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FBI: 3 Teenage Girls from Suburban Denver Detained on Way to Join ISIS

By Steve Neavling

The FBI believes three teenage girls from suburban Denver were headed to Syria to join Islamic State militants in Syria.

The Associated Press reports that two sisters, ages 17 and 15, and their friend, age 16, were stopped at the Frankfurt, Germany en route to Turkey and then Syria.

The sisters are of Somali descent, while their friend is of Sudanese descent.

Now the FBI is trying to determine whether any of their friends may try to join Islamic State.

The sisters were reported missing by their father after they skipped school Friday.

The families expressed shock and said they hadn’t had problems with the girls.

FBI Assists in Investigation of El Paso County Sheriff Accused of Sexual Misconduct

By Steve Neavling

El Paso County Sheriff Terry Maketa was considered a polished politicians and potential challenger to Gov. John Hickenlooper.

Now the FBI is helping the Colorado Bureau of Investigations conduct a problem into Maketa, who is accused of having sex with three women and then promoting them to top-paying jobs, the Denver Post reports.

“The FBI is assisting with the investigation at the request of the CBI,” CBI spokeswoman Susan Medina said.

Maketa declined to comment but his spokesman said the sheriff “supports these independent investigations. He really does.”

FBI Dubs Bank Robber ‘Good Grammar Bandit’ for Error-Free Demand Note

Steve Neavling

A man accused of robbing banks wrote error-free demand notes that prompted the FBI to dub him the “good Grammar Bandit,” the Associated Press reports.

He’s accused of robbing four banks in metro Denver in less than a week.

His letters were “perfectly typed, spelled and punctuated,” the AP wrote.

The suspect is described as black, short, slender and in his 30s.

FBI: Suburban Denver Woman Planned to Wage Jihad In Middle East

Steve Neavling

A 19-year-old suburban Denver woman boarded a flight on her way to wage jihad in the Middle East.

But the Associated Press reports that authorities arrested her April 18 at the Denver International Airport, where she told agents she was en route to the Middle East to help start a holy war, according to the FBI.

Shannon Maureen Conley had “legitimate targets of attack” that included military facilities, government employees and public officials, the AP wrote.

Conley was charged with conspiring to help a foreign terrorist organization.

Investigators were told that Conley planned to fly to Turkey before traveling to Syria to become a housewife and nurse at a man’s camp.

ATF Joins Investigation of Mammoth Fire at Apartment Building Site in Colorado

Steve Neavling

Federal agents are joining an investigation into a suspicious Colorado fire over the weekend that was so hot that flattened the apartment building and melted cars parked across the street, the Denver Post reports.

The 11 p.m. Saturday fire broke out in an apartment building that is under construction in Glendale, which is surrounded by Denver.

“We don’t know if it is arson,” Denver Fire Department Division Chief Joseph Gonzales said, “but we start every investigation to eliminate arson as a cause.”

No one was injured in the three-alarm fire, which caused an estimated $12 million in damage.


Denver’s ATF Head Lands Job As New Director of Naval Criminal Investigative Service

Steve Neavling

The ATF’s head of the Denver field division has been named the new director of the Naval Criminal Investigative Service, the Denver Post reports.

The Navy announced Andrew Traver’s new position Friday.

“It is an awesome privilege to be chosen to lead a top-tier, elite agency in NCIS, and I intend to do my very best to ensure that NCIS continues to be a highly proficient, efficient and accomplished force, setting an inspiring professional standard for all to emulate,” Traver said.

Traver had been nominated by President Obama to become the new director of ATF, but his nomination stalled and never went anywhere.



Denver FBI Division Celebrates High Honors For It Forensic Laboratory

Steve Neavling 

The FBI’s Denver division received honors for its forensic laboratory, becoming internationally accredited, the Denver Post reports.

Officials of the Rocky Mountain Regional Computer Forensics Laboratory celebrated Wednesday after getting accreditation from the American Society of Crime Laboratory Directors.

The laboratory opened in 2006 and allows full-service digital forensics, the Denver Post reported.

“Today, we celebrate not only our accreditation as one of 43 forensic laboratories in the world to attain international program accreditation in the digital and multimedia evidence discipline. We also celebrate the outstanding partnerships that have made every service provided at this laboratory possible,” said Thomas Ravenelle, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Denver division in the release.

New Special Agent in Charge Takes Over FBI Office in Denver

Steve Neavling

 The FBI’s Denver office has a new leader. 

Thomas P. Ravenelle, who most recently served in the inspection division at FBI’s headquarters in Washington D.C., has been named as special agent in charge of the Denver office, CBS Denver reports.

He replaces James Yacone, who left in March to work for the Virginia-based Critical Incident Response Group.

Most recently, Ravenelle led inspections of FBI offices and investigated FBI-involved shootings.

Yacone launched his career with the FBI in 1987.