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Retired FBI Agent Gets Second Chance After Prosecutors Say He Charged Children with His Truck

By Steve Neavling

A retired FBI agent who brought down Hell’s Angels and corrupt politicians dodged jail time and a criminal conviction after he was accused of charging children on bikes with his truck.

Prosecutors said Clifford Hedges, 62, of Longmeadow, Mass., chased middle-school age children after they blocked his truck and taunted him on June 2, 2020. He was charged with four counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, one count of leaving the scene of an accident with property damage and one count of negligent operation of a motor vehicle.

After pleading guilty to “facts sufficient” on Wednesday, Hedges was given one year of probation and ordered to attend an anger management course, MassLive reports.

If he meets the conditions of his probation, the case will be dismissed in a year. 

Hedges is a 27-year veteran of the FBI. 

Disgraced Former FBI Agent John Connolly Gets Full Pension After Prison Release

John Connolly

By Steve Neavling

Disgraced former FBI Agent Connolly has returned Massachusetts with a full pension. 

Connolly, 81, who was granted a medical release from prison, was eligible for a pension under the Hiss Act of 1954, which allows federal employees to keep their retirement benefits even if they are convicted of serious crimes, except for espionage and treason, The Boston Herald reports.

Mary Callahan, whose husband was killed by mobster James “Whitey” Bulger’s gang, couldn’t believe it. 

“Unbelievable,” Callahan told The Herald. 

“They’re always covering their asses,” she added Friday night. “I’ve called the FBI countless times trying to get my husband’s gold Rolex back and all his papers. They’re taking care of their own guy but I can’t afford a lawyer to fight them.”

Connolly was sentenced to 40 years behind bars for working with Bulger. 

His lawyer Peter Mullane said the former FBI agent has “two serious illnesses.”

“He has multiple melanomas and pretty bad diabetes,” Mullane. 

While working for the FBI’s Boston Field Office in the 1970s, Connolly recruited Bulger as an informant. Connolly was convicted of second-degree murder for participating in a plot to kill a Florida businessman in 1982 at the urging of Bulger, who was killed in a West Virginia prison in 2018. 

Massachusetts Man Charged for Allegedly Pointing Loaded Gun at Border Patrol Agent

By Steve Neavling

A Massachusetts man accused of pointing a loaded handgun at a Border Patrol agent was indicted by a federal grand jury on three criminal counts. 

Ivan Carmona was charged with assaulting a Border Patrol agent with a deadly weapon and possessing a firearm after having sustained a prior felony conviction. 

Carmona remains in jail without bond. 

If convicted, he faces seven years to life in prison. 

The incident stems from a Nov. 18 pursuit that began in Vermont. Border Patrol agents and local and state police were pursuing Carmona for unrelated state charges when he allegedly brandished the firearm. 

“Ivan Carmona’s alleged actions threatening a federal law enforcement officer, combined with his criminal record, suggest he is a danger to the community,” James M. Ferguson, special agent in charge of the ATF Boston Field Division, said in a statement.  “It is a testament to both the bravery and professionalism of the U.S. Border Patrol agents that Ivan Carmona was arrested without anyone being harmed during his apprehension. This case is the successful outcome of a concerted, collaborative effort with our local, state, and federal partners to apprehend an individual charged with violent conduct by the state of Vermont. We are committed to intervening against armed individuals who threaten the safety of the citizens of Vermont.”

Orleans County Sheriff Jennifer L. Harlow added: “It has become extremely troubling that Orleans County has become a playground for violence. When individuals within our community, or those who travel to our community, are in possession of firearms, illegal drugs, or both, they pose a risk to public safety. These behaviors effect our entire community and all those within. We are so thankful for the wonderful partnership we have with ATF and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for working so closely with our community to help protect us from these dangers.” 

FBI Seeks Help Identifying Two Men Who May Have Information about Boston PD Cruiser Set on Fire

The two men who posed in front of the vandalized cruiser. Photo via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The FBI and Boston law enforcement are looking for two men who authorities believe may have information about a Boston Police Department cruiser set on fire in the aftermath of a May 31 protest.

Police said they parked their cruiser to help authorities after a protest when several people vandalized the vehicle and torched it.

Video and photographs show two men posing for near the squad car.

“Investigators would like to speak with them because they may have information relevant to the ongoing investigation into the vandalism and arson of a Boston Police Department cruiser,” the FBI said in a news release.

The FBI released surveillance footage and photos of the two men.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call the FBI at (857) 386-2000.

ICE Official Outraged After Vandals Desecrate Homeland Security Flag

Vandalized Homeland Security flag, via ICE.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

A top ICE official expressed outrage after vandals desecrated a Homeland Security flag.

The flag now reads, “ICE KILLS,” “FREE THEM ALL,” and “U.S. INTIMIDATION & COMMUNITY ERADICATION.”

“Unfortunately, this is typical of those who think they can overturn the rule of law by criminal acts,” Todd M. Lyons, acting field office director of enforcement and removal operations for ICE in Boston, told the Boston Herald on Thursday.

He added, “A crisis is no time to stop enforcing the law.”

Lyons said the vandalism won’t stop ICE’s mission.

“Our ICE officers, who are first responders who have never stopped doing their work of protecting our communities from violent criminal aliens during this pandemic, will not be intimidated or dissuaded from protecting the communities of the commonwealth,” Lyons said.

He added, “As to their ‘message,’ we’re already seeing on our streets, especially in Boston, the dangerous impacts that come from the idea of taking advantage of a health crisis by ‘letting everyone out’ of all detention centers.”

Fugitive Webb Told Wife to Dig His Grave in Secret Room Behind House

Donald Eugene Webb, mug shot.

Donald Eugene Webb, mug shot.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Donald Eugene Webb, a long-sought fugitive with mob ties wanted in connection with the killing of a Pennsylvania police chief, told his wife to dig a hole in the backyard to bury him after he had a stroke and believed he was dying.

The latest revelation, which was disclosed in a newly unsealed search warrant, is another strange twist in the case of Webb, whose remains were found behind his wife’s North Dartmouth, Mass., home last week, WPRI.com reports

Webb was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list from 1981 to 2007, but it turns out, the career criminal with connections to the New England mob died in 1999.

Webb had been charged in the brutal beating and fatal shooting of Saxonburg Police Chief Gregory Adams during a traffic stop in December 1980.

The new documents indicate FBI Special Agent Thomas MacDonald discovered a secret room inside the home of Webb’s ex-wife, prompting detectives to secure a judge’s permission to search the home.

The wife, Lillian Webb, told investigators the room was built so “she could hide in the hidden room” in the event of a burglary. But MacDonald didn’t buy the explanation because the lock at the top of the door was too high for the wife to reach it.

Mobster Wanted for 37 Years in Police Chief’s Death Found Buried & Long Dead

Donald Eugene Webb, mug shot.

Donald Eugene Webb, mug shot.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A 37-year search for a fugitive with mob ties wanted in connection with the killing of a Pennsylvania police chief came to a shocking end Friday when authorities announced Donald Eugene Webb’s remains were found buried in his former wife’s backyard in Dartmouth, Mass.

The remains were found Thursday night in the back of a property owned by 82-year-old Lillian Webb, whose former husband, it turns out, died in 1999 while still on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list, the Boston Globe reports

The discovery of Donald Webb, a career career with connections to the New England mob, ended the longest cold case involving a slain officer in U.S. history. Webb was on the FBI’s Ten Most Wanted Fugitives list from 1981 to 2007.

Webb had been charged in the brutal beating and fatal shooting of Saxonburg Police Chief Gregory Adams during a traffic stop in December 1980.

“For almost 37 years, the family of Chief Adams and the citizens of Saxonburg have been awaiting news of Donald Eugene Webb’s whereabouts. The FBI is grateful to have been able to play a role in helping to resolve this case. Although it’s unfortunate Mr. Webb will never be brought to justice to pay for his crimes, we’re hopeful the family can find some closure in knowing that this alleged murderer has been located,” said Harold H. Shaw, special agent in charge of the FBI Boston division, CNN reports

Man Who Told FBI of Plans to Kill President Obama Sentenced to Time Served

president obama state of unionBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A Massachusetts man who told the FBI of plans to kill then-President Obama was sentenced to time served and five years of supervised release.

Masslive.com reports that Andrew O’Keefe was sentenced in U.S. District Court in Boston on Thursday to six months of time already served. 

In May 2o15, O’Keefe boldly contacted the FBI using an online anonymous tip page to say, “I’m planning to kill President Barack Obama, and I’ve got a really good plan.”

O’Keefe used his Social Security number to sign in to the tip line.

“Have the Secret Service give me a visit. I could use some company,” O’Keefe wrote in the post.

MassLive wrote:

O’Keefe apparently displayed signs of questionable mental health, telling authorities that he first needed to eat something so that he would have “enough energy” to survive being shot by police. He also apparently told them that words have no meaning and are “myths.”

Eventually, he peacefully surrendered to authorities and was taken into custody. 

During court proceedings, O’Keefe’s lawyer characterized him as “a bright … college graduate who seems to be experiencing some emotional problems.”

Previously, Secret Service Special Agent Fred F. Mitchell III had also stated that O’Keefe had “mental health issues” and noted that he had been previously charged with weapons offenses in state court. 

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