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Armed Men Impersonating DEA Agents Kicked Open Door of Honolulu Home, Terrifying the Occupant

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By Steve Neavling

Three armed men wearing ski masks falsely claimed they were DEA agents and kicked open the door of a Honolulu home, a terrified occupant explained. 

“I ran into the living room where three guys were at the door waving guns claiming they were from the DEA,” the victim told KHON-2

The encounter happened around 8 p.m. Sunday. The house belonged to the victim’s friend, who was not home at the time.

“After about three or four kicks, they were decent sized guys, it just exploded inwards and they just walked right over top of it,” the victim said.

They demanded access to the safe, but the occupant didn’t know the combination. 

“They said, give me the combination in three seconds or you’re gone, and I was like I don’t know it.”

After pleading for his life, the suspects fled with the victim’s phone and wallet. 

The DEA said its agents don’t bust into homes with ski masks and jackets on.

“We’ll use patrol cars when we can to identify ourselves, and we make the markings clear that say DEA and police. We announce ourselves as DEA. If someone is suspicious, we can provide a second form of identification when it’s a safe point to do so,” Megan Fila, DEA group supervisor, explained.

Police are still looking for the thieves. 

Explosive-Detecting Canine Retires After Spending His Career Keeping Travelers Safe

By Steve Neavling

TSA celebrated the career and retirement of Bruno, a 4-year-old Labrador retriever who was trained as an explosive detection canine, and his handler Kathy, during a retirement ceremony. 

Bruno was trained as a passenger screening canine (PSC) to detect explosives and explosive materials. 

Since October 2019, Bruno and his handler Kathy have screened thousands of travelers and their belongings for potential security threats at Daniel K. Inouye International Airport in Honolulu, where he spent his entire career.

“TSA canines like Bruno are premiere security ambassadors and a favorite of travelers who depart HNL,” TSA Federal Security Director Jenel Chang said in a statement. “We are most proud of the work that Bruno and Kathy have done together to secure the transportation network. We wish them Aloha as they move onto the next phase of their lives together.”

TSA officers gifted Bruno more than 100 squeaky tennis balls, and he was presented with an edible, dog-friendly cake. 

Bruno is 4 years old and will continue to live with Kathy as he transitions into his retirement. 

ATF Special Agent Honored After He Was Accidentally Killed in Hawaii Police Department

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

John Bost III, an ATF special agent who died last month after being accidentally shot at a police station in Hawaii, was honored Tuesday with a procession and final salute by members of Maui’s law enforcement.

ATF ruled the death an accident after a rifle discharged at the Kihei police station.

“John will be remembered as an outstanding special agent, greatly admired and respected by all who knew him,” the ATF and Maui Police Department said in a news release, according to Hawaii News Now . “He was deeply committed to ATF’s mission of safeguarding our communities from violent criminals, and will be profoundly missed.”

Bost will be laid to rest in North Carolina, where his family lives.

TSA: Traveler Carried Large Sack of Moose Poop for Politicians onto Airplane

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By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

TSA agents made a stinky discovery: A traveler passed through airport security at Alaska’s Juneau International Airport carrying a large sack of moose poop.

Security stopped the traveler on April 15 after his carry-on was flagged for a “large organic mass.”

The traveler had a simple explanation, saying the nuggets of poop were “for politicians and their bleep policies,” a TSA spokeswoman told KTOO.

Since there are no rules against carrying moose poop, the man and his poop were sent on their way.

Honolulu Police Chief, Officers Are Under FBI Investigation in Corruption Case

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By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Honolulu Police Chief Louis Kealoha has received a target letter from the FBI, informing him that he is under investigation as part of an ongoing public corruption case.

The chief will go on restricted duty, Hawaii News Now reports. 

The FBI also sent target letters to several other officers in the department.

The letters follow a guilty plea by former police officer Niall Silva, who admitted to lying under oath about a conspiracy to frame a relative of the police chief’s wife.

His wife, a high-ranking deputy city prosecutor, is accused of lying about her uncle stealing a mailbox.

Hawaii May Be First State to Enter All Gun Owners into FBI Database

gunsBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Hawaii is poised to become the first state in the nation to enter gun owners into an FBI database.

The Associated Press reports that the database would immediately notify police when a Hawaiian resident is arrested in another state.

In other states, people who are entered into the “Rap Back” database are in “positions of trust,” such as school officials, said Stephen Fischer of the FBI’s Criminal Justice Information Services Division.

“I don’t like the idea of us being entered into a database. It basically tells us that they know where the guns are, they can go grab them” said Jerry Ilo, a firearm and hunting instructor for the state. “We get the feeling that Big Brother is watching us.”

Supporters of the law say Hawaii would be safer with the database.

Secret Service Stops Man from Flying Drone Alongside President Obama’s Motorcade in Hawaii

DroneBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A recreational drone alarmed Secret Service agents after it was seen flying alongside President Obama’s motorcade in Hawaii, the International Business Times reports. 

Agents approached the operator and ordered him to land the drone.

The operator complied and was not arrested.

“The Secret Service is aware of this incident. The subject was completely unaware that the Presidential motorcade would be transiting the area of operation and immediately complied with law enforcement requests to cease and desist. No charges were filed. The motorcade proceeded without further incident,” the agency said in a statement late Monday, according toWABC, an ABC News affiliate for New York.

Obama is on vacation in Hawaii.

Stowaway Teen Reveals Serious Flaws in Airport Security After He Climbed onto Plane Unnoticed

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

More disturbing than a teen’s decision to hide in the wheel well of a flight from California to Hawaii was how easily he was able to slip past layers of security Sunday morning.

The Washington Post reports that the 15-year-old boy, who was running away from home, showed how a determined person could bypass security and sneak onto a plane without notice.

It’s not that surveillance cameras didn’t capture the boy slip past security at San Jose International Airport; it’s that no one saw him on the video screen.

“There’s no way to guarantee security, even if you had one person per video screen,”  Richard Bloom, an airport security expert at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University in Arizona

Airport officials said they are reviewing the breach to determine who to avoid a similar failure.