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ATF Reports Alarming Increase in Stolen Firearms from Gun Shops

File photo of guns, via ATF

File photo of guns, via ATF

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF released a disturbing new report that shows national firearm theft and losses in gun shops increased 20% in 2016. 

The report indicates that 18,394 weapons were stolen last year, and a vast majority were pistols, rifles, revolvers and shotguns.

“Losses and thefts of firearms have increased dramatically in terms of the gun stores,” ATF Special Agent Michael Knight told WHNT19 News

He added: “Also, what has increased extremely, at a high rate, is the armed robberies, and this is a violent crime. This means that the public could potentially be at arms length of the criminal element who are focusing on these gun stores.”

Georgia led the nation with 1,539 stolen or missing firearms in 2016. Florida followed with 1,260 and Texas with 1,247.

Hawaii, by contrast, reported just three stolen or missing firearms.

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Georgia Man Who Possessed Ricin Has Ties to White Supremacist Group

William Gibbs

William Gibbs

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Georgia man under investigation after he was exposed to the deadly poison ricin has ties to a white supremacist group Creativity Movement, the Southern Poverty Law Center reports

The FBI is trying to determine how William Christopher Gibbs, 27, was exposed to ricin.

Gibbs was arrested on charges of reckless conduct and a probation violation after arriving at the local hospital late last week.

About 100 police and hazardous materials experts searched Gibbs’ car and home for traces of ricin in Fannin County.

“I think it was all contained inside his vehicle, just a small amount of something I think he had been experimenting with,” Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby told an Atlanta television station. 

According to sheriff’s deputies, Gibbs’ mother said he has a mental illness.

The FBI has declined to comment, other than to confirm agents are investigating Gibbs’ background and how he acquired ricin.

The Creativity Movement is a white supremacy sect that says “race is our religion” and that the “white race is nature’s finest.”

FBI Investigating How Georgia Man Was Exposed to Ricin

Ricin

Ricin

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is trying to determine how a Georgia man was exposed to the deadly toxin, ricin.

William Christopher Gibbs, 27, went to the hospital and said he had been exposed to ricin, the Atlanta Journal Constitution reports. 

On Feb. 2, Gibbs was arrested on suspicion on reckless conduct and citation of probation. According to a police report, Gibbs’ mother said her son has mental health issues, including schizophrenia.

“We have identified no evidence that any poisonous or toxic substances have been dispersed or that the public is at risk, and we are coordinating with the 4th Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil Support Team of the Army National Guard and the Cherokee County Fire Department to ensure that the area is safe,” US Attorney John Horn said in a statement. 

Fannin County Sheriff Dane Kirby said Gibbs’ ricin was found in Gibbs’ car.

It’s unlikely that the exposure was accidental, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

“It would take a deliberate act to make ricin and use it to poison people,” the CDC website states. “Unintentional exposure to ricin is highly unlikely, except through the ingestion of castor beans.” 

Georgia’s Secretary of State Accuses Homeland Security of Attempted Hack

Data securityBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Georgia’s secretary of state alleges Homeland Security tried to illegally hack the state’s computer network that contains the voter registration database.

Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp claims in a letter to Homeland Security that his office discovered that a DHS Internet address tried to breach the computer system, the Hill reports.

The system also contains personal information of more than 6.5 million residents, 800,000 corporate entities and 500,000 licensed or registered professional.

“On November 15, 2016, an IP address associated with the Department of Homeland Security made an unsuccessful attempt to penetrate the Georgia Secretary of State’s firewall,” Kemp wrote. “I am writing you to ask whether DHS was aware of this attempt and, if so, why DHS was attempting to breach our firewall.” 

The hack, if there was one, occurred a week after the election.

Homeland Security said it is investigating.

“DHS takes the trust of our public and private sector partners seriously, and we will respond to Secretary Kemp directly,” said Deputy Press Secretary Scott McConnell.

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Deputy U.S. Marshal Killed in Shootout While Trying to Serve Arrest Warrant

Dontrell Carter

Dontrell Carter

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A deputy U.S. marshal was shot and killed Friday evening while while trying to serve an arrest warrant in south Georgia.

Patrick Carothers, 53, entered a house near Ludowici to arrest Dontrell Montese Carter when the suspect opened fire and hit the officer twice, according to the U.S. Marshal Service.

Carothers, who left behind a wife and five children, was a deputy commander and 26-year veteran.

Officers fired back and struck Carter multiple times.

Both Carner and Carothers died at the hospital.

Carter, 25, was wanted for attempted murder of police officers and domestic violence.

“Our deputies and law enforcement partners face dangers every day in the pursuit of justice nationwide,” the U.S. Marshall Service wrote in a statement. “The fugitive who killed Deputy Commander Carothers was extremely dangerous, wanted for trying to kill law enforcement officers and deliberately evading authorities. Pat is a hero and our thoughts and prayers are with his wife and five children.”

FBI Charges 48 Alleged Member of Gangster Disciples in Nationwide Crackdown

Members of the Gangster Disciples, via YouTube.

Members of the Gangster Disciples, via YouTube.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested four dozen alleged members of the Gangster Disciples, including a Georgia police officer, nationwide.

The FBI’s Memphis offie said members of the Chicago-based organization faces charges of participating in “a racketeering enterprise that included multiple murders, attempted murder and drug crimes.”

Of those arrested, 30 were indicted in Georgia and 15 in Tennessee. Others hailed from Chicago, Alabama, California, Colorado, Detroit, Kansas and Wisconsin.

Included in the charges were 10 homicides, 12 attempted homicides and drug trafficking.

Vancito Gumbs, an officer for the DeKalb County Police Department, also is accused of carrying out orders for the Disciples.

FBI Found ‘Staggering Corruption’ at Georgia Prisons Where Bribes Were Taken for Contraband

woman-in-prisonBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A two-year undercover FBI investigation, called “Operation Ghost Guard,” led to the arrests of 46 officers at nine Georgia prisons for allegedly accepting bribes to smuggle contraband into jails, the Washington Post reports. 

The correctional officers were indicted on charges of accepting payments to smuggle tobacco, cellphones and drugs into prisons. Some also are accused of protecting drug dealers outside of prisons.

Among those arrested were five members of the elite tactical COBRA unit, whose responsibility is prevent drug deals in prison.

John Horn, U.S. Attorney for the Northern District of Georgia, said the inducements show “staggering corruption.”

“It is truly troubling that so many corrections officers from across the state of Georgia could be so willing to sell their oaths, to sell their badges, for personal profit — to benefit and protect purported drug transactions,” he said, adding that the alleged acts put the public in danger.

Georgia Psychiatrist Raided After Allegedly Running Pill Mill Tied to 36 Deaths

Writing prescriptionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Georgia psychiatrist accused of running a pill mill that allegedly led to the deaths of 36 patients was arrested during a DEA raid, UPI reports. 

Dr. Narendra Nagareddy is accused of violating the state’s Controlled Substances Act by overprescribing potentially dangerous medications.

“He’s a psychiatrist in Jonesboro who has been overprescribing opiates and benzodiazepine and the last several years has had a multitude of overdose deaths.” Clayton County Police Chief Mike Register told WSB-TV.

His office and home were raided by local and federal authorities in Jonesboro, Ga.

“Former and current patients have admitted to obtaining controlled substance prescriptions from Dr. Nagareddy without having a legitimate medical need,” court records show.

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