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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. 

Other Stories of Interest

Judge Rips FBI for Failing to Record 6-Hour Interrogation of Terror Suspect

courtroomBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI interrogated an Everett terror suspect for six hours without recording the interaction.

That didn’t sit well with U.S. District Court Judge William G. Young, who criticized the FBI during a day-long evidentiary hearing Thursday, the Boston Herald reports. 

“It would have been a very good idea if all this had been recorded,” Young said. “A recording device that is reliable ought to be part of their kit.”

The suspect, David Daoud Wright, was charged with conspiring to provide material support to a terrorist organization for allegedly plotting to behead a conservative blogger with Boston terror suspect Usaamah Rahim.

FBI Boston Special Agent David George said the interrogation wan’t recorded because “We were in his living room. We weren’t in the right environment for it … We were not properly equipped,” noting that the bureau prohibits using cell phones to record interviews.

Armed MIT Worker Accused of Impersonating FBI to Get inside Home

arlington-policeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

An armed MIT worker was jailed after police said he impersonated an FBI agent in an attempt to get inside an Arlington, Mass., home.

Gannon LeBlanc, a 23-year-old from Nashua, NH., pleaded not guilty to charges of impersonating a police officer and carrying a gun without a license, the Boston Herald reports. 

LeBlanc, who was wearing a black suit, black tie and black hat with white FBI lettering, unsuccessfully tried to convince a resident to him inside their home.

Arlington police said they found him at a bus stop, where he was arrested and carrying a stun gun, loaded .38 caliber handgun, knife, rope, ski mask and copies of an FBI flyer.

“I commend the homeowners for having the presence of mind to refuse entry and immediately call the real police,” Ryan said in a statement. “Thankfully, our officers responded quickly and were able to locate this individual and restore safety to the neighborhood.”

Other Stories of Interest

FBI Seeks Access to Terrorism Suspect’s Skype Account in Search for Another Suspect

Alexander Ciccolo

Alexander Ciccolo

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI believes a third person may have been involved early on with a terrorism plot to attack an unidentified university outside of Massachusetts.

A cooperating witness told authorities that Alexander Ciccolo had discussed the terrorism plans with another person, the Boston Globe reports.

“There was a brother who wanted to be involved a while ago and he has not been responding to my messages,” Ciccolo, of Western Massachusetts, told the witness, who gave copies of the July 1 online conversation to authorities.

FBI Special Agent Jeffrey J. Lawrence said in affidavit, “It appears as though Ciccolo was telling [the cooperating witness] that at least one other individual had previously indicated that he wanted to be involved in his terrorism plot.”

Authorities are trying to get access to Ciccolo’ online Skype account in hopes of identifying the third person.

The cooperating witness initially alerted authorities to the alleged plot in June 2015 and agree to provide weapons to Ciccolo as part of a sting operation.

Ciccolo also is accused of building several Molotov cocktails and a pressure cooker to build a bomb.