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Police, FBI Warned about Nashville Bombing suspect in 2019

Anthony Quinn Warner

By Steve Neavling

Police and the FBI were alerted to Nashville bombing suspect Anthony Quinn Warner about 16 months ago, when his girlfriend reported he was building explosives in his RV, according to a police report obtained by The Tennessean.

But it doesn’t appear that anything was done to stop Warner, who authorities say died in the Christmas Day explosion that tore through downtown Nashville and injured three people. 

In August 2019, Warner’s girlfriend notified Nashville police that Warner “was building bombs in the RV trailer at his residence,” the Metro Nashville Police Department (MNPD) report states.

The information was passed on to the FBI. 

“She related that the guns belonged to a ‘Tony Warner’ and that she did not want them in the house any longer,” MNPD spokesman Don Aaron said in a statement to The Tennessean.

The woman’s attorney, Raymond Throckmorton III, told police that Warner “frequently talks about the military and bomb making,” the report states. The attorney added that Warner “knows what he is doing and is capable of making a bomb.”

Police went to Warner’s home to investigate but no one answered the door, and the RV was fenced off behind the house. 

“They saw no evidence of a crime and had no authority to enter his home or fenced property,” MNPD spokesman Don Aaron told the Tennessean. 

A day later, Nashville police forwarded the information to the FBI to check the bureau’s databases, Aaron said. Later in the day, “the FBI reported back that they checked their holdings and found no records on Warner at all,” Aaron said. 

“Somebody, somewhere dropped the ball,” Throckmorton said.

Aaron responded that there was no evidence of wrongdoing at the time. 

“At no time was there any evidence of a crime detected and no additional action was taken,” he said. “No additional information about Warner came to the department’s or the FBI’s attention after August 2019.”

FBI: Nashville Bombing Suspect Died in Blast

Suspect’s RV in downtown Nashville, via FBI.

By Steve Neavling

Forensic tests show the suspect in the downtown Nashville bombing on Christmas morning died in the explosion, the FBI said Sunday. 

The bureau matched the DNA of tissue samples found at the scene with that of the suspect Anthony Quinn Warner, 63, of Antioch, TN. 

Investigators got a break in the case when the Tennessee Highway Patrol located and recovered the VIN from the suspect’s RV. That information, along with tips from the public, led investigators to the home of the suspect. 

FBI and ATF agents are still recovering and analyzing evidence. No motive has been identified yet. 

Authorities said there’s no evidence that additional suspects were involved.

“Leads are still being followed, but at this time, there is no indication that any other individuals are involved,” the bureau said in a news release

The blast rocked downtown Nashville, injuring three people and heavily damaging businesses, including an AT&T switching center.   

Douglas Korneski Named Special Agent in Charge of Memphis Field Office

Special Agent Douglas Korneski.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Douglas Korneski, a 19-year veteran of the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Memphis Field Office.

Korneski was serving as a deputy assistant director in the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Korneski’s career with the FBI began as a special agent in 2001, working counterintelligence and counterterrorism issues in the Los Angeles Field Office. He also served on the SWAT team.

In 2006, Korneski was promoted to supervisory special agent and transferred to the Counterterrorism Division at FBI headquarters.

In 2008, Korneski became unit chief of the newly formed National Security Analysis Center within the Foreign Terrorist Tracking Task Force.

In 2010, he served as the supervisor for domestic terrorism on the Joint Terrorism Task Force at the Atlanta Field Office. In 2014, Korneski served as the assistant special agent in charge of Atlanta’s Criminal Branch.

In 2016, Korneski was tapped to serve as the first section chief of the Office of Private Sector at headquarters.

In 2018, Korneski was named deputy assistant director of the Weapons of Mass Destruction Directorate, overseeing issues related to mitigating chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear, and explosive threats.

Before joining the FBI, Korneski graduated from the U.S. Military Academy and served as an officer in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps. He received a master’s degree in criminal justice from the University of South Carolina and graduated from the Naval Postgraduate School’s Homeland Security Executive Leaders Program.

3 Dozen TSA Employees Tested Positive for Coronavirus in 12 States

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

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

 

‘You Might Not want to Do This:’ Trio Mugs Armed FBI Special Agents in Memphis

Suspects in Memphis mugging.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

“You might not want to do this.”

That’s what one of two victims said to three robbers who demanded the duo hand over their personal belongings Sunday afternoon.

The victims turned out to be armed FBI special agents who were in downtown Memphis admiring a display outside an antique shop, police told WMC-5 Action News.

After handing over a cellphone and wallet, the agents pulled out their concealed weapons, prompting the three suspects to run off.

The agents told police the suspects may have been armed with BB guns.

Police are still looking for the suspects, who were captured on surveillance.

FBI Arrests Truck Driver Over Alleged Mass Shooting Plot at Memphis Church

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI arrested a truck driver accused of threatening to “shoot up” a Memphis, Tenn., church after saying he was haunted by “spiritual snakes and spiders in my bed at night.”

Federal authorities said Thomas Matthew McVicker, 38, “made credible threats to conduct a mass shooting and suicide” at the church, which he told a friend placed the snakes and spiders in his bed, The Associated Press reports.

“I’ve only seen them a couple of times but they take form and I can feel them crawling on me and under me,” McVicker said, according to an affidavit filed Monday.

FBI arrested McVicker in Indiana a week before he planned to be in Memphis to carry out the attack, authorities said in court filings.

McVicker’s friend alerted the FBI to McVicker’s alleged plans.

McVicker’s mother told the FBI her son owned a handgun, occasionally used cocaine and methamphetamine and has been treated with schizophrenia.

FBI Investigates Brutal Beating of Native American in Tennessee

police tapeBy Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The FBI is investigating the brutal beating of a Native American man in Tennessee to determine whether a hate crime was committed.

Three people were arrested in the beating of 60-year-old James Russell, of Bradley County.

The Bradley County Sheriff’s Office believes the beating was a case of mistaken identity, but the FBI wants to further investigate, WRCB reports. 

Deputies said three strangers followed Russell to a state park and beat him, causing serious injuries.

Russell described the attack as a hate crime.

“He grabbed my ponytail, pulled my head back until I was looking into his eyes and said I think I’ll scalp you… I always wanted to scalp an Indian. At that point I did not think I was going to make it through the night,” said Russell. 

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NTSB Investigating Chattanooga Bus Crash that Killed 5 Children

The bus driver, Johnthony Walker, was arrested.

The bus driver, Johnthony Walker, was arrested.

By Steve Neavling
ticklethewire.com

The National Transportation Safety Board is investigating a deadly school bus crash in Chattanooga after authorities said the driver was going “well above” the posted speed limit of 30 mph.

The crash killed five elementary school children on Monday, and the bus driver was arrested and charged with five counts of vehicular homicide, reckless endangerment and reckless driving, WBIR reports. 

Johnthony Walker, 24, of Chattanooga only had his commercial license for about seven months, according to the NTSB.

Twelve students remained in the hospital a day after the crash.

Police said the driver was speeding on a narrow, winding road.

The NTSB is expected to be in Chattanooga for 7 to 10 days.