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Kansas City Man Who Assaulted ATF Agent Was Sentenced to 15 in Prison

By Steve Neavling

A Kansas City man was sentenced to 15 years in prison for assaulting an ATF agent during an undercover operation in February. 

Nicholas Newman pleaded guilty in May 2021 to one count of forcible assault on a federal officer using a dangerous weapon and one count of using, carrying, possessing and brandishing a firearm in furtherance of a violence crime. 

In February, Newman met two undercover ATF agents to sell them a gun in a parking lot in Kansas City. Newman handed the gun to one of the agent’s in the driver’s seat, which she placed on the floorboard. After the agent gave Newman the cash, he tried to grab the gun, and a “violent snuggled ensued,” according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. 

“Newman physically assaulted her inflicting severe bodily harm,” the U.S. Attorney’s Office said in a news release. “The second agent, who had been in the rear passenger seat, came around and attempted to subdue Newman from behind. A short time later, ATF surveillance units arrived and instructed Newman to let go of the weapon which he did. He was subsequently taken into custody.”

“Every day our ATF agents work to make our communities safer by trying to keep firearms out of the hands of criminals,” Acting U.S. Attorney Duston Slinkard said. “In doing so, they often put themselves in harm’s way. Thanks to the bravery and quick action of these agents no lives were lost in an incident which could have resulted in tragedy.”

Timothy Langan Named Assistant Director of FBI’s Counterterrorism Division

FBI headquarters in Washington D.C.

By Steve Neavling

Timothy Langan, who was the special agent in charge of the FBI’s Kansas City Field Office, has been appointed assistant director of the Counterterrorism Division at the bureau’s headquarters. 

Langan’s career at the FBI began as a special agent in 1998 in the Dallas Field Office, where he investigated Mexican drug-trafficking organizations and international terrorism. 

He transferred to the Washington Field Office in 2003, working protective operations. Langan also was a firearms and tactical instructor in Dallas and Washington.

In 2007, Langan was promoted to supervisory special agent and assigned to the Safe Streets and Gang Unit at FBI headquarters. 

In 2009, he became legal attaché in Sofia, Bulgaria.

In 2013, Langan transferred to the Nashville Resident Agency of the Memphis Field Office in Tennessee to lead a squad investigating public corruption, civil rights and complex financial crimes. 

In 2016, he became assistant special agent in charge of the criminal enterprise branch at the Miami Field Office.

In 2019, Langan was named section chief in the International Operations Division, where he oversaw operational units covering Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. In addition, he served as the division’s acting deputy assistant director.

Before joining the FBI, Langan served in the U.S. Marine Corps and was a police officer and detective in St. Charles, Missouri.

ATF Agents Rescue 4 Cats, 1 Dog While Investigating Kansas City Apartment Fire

ATF agents rescued four cats and a dog, via ATF.

By Steve Neavling

ATF agents rescued four cats and a dog on Sunday while investigating a fire that destroyed a Kansas City apartment building. 

The animals were found after agents entered a part of the building that had been inaccessible. 

KC Pet Project, a nonprofit animal shelter, helped agents rescue the four-legged creatures. 

“As we continue to search for the cause of the Waldo Heights Apt fire, today @ATFKansasCity agents found themselves in a different role- rescuing 4 cats and a dog from an area of the building we had not been able to access great teamwork with the AMAZING @kcpetproject !” the ATF’s Kansas City office tweeted. 

“Their owners must be so relieved and thankful,” the Kansas City Police Department posted on Twitter.

The fire broke out shortly after 8 p.m. Monday. Several minor injuries were reported. 

Operation Legend Nets 3,500+ Arrests in Nine Cities Since It Launched in July

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

More than 3,500 people have been arrested across nine cities as part of “Operation Legend,” an anti-crime initiative launched by the Justice Department in July, Attorney General William Barr announced Tuesday.

Since the operation began on July 8, federal authorities and their local partners have arrested about 200 murder suspects and seized roughly 1,000 firearms, 19 kilos of heroin, 11 kilos of fentanyl, 94 kilos of methamphetamine, 14 kilos of cocaine, and $6.5 million in drug money, Barr said at a news conference in Milwaukee.

Of those arrested, about 815 have been charged with federal offenses, 440 with firearms offenses, and 300 with drug-related crimes.

The operation involves more than 1,000 agents from the ATF, DEA, and FBI, along with the U.S. Marshals Service, in nine cities: Chicago, Albuquerque, Cleveland, Detroit, Milwaukee, St. Louis, Memphis, Kansas City and Indianapolis. The operation is named in honor of LeGend Taliferro, a 4-year-old boy who was fatally shot while he was sleeping in the morning of June 29 in Kansas City.

To see a breakdown by city, click here.

FBI: Missouri Man Who Plotted Hospital Attack Was White Supremacist in Touch with Army Soldier

Timothy Wilson, via Facebook.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The Missouri man killed during a shootout with the FBI on Tuesday was a suspected white supremacist who was in contact with a then-active U.S. Army solder who was planning his own attack, according to the FBI.

More details have emerged about 36-year-old Timothy Wilson, who was “espoused white supremacist” and “made a threat that if any agent attempted to [search his property] they should ‘bring a lot of body bags,” according to the FBI alert obtained by ABC News.

Wilson was planning to soon try to detonate a bomb at a Kansas City-area medical center that was busy handling coronavirus patients.

According to the FBI alert, Wilson had “shared instructions on how to make an” improvised explosive device with another domestic terrorism suspect near Kansas City.

That suspect was Jarrett Smith, whom the FBI arrested in September 2019 for allegedly discussing a plot to bomb a major news network and attack then-Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke, ABC News reports.

The FBI had been investigating Wilson for more than a year.

Timothy Langan Named Special Agent in Charge of Kansas City Field Office

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Timothy Langan, a 21-year veteran of the FBI, is the new special agent in charge of the Kansas City Field Office.

Langan had been the acting deputy assistant director in the International Operations Division at FBI headquarters in Washington.

Langan’s career with the FBI began in 1998, when he started working in the Dallas Field Office. He later worked in the Washington Field Office. Early on, Langan investigated Mexican drug trafficking organizations, violent crimes, and international terrorism, was a firearms and tactical instructor and a member of the SWAT team in Dallas, and served on protective details.

In 2007, Langan was promoted to supervisory special agent, serving on the Safe Streets and Gang Unit at FBI headquarters to provide program management oversight and support for gang investigations nationwide. In 2009, he was promoted to legal attaché in Sofia, Bulgaria, which also covers Albania and Macedonia.

In 2013, Langan led a squad investigating public corruption, civil rights, and complex financial crimes at the Nashville Resident Agency of the Memphis Field Office in Tennessee. In 2016, he was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of the Miami Field Office, serving as the head of the criminal enterprise branch.

In 2018, Langan was promoted to section chief in the International Operations Division, where he oversaw operational units covering Africa, Asia, and the Middle East. He also served as the division’s acting deputy assistant director.

Before joining the FBI, Langan served in the U.S. Marine Corps and as a police officer and detective in St. Charles, Missouri.

How FBI Background Check Failed to Prevent Felon from Buying Gun That Injured 3 Officers

Marlin Mack

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

Marlin Mack, a felon with an extensive rap sheet, passed an FBI background check to buy a gun that he used to shoot and kill a university graduate student and wound three Kansas City police officers.

So how was the 25-year-old able to pass the background check?

FBI Spokesman Stephen Fischer told Fox4 that Mack gave false information on his application to buy the gun.

“Mr. Mack provided false biographical information at the time of his firearm purchase. That information can only be verified at the point of sale,” Fischer said. “The false information was submitted to the FBI and searched through the national instant criminal background check system (NICS).  As the false information did not match a prohibited record, the request was cleared to proceed.”

But Fox4 discovered that the FBI still should have discovered that Mack had “a long list of felony convictions.”

For answers, reporters turned to retired FBI agent Michael Tabman, who routinely does background checks for his company, Spirit Asset Protection.

FOX4 gave him the exact information provided to the FBI and asked him to see what he could find.

Tabman entered the name Marlin Mack with the birthday Mack provided, 5-25-93, and Marlin James Mack Jr. popped up right away with a long list of felony convictions.

Although the middle name is not the same, Tabman said this should have at least triggered a three-day hold while the FBI investigated further.

When FOX4 asked Fischer about the information we uncovered, he replied, “We have no further comment at this time.”

3 Suspects Injured in Shootout with Police, FBI Face Aggravated Assault Charges

Jason Trevillion, 32, Ernest Jones, 27, and Arthur Mitchell, 25, have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer.

Jason Trevillion, 32, Ernest Jones, 27, and Arthur Mitchell, 25, have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A shootout between three man and the FBI and Kansas City police officers has prompted charges against the wounded suspects.

The men, Jason Trevillion, 32, Ernest Jones, 27, and Arthur Mitchell, 25, have been charged with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon against a police officer, The Kansas City Star reports

Gunfire broke out after several members of the FBI’s Violent Crimes Task Force tried to make a traffic stop in Kansas City, Kansas, on Nov. 6.

All three suspects sustained non-life-threatening injuries, and no police officer was injured.

Authorities have yet to say what prompted the stop and how many officers were involved.