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Chechen Immigrant Fatally Shot by FBI in Orlando Had Ties to Boston Marathon Bombing Suspect

Steve Neavling

A Chechen immigrant fatally shot by an FBI agent in Florida had connections to one of the Boston Marathon bombing suspects, the Associated Press reports.

Ibragim Todashev has a lot in common with bombing suspect Tamerlan Tsarnaev, who was killed during a shootout with police. He has Chechen roots, experience with mixed martial arts and lived in Massachusetts.

The AP wrote that Todashev may have been involved with a triple murder in which Tsaraev is emerging as a suspect.

What remains unclear is why Todashev was shot.

Justice Department to Review Case of Cops Who Framed Mentally Challenged Teen

Steve Neavling 

Anthony Caravella, who is mentally challenged, served 26 years in prison for a murder he didn’t commit in Florida, and the two Miramar cops who framed him may never see time behind bars, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

The case drew the attention of the Justice Department after a civil lawsuit ended last week in a $7 million payout to the victim, who was a teenager when sent to prison.

“We are aware of the [Caravella] matter and are assessing it,” Dena Iverson, a spokeswoman for the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington, D.C., wrote in an email to the Sun-Sentinel Friday.

DNA testing eliminated Caravella as a suspect in the rape and murder he was convicted of committing, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

Others are concerned that more innocent people are locked up because of shoddy evidence and lies.


Florida Man Claims to Be FBI Informant, Exposes Himself to Nurses

Steve Neavling

A Florida man forced his way onto a plane, claiming he was an FBI informant who was having medical complications and needed to fly to Boston, the Florida Sun-Sentinel reports.

When the 28-year-old Fort Myers man was taken to a hospital after faking a seizure, he exposed himself to nurses, asking if they liked what they saw, the Sun-Sentinel wrote.

Officers found several different kinds of prescription pills on Arnaldo Jose Santiago Burgos that he said he liked to mix.

He was arrested by Lee County Port Authority officers, the Sun-Sentinel reported.

FBI Agent Jarrod Petrelli Dead at 34

Jarrod M. Petrelli/funeral home photo

By Allan Lengel

Jarrod M. Petrelli died young, and he died suddenly.

The St. Louis FBI agent, who was 34, about to turn 35, died at a training conference in Florida, the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reported.

The paper reported that he died last week of natural causes.

He worked violent gangs during his four year career.

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Retired DEA Agent Busted in Prostitution Ring in Florida

Steve Neavling

A retired DEA agent was arrested on accusations of trying to buy sex from an undercover officer in Palm Bay, Florida, WDBO reports.

The former agent, David Costa, 76, was nabbed as part of a sting operation  undercover officers posing as prostitutes, WDBO reported.

“It just sometimes amazes me how many people go up to our undercover officers at any given time,” said Palm Bay police Sgt. Ron Lugo.

WDBO wrote that Costa approached the undercover officer and offered $10 for a sex act.


Ex-Fla. Chief of ICE Anthony Mangione Gets 70 Months in Prison for Child Porn

By Allan Lengel

The former head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement in Southern Florida was sentenced Friday to 5 years and 10 months in federal prison on a child pornography charge.

The Sun-Sentinel newspaper reported that Anthony Mangione, 52, pleaded guilty in July to e-mailing child pornography to a former school bus driver in Delaware.

The paper reported that the feds alleged that he had up to 150 images of child pornography, some depicting the “extreme abuse of children.”

He was put on administrative leave in April 2011.



FBI Probes Letters Designed to Scare Florida Voters from the Voting Polls

Steve Neavling

 The FBI is investigating potential voter intimidation after official-looking letters questioning people’s eligibility to vote began turning up in mailboxes in at least  28 Florida counties, NBC News reports.

“We’re taking it as a serious situation,” David Couvertier, a spokesman for the FBI in Tampa, told NBC News on Wednesday. “We’re looking at everything from civil rights violations to election fraud — to everything in between.”

The letters, which began arriving Friday under the real names of Florida county election supervisors, raise questions about recipients’ citizenship status.

The letter threatens arrest for people who cast a ballot and aren’t eligible.

Florida is a critical battleground state in the 2012 presidential election.

Federal Government Needs to Reopen 9/11 Investigation, Says Former U.S. Sen. Bob Graham

Steve Neavling

 Former Florida Gov. Bob Graham urged the federal government to reopen the investigation of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to identify “an external support system,” the Florida Sun Sentinel reports.

On the anniversary of 9/11, Graham, who was a U.S. Senator at the time of the attacks, told an audience he believes people who supported the attack are still on the loose, even in Florida.

“What leads us to believe that that network has evaporated, been dismissed or rolled up?” Graham asked. “I have no reason to believe that that’s occurred.”

Some of the concern stems from a Saudi family who was living in Sarasota at the time and was accused of supping the hijackers, the Sun Sentinel reported.