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FBI and Homeland Security Concerned About Attack at Home

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

The murder of 16 Afghan civilians by a U.S. soldier could come back to haunt us here in the homeland.

CNN reports that the FBI and Department of Homeland Security put out a bulletin on Wednesday issuing that warning, saying “there is currently no specific, credible threat information” but that the U.S. should still be on the alert.

“The FBI and DHS are concerned that this event could contribute to the radicalization or mobilization of homegrown violent extremists in the Homeland, particularly against U.S.-based military targets,” the bulletin said, according to CNN.

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Calif. Man Gets 6 Years in Attempted Murder-for-Hire Plot

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A six-year sentence was handed down to  Santa Barbara County, Calif., resident Eugene Darryl Temkin, 51, who solicited an FBI informant posing as a “hitman” to murder several individuals, the FBI announced on Monday.

A judge found Temkin guilty of soliciting a crime in violence, attempting to interfere with interstate commerce by threats and violence, and using interstate commerce facilities in the commission of a murder-for-hire after a bench trial in August, according to the FBI. The marks for the hitmen included Temkin’s wife, a former business partner of his and a Bel-Air man.

“The evidence showed that defendant engaged in criminal conduct of the worst sort: With meticulous planning and full contemplation, defendant agreed to pay a hitman, ‘Pavel’ [who was actually an undercover law enforcement officer], to brutally kill in cold blood three people, two of whom he barely knew,” prosecutors said in court documents. “What is more, these killings were only to take place after ‘Pavel’ first tortured the victims in order to force them to pay $15 million into defendant’s off-shore bank account.”

A source told law enforcement officials about Temkin’s plans to hire a hitman in late 2009 to kill his former business partner, which began the investigation. Over several months agents posing as professional killers met with Temkin, discussing plans and deals. Temkin told the “hitmen” the former business partner should pay him $15 million in compensation for losses he believes he sustained in a failed business plan to open a casino in Africa.

Temkin even discussed with the undercover agents particular forms of torture, murder and rape which would be likely to get the victims to pay the fees. Temkin had been threatening and harassing the victims for almost a decade before meeting with potential hitmen.

FBI: Violent MS-13 Gang Members in Custody, Facing Murder and Other Charges

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Consider the streets of Suffolk County, N.Y. that much safer: Five members of the violent street gang MS-13 were named in a indictment unsealed on Monday, the FBI announced later that day. The charges include murder in aid of racketeering, assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering, armed robberies, firearms offenses, and related conspiracy charges.

Jose Alvarenga, also known as “Fosforo,” and Hector Torres, also known as “Smiley,” face murder charges over the death of 15-year-old Christopher Hamilton in 2009, and Rigoberto Gomez in 2010, both in Brentwood, New York.

All of those charged are now in custody, the FBI says. Alvarenga and Torres were arraigned on Monday, while the other three will be arraigned later in the week.

Authorities alleged that on November 20, 2009, Alvarenga, the leader of the Brentwood Locos Salvatruchas (BLS) clique of  the MS-13, ordered gang members to attack suspected rival gang members at a house party in Brentwood, says the FBI.

He armed his men with a .22 caliber rifle and a semi-automatic handgun, then led them to the house. At least three rifle shots were fired into a crowd outside the home moments after they arrived. One of the shots fatally hit Christopher Hamilton in the temple.

The indictment also alleges that in August 2010, members of an MS-13 clique known as the Sailors suspected that another MS-13 member, Rigoberto Gomez, was working with local law enforcement, so they put a “green light” on Gomez, which allowed other members to kill Gomez on sight, says the FBI.

“They lured Gomez into the car, inviting him to smoke marijuana with them at the nearby Freeman Avenue Park,” says the FBI. “After exiting the car, Torres stepped behind Gomez and fired a bullet from a .357 caliber revolver into the back of Gomez’s head, and fired a second shot into Gomez’s head after the victim fell to the ground. Torres then handed the gun to the other MS-13 member, who fired a third shot into Gomez’s head.”

 

Suburban Chicago Fire May Have Hid Murder of Four

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

A fire at a suburban Chicago home may have been used to hide the murder of four people in the house, ATF agents have told the Associated Press.

A woman and three young relatives were found dead by gunshot in the home, presumably shot before the blaze began, according to the AP, possibly by a distraught boyfriend of the woman. Names are not yet being released of the perpetrator or the victims

Investigators believe the man shot the four early Tuesday, set the house on fire and then drove to another suburb, then turned his gun on himself, committing suicide.

A neighbor, Ann Bendera, described the family as friendly, often seeing them playing with the family dog in the front yard, and was shocked by the incident.

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FBI and Locals Search for Murder Suspect at Large in the Wild

Update: Monday, Jan. 2 The Associated Press reported that authorities believe they have found the body of the  suspect, Benjamin Colton Barnes, 24. To read more click here.
 
By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

The search is on in the depths of the wilderness in Washington state for a man wanted in the shooting death of a Mount Rainier National Park guard on Sunday night, the Associated Press reported.

Margaret Anderson was responding to a radio call when she tried to pullover the 24-year-old suspect, Benjamin Colton Barnes, AP reported. When Barnes refused to pull over, Anderson used her vehicle as a blockade. That’s when Barnes stepped out of his car and fired a fatal shot at Anderson, killing the mother of two young children and the wife of another park ranger, AP reported.

Law enforcement officials said they found ammunition, body armor and survivalist gear in Barnes’ car. Police and the FBI are looking for the man within the park. “We’re talking about a subject that has an advantage,” Guy Gill, a spokesman for the Washington State Patrol, told the AP.. “He’s barricaded down in the woods, armed. It puts officers at a disadvantage. It requires a lot of planning.”

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FBI Report Says Violent Crimes Dropped 6.4% in 1st Half of 2011

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Violent crimes and property crimes in the U.S. dropped during January to June of this year compared to the same period last year, according to the FBI’s just-released Preliminary Semiannual Uniform Crime Report.

The report showed that overall, violent crimes were down 6.4 percent in that period, and property crimes dipped by 3.7 percent.

More specifically, murders were down 5.7 percent; rape dropped 5.1 percent, robbery fell 7.7 percent, and aggravated assault declined 5.9 percent.

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Craigslist Job Ads End in Murder

By Danny Fenster
ticklethewire.com

Timothy Kern responded to a Craigslist ad in Ohio offering $300 a week to tend more than 680 acres of farm land. He was trying to provide for his three sons. His body was found on Friday, buried near a shopping mall in Akron, Ohio, the Associated Press reported. He was shot in the head.

He’s not the only Craigslist related murder.

According to the Associated Press, Norfolk, Va., resident David Pauley, 51, was lured to Ohio,  also with a Craigslist ad. Pauley was found dead in a rural area 90 miles south of Akron earlier this month. And on Nov. 6, a South Carolina man was shot before escaping after responding to a Craigslist ad.

Two suspects are in custody: a high school student charged with attempted murder and Richard Beasley, a 52-year-old in jail on separate charges.

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FBI Agent and Body Shop Owner to Testify Against Ex-Fed Prosecutor in Murder Case

Paul Bergrin/photo News12 New Jersey

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

An FBI agent and a body shop owners are scheduled to testify Friday in the ongoing murder trial in federal court in Newark of ex-fed prosecutor Paul Bergrin, who once represented rap stars and drug kingpins, the Newark Star-Ledger reported.

Bergin, 55,  is accused of orchestrating the 2004 murder of a government informant Kemo Deshawn McCray.

The government contends that Bergrin told a drug gang member “No Kemo, no case” after one of their associates got busted on cocaine charges, the Star-Ledger reported. Bergrin is representing himself.

On Thursday, the paper reported, government witness Anthony Young testified. He is serving 30 years for the murder.

Bergrin said in opening statements that some witnesses were lying to get lesser sentences.

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