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Man Gets Probation for Taking Hostage by Knifepoint at FBI Office in Salt Lake City

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A man who took a hostage at gunpoint at the FBI’s office in Salt Lake City in an attempt to get help from the bureau has been sentenced to three years of probation, the Salt Lake City Tribune reports.

Robert Joseph Hibbard, 43, avoided jail in a plea agreement with prosecutors in which he pleaded guilty but mentally ill

Hibbard pleaded guilty but mentally ill to second-degree kidnapping, which is a reduced charge following the August 2012 incident.

Hibbard was found competent to stand trial.

The incident happened on Sept. 18, 2012, when Hibbard took a 61-year-old man hostage with a knife and demanded to talk to the FBI about his former wife’s death.

Man Pleads Guilty to Kidnapping to Get FBI’s Attention in Salt Lake City

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Robert Joseph Hibbard wanted so much to talk with the FBI about his ex-wife’s death that he took a hostage at the bureau’s Salt Lake City office and demanded to talk to investigators in September 2012.

The 43-year-old pleaded guilty but mentally ill Monday to a kidnapping charge, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Hibbard insisted to investigators that his ex-wife was murdered by her new husband.

His wife, Rashell Langford, died after shooting herself in a suicide pact from which her husband withdrew. The husband was sentenced to 180 days in jail.

Hibbard believed the sentence wasn’t long enough because the new husband wasn’t charged with murder.

FBI’s Feathers Are Ruffled Over Pesky Intruders at Salt Lake City Office

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI in Salt Lake City is dealing with some pesky intruders.

A variety of birds are nesting in the FBI’s parking garage – a problem that has plagued the bureau since moving into their new International Center Facility in 2012, FOX 13 reports.

“Because of the vast amount of waste left by the birds it was determined to hire an expert to mitigate the bird problem in the most humane and legal matter,” the FBI states.

Trouble is, some of those birds may be the protected swallow.

“The Barn Swallow in particular is a very suburban urbanized bird and has learned to use shelters, and bridge overhangs and so forth,” said Bill Fenimore, of the Department of Natural Resources. “They are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, so you want to make sure you don’t go out and cavalierly knock nests down and things of that nature.”

The FBI installed netting in the garage, which keeps new birds out but traps the existing birds in, according to Fox 13.

The FBI said it is sensitive to the swallow’s protected status.

“The company working on this issue has explicit rules about the treatment of swallows and understands the strict regulations regarding the treatment of swallows,” according to the FBI.

U.S. Marshal Fatally Shoots Gang Member Who Charged Witness Stand in Trial

Siale Maveni Angilau

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

A gang member’s decision to attack a witness testifying against him Monday was a deadly one. KSL.com reports that Siale Maveni Angilau was fatally shot by a U.S. Marshall after he charged a witness in federal court in Salt Lake City.

“The defendant went after (a witness) … and when he engaged the witness at the witness stand, he was shot by the U.S. Marshals Service,” said Mark Dressen, assistant special agent-in-charge of the FBI’s Utah bureau.

“From what I understand, the defendant may have grabbed a pen or a pencil and charged the witness stand at that time,” he said.

A marshal standing between the jury and the witness stand fired three to five shots.

“After the marshal fired, he told everyone to stay down. And he kept his gun pointed at Siale because he was still alive as he went down,” a juror said.

Angilau was breathing on the way to the hospital but later died, KSL reported.

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The FBI’s New Special Agent in Charge in Oregon Takes Helm Monday

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gregory T. Bretzing, a former accountant who joined the FBI in 1995, will take the helm at the FBI’s Oregon office on Monday.

Bretzing will become special agent in charge after serving as inspector at the bureau’s Washington D.C. headquarters for the past 18 months.

Bretzing, 47, also supervised a joint terrorism task force in Salt Lake City.

Bretzing has five children.

Ex-FBI Agent: ‘I Wouldn’t Send My Family’ to Olympics in Sochi

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The dangers at the Olympics in Sochi, Russia can’t be overlooked, a former FBI agent warned.

NBC Charlotte reports that Chris Swecker, who led security efforts at the Olympics in Salt Lake City following the Sept. 11 attacks, said the large world stage is a magnet for terrorists.

“It’s the largest world stage. It’s where if you’re a terrorist organization, and you want to call attention to your cause, this is the No. 1 event to do that,” Swecker said.

Swecker described the threats as “nonstop” when he was in Salt Lake City.

“I mean the whole time we were there we were fielding just dozens of threats.”

“I wouldn’t send my family over there right now,” Swecker said. “My biggest concern would be the areas where western people are known to frequent.”

Accountant-Turned-FBI Agent Becomes Oregon’s Next Top FBI Official

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

Gregory T. Bretzing, a former accountant who joined the FBI in 1995, will become special agent in charge of Oregon’s FBI office, The Oregonian reports.

Bretzing, 47, will take over on March 31.

Bretzing, whose father was an FBI agent, served as inspector at the bureau’s Washington D.C. headquarters for the past 18 months.

Bretzing also supervised a joint terrorism task force in Salt Lake City.

Bretzing has five children.

FBI, NSA Monitored Emails, Texts in Salt Lake City Area During Winter Olympics in 2002

Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com 

The FBI and NSA monitored all emails and text messages in the Salt Lake City area in 2002 when the city was hosting the Winter Olympics, the Salt Lake Tribune reports.

Unnamed officials said the two agencies worked with Qwest Communications to intercept communications for nearly six months.

Former Sen. Bob Bennett, R-Utah, said he wasn’t aware of the surveillance but said it’s to be expected.

“If they were not intercepting text messages then they were not doing their jobs at the center of world attention,” Bennett said. “Sure they were. I just assumed that they were.”

The Olympics came just five months after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks.