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Jodi Cohen Named Special Agent in Charge of Louisville Field Office

Special FBI Agent in Charge Jodi Cohen

By Steve Neavling

Jodi Cohen has been named special agent in charge of the Louisville Field Office in Kentucky. 

Cohen, whose career with the bureau began in 2005, was most recently serving as chief of staff for the executive assistant director and section chief in the National Security Branch (NSB) at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C. 

Cohen’s career as an FBI agent began in 2005. 

In 2018, Cohen served as the assistant special agent in charge of the Criminal Branch in the Seattle Field Office. She was also a team leader in the Inspection Division at FBI headquarters, overseeing agent-involved shooting investigations, national program reviews, and field office inspections.

In 2014, Cohen became supervisory special agent and reported to the Washington Field Office to provide support to national security and criminal covert operations.

Cohen also worked in the New York Field Office, investigating white-collar crime and health-care fraud. She also served on the Safe Streets Task Force.

Cohen received a bachelor’s degree from Quinnipiac University and a master’s degree in physical therapy from Quinnipiac University. 

Before her career with the FBI, she served as a senior physical therapist at a hospital in New York City.

Inmate Sentenced to 21 Years Behind Bars in Murder-for-Hire Plot Against U.S. Attorney, FBI Informant

Richard Robert Gilbert. Photo Spartanburg County Detention Center.

By Steve Neavling

A federal inmate has been sentenced to an additional 21 years behind bars for a murder-for-hire plot against an assistant U.S. attorney and a confidential FBI informant, the Justice Department announced this week.

Richard Robert Gilbert, a Federal Bureau of Prisons inmate, was serving a 130-month sentence for trafficking methamphetamine in Kentucky in 2017. While in prison, he used a contraband cell phone in an attempt to hire a hitman to kill the federal prosecutor and a key witness in his drug trafficking case. 

Unbeknownst to Gilbert, he was arranging the murder with an undercover FBI task force officer. As a downpayment for the hit, Gilbert sent the officer a $2,000 check from his prison canteen account. He planned to pay the rest using money from real estate investments. 

Gilbert provided maps and directions to the undercover officer. 

U.S. District Juge Henry M. Herlong, Jr., sentenced Gilbert to 262 months in prison. 

The FBI and BOP Special Investigative Services Team led the case.  

FBI Investigating Fatal Police Shooting of Black Woman at Her Louisville Home

Breonna Taylor

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI has opened an investigation into the fatal police shooting of a 26-year-old woman at her home during a narcotics probe at her Louisville, Ky., home in March.

“The FBI will collect all available facts and evidence and will ensure that the investigation is conducted in a fair, thorough and impartial manner,” the FBI Louisville Field Office said in a statement. “As this is an ongoing investigation, we are not able to comment further at this time.”

Three white police officers were executing a search warrant at the home of Breonna Taylor, who is black and was a certified EMT, when she was shot. Police found no drugs, according to The Louisville Courier-Journal.

According to police, the officers forced their way into Taylor’s home after repeatedly knocking and announcing their presence. Taylor’s boyfriend opened fire, shooting an officer in the leg, police said.

Police were investigating two men who were suspected of selling drugs out of a house more than 10 miles form Taylor’s apartment. But police received a search warrant to enter Taylor’s home because a detective said one of the suspect’s received a package at Taylor’s home.

Taylor’s mother sued the police department and the three officers, accusing them of wrongfully causing her daughter’s death.

The FBI said its investigation into the shooting is “independent” of the local probe.

FBI Looking into former Kentucky Gov. Bevin’s Onslaught of Pardons

Former Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI is examining numerous controversial pardons issued by Matt Bevin during his final weeks as governor, The Louisville Courier Journal reports.

The Republican pardoned or commuted the sentences of more than 600 criminals, including violent felons, soon after he lost his bid for re-election in November.

State Rep. Chris Harris, D-Forest Hills, told reporters that he was contacted by a criminal investigator inquiring about the pardons.

“I can confirm that I have been contacted by someone looking into the pardons that were issued by Gov. Bevin on his way out the door,” he said. “The impression I got is that there was an investigation ramping up.”

An additional two sources told The Courier Journal that Harris has been questioned by the FBI.

The FBI office in Louisville didn’t return questions for comment.

Western Kentucky Poised to Reopen FBI Office for Drug-Related Crimes & Crises

Paducah, Ky

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI plans to open a new office in western Kentucky.

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConell, who advocated for the new location, said the office in Paducah will focus on drug-related crimes and another crisis in the region, the Associated Press reports

Paducah used to have a satellite office until it closed in 2007.

Paducah police Chief Brandon Barnhill said he’s exited to partner with the FBI.

DEA to Open New Office to Combat Prescription Painkiller Abuse

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The DEA is opening if first new field office in nearly 20 years in an effort to combat prescription-opioid abuse.

The DEA’s 22nd office will be based in Louisville, Kentucky, where prescription painkillers have been especially problematic, Attorney General Jeff Sessions announced Wednesday.

USA Today reports that at least 90 federal drug agents will be redeployed to the Louisville office to open a new front on the battle against prescription painkiller abuse. 

“I know that this crisis is daunting,” Sessions said, referring to government estimates that 64,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year. “But we can, and we will turn the tide.”

Brutal Assault of Sen. Rand Paul Began Over Landscaping Dispute; FBI Gets Involved

Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is now assisting local police investigating a brutal assault that left Sen. Rand Paul with five broken ribs, lung contusions and injuries to his face on the lawn of his Kentucky home.

The violent attack was prompted by a dispute between the Republican senator and his neighbor over landscaping, the New York Times reports

Authorities said Paul was attacked while mowing his lawn and wearing ear plugs.

“Rand never saw him coming or heard him coming,” according to the senator’s friend, Robert Porter, who visited Paul on Saturday.

The neighbor, Rene Albert Boucher, 59, was charged with one count of fourth-degree assault.

Sen. Rand Paul Recovering from Brutal Attack Outside His Kentucky Home

Sen. Rand Paul

Sen. Rand Paul

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

U.S. Sen. Rand Paul was mowing his grass outside his Kentucky home when he came under a brutal attack by a neighbor Friday.

The attack left the Republican with five broken ribs, lung contusions and injuries to his face. 

His neighbor, Rene Boucher, 59, was charged with one count of fourth-degree assault causing minor injury and has since been released on bond, Reuters reports

“Senator Paul has five rib fractures including three displaced fractures. This type of injury is caused by high velocity severe force,” Doug Stafford, a senior adviser to Paul, said in a statement, according to multiple media reports.

“It is not clear exactly how soon he will return to work, as the pain is considerable as is the difficulty in getting around, including flying,” the reports quoted Stafford as saying. He added that the senator’s type of injury could lead to life-threatening injuries.

Authorities said it wasn’t immediately clear what prompted Paul’s neighbor to enter the senator’s property in a gated community near Bowling Green and tackle him from behind.