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Colorado Man Sentenced to 9 Years in Prison for Assaulting ATF Agent with Car

By Steve Neavling

A Colorado man who struck an ATF agent with his car was sentenced to more than nine years in prison, the Justice Department announced Tuesday.

Dallas Michael Theiss, 24, was at a 7-Eleven store in April when ATF agents and officers with the Colorado Springs Police Department surrounded his car in an attempt to arrest him. 

To evade capture, Theiss accelerated towards an ATF agent who was standing near the doorway of the store. 

Theiss struck the agent, who opened fire on Theiss. The agent was injured, and Theiss fled the scene. 

Following a brief pursuit, Theiss barricaded himself in a Colorado Springs home for about two hours before he was taken into custody. 

A search of his car uncovered two guns. 

“This case demonstrates the kind of heroic acts that federal law enforcement officers undertake every day to keep us safe,” Acting U.S. Attorney Matt Kirsch said in a statement.  “Taking violent offenders off the street is a dangerous business, and we are grateful no one was killed in this incident.”  

ATF Special Agent in Charge David Booth added, “We are fortunate the injuries our agent suffered were not fatal. Through extraordinary bravery and professionalism in the face of imminent danger, this violent criminal was taken into custody without anyone else being harmed. We applaud the United States Attorney’s Office in their success in this case thus removing a violent criminal from our communities.”

FBI Searches for White Man in Pickup After NAACP Office Attacked by Bomb in Colorado

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI is looking for a white man in his 40s after an explosive device was detonated outside the Colorado Springs chapter of the NAACP on Tuesday, reports the Colorado Springs Gazette.

No one was injured and the damage is limited to the exterior of the building.

The FBI described a person of interest who was seen getting into an older model pickup truck and driving away with d\hidden or missing plates.

“Some neighbors came out and said they saw a Caucasian gentleman get into a white truck,” said Gene Southerland, who owns Mr. G’s Hair Design Studios, which shares the building with the NAACP office.

“It was such a beautiful day and everything, sunny. And in broad daylight, you hear this explosion. It’s frightening,” he said.

At least two volunteers were inside at the time and saw an incendiary device and a can of gas.

Google Helps FBI Track Down Colorado Man for Online Threats to Police Officers

Jeremiah Perez

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Google alerted authorities to a Colorado Springs man who threatened to “hunt” and kill police officers in the comment sections of a YouTube video, leading to the man’s arrest Monday, the Colorado Spring Gazette reports.

Jeremiah M. Perez was arrested after Google contacted the FBI Office in San Francisco.

“SINCE DARREN WILSON our group has killed 6 retired sheriffs and cops……because of this event we will hunt two more in colorado this week…..for every innocent citizen that cops kill WE, VETERANS WILL KILL RETIRED HELPLESS COPS,” the threat read. “COPS ARE THE REAL ENEMIES OF FREEDOM LOVING AMERICANS and TIME TO STRIKE BACK IN ALL OUT WAR IS NOW.”

The user name of the commenter was “Vets Hunting Cops.”

Perez told authorities he didn’t like police and his anger was intensified after an officer shot Michael Brown in Ferguson.

FBI Probes Cause of Huge Colorado Fire

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is joining local authorities in trying to determine what caused the Colorado wildfires that swept through Waldo Canyon, the Denver Post reports.

The fire started near a popular hiking area west of Colorado Springs.

Authorities aren’t sure what caused the fire or whether it was intentionally set, the Post reported.

7 lbs. of Meth Seized in Colo. Ski Town

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The mountains aren’t the only way to get high in Colorado Springs, Colo., apparently.

Investigators seized seven pounds of meth and made four arrests in the ski resort town, reports KRDO.

Vincente Martinez,40,  Jovel Cristian, 27, Martin Martinez, 21, and  Rafael Amezcua, 27,  all from Los Angeles, were arrested at a motel in town, according to KRDO.

The DEA Southern Colorado Drug Task Force–a group of DEA agents, local police and the county Sheriff’s offices and ICE–conducted the investigation. The task force has seized 70 pounds of methamphetamine and made 24 arrests since October of 2011.

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