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FBI Seizes Property in Detroit-Area Operation Targeting Public Schools

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Add a new Jaguar sports car and over $34,000 to the coffers of FBI in  Detroit. Those profits were seized during an ongoing investigation of the cash-strapped town of Pontiac, Mich., just north of Detroit, reports the Detroit News.

The Jaguar was once Jumanne Sledge’s, a former Pontiac schools superintendent who resigned after allegations rose last  August of the improper use of school funds.

“The seizures shed light on an FBI investigation that coincides with a whistle-blower lawsuit alleging financial wrongdoing inside the troubled district, writes the Detroit News.

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Feds Pile on Another Charge on Detroit’s Ex-Hip Hop Mayor Kilpatrick

Ex-Mayor Kwame Kilpatrick/official photo

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

DETROIT — The feds in the Motown just keep digging a deeper and deeper hole for Kwame Kilpatrick, the ex-mayor Detroit who was once dubbed the “Hip Hop Mayor.”

The Detroit Free Press reports that Kilpatrick and longtime friend Bobby Ferguson were charged Wednesday in a superseding indictment with extortion involving the shakedown of a towing contractor. Ferguson and Kilpatrick had already been charged with a slew of public corruption charges.

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Detroit Industrial Building Busted for Housing Pot Growers

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Known in recent years for the young artists that have taken over abandoned parts of the hulking structure, Detroit’s Russell Industrial Center was raided at 10 a.m. on Friday as a part of a federal investigation into illegal marijuana production, the Detroit News reports.

Four people were arrested at the building after DEA agents executed search warrants at the large warehouse, which also houses printing, bindery, woodworking and graphics firms, according to the Detroit News.

“We need this; the city has lost control. The drug dealers control everything,” said Detroit resident James Turner, who works near the building.

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FBI: Lions Fan Threatened to Blow Up Building After Team Fell Behind

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

It’s never been easy to be a Detroit Lions fan.

This fact was on hand at the Lions Jan. 7 playoff loss to the New Orleans Saints, where a fan threatened to blow up the team’s home stadium, the Superdome, reports the Detroit News.

Shawn Payton, of Jackson, Mich, bomb threats in after the Lions fell behind in the game, says an FBI agent’s affidavit. He made two calls all together.

“Hi, I want you to relay a message to the sideline, if your stupid Southern team keeps winning, there will be reper… severe consequences, OK?” Payton, 34, told a Superdome employee, court records detail.

In a phone interview on Monday, Payton showed regret for his actions and concern over losing his job as a cook at a McDonald’s. “I feel bad for making some stupid phone calls,” he said.

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FBI’s Kids Page: Just Another Example of FBI Outdoing Other Agencies in the Public Relations Game

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

I remember years ago sitting at a banquet table at a retirement party for a U.S. Marshal in Detroit when the head of U.S. Customs in Detroit started talking about his school-aged son.

With some amusement, and a perhaps a drop of disappointment, he recounted how his son told people his dad worked for the FBI. Ouch.

I’m reminded of that story after looking on the FBI website and finding the “FBI Kids Page.”

Of all the federal law enforcement agencies, the FBI, hands down, has far outpaced others when it comes to public relations and promoting its image.

This is just another example of its efforts.

The feature is designed to educate children and teens and their parents about the workings of the agency.

“Follow a case from start to finish through the FBI Laboratory on our Kids Page,” the FBI website says.

“The page is designed for children and their parents to learn more about the FBI through age-appropriate games, tips, stories, and interactives. We also introduce you to our working dogs and show how FBI special agents and analysts investigate cases.”

I point this out, because I think some federal law enforcement agencies could do a much better job of dealing with the media and promoting their image.

Just a thought.

 

Column: FBI’s Kids Page: Just Another Example of FBI Outdoing Other Agencies in the Public Relations Game

Allan Lengel

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

I remember years ago sitting at a banquet table at a retirement party for a U.S. Marshal in Detroit when the head of U.S. Customs in Detroit started talking about his school-aged son.

With some amusement, and a perhaps a drop of disappointment, he recounted how his son told people his dad worked for the FBI. Ouch.

I’m reminded of that story after looking on the FBI website and finding the “FBI Kids Page.”

Of all the federal law enforcement agencies, the FBI, hands down, has far outpaced others when it comes to public relations and promoting its image.

This is just another example of its efforts.

The feature is designed to educate children and teens and their parents about the workings of the agency.

“Follow a case from start to finish through the FBI Laboratory on our Kids Page,” the FBI website says.

“The page is designed for children and their parents to learn more about the FBI through age-appropriate games, tips, stories, and interactives. We also introduce you to our working dogs and show how FBI special agents and analysts investigate cases.”

I point this out, because I think some federal law enforcement agencies could do a much better job of dealing with the media and promoting their image.

Just a thought.

 

Reality TV Star’s Husband One of 15 Arrested in Detroit Fed Drug Bust

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The real life plot of reality TV star Deelishis seems more dramatic than that on television.

The African-American news website NewsOne points out that Chandra Davis, the star of reality show “Flava of Love,” is married to Orlando Gordon, one of the men picked up in a major drug bust in Detroit previously reported on by ticklethewire.

The couple’s home in suburban Franklin, Mich., was raided by feds, who found kilos of marijuana, grams of crack cocaine, firearms and more the $500,000 in cash, according to NewsOne.

The FBI called the bust one of the biggest in suburban Detroit, with the ring operating throughout southeast Michigan and filtering hundreds of thousands of dollars worth drugs into the area.

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15 Indicted in Major Detroit Drug Bust

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The Feds have been busy in Detroit, where a major drug bust ended with 15 people indicted for peddling a “massive amount” of cocaine and marijuana across the metro Detroit area, reports the Detroit Free Press. All were charged with running the operation from 2008 to 2011, while three were also charged with gun crimes.

Multiple agencies, including the FBI, DEA, ATF and IRS, were involved in the case.

“The dismantling of this organization has halted the flow of hundreds of thousands of dollars worth of illegal drugs into metropolitan Detroit,” said DEA Special Agent in Charge Robert L. Corso, and “exemplifies the strong collaborative effort that exists between DEA and our federal, state and local law enforcement partners.”

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