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Deathbed Statement Revives Search for Jimmy Hoffa’s Body in New Jersey

James R. Hoffa

By Steve Neavling

Here we go again. 

The seemingly endless search for the body of union boss Jimmy Hoffa took FBI agents to a former landfill in New Jersey under the Pulaski Skyway, The New York Times reports.

The search on Oct. 25 and 26 was prompted by a deathbed statement by a man who says he buried Hoffa’s body in a steel drum. 

“F.B.I. personnel from the Newark and Detroit field offices completed the survey and that data is currently being analyzed,” FBI spokeswoman and Special Agent Mara R. Schneider said Thursday. 

Hoffa was last seen outside of a Michigan restaurant in 1975 and was legally dead in 1982. There have been dozens of searches for his body since then. 

Dan Moldea, an investigative reporter who has researched the Hoffa case for decades, said the latest search is “100 percent” credible.

“A very prominent person disappeared from a public place 46 years ago and was never seen again,” Moldea said Thursday. “This case has to be solved.”

The FBI searched the same location in the 1970s but found nothing. 

“They had no idea where to start looking,” Moldea said.

Trump Charged Secret Service $10,000+ for Agents to Stay in Rooms at Golf Club

By Steve Neavling

The Secret Service was billed more than $10,000 for guest rooms that agents used in May at former President Trump’s golf club in New Jersey, The Washington Post reports.

Although the bill wasn’t itemized, it appears that the Secret Service will pay $566.64 per night for 18 nights in a four-bedroom “cottage” at Trump Bedminster. 

In all, the Secret Service has spent more than $50,000 for agents to stay in rooms since Trump left office in January. 

The Secret Service also was charged nearly $35,000 to rent portable toilets for four months at Bedminster this year.

Since Trump took office, the Secret Service has been charged extravagant fees to protect him. 

In 2017, the Secret Service couldn’t afford to pay hundreds of agents who were responsible for protecting Trump’s large family.

Trump ordered the Secret Service to continue protecting 13 members of his family and at least three appointees beyond his first presidential term. 

FBI Agents Fatally Shoot Kidnapping Suspect, Rescue Boy at New Jersey Apartment

By Steve Neavling

FBI agents rescued a 17-year-old boy from a New Jersey apartment and fatally shot the man accused of kidnapping him early Wednesday. 

The raid was prompted by the abduction of a teenager who was reported missing after he failed to return home from work, The Philadelphia Inquirer reports.

The boy’s father told authorities that he received a ransom demand. 

FBI agents came under fire after they tracked the boy and suspect to the New Jersey apartment. They returned fire, killing the suspect. 

The boy was unharmed. 

The FBI’s Philadelphia Field Office is investigating the kidnapping. 

Trump Bills Secret Service Nearly $35,000 to Rent Portable Toilets

By Steve Neavling

They aren’t golden toilets, but they’ll cost taxpayers a lot. 

The Secret Service was charged nearly $35,000 to rent portable toilets for the next four months at former President Trump’s golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, The Daily Beast reports

Trump recently moved to the club from Mar-a-Largo in Palm Beach, Fla. and plans to stay there until early fall, CNN reported.

“Even now, taxpayers continue to spend many thousands of dollars to facilitate Donald Trump’s businesses,” Noah Bookbinder, executive director of watchdog group Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington and a former federal prosecutor, told The Daily Beast. “He is of course entitled to protection, but from the beginning, it has been about his advancement and convenience, rather than what is good for the country. Forcing taxpayers to spend all of this money for porta potties at a business that surely has sufficient bathrooms is confounding.”

The Secret Service did not comment. 

The portable toilets are just the latest extravagant cost of protecting Trump. In 2017, the Secret Service couldn’t afford to pay hundreds of agents who were responsible for protecting Trump’s large family.

Trump ordered the Secret Service to continue protecting 13 members of his family and at least three appointees beyond his first presidential term. 

Biden Picks former N.J. AG Anne Milgram to Lead DEA

Former New Jersey AG Anne Milgram

By Steve Neavling

President Biden on Monday nominated Anne Milgram, a former New Jersey attorney general, to head the DEA. 

If Biden’s nomination is confirmed, Milgram would become the first politically appointed leader since the Obama administration. Several acting administrators served in the top role under former President Donald Trump.  

Milgram served as New Jersey attorney general from 2007 to 2010. She teaches at the New York University School of Law and serves as a special counsel for Lowenstein Sandler, a law firm. 

The nomination comes in the midst of an opioid crisis and the legalization of recreational marijuana in many states. 

U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., said Biden made “a great choice” nominating Milgram. 

“She will be an excellent DEA Administrator, who will work diligently to fight drug trafficking and keep dangerous substances like fentanyl off our streets,” he said on Twitter.

FBI Remembers Fallen Agent Barry Lee Bush, Who Died on This Date in 2007

FBI Special Agent Barry Lee Bush

By Steve Neavling

On this date in 2007, an FBI agent was fatally shot while trying to arrest three heavily armed bank robbery suspects in central New Jersey. 

Barry Lee Bush, 52, of the FBI’s Newark Field Office, was killed when another agent’s gun accidentally discharged outside a PNC Bank branch in Readington.  

The agent who mistakenly shot Bush was absolved after an investigation by the FBI’s Office of Professional Responsibility determined the agent was within the bureau’s guidelines for firing his weapon. 

In honor of Bush in April 2008, the bureau’s Newark office was renamed after him.

Bush joined the FBI in 1987 and transferred from the Kansas City Field Office to Newark in 1991. 

At a memorial service on April 12, 2017, then-FBI Director Robert Mueller described Bush as a “dogged investigator” who “loved being part of the action.”

“Barry loved his job,” Mueller said at the time. “But he had two loves in his life. One was the Bureau. The other love—his first love— was his family. He talked about them constantly. They were his pride and joy. No matter how much he loved his work, he loved coming home at the end of the day even more.”

Read Mueller’s full remarks at the memorial service.

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

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

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

ticklethewire.com

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.