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Deputy U.S. Marshal Won’t Be Charged for Fatally Shooting Suspect in North Carolina

By Steve Neavling

A deputy U.S. Marshal who fatally shot a man at a Charlotte, N.C., gas station in March won’t be charged, a district attorney said Tuesday. 

Eric Tillman, a senior inspector with the U.S. Marshals Service, was trying to serve multiple warrants at a gas station when he fired three rounds at Frankie Jennings, The Charlotte Observer reports.

In a letter to the Charlotte-Mecklenburg police chief, Mecklenburg County District Attorney Spencer Merriweather III said a struggle had ensued between Tillman and Jennings at the driver’s side door of Jennings’ black Mercedes. After Jennings put the car in gear, causing the vehicle to move forward, Jennings’ “hands reaching toward a gun in the center console cupholder,” prompting Tillman to fire three shots at him. 

Jennings died at the scene, and a loaded handgun was found in his car’s center console, Merriweather wrote. 

“Given the corroborated evidence that Senior Inspector Tillman was reasonable in his belief that he and other officers faced an imminent threat of great bodily harm or death, the evidence in this case would be insufficient to prove to a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Senior Inspector Tillman did not act in defense of himself or another,” Merriweather wrote.

“Consequently, I will not be seeking charges related to the death of Frankie Jennings.”

Jennings had a total of 16 warrants from three different cities. 

No, the FBI Is Not Threatening to Arrest You Over the Phone. It’s a Scam

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI warned the public Wednesday about a phone scam in which the caller claims to be an FBI agent, and the bureau’s real phone number in its Charlotte office appears on caller IDs.

The caller demands money purportedly owed to the government and threatens arrest if they don’t make an immediate payment.

The caller often has extensive information on the target of the scam, including their full name, birthdate, family members and even cell phone number.

The FBI noted that it does not demand money or threaten arrest over the pone.

Former FBI Employee Charged with Stealing from Bureau

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Gus Lee Moore, a former staff member in the FBI’s Charlotte office, was indicted Thursday on charges of stealing from the bureau.

The indictment alleges Moore stole “only and other things of value” in excess of $1,000 between August 2016 and January 2017, the Charlotte Observer reports

A federal warrant was issued for Moore’s arrest.

Details behind the allegations have not yet been publicly disclosed.

In a separate case in July 2017, Moore was arrested on three counts of shoplifting in South Carolina.

Special FBI Agent’s Brush with Death Doesn’t Slow Her Down


By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An 11-year veteran of the FBI, Special Agent Diane Wehner believed she was in good physical shape.

After all, she worked out daily at the gym at the FBI’s Charlotte Field Office and passed her required annual fit tests.

But after completing the fit test in September 2015, the 36-year-old said she “didn’t feel very well. My neck hurt, my back hurt,” she told the Charlotte Observer. 

Just when she thought she was beginning to feel better, she began to slur her speech.

“When we first met Diane, she was in the middle of having a stroke and with strokes, time is very important,” said Dr. Joe Bernard, an Endovascular Neuro Surgeon at Carolinas Medical Center where Wehner was eventually airlifted.

Likely from doing sit-ups during the fit test, Wehner dissected both parties in her neck.

The doctor wasted no time and operated to remove the clot before it was too late.

“Sometimes we have hours to be able to do this. Sometimes we just have minutes,” Dr. Bernad said.

After her near brush with death, Wehner returned to the FBI, focusing on counterintelligence, white-collar crime and terrorism.

Dr. Bernard said Wehner is alive today because she didn’t hesitate to go to the hospital.

“Diane’s unusual because most strokes happen in older patients, but part of the awareness that needs to be broadcast is strokes can happen to anybody,” Dr. Bernard said.

FBI Reveals Video of Ex-Charlotte Mayor Soliciting, Accepting Bribes

Screenshot of video of  former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.

Screenshot of video of former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI released video that shows former Charlotte Mayor Patrick Cannon soliciting and accepting bribes from agents masquerading as real estate developers.

The videos were key evidence in his arrest, conviction and 44-month prison sentence for accepting more than $50,000 from an undercover agent and a Charlotte businessman, the Charlotte Observer reports. 

“I felt sick when it happened,” said former Mayor Richard Vinroot. “I felt sick again when I saw something I have never seen, and never imagined would ever happen in this good city,” he said. “It’s funny, you read about it – and the documents read so graphically. But now you see it, and it’s almost like a movie – somebody you know, doing something so terrible, so despicable while holding the highest office in the city.”

The FBI released eight videotapes and three audio recordings, which is uncharacteristic.

“The feds don’t release evidence,” said Charlotte defense attorney Claire Rauscher. “Once it was out in the public domain, I don’t think they had much of a choice.”

Former TSA Agent, 2 Children Accused of Beating Man Nearly to Death

tsa_logoBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former Charlotte TSA agent and her two children are accused of brutally beating her ex-boyfriend nearly to death with a bat and propane tank, WBTV reports.

Claudine Manning and her two children have been charged with attempted first-degree murder of Kevin Jackson, who was on life support for several days after the Sept. 28 beating.

“They viciously and violently went to my son’s home, with his new girlfriend, and attacked my son,” mother Nicole Jackson told WBTV.

Claudine was a TSA agent for nine years, according to an attorney.

Other Stories of Interest

Authorities: North Carolina Man Planned to Shoot Up FBI Because He Couldn’t Buy Gun

Walter Litteral

Walter Litteral

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of three men accused of building crude explosives and buying firearms to prepare for a violent confrontation with the federal government also wanted to shoot up the FBI after he was denied the ability to buy a semi-automatic rifle, the Charlotte Observer reports. 

The man was arrested, along with two others, and charged in federal court.

During brief testimony by an FBI special agent, Walter Litteral was accused of planning to drink a bottle of tequila before shooting up the FBI.

Litteral and others were afraid the U.S. government was planning to impose martial law after spotting military exercises in Gaston County in North Carolina.

Testimony was only given in Litteral’s case.

Ex-Secret Service Agent Tom Rosfelder to Help Head Up Security for 2012 Dem Convention

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Ex-Secret Service Agent Tom Rosfelder, who worked for the agency for 26 years, has been hired as the security director for the organizers of September’s Democratic convention in Charlotte, N.C., according to the Charlotte Observer,

The native Ohio man will work with the Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police Department and the Secret Service, the paper reported.

“He is well versed in the many issues we’re going to have to deal with,” convention CEO Steve Kerrigan told the paper.