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K-9 Named in Honor of Fallen FBI Special Agent Charles W. Elmore

The 1-year-old German shorthaired pointed is named after FBI Special Agent Charles W. Elmore. Photo: Leesburg Police Department

By Steve Neavling

A police department in Virginia named their new K-9 in honor of FBI Special Agent Charles W. Elmore, who was killed in the line of duty on Aug. 9, 1979.

The 1-year-old German shorthaired pointer, Elmore, recently graduated from training in patrol duties and drug detection for the Leesburg Police Department. 

The police department received an anonymous $15,000 donation to cover the costs of purchasing and training the dog. The donor requested that the dog be named in honor of Elmore.

Elmore and Special Agent J. Robert Porter were fatally shot by an assailant while in the FBI office in El Centro, Calif.

Elmore, who became a special agent with the FBI in 1972, was 33 years old. 

“It’s been more than 42 years since the tragic killings of Special Agents Charles Elmore and Robert Porter at our El Centro Resident Agency,” FBI Special Agent in Charge Suzanne Turner said in a statement. “There have been many tributes and memorials throughout the years honoring both men, to include streets in El Centro being named after each of them. We honor them every year on August 9 here in our field office. They are on the FBI Wall of Honor in every FBI field office and at FBI Headquarters and Quantico. This gesture is a very thoughtful and unique tribute to Special Agent Elmore—a tribute which will carry his name and legacy while continuing the fight against crime.”

FBI Special Agent Charles W. Elmore

Leesburg Police Chief Gregory Brown said the K-9 will he helpful. 

“I am excited to welcome Elmore to the LPD family. Working together, K9 Elmore and Officer (Lelia) Brickley will assist in serving and protecting our community through such tasks as locating missing juveniles, as well as locating those experiencing cognitive impairments who become lost,” Leesburg Police Chief Gregory Brown said in a statement.  “I also want the community to know that true heroes are never forgotten.  We honor the memory of FBI Special Agent Charles Elmore through our newest K-9 team member.”

Questions Raised about Discipline for High-Ranking U.S. Marshals Allegedly Caught in At-Work Rendezvous

By Steve Neavling

Two high-ranking officials with the U.S. Marshals Service are accused of having sex at the agency’s Virginia headquarters, and a nonprofit that advocates on behalf of federal employees wants more information on the alleged tryst.  

The Federal Managers Association is exploring how the “senior” officials were disciplined compared to rank-and-file employees, The New York Post reports.

The group sought more details of the alleged rendezvous in a Freedom of Information Act request. 

“The more specific recent activity we seek documentation on involves serious allegations of sexual misconduct by two agency employees within the senior ranks, purportedly at the Agency’s headquarters complex (i.e. in taxpayer funded office space), that may have occurred on official time,” states the letter, referring to the Marshals headquarters in Arlington, Va.

In the request, FMA wrote that employees are concerned about the “evenhandedness” of discipline. 

“A high number of managers across the workforce have raised as a concern the evenhandedness with which the Agency applies discipline between executives and rank and file. This particular case is being cited as an example where it may not be occurring,” FMA wrote in the Sept. 28 request.

The at-work tryst allegedly occurred in June or July. The officials are not identified. 

One of the officials was granted “extended special leave.”

“We are most interested in understanding if the approval pre-dated the employee’s alleged sexual activity with who we understand to be a lower-grade employee also assigned to the headquarters complex,” FMA wrote. 

The U.S. Marshals declined to comment on the specific allegations. 

“As a federal law enforcement agency, the U.S. Marshals Service demands high standards of personal conduct from our employees,” spokesman Drew Wade wrote in an email. “We take seriously any allegation of misconduct by our personnel.

“As a matter of policy, USMS does not discuss personnel matters. However, all credible allegations are investigated and appropriate disciplinary actions are taken, if warranted.”

FBI Investigates Fatal Stabbing of Pentagon Officer Outside Pentagon

Pentagon, via Department of Defense.

By Steve Neavling

The FBI is investigating the fatal stabbing of a Pentagon police officer near the Pentagon transit center in Virginia on Tuesday morning.

Responding law enforcement shot and killed the suspect shortly after 10:30 a.m., The Associated Press reports.

The stabbing prompted the temporary lockdown of the Pentagon.

The suspect was Austin William Lanz, 27, of Georgia. Lanz ambushed the officer, stabbing him in the neck, law enforcement officials said.

Details of the attack, including the motive, weren’t immediately clear.

Lanz was “administratively separated” from the U.S. Marine Corps in October 2012, less than a month after he enlisted, according to the Corps.

“This fallen officer died in the line of duty, helping protect the tens of thousands of people who work in — and who visit — the Pentagon on a daily basis,” Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said in a statement. “This tragic death today is a stark reminder of the dangers they face and the sacrifices they make. We are forever grateful for that service and the courage with which it is rendered.”

FBI Agent Shoots Armed Man Outside CIA’s Headquarters

CIA Headquarters

By Steve Neavling

An FBI agent shot and wounded an armed man as he emerged from his car with a weapon outside the CIA’s headquarters in McLean, Va., on Monday evening. 

The unidentified man was taken to a hospital about 6 p.m. 

The FBI said it is reviewing the incident. 

“The FBI takes all shooting incidents involving our agents or task force members seriously,” the FBI wrote on Twitter. “The review process is thorough and objective, and is conducted as expeditiously as possible under the circumstances.”

The FBI did not provide further details.

The CIA said the incident unfolded by the main gate just outside the secure perimeter of the agency’s headquarters. 

“Our compound remains secured, and our Security Protective Officers working the incident are the only Agency personnel directly involved,” the CIA said.

Stanley M. Meador Named Special Agent in Charge of FBI’s Richmond Field Office

FBI Special Agent Stanley M. Meador

By Steve Neavling

Stanley M. Meador has been tapped to serve as special agent in charge of the FBI’s Richmond Field Office in Virginia. 

Meador, a native of Galax, Va., had been serving as chief of staff to the deputy director at FBI headquarters.

Meador’s career with the FBI began in 2002, when he was assigned to the Spokane Resident Agency in Washington, a satellite of the Seattle Field Office. He investigated violent crime, gangs, and Indian Country crimes, worked on intelligence matters, spearheaded the creation of the Safe Streets and Safe Trails task forces, and served as a firearms instructor and crisis negotiator.

In 2009, Meador joined the Las Vegas Field Office to investigate public corruption, violent gangs, and criminal enterprises.

In 2013, Meador was promoted to supervisory special agent and transferred to the International Operations Division (IOD) at headquarters. He was later promoted to chief of the IOD’s Asia Unit.

In 2015, Meador became supervisory senior resident agent of the Wilmington Resident Agency of the Charlotte Field Office, where he oversaw criminal and national security programs.

In 2019, Meador was named assistant special agent in charge in the Philadelphia Field Office, where he led administrative and special operation, overseeing 12 programs and all crisis management matters.

In 2020, he became chief of staff to the deputy director.

Before joining the FBI, Meador served as a special agent with the Virginia Department of Alcoholic Beverage Control. Meador received a bachelor’s degree from Roanoke College in Salem, Va., and a master’s degree from The American University in Washington. 

Meador also received a Declaration of Valor for his response to the Pentagon during 9/11.

Brian Dugan Becomes Special Agent in Charge of Norfolk Field Office

Brian Dugan, special agent in charge of the Norfolk Field Office in Virginia.

By Steve Neavling

Brian Dugan, a 22-year veteran of the FBI, has been named special agent in charge of the Norfolk Field Office in Virginia. 

Dugan most recently was the section chief of the HUMINT Operations Section in the Directorate of Intelligence at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C.

Dugan became a special agent with the FBI in 1998, getting assigned to the San Diego Field Office, where he primarily investigated domestic terrorism. 

In 1999, he joined the San Francisco Field Office to investigate gangs.

In 2006, Dugan became an instructor at the FBI Academy in Quantico, Va., where he developed new law enforcement and human intelligence courses for the bureau. 

In 2009, he left the FBI Academy and began working on a violent gang squad in the Northern Virginia Resident Agency of the Washington Field Office.

In 2013, Dugan was promoted to supervisory special agent and joined the Chicago Field Office, where he led a squad investigating child pornography and human trafficking. He also established a new gang squad addressing gun and gang violence on the city’s north side. 

In 2017, Dugan was promoted to assistant special agent in charge of a counterintelligence branch at the Washington Field Office, where he investigated and helped prosecute several espionage subjects and ran counterproliferation operations.

In 2019, Dugan became section chief in the Directorate of Intelligence.

Before joining the FBI, Dugan served in the U.S. Marine Corps. and was commissioned as a second lieutenant, rising to captain and serving in Japan, Korea, and Russia. 

He earned a bachelor’s degree of science in criminal justice from Pennsylvania State University and a master’s in business administration from Touro University of California.

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

 

Updated: Ex-FBI Translator Gets Probation for Making False Statements in Terrorism Case

Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie.

By Steve Neavling

ticklethewire.com

Updated: 9:40 a.m. Monday — A former FBI translator was sentenced to probation Friday after he admitted doctoring transcripts when his own voice came up on intercepts of phone calls placed by a terrorism suspect, the Associated Press reports. He was also fined $1,000.

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A former FBI translator is expected to be sentenced in federal court today after he pleaded guilty to making false statements in a case involving a terrorism suspect.

Abdirizak Jaji Raghe Wehelie, 68, of Burke, Virginia, was arrested in May on charges of lying to investigators about having contact with a man accused of joining a militant Somali group tied to terrorism.

In November, Wehelie pleaded guilty to making false statements, saying he doctored transcripts to hide the fact that he received a phone call from the man, who had been under surveillance.

The Justice Department said Wehelie had a personal relationship with the suspect, who had left a voicemail on Wehelie’s phone. When Wehelie translated the call, he changed his name to “unidentified male.”

The terrorism suspect’s phone was under court-ordered surveillance.

According to federal prosecutors, Wehelie later disclosed that he had been friends with the suspect for years.

Wehelie faces up to 25 years in prison, but sentencing guidelines call for zero to six months in jail.