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Grand Jury Indicts U.S. Marshal, Georgia Police Officer in Death of Man Shot 76 Times

By Steve Neavling

A U.S. Marshal and Georgia police officer were indicted by a grand jury for their role in the 2016 killing of a man shot dozens of times while trying to make a fugitive arrest. 

Eric Heinze, an assistant chief inspector with the U.S. Marshal’s Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and Clayton County Police Office Kristopher Hutchens were indicted on felony murder charges, along with counts of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, burglary, making false statements and violation of oath by a public officer, The Atlanta Journal Constitution reports.

Jamarion Robinson, a 26-year-old college student who family members said suffered from mental illness, was shot 76 times when officers with a U.S. Marshals task force tried to enter his apartment with warrants on Aug. 5, 2016. He was wanted for allegedly pointing a gun at Atlanta officers and fleeing. 

East Point police said Robinson shot once at officers, who then returned fire. 

Prosecutors said the investigation was difficult because there were no body cameras and the officers refused to cooperate. 

CBP Busts Woman with $40,000 Worth of Cocaine Hidden in Her Shoes

CBP found $40,000 worth of cocaine hidden in these shoes. Photo: CBP.

By Steve Neavling

CBP officers found $40,000 worth of cocaine hidden in the shoes of a Georgia woman who was returning on a flight from Jamaica. 

The officers stopped the 21-year-old woman at Hartsfield-Jacskon Atlanta International Airport on Sunday and found the cocaine in seven pairs of shoes that were stuffed in her bags. 

“Smugglers go through great lengths to conceal drugs from our officers,” Paula Rivera, CBP port director for the Area Port of Atlanta, said in a news release. “Narcotics interdiction remains a priority CBP enforcement mission, one that we take very seriously.”

The woman was turned over to Clayton County police. 

For CBP officers, it was just another day. CBP seizes 3,677 pounds of drugs on an average day.

Woman Repeatedly Impersonates FBI Agent to Score Free Chick-Fil-A Meals

By Steve Neavling

A Georgia woman impersonated an FBI agent and even threatened to arrest employees of a local Chick-Fil-A in repeated attempts to score free meals, according to the Rockmart Police Department.  

The ruse landed her in jail. 

Kimberly Ragsdale, 47, was charged with impersonating a public officer and released from jail Saturday on $3,000 bond, The Associated Press reports.

When police arrived to arrest her Thursday, Ragsdale continued to claim she was an FBI agent, insisting her credentials were electronic-only. As she was handcuffed, police said she began to “talk into her shirt like she was talking into a radio telling someone that we were arresting her and to send someone to Rockmart PD,” officers wrote in the arrest report, according to the arrest report. 

“You will not hear a real officer demand a meal anywhere,” Chief Randy Turner said. “If it is given, we appreciate it. If it is discounted, we appreciate it. We will not ask for it or make threats and demand it.”

FBI Launches Hate Crime Investigation into Shooting Death of Ahmaud Arbery

Ahmaud Arbery

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Justice Department have launched an investigation into the shooting death of Ahmaud Arbery, a black jogger in Georgia whose attack by two white men in February was captured on a graphic video recording, according to an attorney for the victim’s family.

The bureau is exploring whether the suspects, Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis, 34, committed a hate crime, said Lee Martin, who represents the 25-year-old victims family, The Guardian reports.

Martin said he met with Justice Department officials, who told him the FBI also is looking into why no arrests were made until two months after the Feb. 23 shooting.

Gregory McMichael, 64, and his son Travis McMichael, 34, were arrested by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation (GBI) and charged with murder on May 8, three days after a video of the attack sparked outrage. The GBI also arrested the man who captured the attack on video.

3 Dozen TSA Employees Tested Positive for Coronavirus in 12 States

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The number of TSA employees who have tested positive for coronavirus has soared to 36 since the outbreak began two weeks ago.

Of those, 28 are TSA screening officers who have close interactions with the public. Another eight non-screening employees with limited interactions with the public have tested positive.

The positive cases are spread across 12 states: Washington, Nevada, California, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, New York and New Jersey.

Hundreds of TSA screeners and other employees also are quarantined because they either had contact with coworkers who tested positive or because they are showing symptoms.

At some airports, multiple TSA screeners have tested positive. There are six cases involving workers at John F. Kennedy International Airpot in New York and four at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

Three TSA screeners at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport in California were the first agency employees to test positive for coronavirus on March 10.

For details of each positive case, click here.

 

Via TSA

 

FBI Captures Georgia Man Wanted in 1996 Murder

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Hector Ulises Garay spent 22 years running from charges that he murdered a Georgia man during an attempted robbery.

The 51-year-old fugitive is now behind bars after he was captured in El Salvador, where members of the FBI’s Atlanta Metro Major Offender Task Force picked him up and transported him back to Atlanta. He’s now lodged in the Gwinnett County Jail without bond on murder charges. 

Border agents in Central America flagged Garay when he tried to travel from El Salvador to Honduras.

“It doesn’t matter how long it takes. These fugitives never go off our radar,” FBI spokesperson Kevin Rowson to Fox 5 News

Gary is accused of murdering Adalberto Salines during an attempted robbery at Salines’ home on Jan. 21, 1996.

According to the FBI, Garay shot and killed Salines when he wouldn’t let him in the home. “We don’t believe people should get away with murder,” Rowson said. 

Other Stories of Interest

White Supremacist Convicted of Plot to Murder Atlanta Drug Dealer

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A self-described white supremacist was convicted of multiple charges related to a plot to kill a drug deal with outstanding debts in Georgia.

The case broke open after an FBI informant and admitted white nationalist alerted the bureau to Adrian Apodaca, saying the Florida man had admitted to murdering several people in New Mexico and Arizona, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel reports

The FBI dispatched a team of undercover agents posing as white supremacists who were owed money by an Atlanta drug dealer, who also was an FBI plant.

Recordings played at the trial indicate Apodaca offered to kill the “dealer” in exchange for $5,000 and a false identity to avoid investigators who wanted to question him in at least one murder.

Jurors took just three hours to convict Apodaca, 45. He faces up to life in prison when he is sentenced Dec. 8.

Former FBI Agent May Have Jeopardized Child Predator Cases

Photo via FBI

Photo via FBI

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A former FBI agent’s conviction in connection with sharing confidential information with a married woman with whom he was having an affair may have jeopardized as many as three child predator cases.

While heading the now-disbanded joint local-federal Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force in northwest Georgia, Ken Hillman allowed Angela Russell and her then-husband Emerson Russell take part in the arrests of suspects, AJC.com reports

In addition, Hillman let Angela Russell past as an underage girl in internet chats during a sting on sexual predators.

Now one to three of the cases that arose from the sting may have been jeopardized because of the Russell’s involvement. The suspects are accused of meeting children for sex in northwest Georgia.