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Jim Norman, Lead FBI Agent in Oklahoma City Bombing Investigation, Dies

Former FBI agent Jim Norman. Screenshot via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

Jim Norman, the FBI case agent who helped lead the investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing in 1995, died from a heart attack last week. 

Norman retired from the bureau in 2016 after more than 30 years of service and later joined the Tulsa County Cold Case Task Force in Oklahoma. 

“Jim Norman brought a wealth of knowledge and experience to our Cold Case Task Force,” the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office said in a social media post. “He will be missed by all of us here, as well as by his family and friends.”

Members of the task force recalled Norman’s hard work and attention to detail. 

“He brought such an air of knowledge and confidence, and he had a great sense of humor, and you could count on him for that,” task force member Mike Huff told News9.

A memorial service is scheduled for July 8 in California. 

“We’re going to miss him on the job, and we’re going to miss him in our lives,” task force member Doc Shannon said. 

On the 20th anniversary of the Oklahoma City bombing, Norman described his experience and said he’d never forget that fateful day. 

“Five years after the bombing, I brought my wife and children to the dedication ceremony of the memorial. We could have gone in with (President) Clinton, but we chose to go in with the victims and I wasn’t prepared for the emotional impact that hit me when we walked in there and I saw the people who had lost kids, putting stuffed animals and flowers on the little seats,” Norman said in an interview posted on the FBI’s website. 

“There’s big seats for adults and little seats for the kids. And when they went in there and put the stuffed animals and the flowers on the little seats, I couldn’t talk. I said I can’t talk and I just walked on the hill for a few minutes until I kind of composed myself. It was so sad what happened with those kids.”

Former Tulsa Police Officer Charged with First-Degree Murder in Death of Daughter’s Boyfriend

Former Tulsa Police Officer Shannon Kepler. Photo via Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

By Steve Neavling

A former Tulsa police officer accused of fatally shooting his daughter’s boyfriend in 2014 has been charged with first-degree murder after he was tried four times in state court. 

Shannon James Kepler was previously found guilty by a jury but the case was appealed as his defense argued his state-level conviction should be vacated and the case be transferred to the Muscogee Creek Nation, where is a member.  

Kepler was charged with first-degree murder in Indian Country, causing death by using and discharging a firearm during and in relation to crimes of violence, and assault with a dangerous weapon in Indian Country, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Northern District of Oklahoma.

“Nineteen-year-old Jeremey Lake’s life was senselessly cut short in 2014 when Shannon Kepler allegedly shot and killed him,” U.S. Attorney Trent Shores said in a statement. “Our victim specialists are communicating with Jeremey’s family and will be with them every step of the way as this case moves forward in federal court. Our prosecutors have worked hand in hand with our partners at the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office to ensure this young man and his family experience a full measure of justice.”

The Tulsa Police Department and FBI led the investigation. 

Dozens of Secret Service Employees Ordered to Self-Quarantine After Trump’s Tulsa Rally

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

The Secret Service ordered dozens of its officers and agents to self-quarantine after attending President Trump’s rally in Tulsa.

The employees were instructed to work from home for 14 days, The Washington Post reports.

Two Secret Service employees were among at least six advance staffers who had tested positive for COVID-19.

Employees who were ordered to self-quarantine also must get tested for COVID-19.

The Secret Service is now requiring agents to be tested 24 to 48 hours before a presidential trip, according to an email obtained by CNN.

“We want to make sure that we have a healthy workforce and that we are protecting our people,” a Secret Service official told CNN. “This is good common sense.”

Trump has been criticized for holding the rally in defiance of federal social-distancing guidelines.

It’s still not clear yet whether the rally led to an outbreak of the virus.

Melissa R. Godbold Becomes Special Agent in Charge of Oklahoma City Field Office

FBI Special Agent Melissa R. Godbold.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Melissa R. Godbold, a 22-year veteran of the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Oklahoma City Field Office.

Godbold, who most recently served as the chief of staff for the Criminal, Cyber, Response and Services Branch at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., began her career as a special agent at the Washington Field Office, where she investigated international terrorism and weapons of mass destruction cases. Godbold also was in charge of the FBI’s hazardous materials operation at the Pentagon following the 9/11 terrorist attacks.

Godbold received a promotion in 2010, serving as a supervisor over personnel security matters in the Washington Field Office.

Two year later, she was a unit chief in the Human Resources Division at headquarters. In 2013, she was promoted to assistant section chief for the FBI’s Counterterrorism Internet Operations Section, overseeing investigations into terrorists’ use of the internet.

In 2015, Godbold was promoted to an assistant special agent in charge at the Dallas Field Office. In 2017, she became director of the National Cyber Investigative Joint Task Force in the Cyber Division, where she led the FBI’s partnership to coordinate, integrate and share cyber threat information for investigations and intelligence analysis.

Growing up in Oklahoma, Godbold graduated from Putnam City North High School in Oklahoma City and received a Bachelor of Arts degree in geology and a Master of Science degree in hazardous and waste materials management from Southern Methodist University in Dallas.

Seven Years of FBI Records Exposed in Massive Government Data Leak

FBI cyber crime agents, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling
Ticklethewire.com

A massive data leak exposed millions of sensitive files, including records of FBI investigations, emails and bank transaction histories.

Three terabytes of unprotected data from the Oklahoma Securities Commission was available to anyone with the internet because they contained no passwords, Forbes reports.

“It represents a compromise of the entire integrity of the Oklahoma department of securities’ network,” said Chris Vickery, head of research at UpGuard, which discovered the leak. “It affects an entire state level agency. … It’s massively noteworthy.”

Vickery said “all sorts of archive enforcement actions” from the FBI were exposed.

Included was detailed information on subjects and witnesses of FBI investigations over the past seven years.

DEA Agent Wants Oklahoma Voters to Know Facts on Pot Measure on the Ballot

By Allan Lengel
ticklethewire.com

Oklahomans will vote whether to legalize medical marijuana.

So, the head of Oklahoma’s DEA office, Richard Salter, is going around delivering a 45-minute presentation, saying people need to know the facts.  He says the bill is really about recreational use, not medical, News on 6 reports.

“I think Oklahoma will be the first state, if this passes, to have no qualifying medical condition. That means you go to the doctor and say, ‘Even though there’s nothing wrong with me, I’d like a medical marijuana card,’” Salter said.
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FBI: Pipe Bomb Found in Suspect’s Oklahoma Man’s Apartment Had ‘Unusual’ Features

Bombing suspect Benjamin Roden.

Bombing suspect Benjamin Roden.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

One of two pipe pipe bombs found in the Oklahoma apartment of a man accused of setting off explosives near a military recruiting office had “unusual” features typically seen outside of the U.S., according to an FBI investigation.

One of the pipe bombs found in 28-year-old Benjamin Roden’s apartment in Tulsa contained magnets and two 9-volt batteries – features “typically seen in other parts of the world,” the Tulsa World reports.

The bomb was “unusual for Oklahoma,” the government affidavit reads.

Roden was arrested in July following a pipe-bomb explosion outside of an unoccupied Air Force recruiting office in a suburb of Tulsa.

The investigation is ongoing, but federal authorities said last week that the explosion didn’t appear to be domestic terrorism.

Rosen, a former Air Force senior airman, joined the Air National Guard in 2014 but later resigned after failing to complete training to become a certified electrician.

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High School Student Accused of Posing As FBI Agent to Get Free Services from Prostitutes

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Police in Tulsa, Oklahoma, arrested a high school student Wednesday accused of posing as an FBI agent in an attempt to get free services from prostitutes.

The 18-year-old was caught in a sting at a south Tulsa hotel.

Police said the teen was threatening prostitutes so he could receive sex for free.

Police arrested the teenager and found him in possession of drug paraphernalia.