The FBI is helping local authorities surrounding a bank robbery in Marathon County.
HATLEY (WAOW) – The investigation into a robbery at a Hatley bank continues and the FBI will be helping, the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday. Officials say a man walked into the Banner Bank around 2:45 p.m. Wednesday near the intersection of Clark Street and Kuhlman Avenue. They say the man came into the bank armed with a semi-automatic handgun. Five employees and one customer were in the bank at the time of the robbery, but no one was hurt, sheriff’s officials said.
It seems the FBI performed a record number of gun background checks in 2013. That means Americans bought a record number of guns in 2013.
That means the number 1 salesmen for gun sales is, that’s right, President Obama.
The story from the Washington Times.
MILLER: Obama’s political agenda backfires, gun sales in 2013 smash all records
By Emily Miller-The Washington Times Monday, January 6, 2014
One year ago this month, President Obama announced that radical gun control was the top of his agenda for his second term.
Although he failed to get any of the gun bans or government registrations passed on the federal level, he was successful in one area. His actions convinced millions of Americans to buy more firearms than any time in history.
The FBI reported that it performed an astounding 21,093,273 background checks for the year ending Dec. 31. In fact, eight of the top 10 highest weeks ever for National Instant Background Check System (NICS) checks were in 2013 (the other two were during Dec. 2012.)
The checks in 2013 were 8 percent higher than 2012. The one-year increase is significant because the year leading up to the presidential election also saw massive which firearm sales.
Mr. Obama has actually been the best gun salesman in history. NICS checks have gone up a whopping 66 percent since he came to the White House.
MICHIGAN MAN CLAIMS HE TOLD US WHERE BIN LADEN WAS
(AP) Mich. man claims he told US where bin Laden was
By JEFF KAROUB
A Michigan man claims he tipped federal investigators to the location of Osama bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan eight years before his killing and has hired attorneys to help him collect the $25 million reward.
The al-Qaida leader was killed in May 2011 during a Navy SEAL raid on the three-story compound. U.S. officials have said the house wasn’t built until 2005, and Pakistani officials have said they believe he moved there in the summer of that year.
A letter obtained Friday by The Associated Press from a Chicago-based law firm representing Grand Rapids resident Tom Lee says the 63-year-old gem merchant reported the location of bin Laden’s compound in Abbottabad in 2003. The letter sent by the Loevy & Loevy law firm to FBI Director James Comey in August says a Pakistani intelligence agent told Lee that he escorted bin Laden and his family from Peshawar to Abbottabad.
The AP made a request to speak with Lee and Michael Kanovitz, the attorney who signed the letter, through the Loevy & Loevy law firm. The FBI didn’t immediately comment.
According to the letter, Lee, a U.S. citizen of Egyptian heritage, shared the information with customs and FBI agents. Lee reported that the Pakistani agent “was a member of a family that Mr. Lee had done business with for decades,” the letter said, and the agent and his family opposed bin Laden.
WUPN – It seems most military installations are gun free zones. A law that’s been on the books since President Bill Clinton signed the law back in the 90’s. Why is the military disarmed?
What will the White House find in their report and what will they do?
Navy yard shooting: White House orders review of security procedures
• Aaron Alexis obtained security clearance despite prior arrests
• 12 victims were civilian employees aged between 46 and 73
• Alexis passed employer and gun store background checks
Paul Lewis and Dan Roberts in Washington
The Guardian, Tuesday 17 September 2013 17.04 EDT
The US government ordered a clutch of security reviews on Tuesday as investigators attempted to find out why a troubled former reservist walked on to the oldest military installation in the United States with at least one weapon, opened fire and killed 12 people before he was shot dead.
A senior Pentagon official said the defense secretary, Chuck Hagel, intended to order a review of physical security and access at all military installations across the world. Military leaders were being consulted over the parameters of the review, which should be formally announced on Wednesday, the official said.
The White House separately announced a review of security procedures for private contractors after it was revealed that Aaron Alexis obtained clearance to work on the base despite having been arrested twice in the past for gun-related offences.
Jay Carney, the White House spokesman, said it would be conducted by the Office of Management and Budget and examine “standards for contractors and employees across federal agencies”.
A third inquiry was announced by the navy secretary, Ray Mabus, who ordered a “rapid review” of security at navy and marine corps installations.
The FBI revealed on that Alexis was armed with just a shotgun on Monday morning when, acting alone, he entered the military compound using a valid security pass and began firing at other civilian contractors.
WUPN – An internet virus has appeared. Read about it and be aware of your alerts you receive.
FBI Moneypak Virus warning from Brown County Sheriff’s
Monday, July 29, 2013 11:48 a.m. CDT by Jeff Flynt
BELLEVUE, WI (WTAQ) – Brown County Sheriff’s are warning residents about a computer scam that infected a person in Ledgeview over the weekend.
Deputies responded to a report of a possible computer scam on Saturday.
The person told officers that she attempted to log on to her computer but the screen appeared to be locked. There was also a website that stated “FBI – Cybercrime Division.”
This screen demanded that a fine of $300 be paid within 72 hours to prevent prosecution. It also appears that this virus was able to take a snapshot from the computers’ built-in webcam of the inside of their home.
This virus also attempts to obtain passwords and any other financial information you may have on your computer.
According to a Brown County Sheriff’s Department release:
“The FBI Moneypak virus (FBI virus, Citadel Reveton) is ransomware disguised as the FBI that uses Trojans (Trojan.Ransomlock.R) to lock computer systems. The FBI virus alleges the computer has been involved in illegal activity (cyber crime) by the FBI (downloaded or distributed copyrighted material or viewed child pornography, etc.).
It demands a penalty fine of $100 or $200 to be paid in order to unlock the computer system within the allotted time of 72 hours by use of Moneypak cards (Ultimate Game Card Virus, Ukash Virus).
The FBI Moneypak ransomware virus also states on the fake FBI screen that you (the computer owner) may see jail time if the fine is not paid in time.
WUPN – Doing the right thing may also involve turning in your mother for a possible bank robbery.
FBI: Byron Township man recognizes mom in surveillance photos of bank robbery
Print By John Agar [email protected]
BYRON TOWNSHIP, MI – A man who recognized his own mother in surveillance photos of a bank robbery called police to let them know her identity, the FBI said.
He also told police where they could find her: at his Byron Township home.
Dee Ann Sanders, 53, of Martin, was indicted Tuesday, June 25, on an allegation she robbed Bank of America at 6737 S. Division Ave., on Tuesday, June 18.
She is to be arraigned in U.S. District Court in Grand Rapids on Thursday.
The robbery occurred around 4:10 p.m.
The teller told police that the robber stood at the service kiosk several minutes, and appeared to be preparing a withdrawal slip. The robber then approached the teller and handed her a note announcing the robbery and demanding $2,500 for her children and grandchildren.
FBI director admits domestic use of drones for surveillance
Get short URL Published time: June 19, 2013 14:55
Edited time: June 19, 2013 17:01
The FBI uses drones for domestic surveillance purposes, the head of the agency told Congress early Wednesday.
Robert Mueller, the director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, confirmed to lawmakers that the FBI owns several unmanned aerial vehicles, but has not adopted any strict policies or guidelines yet to govern the use of the controversial aircraft.
“Does the FBI use drones for surveillance on US soil?” Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) asked Mr Mueller during an oversight hearing on Capitol Hill Wednesday before the Senate Judiciary Committee.
“Yes,” Mueller responded bluntly, adding that the FBI’s operation of drones is “very seldom.”
Asked by Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-California) to elaborate, Mueller added, “It’s very seldom used and generally used in a particular incident where you need the capability.” Earlier in the morning, however, Mueller said that the agency was only now working to establish set rules for the drone program.
Cleveland (WUPN) – A story where three women were missing for years finally ends. the women were rescued. After years of searching the story comes out of years of captivity.
Missing Cleveland Women Found Alive
Three women who went missing separately about a decade ago were found Monday in a home just south of downtown Cleveland and likely had been tied up during years of captivity, said police, who arrested three brothers.
Cleveland police and federal investigators on Tuesday were trying to determine how the three women remained hidden even as authorities followed up on a regular string of new leads.
Amanda Berry, Gina DeJesus and Michelle Knight were found after Ms. Berry escaped from the house. A 6-year-old child who police say they now believe is Ms. Berry’s daughter was also found.
The women appeared to be in good health and were taken to a hospital to be evaluated and to reunite with relatives. They were released from Metro Health Medical Center on Tuesday morning.
Ms. Berry made a frantic telephone call to emergency services after getting out of the house and told a dispatcher that she had been abducted.
“I’ve been kidnapped, and I’ve been missing for 10 years,” she said. “And I’m here. I’m free now.”
Authorities later arrested the three brothers, identified as Ariel Castro, 52; Pedro Castro, 54; and their 50-year-old brother, Onil. Police said they responded twice over the last 15 years to the house where the women were found. The first was a report made by Ariel Castro of a fight in the street and the second was to investigate Mr. Castro, who worked as a school-bus driver, after a child was left on a bus. Police didn’t file charges in the incident.
1952 – An atomic test conducted in Nevada was the first nuclear explosion shown on live network television. 1954 – The U.S. Senate Army-McCarthy televised hearings began. 1968 – Herb Alpert debuted “This Guy’s in Love With You” on his CBS-TV special. 1978 – The final episode of “Maude” aired. 1986 – NBC aired the final episode of “Riptide.” 2000 – ABC-TV aired a small portion of the Clinton-DiCaprio interview. 2002 – Actor Robert Blake was charged with murder in the shooting death of his wife. He was later acquitted. 2005 – An anonymous bidder purchased the microphone that sat on Johnny Carson’s desk. The final price was $50,787. 2010 – The NFL Draft was aired in prime time for the first time.
1876 – Eight baseball teams began the inaugural season of the National League. In the first game Boston beat Philadelphia 6-5. 1914 – Babe Ruth made his pitching debut with the Baltimore Orioles. 1915 – The New York Yankees wore pinstripes and the hat-in-the-ring logo for the first time. 1945 – The Toronto Maple Leafs defeated the Detroit Red Wings, 2-1 in Game Seven of the Stanley Cup finals. 1982 – The Atlanta Braves ended their 13-game winning streak to start the season. It was the longest streak of wins at the beginning of the season in major league baseball history. 1994 – Michael Moorer became the first left-handed heavyweight champion. 2010 – The NFL Draft was aired in prime time for the first time.
Alleged thief arrested over stolen painting OLYMPIA, Wash., April 21 (UPI) — A Washington man was arrested for trying to sell a painting he allegedly stole to an antique shop where the theft victim had originally bought it, police said.
Mom allegedly encourages BB gun vandalism CENTRAL ISLIP, N.Y., April 21 (UPI) — A Long Island, N.Y., mom is accused of driving around two of her children and a friend and encouraging the trio to use a BB gun to shoot out parked car windows.
Blogger’s camera thrown off balcony OLYMPIA, Wash., April 21 (UPI) — An anarchist workshop at The Evergreen State College in Washington was canceled after a blogger’s camera was stolen and thrown off a balcony, officials say.
Dinosaur statue booted from California city SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO, Calif., April 21 (UPI) — City officials in San Juan Capistrano, Calif., said they booted a 40-foot statue of an apatosauras from a petting zoo because it was deemed an eyesore.
Has the local media reported to you the spying the left is doing against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell? You haven’t, you say. We wonder why not?
Secret tapes, bugging offices, remeber the bugging at the Watergate building back in the 1970’s Here’s the story from MSN.
McConnell HQ asks FBI to investigate possible office bugging
Senate minority leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign manager says his staff is working with the FBI because of what he called “Watergate-style tactics” to bug the office.
FRANKFORT, Ky. — The FBI has been asked to look into whether Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell’s campaign headquarters was bugged after a recording of a private campaign meeting surfaced in a liberal-leaning magazine.
McConnell campaign manager Jesse Benton said his staff is working with the FBI because of what he called “Watergate-style tactics” to bug the office.
Hacker steals $150,000 from school district payroll account
32 minutes ago • By ROD STETZER and ALICIA YAGER | The Chippewa Herald(0) Comments
STANLEY, Wis — A hacker stole nearly $150,000 from a western Wisconsin school district after penetrating its payroll software system.
Anchor Bank handles payroll services for the Stanley-Boyd School District in Chippewa and Clark counties.
It said Tuesday afternoon it had already recovered some of the funds stolen from the district’s Nov. 23 payroll, said district Superintendent Jim Jones.
“Unfortunately, hackers appear to have accessed our direct deposit file, which resulted in a loss of approximately $150,000,” Jones said.
The bank alerted the district about 4 p.m. the day before Thanksgiving.
Anchor Bank, based in Madison, was able to pay all Stanley-Boyd employees on time on Friday. Jones said the school district’s liability insurance will cover the loss.
Never would of seen this coming after the election.
Black Friday Gun Sales Hit New Record High
Overwhelming demand crashes FBI background check center
Paul Joseph Watson Infowars.com
November 27, 2012
Black Friday gun sales hit an all time record high last week with demand for new firearms so overwhelming that it caused outages at the FBI background check center on two separate occasions.
Fueled by fears that the Obama administration will go after gun rights during a lame duck term, the FBI reported 154,873 background check requests on Friday – a 20 per cent increase on last year’s record total of 129,166 checks.
The number of guns sold could actually be double or more that figure because only one background check is recorded per sale even if buyers purchase multiple firearms.
Gun sales were so brisk that the FBI’s Instant Background Check center was overwhelmed with the volume of requests and crashed on two separate occasions. Some even saw the outages as an insidious way of providing “anti-gunners a clue about how to suspend the Second Amendment.”
Stranger than fiction: We imagine what a David Petraeus movie might look like
It’s a Hollywood pitch no movie mogul could resist: an illicit affair between America’s spymaster and his fawning biographer, undermined by a Florida socialite whose emails now threaten another top general’s career. Throw in a secretive FBI agent and a troubled twin sister, and it’s a guaranteed blockbuster … or so we imagine.
Fox News broke the story on how the Obama administration decided not to send help to the people at the consulate in Benghazi.
Sources, emails point to communication breakdown in Obama administration during Libya attack
By Jennifer Griffin
Published November 02, 2012
Senior counterterrorism officials felt cut out of the loop the night of the attack on the Benghazi consulate, according to emails that were shared with Fox News by military sources who are familiar with discussions of how to respond the night of the Sept. 11 attack.
Top State Department officials decided not to send an interagency rapid response unit designed to respond to terrorist attacks known as a FEST team, a Foreign Emergency Support Team. This team from the State Department and CIA has a military Joint Special Operations Command element to it and has been routinely deployed to assist in investigations — for instance, after the USS Cole bombing and the bombings at the U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania.
That team, these counterterrorism officials argue, could have helped the FBI gain access to the site in Benghazi faster. It ultimately took the FBI 24 days.
“The response process was isolated at the most senior level,” according to one intelligence source. “Counterterrorism professionals were not consulted and a decision was taken to send the FBI on its own without the enablers that would have allowed its agents to gain access to the site in Benghazi in a timely manner.” The FBI team did not get on the ground in Benghazi for several weeks after the attack and at that point any “evidence” had been rifled through by looters and journalists.
Book: Blagojevich said he believed Rezko channeled $25,000 to Obama
Federal authorities did not think the claim was credible, authors say
By Steve Mills and Todd Lighty, Chicago Tribune reporters
8:05 p.m. CDT, August 8, 2012
An upcoming book about Rod Blagojevich says undercover recordings caught the former governor saying he had heard that convicted influence peddler Antoin “Tony” Rezko secretly channeled $25,000 in cash to Barack Obama, but federal authorities did not deem the claim credible.
The book, “Golden: How Rod Blagojevich Talked Himself Out of the Governor’s Office and Into Prison,” suggests Blagojevich was talking about an undisclosed payment to help Obama with his 2004 campaign for the U.S. Senate.
The book says that federal investigators pursued the claim but ultimately gave it little credence. “Never was Blagojevich seen as a credible threat to the incoming president,” says the book, an outside project by two Chicago Tribune reporters.
The White House referred questions about the matter to the Obama campaign. Ben LaBolt, a campaign spokesman, said the claim “is preposterous and it is false. No such payment was ever offered or made, and there never has been any suggestion or question of it from anyone, except apparently by Rod Blagojevich.”
Federal authorities declined to comment to the Tribune about the investigation.