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Steven Maloney Assumes Leadership of CBP’s Baltimore Field Office

CBP’s Baltimore Field Office Commander Stephen Maloney. Photo: CBP

By Steve Neavling

Stephen T. Maloney, a former Baltimore school teacher, officially took the helm of CBP’s Baltimore Field Office. 

CBP welcomed Maloney at a ceremony last week. 

“Today, we celebrate Steve Maloney becoming the Director of Field Operations for Customs and Border Protection’s Baltimore Field Office, which is an office that is integral to our national security and our economy,” CBP’s Deputy Commissioner Troy A. Miller said. “I can honestly say there’s no better person to lead the Baltimore Field Office than Steve. His experience, knowledge, and compassion position him perfectly to lead the Baltimore Field Office and I have no doubt that he will lead our mid-Atlantic operations with integrity, valor, commitment, and passion.”

Maloney said he is eager to lead the agency’s office.

“In the past nearly six months I have met many employees of the Baltimore Field Office and I am humbled to lead them and even prouder to serve alongside them,” Maloney said. “I have loved my job just about every day since I started with this agency and this agency has given me the opportunity to do incredible things. But there is no job in this agency that I am more excited for than this one, and so it is with drive, determination and great passion that I accept and assume command of the Baltimore Field Office.”

Maloney was a high school teacher at Our Lady of Mount Carmel in Baltimore. 

A native of Maine, Maloney most recently served as the director of CBP’s Field Transformation Team at CBP headquarters. 

Maloney’s career with the agency began in 2002, when he was an immigration inspector in Miami. He later held several leadership positions at strategic ports of entry and represented CBP internationally as an instructor, team leader and short-term advisor in Ghana, Morocco, Nigeria and Israel. 

Maloney received a bachelor’s degree in psychology from Georgetown University. He graduated from the CBP Leadership Institute in 2017. 

In Baltimore, Maloney will be responsible for more than 900 employees throughout the mid-Atlantic region. 

Unknown Substance Prompts Scare at FBI’s Baltimore Field Office

FBI’s Baltimore Division.

By Steve Neavling

Two people were taken to a hospital after being exposed to an unknown substance found inside a package at the FBI’s Baltimore Field Office. 

An FBI spokesperson told Fox 45 News that the two people were treated “out of an abundance of caution.”

Several people were also evacuated. 

The Baltimore County Fire Department later determined the substance was not hazardous. 

An investigation is ongoing. 

Deputy U.S. Marshal Who Was Critically Injured by Gunman Released from Hospital

Deputy U.S. Marshal is released from the hospital. Photo via U.S. Marshals Service.

By Steve Neavling

A deputy U.S. Marshal who was shot while trying to arrest a fugitive in Baltimore earlier this month has been released from the hospital. 

The U.S. Marshals Service said he will “complete his recovery at home amongst his friends and family.”

“We are grateful for those who worked vigorously to save the deputy marshal’s life and for all the well wishes sent from both the public and our brothers and sisters in law enforcement,” the agency tweeted. “Due to privacy concerns, the USMS will not identify the officer involved in the shooting.”

The deputy Marshal was critically injured and on life support after he was shot by Donta Green, 30, who was wanted on numerous charges for allegedly shooting at police several days earlier. Marshals returned fire and killed Green.  

FBI Names Jennifer C. Boone As Special Agent in Charge of the Baltimore Field Office

Jennifer Boone, special agent in charge of the Baltimore Field Office.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI has named Jennifer C. Boone, a 22-year veteran of the bureau, as special agent in charge of the Baltimore Field Office.

Boone most recently served as special agent in charge of the Los Angeles Field Office, where he career began with the FBI in 1997, working multiple investigative programs.

Boone later served in both the Counterterrorism and Counterintelligence divisions at FBI headquarters in Washington D.C. At one point, she was detailed to the U.S. Senate.

In 2009, the FBI promoted her to a supervisory special agent, and she led a counterintelligence squad at the Washington Field Office.

Boone later served as director in Intelligence Programs for the National Security Council at the White House before being promoted to an assistant agent in charge of the Philadelphia Field Office, focusing on the Counterintelligence and Cyber Branch.

In early 2016, Boone returned to Washington D.C. as chief of the Counterproliferation Center. She was later named deputy assistant director in the Counterintelligence Division at the bureau’s headquarters.

In 2018, the FBI named Boone the special agent in charge of Cyber and Counterintelligence at the Los Angeles Field Office.

Boone, who is a certified FBI negotiator, received a bachelor’s of science degree in foreign service and a master’s degree from Georgetown University.

FBI Raids City Hall, Homes of Baltimore Mayor in Kickback Investigation

Baltimore Mayor Catherine Pugh

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Federal agents raided Baltimore City Hall and two homes owned by Mayor Catherine Pugh as part of an investigation involving the mayor’s self-published children’s books.

The FBI and IRS executed additional search warrants Thursday, targeting her attorney, a former mayoral aide and the Maryland Center for Adult Training, a nonprofit job training program that the mayor once led, the Associated Press reports.

Investigators are trying to determine whether Pugh received kickbacks from her books using bulk sales.

Hours after the raid, Gov. Larry Hogan and other elected officials called for Pugh to immediately resign.

“Mayor Pugh has lost the public trust. She is clearly not fit to lead,” Hogan declared in a statement. “For the good of the city, Mayor Pugh must resign.”

FBI, ATF Agents Search Baltimore Home After Sunday’s Mass Shooting in Florida

The shooter, David Katz, (right) was 24 years old. Photo via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Heavily armed FBI and ATF agents wearing bulletproof vests searched the Baltimore home Sunday night of the father of the man who opened fire at a video game tournament in Jacksonville, Fla., leaving three dead and 11 others injured.

Authorities identified the shooter as 24-year-old Baltimore resident David Katz, who killed himself. According to investigators, Katz was in Jacksonville, participating in a football video game when he opened fire shortly after 1:30 p.m. Sunday.

ATF and FBI agents arrived at the townhouse of Katz’s father around 6 p.m. and searched the home for about four hours, the ATF said at a press conference.

Authorities were tight-lipped about what, if anything, they found at the home on the 1200 block of Harbor Island Walk.

Baltimore FBI Agent Stabs Wife to Death, Kills Self with Gun

FBI’s Baltimore Division.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A Baltimore FBI agent stabbed his estranged wife to death before ending his own life with a self-inflicted gunshot wound, police concluded following an investigation.

David Raynor, a special agent for the Baltimore Field Office, was embroiled in a divorce and custody case with his estranged wife Donna Fisher when the murder-suicide happened Wednesday.

At 8 a.m. Wednesday, a woman called 911 and reported that Donna Fisher had asked her to call “because she was being threatened by her recently estranged husband,” the Anne Arundel County Police Department told ABC News on Wednesday. 

Police found the couple’s bodies at Fisher’s Brownsville, Md., home. Later that day, the Fisher and Raynor were scheduled to appear in divorce court.

Fisher filed for divorce in March 2017.

Raynor, who joined the FBI in 1993, had worked at the Baltimore Field Office since February 2003.

DOJ Threatens to Withhold Crime-Fighting Help to 4 Cities over Immigration Policies

ICE agents, via ICE.

ICE agents, via ICE.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The Justice Department is stepping up pressure on four cities to cooperate with immigration enforcement, threatening to stop providing federal help to crack down on crime.

To continue receiving crime-fighting assistance, San Bernardino, Stockton, Baltimore and Albuquerque must help federal agents with inmates who are undocumented immigrants.

But the Los Angeles Times says the threat “appeared poorly thought out” because neither of the four cities operate a jail, and two have no sanctuary policies. 

The Justice Department didn’t respond to the Times’ questions about the selection of the four cities.