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Alleged Murderer Who Had Been on FBI’s 10 Most Wanted List Has Died of COVID-19

By Steve Neavling

An accused Las Vegas murderer and gang member who was previously on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list has died from a COVID-19 infection. 

Jesus Munguia, 44, was arrested in February 2018 for the brutal murder of his wife, Sherryl Sacueza, whose body was found in the driveway of her home in July 2008.

Munguia was on the run for nine years when he was placed on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted list in November 2017. 

Munguia was tracked down and arrested in Mexico. 

After numerous delays, Munguia’s trial was scheduled for Nov. 15, The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports.

Before his arrest, Special Agent Andrew Attridge called Sacueza’s murder a “vicious killing” and warned that Munguia was dangerous. 

“We know he is a violent individual, and he also appears to be smart in terms of evading capture,” Attridge said at the time. 

TSA Calls ‘Personal Fowl’ After Block of Raw Chicken Spotted on Baggage Carousel

Screenshot of TSA’s video of a frozen chicken on a baggage carousel.

By Steve Neavling

A bundle of Roman candles, a dead baby shark, a book full of knives – the TSA finds the strangest things at airport security checkpoints. 

But recently, what turned up at a baggage carousel had the TSA calling a “personal fowl.”

The TSA posted a video on its Instagram account of a frozen chicken hitching a ride on the carousel at the Seattle Tacoma International Airpot. 

“We hear at one time these wings and thighs were cooped up in a cooler. Somewhere between baggage and the carousel they became free range,” the post said.

The TSA reminded travelers to check their baggage to make sure everything, especially raw meat, is properly packaged. 

“Don’t wing your travel packing. In order to keep from ruffling any feathers meat should be properly packaged. Ice or dry ice is permitted to keep the flock chilled,” the TSA said.

For unknown reasons, the post has been removed from Instagram

Federal Air Marshal Dies After Contracting COVID-19

A federal air marshal from the Las Vegas Field Office died after contracting COVID-19, the Transportation Security Administration announced.

Shawn Hennessee, who joined the Federal Air Marshal Service in October 2002 and worked in the Las Vegas Field Office for his entire career, died Thursday. 

“He was dedicated to our mission and worked hard to secure the nation’s transportation systems while on domestic and international mission deployments,” the TSA said in a news release. 

Hennessee also served 13 years in the Air Force. 

“TSA continues to urge that all employees get vaccinated and continue following CDC guidance, including mask requirements,” the TSA said. “We offer our heartfelt condolences to Hennessee’s family, friends and colleagues.”

The TSA didn’t say if Hennessee was vaccinated.

Since the pandemic began in March 2020, 9,743 TSA employees tested positive for COVID-19, and 22 have died, according to the agency’s data.

There are currently 637 TSA employees with active infections. 

FBI Seels Help Investigating ‘Most Prolific Serial Killer’ in U.S. History

Samuel Little, via FBI

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI is calling on the public to help in an ongoing investigation of a 79-year-old man who the bureau says is the “most prolific serial killer in U.S. history.”

His name is Samuel Little. Between 1970 and 2005, he says he strangled 93 victims.

FBI crime analysts say Little’s confessions are credible and have so far verified 50 of them. Some of the bodies have never been discovered, and some of the cases were originally ruled overdoses or accidental.

Samuel Little drew this victim.

For five years, analysts have used the bureau’s Violent Crime Apprehension Program (ViCAP) to link Little to the murders.

“For many years, Samuel Little believed he would not be caught because he thought no one was accounting for his victims,” ViCAP Crime Analyst Christie Palazzolo says in a detailed, multi-media news release.

Now the FBI is urging the public to help with the 43 unconfirmed confessions. On its website, the FBI posted some of Little’s illustrations of his victims, as well as video confessions in five cases.

“Even though he is already in prison, the FBI believes it is important to seek justice for each victim – to close every case possible,” Palazzolo says.

The unverified confessions involve purported murders in Miami, Fla.; North Little Rock, Ark.; Covington, Kentucky; Las Vegas, Nev.; and New Orleans, La.

Anyone with information is asked to call the FBI at 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. https://tips.fbi.gov

Gun Rights Group Sues ATF Over Bump Stock Ban

Photo: WASR

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

You might recall on Oct. 1, 2017, gunman Stephen Paddock opened fire on a crowd at a concert in Las Vegas, killing 58 and leaving 851 injured, more than 400 by gunfire. You might also recall that he used a bump stock, a device that converts a semi-automatic rifle into an automatic weapon.

Now, the ATF has announced an official ban on bump stocks.

But that isn’t sitting well with a gun right group, the “Gun Owners of America,” which has filed a lawsuit against the ATF, claiming the ban is illegal, reports WILX.

 

FBI Tracked Record 30 Mass Shootings in 2017

Gun seized in Las Vegas as part of operation/dea photo

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The FBI reported 30 active shootings in 2017, more than any year on record, according to a recently released report by the bureau. 

The 30 reported active shootings are an increase over the 20 reported in 2016.

Between 2016 and 2017, 221 people were killed and 722 people injured.

Most active shootings took place in Florida, California and Texas.

Those years also saw the deadliest mass shootings in modern U.S. history. The Las Vegas music festival shooting left 58 people dead and 489 injured in 2017.

In 2016, the Pulse nightclub shooting in Orland, Fla., killed 49 people and wounded another 53.

The combined 50 shootings in 2016 and 2017 came at the hands of men acting by themselves.

Second Person of Interest Identified in Las Vegas Mass Shooting

Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Newly released court documents reveal that investigators of the Oct. 1 mass shooting in Las Vegas that left 58 dead and hundreds wounded identified two people of interest in the early phases of the case.

One person of interest, the deceased shooter’s girlfriend, Marilou Danley, has since been publicly cleared. The other, whose name was not included in the documents released Tuesday, was identified by the Las Vegas Review-Journal as Douglas Haig, a senior engineer at the aerospace who told reporters outside his home in Mesa, Ariz., that he is “the guy that sold ammunition to (shooter) Stephen Paddock.” 

Haig told reporters that he met the gunman once but declined to answer additional questions.

Newsweek reports that Haig was interviewed by ATF agents shortly after the massacre for about 20 minutes and hasn’t talked to them since.

“I’ve been interviewed, and that’s as far as it went. They were following up on a lead, and obviously it went nowhere,” he told Newsweek.

Haig said he “used to sell ammunition reloading components,” but he referred additional questions to his attorney.

“Until the investigation can rule otherwise, Marilou Danley and Douglas Haig have become persons of interest who may have conspired with Stephen Paddock to commit Murder with a Deadly Weapon,” according to an October document prepared by the Metropolitan Police Department document.

FBI Investigating New Person of Interest in Las Vegas Shooting Rampage

Las Vegas mass shooter Stephen Paddock

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

FBI agents investigating the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. in Las Vegas in October announced they are probing a new person in its investigation.

Local and federal law enforcement had previously believed Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old high-stakes gambler, acted alone when he went on a shooting rampage from his 32nd floor hotel room that killed 58 people at a concert.

“The FBI has an ongoing case against an individual of federal interest,” Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo told a press conference, but he declined to give details, Newsweek reports.

The Friday announcement of a person of interest is the first indication that another person may have helped Paddock, who killed himself following the attack.

The FBI recently announced that Paddock’s girlfriend likely wouldn’t be charged because she was unaware of the planned attack.