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ATF Sends About 20 Agents to Help Investigate Shooting of Kansas City Officer

USA_-_KANSAS_-_Kansas_City_police_departmentBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The ATF is helping police investigate the fatal shooting Tuesday of a Kansas City, Kansas, officer.

Police said 46-year-old Capt. Robert Melton was gunned down while investigating report of a drive-by shooting, the Imperial Valley Press reports. 

The ATF has sent about 20 agents to the scene of the shooting. They will be on hand to provide help with ballistics and any other facets of the investigation.

A spokesman for the police department said it wasn’t clear whether the officers on the scene were ambushed.

“The investigation needs to play out before that can be determined,” he said.

Man Who Died After Shooting FBI Agent, 2 Deputy Marshals Is Identified

Orlando Collins.

Orlando Collins.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A body found inside a burned Kansas motel room after a shootout that injured three federal agents was identified as Orlando Collins.

Collins, who was wanted for several armed robberies, also started a fire that burned the Country Club Motel on Saturday night, WIBW.com reports. 

The coroner’s office said Collins died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Collins opened fire on federal law enforcement, shooting an FBI agent and two members of the U.S. Marshal’s Task Force.

The deputy marshals were treated and released. The FBI agent was still in the hospital in good condition Tuesday.

FBI Agent Remains Hospitalized After Kansas Motel Shootout

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent who was injured during a weekend shootout in a Kansas motel was still in the hospital Monday.

Two deputy marshals also were shot and have been treated and released after the Saturday night shootout, the Associated Press reports. 

The FBI agent was in good condition Monday.

The shootout happened after a fugitive task force attempted to arrest 28-year-old robbery suspect Orlando Collins. The federal officials were shot at, and a fire erupted inside the motel.

Investigators are still trying to identify the body found inside the suspect’s room, which was gutted by a fire.

2 Deputy U.S. Marshals, FBI Agent Shot During Gun Battle at Kansas Hotel

fbigunbadgeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Two U.S. Marshal Service deputies and an FBI agent are recovering from gunshot wounds after coming under fire at a motel in South Topeka, Kansas on Saturday.

The federal agents were trying to arrest Orlando Collins, a person of interest in a holdup and carjacking on Friday and a suspect in two other armed robberies, the Topeka Capital-Journal reports. 

An unidentified person was shot and killed inside the County Club Motel. An autopsy will determine whether it is Collins.

Authorities said the federal agents did not sustain life-threatening injuries.

A fire broke out during the gunfight and blazed on into the early morning hours Sunday.

Kansas Man Sentenced to 20 Years in Prison for Trying to Detonate Bomb at Airport

wichitaBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Kansas avionic technician who had restricted access to secure airport areas was sentenced to 20 years in federal prison Monday for trying to detonate a car bomb at the airport in Wichita.

Terry Lee Loewen, 60, attempted to enter a secure area of Wichita Mid-Continental Airport to detonate the bomb when he was arrested in December 2013.

He was convicted of one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction on June 8.

“Terry Loewen abused his privileged airport access to attempt to perpetrate a terrorist attack in Wichita,” Assistant Attorney General John P. Carlin said. “The National Security Division’s highest priority is protecting the United States against terrorist threats. We will continue to pursue justice against those who seek to carry out violent attacks against Americans, whether at home or abroad.”

The FBI was first made aware of Loewen after he became a Facebook friend of someone advocating terrorism.

Kansas Man Pleads Guilty to Trying to Blow Up Bomb at Airport

Terry Lee Loewen

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Kansas man pleaded guilty Monday to attempting to detonate a card bomb at the Wichita airport.

Terry Lee Loewen, 59, caught the attention of authorities on social media after he began expressing support for violent jihad.

He pleaded guilty to one count of attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction.

Authorities arrested Loewen in December 2013 after he entered Wichita Mid-Continental Airport.

“Terry Loewen utilized his privileged airport access to attempt a terrorist attack in Wichita,” said Assistant Attorney General Carlin. “Detecting, disrupting and holding accountable those who wish to harm Americans remains our highest priority.”

Loewen began meeting with an FBI informant who posed as an extremists.

Anti-Gay Westboro Leader Fred Phelps Has Extensive FBI File

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Fred Phelps, the founder of the anti-gay Westboro Baptist Church, was no stranger to the FBI.

In fact, The Hill reports that Phelps was “well known to the FBI,” according to his newly released 250-page bureau file.

Phelps, who died in March 2014, first came on the FBI’s radar in 1967 when a confidential informant said Phelps was ““in need of psychiatric care” while he was leading Westboro.

Between 1993 and 2006, Phelps gained the attention of the FBI virtually every year.

In some cases, Phelps made claims that he was threatened by terrorists.

“It would appear that Mr. Phelps is intentionally provoking these types of responses,” the FBI wrote to a U.S. district attorney in 1993 regarding reported death threats against Phelps. “Large amounts of money and investigative time can potentially be wasted investigating these threat letters. Historically, very few, if any, of these types of cases have been prosecuted in the District of Kansas.”

“The FBI does have the responsibility to investigate and prevent potential violence against any person regardless of their religious or political views, however,” continued a supervisory senior agent, whose name is redacted.

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Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback Becomes Sixth Republic Governor Under Scrutiny by Investigators

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Republican governors have been under heat recently, and the latest is Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

The FBI is investigating whether Brownback confidantes were running an influence-peddling operation over getting people personal access to the governor, MSNBC reports.

He’s far from the only Republican governor receiving scrutiny.

According to MSNBC:

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R), for example, is at the center of a series of scandals, while former Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) is facing corruption charges. Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker (R) has faced some uncomfortable questions recently; Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) has found himself at the center of an investigation into his handling of a district attorney’s drunken driving arrest; and subpoenas have already been issued in an investigation involving North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory’s (R) administration.

The Kansas inquiry is focusing on Parallel Strategies, a lobbying firm created by three former Brownback employees who left public service for the private sector.