Ann Arbor imagines higher-density redevelopment of federal site downtown
ANN ARBOR, MI — With interest in seeing more high-density development downtown, Ann Arbor officials are imagining a redevelopment of the Federal Building site. The site also includes a large parking lot for postal vehicles and federal workers behind the building. The raised plaza in front of the Federal Building, which has steps leading up to the main entrance, has been the site of countless public protests on many issues over the years. The way the site is configured, it’s not terribly inviting to pedestrians and it’s kind of a trip hazard, said Disch, D-1st Ward. Mayor Christopher Taylor said there have been musings for years about the Federal Building’s utility.mlive.com
FBI allegedly engaging in 'purge' of conservative employees, retaliating against whistleblowers: Jim Jordan
The FBI is allegedly engaging in a “purge” of conservative employees and retaliating against whistleblowers who have made protected disclosures to Congress, Fox News Digital has learned.foxnews.com
Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-FL), who is under FBI investigation for alleged sex trafficking: "This is a movement for winners!"
Florida) who is under investigation by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for alleged sex trafficking said in one of his most recent events while campaigning for the House of Representatives primaries: "This is a movement for winners!" Florida voters will take to the voting booths on Tuesday and vote for the nominees running for Congress. Gaetz’s biggest threats are his two Republican primary challengers: Mark Lombardo and Greg Merk, with Lombardo launching a series of ads attacking Gaetz for his sex trafficking scandal.news.yahoo.com
ISIS ‘Beatle’ Sentenced to Life Imprisonment for Hostage-Taking Scheme that Resulted in the Deaths of American, British, and Japanese Citizens
“Today, the men and women of the Department of Justice and our criminal justice system delivered justice,” said Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco. “Today, we remember the four Americans for whom it was delivered: James Foley, Kayla Mueller, Steven Sotloff, and Peter Kassig. “We will always remember the victims who perished and our thoughts today are especially with the Foley, Mueller, Sotloff, and Kassig families. From August 2014 through October 2014, ISIS released videos depicting the beheadings of James Foley, Steven Sotloff, and British citizens David Haines and Alan Henning. In January 2015, ISIS released videos depicting the decapitated body of Japanese citizen Haruna Yukawa and the beheading of Japanese citizen Kenji Goto.justice.gov
An ex-Trump aide and right-wing Breibart News have been separately accused of doxxing the FBI agents involved in the Mar-a-Lago raid
Breitbart News published an unredacted search warrant naming two FBI agents involved in the Mar-a-Lago raid, and Garrett Ziegler posted their names online.news.yahoo.com
Police arrest man for Grand Rapids area bank robbery
WYOMING, MI -- A day after a Fifth Bank branch was robbed in Wyoming, police arrested a suspect. The branch at 2828 Michael Ave. SW was robbed about 1:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 11 by a man who implied he had a weapon. Wyoming police on Friday, Aug. 12 said they worked with Federal Bureau of Investigation agents to identify a suspect. That person was taken into custody about 3:30 p.m. Friday. No one was hurt in the robbery and the person made off with an unspecified amount of cash.mlive.com
Bomb technicians check Kalamazoo home for ‘potentially hazardous materials’
KALAMAZOO, MI -- Federal bomb technicians were at a Kalamazoo home Friday after police earlier found “potentially hazardous materials” in the home. The agents entered the home and found potentially hazardous materials. Agents then left the house and called for assistance from the Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety and bomb technicians with the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives bureau. The man was taken into custody June 30 in New York and had not been to the Kalamazoo home since then. The FBI spokesperson said agents do not believe there is any threat to the surrounding community.mlive.com
He almost beat DeSantis to be Florida’s governor. Now Andrew Gillum is indicted
Andrew Gillum, the former mayor of Tallahassee who came within about 34,000 votes of beating Ron DeSantis in the 2018 race for Florida governor, was indicted by federal authorities and arrested by the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Wednesday, according to court documents.news.yahoo.com
ISIS plot to assassinate George W. Bush broken up: report
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) uncovered a plot by an alleged ISIS operative to assassinate former President George W. Bush, Forbes reported Tuesday, citing an FBI search warrant. The alleged plot was uncovered after the suspect revealed information about his plans and asked a confidential FBI source to “obtain replica or fraudulent police and/or…news.yahoo.com
How to Watch “FBI” triple premiere night on CBS
Starting at 8pm, watch three back-to-back premieres of FBI, FBI: International, and FBI: Most Wanted. From Dick Wolf and the Law & Order team come three other high-stakes crime dramas following the New York FBI office, International Fly Team, and Fugitive Task Force. You don’t want to miss three hours of FBI, FBI: International, and FBI: Most Wanted. Overseeing them is Special Agent in Charge, Isobel Castille, who operates under intense pressure and has undeniable command authority. Always at the scene where American interests are at risk, FBI: INTERNATIONAL is a globe-trotting depiction of law enforcement overseas.mlive.com
Zodiac Killer may be unmasked as cold case team finds 'goldmine' of evidence
A team of specialists who investigate cold cases claimed to have identified the Zodiac Killer earlier this year released a statement that a trove of evidence has been discovered linked to the deceased suspect, Gary Francis Poste.news.yahoo.com
Attorney General Merrick B. Garland, Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco and FBI Director Christopher Wray Deliver Remarks on Sodinokibi/REvil Ransomware Arrest
A core priority of the Justice Department is to keep our country safe from all threats, foreign and domestic. In ransomware attacks, transnational cybercriminals use malicious software to hold digital systems hostage and demand a ransom. Six weeks later, on August 11, the Justice Department indicted Yaroslav Vasinskyi – also known by the online moniker, Rabotnik. Over the past seven months, the Justice Department has sharpened the tools at our disposal to investigate and prosecute ransomware attacks. Almost immediately after they were hit, Kaseya provided the FBI information they needed to act—and to act fast.justice.gov
Explosive devices, note from ‘Handcuff Johnny’ found outside cellphone stores in northern Michigan, FBI says
CHEBOYGAN, MI — The FBI is asking the public for information leading to the identification of the person(s) responsible for two explosive devices that were left outside cellphone stores in Cheboygan and Sault Ste. Both devices were inside USPS Priority Mail boxes, sealed with black duct tape and placed outside the cellphone stores. The notes were signed either “HJ” or “Handcuff Johnny.” The letters “CMT” were written on each box, the FBI said. The FBI and Michigan State Police believe these devices are related to a series of letters discovered in the Upper Peninsula last month. The FBI, Michigan State Police, Cheboygan Police Department, Cheboygan County Sheriff’s Office, Sault Ste.mlive.com
Court could reimpose Boston Marathon bomber's death sentence
The Supreme Court will consider reinstating the death sentence for Boston Marathon bomber Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, presenting President Joe Biden with an early test of his opposition to capital punishment. The case wont be heard until the fall, and its unclear how the new administration will approach Tsarnaevs case. The initial prosecution and decision to seek a death sentence was made by the Obama administration, in which Biden served as vice president. AdBiden has pledged to seek an end to the federal death penalty, but he has said nothing about how he plans to do so. Even if the court were to reinstate the death sentence, nothing would force Biden to schedule an execution date.
FBI: Pipe bombs at RNC, DNC were planted night before riot
Steven D'Antuono, head of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Washington field office, speaks during a news conference Tuesday, Jan. 12, 2021, in Washington. (Sarah Silbiger/Pool via AP)WASHINGTON – Two pipe bombs left at the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees, discovered just before thousands of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, were actually placed the night before, federal officials said Friday. The FBI said the investigation had revealed new information, including that the explosive devices were placed outside the two buildings between 7:30 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. on Jan. 5, the night before the riot. It is not clear whether that means the pipe bombs were unrelated to the next day’s riot or were part of the riot planning. AdThe FBI released additional photos of the explosive devices on Friday, including a photograph that showed one of the devices placed underneath a bush.
FBI: Scammers are selling fake COVID-19 vaccines online
DETROIT – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is putting out a warning to protect consumers from scammers who are preying on people’s fears during the COVID-19 pandemic. There have been reports of fake COVID-19 test kits and now there are fake vaccines being sold online. Thieves want more than just your money, they want your personal money. READ: Scammers use multiple methods to target victims -- Here’s what to watch out forWatch the video for the full report.
FBI, Justice Department leaders stay out of sight after riot
When Rosen spoke, he did it through a nearly four-minute prerecorded video released at 12:01 a.m. Wednesday by the Justice Department. Rosen has not once addressed Justice Department reporters since becoming acting attorney general late last month. Beyond those statements, Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi said, the department has issued “significant" amounts of information through the offices that are running it. Gerson, who became acting attorney general after Barr left the department at the end of George H.W. I was empowered to speak for the Department of Justice in the administration that I was in,” Gerson said.
FBI says it warned about prospect of violence ahead of riot
Federal prosecutors are looking at bringing significant cases involving possible sedition and conspiracy charges in last weeks riot at the U.S. Capitol. Nearly a week after the riot, officials said they were combing through mountains of evidence and vowed to aggressively seek out those who perpetrated the brazen attack on the U.S. Capitol. The statements by FBI and Justice Department officials on Tuesday were intended as both a defense of federal law enforcement preparations before the deadly riot and as a warning to participants. And they said that federal law enforcement authorities said that there was activity on Twitter, but that they weren’t expecting the level of violence they ultimately saw last Wednesday. Even without intelligence from law enforcement, there had been ample warning about pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington.
FBI says it warned about prospect of violence ahead of riot
Federal prosecutors are looking at bringing significant cases involving possible sedition and conspiracy charges in last weeks riot at the U.S. Capitol. Nearly a week after the riot, officials said they were combing through mountains of evidence and vowed to aggressively seek out those who perpetrated the brazen attack on the U.S. Capitol. The statements by FBI and Justice Department officials on Tuesday were intended as both a defense of federal law enforcement preparations before the deadly riot and as a warning to participants. A U.S. defense official familiar with the discussions said Tuesday that Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy was not notified about the FBI warning. And they said that federal law enforcement authorities said that there was activity on Twitter, but that they weren’t expecting the level of violence they ultimately saw last Wednesday.
DOJ, FBI share update on criminal charges related to deadly Capitol siege
WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Trump supporters gathered in the nation's capital today to protest the ratification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump in the 2020 election. Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin and FBI Washington Field Office ADIC Steven D’Antuono discussed charges and arrests made in connection with the pro-Trump riot that shook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. On Friday, Jan. 8, the DOJ announced that more than 50 people had been charged in connection to the deadly siege of the Capitol on Jan. 6. The FBI issued at least one other bulletin — they go out to law enforcement nationwide on the topic — before the riots last week.
FBI: Iran, Russia attempt to interfere in U.S. presidential election
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) announced Wednesday that both Iran and Russia have made attempts to interfere with the current presidential election, for which voting is already underway. Officials announced during a news briefing Wednesday evening that Russia and Iran have obtained U.S. voting registration information. The obtained voter registration information is considered easily accessible. The voter-intimidation operation apparently used email addresses obtained from state voter registration lists, which include party affiliation and home addresses and can include email addresses and phone numbers. Bennett said the home address included in the personalized email he received was not current so he figures the data on him was acquired from the 2018 primary election voter roll.
FBI to announce ‘major election security’ issue
The U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) held a news conference on Wednesday evening to discuss a “major election security” issue. Officials announced Wednesday that the FBI has identified that Iran and Russia have taken actions to disrupt the election process as voting is already underway across the U.S. for the presidential election. "They may seek to target those systems, or simply leave the impression that they have altered or manipulated those systems, in order to undermine their credibility and our confidence in them. “As we enter the last weeks before the election, we urge every American -- including members of the media -- to be cautious about believing or spreading unverified, sensational claims related to votes and voting,” the statement continues. “State and local election officials are in regular contact with federal law enforcement and cyber security professionals, and they are all working around the clock to ensure that Election 2020 is safe, secure, and free from outside interference.”Read more
Scammers seize on US election, but it's not votes they want
It didn’t exist -- a clue the email was a phishing scam from swindlers trying to exploit the U.S. presidential election as a way to steal peoples' personal information. It’s not votes they’re after, but to win a voter's trust, personal information and maybe a bank routing number. Online grifters regularly shift tactics to fit current events, whether they are natural disasters, a pandemic or an election, according to Small. Now, the final weeks of a contentious election are giving scammers yet another opportunity to strike. And don’t reveal personal information over the phone.
What does the 2019 FBI crime report really mean for Detroit?
DETROIT – According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s crime in the United States report, violent crimes are down three percent year-to-year. Detroit still has the highest violent crime rate of any major U.S. city. READ: More Detroit crime coverageHe said it’s on the city’s east side. He said the high crime numbers are related to gangs and drugs. Police departments report their number of violent crimes to the FBI.
Hear from mother targeted with violent, racial threats by man she met through Taylor church program
INKSTER, Mich. – A terrorizing message was sent to an Inkster mother last July. READ: Man pleads guilty to threatening Taylor woman due to her raceThe Facebook page the message came from had two friends. Sunset Church of Christ in Taylor did not shut down due to the threat. Wyatt pleaded guilty Wednesday to intentionally threatening physical harm to a woman to obstruct her free exercise of religion. His mother told police that Wyatt was angry that the church tried to council him on his drug use.
FBI director says antifa is an ideology, not an organization
(Chip Somodevilla/Pool via AP)WASHINGTON – FBI Director Chris Wray told lawmakers Thursday that antifa is an ideology, not an organization, delivering testimony that puts him at odds with President Donald Trump, who has said he would designate it a terror group. Hours after the hearing, Trump took to Twitter to chastise his FBI director for his statements on antifa and on Russian election interference, two themes that dominated a congressional hearing on threats to the American homeland. Trump tweeted that the U.S. would be designating antifa as a terrorist organization, even though such designations are historically reserved for foreign groups and antifa lacks the hierarchical structure of formal organizations. The FBI director said racially motivated violent extremists, such as white supremacists, have been responsible for the most lethal attacks in the U.S. in recent years. He responded on that front Thursday evening, tweeting: “But Chris, you don’t see any activity from China, even though it is a FAR greater threat than Russia, Russia, Russia.
FBI offers $10,000 reward in Detroit shooting that killed 2 parents, injured 3 children on July Fourth
DETROIT – The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of any suspects involved in a quintuple shooting that occurred in Detroit on July Fourth. Three unknown vehicles allegedly drove past the family’s vehicle while in the 8300 block of Homer Street in Detroit. Maybe a 2014 GMC Arcadia, a Burgundy Chevrolet Malibu and a darker color SUV, drove past. The children involved in the incident are doing well and being cared for by family members, according to Gonzales. Anyone with any information can contact the FBI’s Detroit office at 313-965-2323 or can submit a tip to the FBI online here.
Police return to Canton cemetery to collect DNA samples, working to identify homicide victims
CANTON, Mich. Police returned to a cemetery on Tuesday where theyve already dug up several bodies in hopes of solving past homicides. Its phase three of Operation United. Sky 4 was over the scene in Canton on Tuesday at the Knollwood Memorial Park as police oversaw the digging up of unidentified remains in an effort to identify victims of homicide. READ: Operation United aims to ID bodies connected to cold casesThe operation started in the spring of 2019. READ: Police dig up bodies at Plymouth cemetery in attempt to identify Detroit homicide victims
Detroit police want help identifying armed carjacking suspect
DETROIT – The Federal Bureau of Investigation and Detroit Police Department are asking the public to help identify a carjacking suspect. Police said an unidentified man approached a woman outside a BP gas station at 4125 W 8 Mile Road, near the intersection of 8 Mile Road and Livernois Avenue on July 30 at 9:15 a.m. The man pointed a handgun at the victim and demanded the keys to her car, police said. The suspect pointed a gun at the other person’s head and demanded his car keys. He was wearing a black hoodie, black pants and a black face mask.
McConnell: No room for new FBI building in virus aid bill
FILE - In this Nov. 1, 2017, file photo, traffic along Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington streaks past the Federal Bureau of Investigation headquarters building. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell told reporters he opposes inclusion of the FBI money and all other measures not related to the government's response to the virus. More than 150,000 Americans have died from coronavirus, millions are unemployed ... and Mitch McConnell and Donald Trump are more concerned about protecting Trump Hotel. "Some of the Virginia people want to build in Virginia and Maryland Democrats want the new FBI building built there,'' he said Tuesday before McConnell spoke, citing an earlier, failed proposal to move the FBI building from downtown Washington. Senate Judiciary Chairman Lindsey Graham said he did not know why money for the FBI building was included in the virus relief bill.
What Detroit police are doing to keep protests peaceful
DETROIT Thousands took to the streets in Michigan over the weekend to protest police brutality following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis last week. Not because it was broken into during three nights of protests, but a preventative measure in case because the city knows the nights of unrest are not over. READ: Detroit police say outsiders coming to city to turn protests into chaosFor the most part in Detroit, that has not happened because Detroit police and the FBI have teamed up to identify groups who came into town to incident violence. READ: Detroit curfew extended after protesters armed with railroad spikes, fireworks concealed in boxes target officersAs other cities burned, and police departments around the country stood down -- Detroit ramped things up by implementing an 8 p.m. curfew. They could see when the sun went down, true protesters went home and outside instigators took to the streets.
Ypsilanti engineer accused of sending confidential information to Iran
DETROIT According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, millions of dollars of aerospace trade secrets were sent from Metro Detroit to Iran. The FBI claims Hasanzadeh lied about being an Iranian military veteran in order to immigrate into the United States. According to the court documents, Hasanzadeh is a hardware engineer and a visiting scholar at the University of Michigan. In 2015, Hasanzadeh was hired at a Metro Detroit company that serves defense, aerospace and auto industries. The FBI claims to have found thousands of the companys documents stored on Michigans cloud storage.
FBI wants to monitor social media for domestic threats in real time
The U.S. government needs "real-time access to a full range of social media exchanges" to better fight terrorist groups and domestic threats, the FBI said in its request for bids, which was first reported by the Wall Street Journal. This is not the first time the FBI has sought access to a wide array of social media data. In 2016, the agency announced it had hired the social media analysis company Dataminr to allow law enforcement to "search the complete Twitter firehose, in near real-time, using customizable filters." Social media platforms routinely provide data to law enforcement on specific individuals. Facebook declined to comment, but referred CNN Business to its existing app developer policies, which prohibit Facebook users' information from being shared with "unauthorized" parties.
Report: FBI, U.S. Olympic Committee 'fundamentally failed' to protect athletes from Nassar's abuse
A new congressional report claims organizations like the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the U.S. Olympic Committee failed the athletes who were abused by imprisoned former sports physician Larry Nassar, according to NBC News. The report said those organizations "fundamentally failed" to protect athletes. The report stated that between the summer of 2015 and September 2016, Olympic organizations knew of Nassar's abuse and concealed it, leading to the abuse of dozens of other athletes. The report also stated that neither the FBI nor the USOC notified Michigan State University, where Nassar worked. It also said MSU had opportunities to put an end to Nassar's abuse and did not.
3 Flint men charged in conspiracy to rob marijuana grow operation
The men named in the federal indictment include Paul Drinkwine, Justin Cooper, and John Williams. DETROIT - An indictment was unsealed Monday charging three Flint men with conspiring to rob a Sanilac County marijuana grow operation, announced U.S. Attorney Matthew Schneider. The men named in the federal indictment include Paul Drinkwine, Justin Cooper, and John Williams. The indictment alleges that on Nov. 19, 2017 the defendants and others travelled from Flint to a residence in Sanilac County in order steal marijuana and marijuana proceeds. The indictment also alleges that the men covered their faces, put on gloves, and brandished firearms as they approached the home.
FBI renews push for tips in 1996 death of young woman in Highland Park
HIGHLAND PARK, Mich. - An unidentified young woman was discovered dead in an alleyway in Highland Park on May 20, 1996. Her clothing is described as a white shirt with yellow and black print smiley faces, white skirt, white socks with low-cut, black and white gym shoes. According to the FBI, she had type O blood and her fingernails were painted purple and her toenails painted pink. If you have any information, contact Detective Kelly Dupuis, with the Highland Park Police Department, at 313-252-0050 (extension 320). You can also contact the FBI ViCAP at 800-634-4097.