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FBI-Involved Shootout Ends with 1 Suspect Dead, Another Injured in Philadelphia

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A shootout between two suspects and the FBI and police ended with one suspect dead and another injured, the Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The newspaper reported that both men were suspects in murders and robberies across the city and were determined to fight if authorities tried to apprehend them. 

That’s exactly what happened when FBI agents and Philadelphia police swarmed their hangout early Monday afternoon, according to The Inquirer. After a 10-minute gunfight, 21-year-old Tevin Hammond was dead and 19-year-old Justin Mackie was severely wounded.

Authorities were not injured.

“They knew people were looking for them, and they made it very clear they would not surrender,”  Philadelphia Police Lt. John Stanford told the Inquirier.

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Toxicology Reports May Shed Light on What Killed Former ‘Whitey’ Bulger Witness

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Officials have not yet determined the cause of death of an alleged extortion victim of James “Whitey” Bulger who was found dead a day after learning he wouldn’t be testifying in the racketeering and murder trial of the suspected mob boss, The Boston Herald reports

An autopsy of Stephen M. “Stippo” Rakes provided inconclusive evidence, and officials are awaiting the toxicology reports. 

In the meantime, Rakes will be mourned Wednesday at the William F. Spencer Funeral Home on East Broadway in South Boston, the Herald reported.

Rakes was 59 and left behind three children and two grandchildren.

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Witness in ‘Whitey’ Bulger Case Found Dead under Suspicious Circumstances

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Stephen “Stippo” Rakes waited decades to testify against accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger. 

Rakes will never get the chance because he was found dead in what is being described as a suspicious death, the Boston Globe reports.

Rakes, who had accused Bulger of stealing ownership of his South Boston liquor store, was found dead near a popular walking trail in Lincoln.

But authorities believe Rakes’ body may have been dumped there, the Globe reported.

An autopsy is underway to determine the because of death.

“I can assure you my ex-husband did not commit suicide,” Rakes’s former wife, Julie Dammers, told the Globe.

South Shore Businessman Testified That ‘Whitey’ Bulger Forced Him to Pay Friend’s $300,000 Debt

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Just weeks after his friend was killed in 1982, a South Shore businessman came face-to-face with James “Whitey” Bulger.

Michael Solimando testified in the racketeering and murder trial of James “Whitey” Bulger, saying the accused mobster ordered him at gunpoint to pay his friend’s $400,000 outstanding debt, the Boston Globe reports.

“We want our money,” Solimando said Bulger told him. “He pulled a revolver out and stuck it in my face and told me how disappointed he was that I hadn’t come to him sooner.”

Solimando said he had little choice but to hand over the money.

“It was either that or get killed,” said Solimando. “I was sufficiently scared, I’ll tell you that.”

‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Alleged Victim Feared He’d Die for Crossing the Mobster

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Edward “Brian” Halloran had a feeling his life wouldn’t last long if he revealed information about a slaying involving accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger, The Boston Globe reports.

During testimony Monday in the racketeering and murder case against Bulger, a retired FBI agent said Holloran indicated he was concerned about retaliation from Bulger or his partner Flemmi Stephen ‘‘The Rifleman.”

‘‘He said that if Bulger or (Bulger’s ) Flemmi had any indication that he was cooperating with the FBI that they would go to any extreme, even if it meant killing innocent bystanders, including his family,’’ the agent, Gerald Montanari, testified.

Halloran was cooperating in hopes that it would help him in his impending state murder charges in a separate case, The Globe reported.

Judge Denies Postponement of ‘Whitey’ Bulger’s Murder, Racketeering Trial

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A judge in the murder and racketeering trial of James “Whitey” Bulger rejected a bid by the accused mobster’s attorneys to postpone the case, the Boston Globe reports.

Defense attorneys have complained that Bulger, who is 83, is getting weak from the long court days. They also say they need more time to prepare for the inundation of evidence by the prosecutor.

The case is moving faster than many anticipated and likely will end much sooner than the expected end date in September.

Assistant U.S. Attorney Zachary Hafer said Bulger “had 16 years to relax” as a fugitive.

“The victims in this case have waited long enough for justice,” Hafer said.

Lawyers for ‘Whitey’ Bulger Ask for Postponement in Murder, Racketeering Trial

 

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

Attorneys for accused mobster James “Whitey” Bulger said they are not prepared to defend their client during the racketeering and murder trial, CBS Boston reports.

“Simply put, the defendant’s counsel have hit a wall, and are unable to proceed further without additional time to prepare for upcoming witnesses,” Bulger’s attorneys J.W. Carney and Hank Brennan wrote in the filing Thursday. “Counsel have struggled mightily to be ready for each day of the trial since it began on June 3, 2013, working seven days a week and extraordinarily long hours.”

Much of the problem, the attorneys complained, is the prosecution’s delay in discovery.

“These discovery lapses may not be intentional, and may reflect that the prosecution team is overwhelmed as well. Nonetheless, it has put the defense team in an untenable position, especially as it continues to review earlier-produced discovery that now amounts to almost 400,000 pages. There is a physical and mental limitation on how much work can be done by the defense team, and a brief adjournment of the trial will allow counsel to be prepared for the upcoming witnesses,” Carney and Brennan wrote.

Also inconvenienced by the trial is Bulger himself, they said.

Surrogate Son of Accused Mobster ‘Whitey’ Bulger Testifies in Murder, Racketeering Trial

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Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who was considered to be the surrogate son of James “Whitey” Bulger testified Monday against the accused Boston mobster, describing a cold killer who stopped at nothing to protect himself.

“I was with him for 20 years,” Kevin Weeks, who was a critical witness, told the court during Bulger’s murder and racketeering trial, ABC News reports.

Weeks is accused of helping Bulger murder Brian “Balloonhead” Halloran for going to the FBI with information about Bulger, ABC News reported.