23, was arrested on weapons charges on July 4. He is the son of the Boston Police Capt. Robert Ciccolo, police said.

Adams is accused of getting four firearms from an FBI witness.

“What I am gonna do is prepare fire bombs. I’ll do that today. T[hey] are cheap and effective,” Ciccolo said in a July 2 instant message to the witness, according to the FBI. “You get the rifles. I’ll get the powder.”

The complaint also says that Ciccolo bought a pressure cooker on July 3.

Other weapons were found when authorities searched his home.

Following the arrest, Ciccolo is accused of “forcefully” stabbing a nurse in the head, “causing a bloody gash and breaking the pen in half,” Boston.com wrote.