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Quick-Acting TSA Employee Saves the Day After Wedding Dress Left at Airport

By Steve Neavling

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A fast-acting TSA employee united a bride with her wedding dress just before she was to tie the knot.

The bride’s mother accidentally left her and her daughter’s dress at New Jersey’s Newark Liberty International Airport after passing through security earlier this month, The Associated Press reports. She boarded a flight to Columbus, Ohio, and later realized she forgot the dresses, which were in a red roller bag. The wedding was the next day.

After filling out a lost-and-found form online, the bride’s brother, Christopher Cepeda learned that the response time was about five days.

“As soon as I submitted the request, we lost hope of retrieving the luggage on time for the wedding,” Cepeda said.

Enter TSA administrative assistant Loletta Nathan-Gordon, who saw the online form and in six minutes recovered the bag.

“I could only imagine how stressful that would have been for me if my mom would have left the dress behind. I would have freaked out,” Nathan-Gordon said.

After Cepeda paid for the bag to be shipped overnight, the lost dresses arrived in time.

Cepeda said Nathan-Gordon “literally saved my sister’s wedding.”

George M. Crouch Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Newark Field Office

Special Agent George Crouch.

By Steve Neavling

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George M. Crouch, Jr. has been named special agent in charge of the Newark Field Office.

Crouch was serving as the deputy assistant director in the Human Resources Division at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Crouch’s career with the FBI began in 1998, when he was assigned to cover counterterrorism investigations in the New York Field Office.

In 2002, Crouch became one of the first members of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Fly Squad, working out of the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters. In 2003, Crouch was promoted to a supervisory special agent in the Counterterrorism Division.

In 2006, Crouch began serving as the supervisory senior resident agent of the Allentown Resident Agency of the Philadelphia Field Office, where he oversaw the Allentown area.

In 2010, he became the assistant special agent in charge of the Cleveland Field Office. At other times, he also led the counterterrorism, counterintelligence, human intelligence, technical, surveillance, intelligence, and administrative programs, and oversaw all matters in multiple resident agencies.

In 2014, Crouch was named section chief of the China Intelligence Section in the Counterintelligence Division at headquarters. In 2017, he became deputy assistant director in the Human Resources Division, where he oversaw hiring, retention, transfers, benefits and compensation, promotions, medical, and retirements for FBI employees.

Crouch received a bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Northern Iowa and a Juris Doctorate from Southern Illinois University. Before joining the FBI, Crouch served in the U.S. Marine Corps.

This Investigative Reporter Says He has Enough Evidence For the FBI to Dig Up Jimmy Hoffa’s Grave

The writer, a journalist who has investigated the Jimmy Hoffa murder for decades, is the author of “The Hoffa Wars,” “Confessions of a Guerrilla Writer” and eight other books.

By Dan Moldea


Phil “Brother” Moscato Sr., a soldier in New York’s Genovese crime family, co-owned a dump in Jersey City, N.J. where Hoffa is allegedly buried. (Photo: Courtesy of Dan E. Moldea)

Today is the 45th anniversary of Jimmy Hoffa’s disappearance.

With regard to pinpointing the exact location of Hoffa’s unmarked grave at the PJP Landfill in Jersey City, NJ., here is an inventory of the evidence I can give the FBI. . . .

1) A FBI-302 report (Nov. 6, 1975) about convicted killer Ralph Picardo, who received a prison visit Aug. 4, 1975, from Steve Andretta, an alleged co-conspirator in the Hoffa murder who allegedly told Picardo that a) Hoffa was murdered in Detroit; b) stuffed into a 55-gallon drum; c) loaded onto a Gateway Transportation truck; and d) shipped to New Jersey;

2) A FBI-302 report (Dec. 16, 1975) in which Picardo suggested that Hoffa might have been buried at the 53-acre PJP Landfill, aka “Brother Moscato’s Dump” in Jersey City.  In its report, the FBI noted that PJP was owned by “Phil Moscato . . . and Paul Cappola;”

3) A FBI-302 report (Dec. 23, 1975) about the cursory search of PJP in December 1975 by federal agents, who did not have a specific location to excavate;

4) My interviews with Salvatore and Gabriel Briguglio, as well as Steve and Thomas Andretta (Oct. 25, 1976), alleged Hoffa-murder co-conspirators, in which we discussed Steve Andretta’s prison visit with Picardo and Sal Briguglio’s connection to the PJP Landfill via his close friend, Phillip Moscato, a soldier in the Vito Genovese crime family and the co-owner of PJP;

5) My in interviews from 2007-14 with Moscato, who admitted that Hoffa was buried at PJP and confirmed that Sal Briguglio, another soldier in the Genovese crime family, had killed Hoffa;


According to Frank Cappola, his father, Paul Cappola, buried Jimmy Hoffa in an unmarked grave—shown in this never-before-published photograph—at the PJP Landfill, aka “Brother Moscato’s Dump,” under the Pulaski Skyway in Jersey City.  If true, it would confirm one of the FBI’s earliest theories as to the location of Hoffa’s remains.  (Photo credit:  Dan E. Moldea)

6) My videotaped tour of the PJP Landfill with Frank Cappola (Sept. 29, 2019)—the oldest son of Paul Cappola, Moscato’s partner at the PJP Landfill—culminating with the exact location of Hoffa’s unmarked grave;

7) A video of my interview with Frank Cappola (Sept. 30, 2019), who explained how and why his father, who gave his son a deathbed confession, buried Hoffa at PJP;

8) A declaration I asked Frank Cappola to execute Oct, 7, 2019, detailing what his father told him;

9) Frank Cappola’s pledge, also in October 2019, to both cooperate fully with the law-enforcement community and to take an FBI-administered polygraph test, which would indicate no deception in his affidavit; and

10) Photos and videos of the PJP, including a map of the EPA cleanup of PJP, which shows that the Superfund site didn’t get close to the location of Hoffa’s unmarked grave.

Sadly, Frank Cappola died last March 16.

FBI Links Murder of New Jersey Judge’s Husband to California Slaying of Another ‘Men’s Rights’ Attorney

Roy Den Hollander, via Twitter.

By Steve Neavling

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The “anti-feminist” lawyer suspected of fatally shooting the son of a New Jersey federal judge and wounding her husband at their family home on Sunday is now a suspect in the murder of a rival “men’s rights” attorney in California.

“We are now engaged with the San Bernardino California Sheriff’s Office and have evidence linking the murder of Marc Angelucci to FBI Newark subject Roy Den Hollander,” the FBI’s said in a statement.  “This investigation is ongoing.”

Hollander, 72, who allegedly posed as a FedEx deliveryman before shooting the son and husband of U.S. District Judge Esther Salas, turned the gun on himself and was found dead in Liberty, N.Y. In addition to finding a FedEx packaged addressed to Salas in Hollander’s car, authorities also found papers mentioning Marc Angelucci, who was fatally shot at his home in California, The Daily Beast reports.

The FBI said investigators found evidence that Hollander was in California at the time of the Angelucci shooting. It was not immediately clear what other evidence the FBI had to link Hollander to Angelucci’s death.

FBI Searches for Gunman Who Killed Son, Wounded Husband of New Jersey Federal Judge

U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas via Rutgers University

By Steve Neavling

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The FBI is on the hunt for a gunman who fatally shot the son of U.S. District Court Judge Esther Salas and critically wounded her husband at their home near North Brunswick in New Jersey on Sunday afternoon.

Salar was not injured.

The gunman, who was still at large Monday morning, was dressed in a FedEx uniform, Forbes reports.

“We’re looking for one suspect,” the FBI said.

Salas is presiding over a civil case in which Deutsche Bank is accused of failing to monitor high-risk clients, including convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein.

“Judge Salas and her family are in our thoughts at this time as they cope with this senseless act,” New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy said on Twitter.

More than 325 TSA Employees Tested Positive for Coronavirus, 2 Died

By Steve Neavling

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The coronavirus has hammered TSA workers more than previously thought.

A total of 329 TSA employees have confirmed infections and two died, according to ABC News, citing an internal briefing led by TSA Administrator David Pekoske.

In the past week, 162 TSA workers tested positive for COVID-19.

The first TSA employee to die was Francis “Frank” Boccabella III, 39, who served as an explosive detection canine handler at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey.

“Frank was dedicated to protecting the traveling public with his canine partner, Bullet, a 6-year-old German Short-haired Pointer and his previous canine partner, Zmay,” the TSA said in a statement. “Frank and his canine partners screened hundreds of thousands of passengers, keeping them and the transportation network safe.”

The second TSA employee to die was Alberto Camacho, a branch manager in the Acquisition Program Management office.

“For over 20 years Alberto dedicated his career to both transportation and aviation security, and his contributions to TSA and our mission will not be forgotten,” the agency said in a statement.

“We mourn their loss but we celebrate what they have been able to contribute over the course of their time in TSA,” Pekoske said in the briefing.

TSA employees, especially screeners, are especially vulnerable because they come in close contact with many travelers.

3 Dozen TSA Employees Tested Positive for Coronavirus in 12 States

By Steve Neavling

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The number of TSA employees who have tested positive for coronavirus has soared to 36 since the outbreak began two weeks ago.

Of those, 28 are TSA screening officers who have close interactions with the public. Another eight non-screening employees with limited interactions with the public have tested positive.

The positive cases are spread across 12 states: Washington, Nevada, California, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Indiana, Virginia, Ohio, Michigan, New York and New Jersey.

Hundreds of TSA screeners and other employees also are quarantined because they either had contact with coworkers who tested positive or because they are showing symptoms.

At some airports, multiple TSA screeners have tested positive. There are six cases involving workers at John F. Kennedy International Airpot in New York and four at Newark Liberty International Airport in New Jersey.

Three TSA screeners at Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport in California were the first agency employees to test positive for coronavirus on March 10.

For details of each positive case, click here.

 

Via TSA

 

TSA Agents Find Gun-Shaped Toilet Paper Holder at New Jersey Airport

Photo via TSA.

By Steve Neavling

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TSA agents believed they had discovered a gun in a passenger’s carry-on at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey.

But this item was meant to hold toilet paper, not bullets.

Upon closer inspection last week, TSA agents found a gun-shaped toilet paper holder, the agency said in a news release.

TSA prevents travelers from boarding planes with real or replica firearms. So the traveler was given a choice: Surrender the gun or place it in a checked bag.

The traveler forfeited it to the TSA.