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William J. Maddocks Becomes Chief Patrol Agent of Border Patrol’s Houlton Sector in Maine

Chief Patrol Agent William J. Maddocks

By Steve Neavling

William J. Maddocks has been named chief patrol agent of the U.S. Border Patrol’s Houlton Sector in Maine. 

Maddocks replaces acting Chief Patrol Agent Jason Schneider, who had been serving since May 2020. 

Maddocks joined Border Patrol in 1997 and served in sectors on the northern and southwest borders. He has had multiple leadership command assignments during his career. 

Maddocks most recently served as deputy chief patrol agent of the Swanton Sector in Vermont. 

Maddocks previously served two assignments with the Houlton Sector. 

“Returning to Houlton Sector is like coming home for me,” Maddocks said in a statement. “No matter where my career has taken me, it seems that all roads always led back to Houlton. It’s good to be home, and I am both proud and humbled at the opportunity to lead the fine folks that make up the USBP Team here in Maine”

Maddocks, a native of Connecticut, served in the U.S. Army from 193 to 1987. 

FBI Probes Possible Illegal Donations to Sen. Collins’ Campaign

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Photo: U.S. Senate.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating whether a defense company made illegal campaign contributions to the 2020 reelection campaign of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, a Maine Republican. 

An unsealed search warrant reveals the FBI is focused on $150,000 in donations from Navatek, a Hawaii defense contractor that has been renamed Martin Defense Group, Axios first reported.

With the help of Collins, Navatek received an $8 million Navy contract before a bulk of the donations poured in. 

According to a court affidavit, Former Navatek CEO Martin Kao used a shell company to donate $150,000 and reimburse family members for smaller contributions. 

Kao was indicted last year on charges of bilking the federal government out of millions of dollars in coronavirus relief aid intended for small businesses. 

“The Collins for Senator Campaign had absolutely no knowledge of anything alleged in the warrant,” Collins spokesperson Annie Clark told Axios.

Secret Service Agent Dies While Training at Bush Family Compound in Maine

By Steve Neavling

A funeral service was held Saturday for Keith Mills, a 50-year-old Secret Service agent who died last week while training during his shift at the Bush family compound at Walker’s Point in Kennebunkport. 

The Secret Service and law enforcement officials attended the service to honor Mills, who helped protect the late President George H.W. Bush and former President George W. Bush, The Portland Press-Herald reports.

Mills had worked for the Secret Service since 2002. Before that, he worked at the Kennebunkport Police Department.

An autopsy was performed, but Mills’ cause of death has not been revealed. 

Because Mills was working, his death is considered a line-of-duty death. 

Mills left behind a wife and two children, 15-year-old Evan and 12-year-old Avery.

“Laura and I were saddened by the sudden loss of Keith Mills,” George W. Bush said in a statement. “Keith was a dedicated public servant and exemplary member of the United States Secret Service. My family had the good fortune of knowing Keith well, and now our thoughts are with Keith’s family – particularly his children. We join them in mourning the loss of a kind, funny, patriotic man.”

Selfless TSA Agent Helps Family After They Flew to the Wrong Portland

TSA Office Martin Rio. Photo via TSA.

By Steve Neavling

A confused family found themselves in the wrong Portland after a travel agent booked them a flight to the wrong city.  

Instead of flying to Portland, Maine, the family of three landed 3,000 miles away in Portland, Oregon. 

That’s when TSA Officer Martin Rio came to the rescue. Asked to interpret for the Spanish-speaking travelers at a checkpoint, Rios figured out what had happened. 

“Martin is always quick to help out his team members,” Supervisory TSA officer Kaitlyn Arnold said in a news release. “He has a very positive attitude and is always smiling. I know I can always count on Martin to be dedicated to the mission.”

The confused and disheartened family spent the night in a terminal. Rios walked the family to the ticket counter and helped them buy the correct tickets. 

But the family was low on finances, so Rios dug into his pocket and covered the travel expenses. 

“[Rios] is a go getter and the fact that he chose to support these passengers in their time of need was no surprise to both his team and our leadership,” Senior TSA Manager Jeremy Alanis said. “Martin is, and has been since day one, a shining example of what it means to be a team player. [He’s] the kind of officer and person any airport in the country would be proud to have as a member of their team.”

Rios was awarded the PDX’s Make the Connection Quarterly Award for his actions. 

DEA Agent Accused of Pooping, Spreading Feces on Agent’s Hotel Door

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

The DEA is investigating a wild night in the Netherlands, where an intoxicated agent is accused of stripping naked, pooping in front of another agent’s hotel door and then scooping up the excrement and smearing in on the door and its handle.

Two sources told the Washington Examiner that the two agents, who were in Rotterdam for the 2018 International Drug Enforcement Conference in early April, were fighting with each other after an evening of heavy drinking. 

Agent Brian Shanahan is accused of getting his revenge outside the other agent’s hotel room.

The excrement caused on security guard to vomit.

“Shanahan took a dump in front of this agent’s door and smeared it all over it, including the door knob,” one DEA source said.

U.S. Customs Officer, Charged with Child Pornography, Faces Up to 10 Years in Prison

U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Houlton, Maine.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A U.S. customs officer in Maine faces up to 10 years in prison on a federal child pornography charge.

Homeland Security began investigatinxg Larry O’Neal, 44, in early January after investigators traced a downloaded file of suspected child pornography to his computer at home in Houtlon, Maine, Bangor Daily News reports

Investigators said they found child pornography on a computer and hard drive, including images of girls about 12 to 14 years performing sex acts.

O’Neal was indicted on Feb. 15 and pleaded not guilty.

A CBP spokeswoman declined to discuss the case but said they agency “is fully cooperating with the FBI and Office of the Inspector General regarding this investigation.”

Maine Legalized Marijuana Use, But Border Patrol in Maine to Continue Enforcing Federal Law

marijuana-istockBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Eight months after Maine residents voted to legalize marijuana, defiant Border Patrol agents say they will continue to enforce federal laws that ban the use of pot.

Chief Daniel Hiebert told The Portland Press Herald that Border Patrol agents will confiscate marijuana when they find it. He added that agents aren’t actively looking for the drug, though.

Hiebert maintains that enforcing federal marijuana laws will not distract agents from their focus on terrorism and human and drug trafficking.

Since 2012, Maine Border Patrol agents have confiscated about 720 pounds of marijuana. In the past, the federal government has declined to prosecute those cases.

Border Patrol Veteran of 29 Years Takes Over Office in Maine

Daniel Hiebert/CBT

Daniel Hiebert/CBT

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Border Patrol in Maine has a new chief.

Daniel Hiebert, a 29-year veteran of Border Patrol, will head up the Houlton Sector, which covers the state of Maine, Bangor Daily News reports. 

Hiebert began his Border Patrol career in 1986 in Texas.

“This is the culmination of a long career. I still have quite a ways to go,” said Hiebert after taking his oath of office at the Army National Guard Regional Training Institute in Bangor. “I’m looking forward to getting involved with the state of Maine and Houlton Sector and doing what we can do to make sure the people of Maine feel safe knowing that their borders are protected.”

Hiebert is replacing acting Chief Patrol Agent Alfredo Casillas, who will return to his position of deputy chief patrol agent.