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Head of Chicago’s FBI Looks For Ways to Help Crack Down on Violent Crimes

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Answering calls to help crack down on Chicago’s violent crime rate, the new head of Chicago’s FBI office said Monday that he plans to find new ways for his agents to lend a hand, the Associated Press reports.

But that won’t be easy.

In one of his first interviews since taking the position about a month ago, Robert Holley said about a quarter of his agents work on violent-crime cases.

“Could I move resources from one investigative branch to another? I could,” said Holley. “But I would have to take away from other programs, and I don’t know if I am willing to accept that risk right now.”

Holley’s background is in terrorism, the AP wrote.

FBI Reports ‘Solid New Leads’ in Mysterious 1966 Kidnapping of Chicago Baby

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The unsolved case of a baby stolen from his mother in Chicago nearly a half century ago is a nagging mystery to many.

Now the FBI says it has “solid new leads” in the 1966 case, ABC News reports.

The parents, Chester and Dora Fronczak, thought they found their son Paul in New Jersey but DNA tests recently revealed they were wrong.

The FBI re-opened the case.

“We’re going to do everything that we can to follow up to see if that baby is out there,” said Bob Shields, the special agent in charge of the Chicago FBI office.

Counterterrorism Expert Named as Head of FBI’s Chicago Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Robert Holley, one of the FBI’s premier counterterrorism experts, was tapped to head the bureau’s Chicago office, the Chicago Sun-Times reports.

The 55-year-old will join the Chicago office as the new Special Agent in Charge in October, the Sun-Times wrote.

Holley worked in Chicago in the past as the office’s lead counterterrorism expert.

“Bob Holley will be terrific. He is smart, practical, hard-working and gets along with people,” said Patrick Fitzgerald, former U.S. Attorney in Chicago during the Headley investigation. “He has the experience of working side by side with federal, state and local partners as well as prosecutors. And he has the experience supervising important programs at headquarters. Working with Bob was great. The FBI Chicago will be in great hands.”

Terrorism Suspect to Be Charged Today with Trying to Get FBI Agent Killed

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

A suburban Chicago terrorism suspect is expected to be charged today with trying to solicit the murder of an FBI agent, the Associated Press reports.

Adel Daoud, who is accused of attempting to ignite what he thought was a car bomb outside of a downtown Chicago bar, is expected to plead not guilty.

Investigators allege Daoud was attempting to have an undercover FBI agent killed while behind bars in 2012.

FBI Reopens 1964 Kidnapping of Infant from Chicago Hospital

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

It was almost 50 years ago when a woman dressed as a nurse snatched a newborn baby from a Chicago hospital.

Now the FBI is reopening the case, the Chicago Tribune reports.

The boy, named Paul Joseph Fronczak, was taken from Michael Ross Hospital in 1964. Fourteen months later, a boy who resembled Paul Joseph Fronczak was given to the parents.

But DNA tests from earlier this year determined the infant wasn’t Paul Joseph.

On Wednesday, the FBI confirmed it was reopening the case, and it has found the original evidence.

“It was deemed appropriate to take a fresh look at the evidence that we have and possibly re-interview (witnesses) that are still around,” Joan Hyde, a spokeswoman for the FBI in Chicago, told the Chicago Tribune.

Cory B. Nelson, Head of Chicago’s FBI Office, to Retire After Just Seven Months

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Cory B. Nelson, Special Agent in Charge of Chicago’s FBI Office, is leaving his post after just seven month to take a job in the private sector, the Chicago Sun Times reports.

The 51-year-old notified the bureau Wednesday that he was leaving for a job with insurance and banking firm USAA in San Antonio, according to the Sun Times.

Nelson, who held a low public profile, had replaced Rob Grant for the top FBI job in Chicago.

What’s unclear is why he left. Some are speculating that he left because of sequesters or the inevitable turnover to happen when a new FBI director takes over, according to the Sun Times.

Chicago Surgeon Accused of Performing Unnecessary Tracheotomies for $160,000 Per Procedure

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A surgeon at Chicago’s Sacred Heart Hospital is accused of performing unneeded tracheotomies to enable the for-profit hospital to collect as much as $160,000 per case, Bloomberg reports.

Investigators say the doctor sedated patients so much that they couldn’t breathe on their own so that he could perform a tracheotomy – or cut a hole in a patient’s throat to breathe.

The FBI got help from surreptitious tap recordings, Bloomberg reported.

“This complaint alleges the hospital and doctors were performing unnecessary invasive surgery to justify false billing,” said Ryan Stumphauzer, a former federal health care fraud prosecutor in Miami who reviewed the affidavit.

Homeland Security Spied on Occupy Wall Street Protests in about a Dozen U.S. Cities

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A division of the Department of Homeland Security spied and kept records on the Occupy Wall Street protests, even when they were peaceful the Huffington Post reports.

More than 250 records obtained by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund show the federal government was keeping close tabs on protesters.

“Taken together, the two sets of documents paint a disturbing picture of federal law enforcement agencies using their vast power in a systematic effort to surveil and disrupt peaceful demonstrations,” Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, executive director of the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, said in a statement. “The federal agencies’ actions were not because Occupy represented a ‘terrorist threat’ or a ‘criminal threat,’ but rather because it posed a significant grassroots political challenge to the status quo.”

The department was watching demonstrations in Philadelphia, New York City, Chicago, Denver, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Miami, Minneapolis and Tampa, Fla.

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