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March 15, 1999
Floyd B. Barrus, a retired special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, died March 8 at Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks. He was 83. Barrus was born March 7, 1916, in Fairview, Wyo., where he was raised on a ranch. Barrus worked as a page in the U. S. Senate and also served as a special agent for the FBI for more than 30 years. His work took him to Boston, San Francisco, Sacramento and elsewhere. He also served in the Marines.
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October 25, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
An Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent shot Friday near Sacramento was assisting local police in apprehending a wanted parolee, authorities said. The suspect, Sammy Duran, remained at large Friday evening, but authorities said they have him contained in a Roseville neighborhood, said Lt. Cal Walstadt of the Roseville Police Department. Roseville Police Department officials said Duran was barricaded in a house alone and officers were communicating with him by telephone. Two Roseville Police Department officers were injured by shrapnel during a gun battle, Walstadt said.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 6, 1988 | JOHN SPANO, Times Staff Writer
A supervisory special agent for the Los Angeles office of the Immigration and Naturalization Service has been indicted on charges of perjury, the first INS special agent in memory to be charged with a crime. The federal grand jury indictment of Alvaro A. Bracamonte, 56, of Huntington Beach was released Thursday. No decision has been made on Bracamonte's job status, pending the outcome of the criminal charge, according to William Carroll, deputy director of the INS Los Angeles district.
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October 25, 2013 | By Stephen Ceasar
Authorities are searching for a man who shot an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent Friday afternoon near Sacramento. The special agent, who was not identified, was shot about 3 p.m. while working with investigators from the Roseville Police Department, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The agent was taken to a hospital and was in stable condition, the agency said. The gunman fled and remained at large Friday afternoon. Roseville is about 18 miles from Sacramento.
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January 9, 2003 | From Staff and Wire Reports
William Gore, FBI special agent in charge of the San Diego office, will retire at the end of January and become chief of investigations for the San Diego County district attorney's office.
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April 8, 2007 | Kelly-Anne Suarez, Allentown Morning Call
Special Agent Barry Lee Bush loved his job. He reveled in the challenges crime scenes presented and took pride in what he managed to extricate from them, fellow FBI Agent Jeff Lanza said. Nearly a decade after the 1998 bombing of the U.S. Embassy in Nairobi, Kenya, Bush still told Lanza stories about his work scavenging the Nairobi offices of the Mercy International Relief Agency, a Saudi Arabian charity with strong ties to Al Qaeda.
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June 16, 1991 | RONALD L. SOBLE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
When Larry Lawler arrived from Minneapolis in April, 1988, to take over the FBI's Los Angeles office, he found the nation's third largest bureau battered by an espionage scandal, discrimination allegations and agents despondent over low pay. "Morale was pretty low," Lawler said in an interview last week in his office in the Federal Building in Westwood. What's more, things got worse.
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June 21, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
The gig: Leading the fight against Medicare fraud in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, Glenn Ferry is special agent in charge for the Los Angeles regional office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general. Scene of the crime: Ferry's first brush with crime-fighting came at age 7. On a trip to the grocery store with his mother in the Philadelphia suburbs, they stumbled upon a robbery in progress. Within seconds, the police arrived and gunshots were shattering glass.
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October 9, 1993 | JULIE TAMAKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The FBI has launched a preliminary civil rights investigation into the death of a Bakersfield man who was shot and killed by an off-duty IRS agent after a traffic dispute on the Golden State Freeway in Arleta in July. A spokesman for the Department of Justice confirmed this week that his agency requested the investigation into the shooting of Mickey Jay Smith after a complaint filed with the department. FBI spokesman John Hoos said the investigation was opened Sept.
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December 1, 1987
A Los Angeles Secret Service official has been named special agent in charge of the Spokane, Wash., office of the U.S. Secret Service, the agency announced Monday. Neil J. Goodman, 45, who was assistant to the special agent of the agency's Los Angeles office, succeeds Tim Trombly, who has headed the Spokane office for nine years and has been named special agent in charge of the agency's office in Grand Rapids, Mich.
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July 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A college student mistakenly left in a Drug Enforcement Administration interrogation room for five days will receive $4.1 million from the government in a settlement in advance of a lawsuit. The settlement was announced Tuesday in San Diego by the student, Daniel Chong, 25, and his lawyer, Eugene Iredale. "It was an accident, a really bad, horrible accident," said Chong, who added that he now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The bizarre event in April 2012 began when Chong, an engineering student at UC San Diego, went to a house near campus to smoke marijuana with friends and found himself swept up in a DEA raid.
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June 21, 2013 | Los Angeles Times
The gig: Leading the fight against Medicare fraud in Southern California, Nevada, Arizona and Hawaii, Glenn Ferry is special agent in charge for the Los Angeles regional office of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' inspector general. Scene of the crime: Ferry's first brush with crime-fighting came at age 7. On a trip to the grocery store with his mother in the Philadelphia suburbs, they stumbled upon a robbery in progress. Within seconds, the police arrived and gunshots were shattering glass.
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May 3, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Just before pulling the pistol he would use to shoot himself at Houston's George Bush Intercontinental Airport, Carnell Moore apparently tried to keep bystanders out of harm's way, authorities said. In a suicide note quoted by authorities Friday, Moore wrote: “The monster within me was getting stronger and while I could not save myself I could spare others.” The airport's Terminal B was closed down for about 10 hours Thursday after Moore, 29, a  maintenance worker from Beaumont, Texas, shot himself in the head as he was being approached by a Homeland Security agent in the ticketing area.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 24, 2013 | By Andrew Blankstein, Kate Mather and Richard Marosi
A phone tip, perhaps prompted by a $25,000 reward, led investigators to the man suspected in the kidnapping and assault of a 10-year-old Northridge girl, authorities said. Los Angeles Police Chief Charlie Beck said authorities received the information late Tuesday night about Tobias Dustin Summers, roughly three weeks after surveillance footage captured Summers crossing into Tecate, Mexico. Authorities then focused their search south of the border, he said, where the FBI offered a "highly publicized" $25,000 reward.
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March 29, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
An Orange County pharmacist who admitted to wiring $2,050 to Pakistan to be used to fund terrorist activities was sentenced Friday to five years in federal prison. Oytun Ayse Mihalik, 40, a Turkish national and permanent U.S. resident, pleaded guilty in August to one count of providing material support to terrorists after sending three money orders over a month in late 2010 and early 2011. Mihalik used a false name, “Cindy Palmer,” to send the funds, according to authorities.
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December 22, 2011 | By Richard A. Serrano, Washington Bureau
A reputed Mexican drug cartel leader was charged in the ambush slaying this year of a U.S. immigration officer in Mexico — a killing that set off a massive search for the assailants on both sides of the border. Julian Zapata Espinoza, an alleged chief with the Zetas cartel, pleaded not guilty in a brief court appearance Wednesday in the killing of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Special Agent Jaime Zapata on Feb. 15. He and another agent, who was wounded, were ambushed in their car by a convoy of vehicles in the Mexican state of San Luis Potosi.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 30, 2013 | By Tony Perry
A college student mistakenly left in a Drug Enforcement Administration interrogation room for five days will receive $4.1 million from the government in a settlement in advance of a lawsuit. The settlement was announced Tuesday in San Diego by the student, Daniel Chong, 25, and his lawyer, Eugene Iredale. "It was an accident, a really bad, horrible accident," said Chong, who added that he now suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder. The bizarre event in April 2012 began when Chong, an engineering student at UC San Diego, went to a house near campus to smoke marijuana with friends and found himself swept up in a DEA raid.
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August 12, 2011
John Wood Award-winning British actor John Wood, 81, a British actor who won a Tony Award in 1976 for his role in the Broadway production of Tom Stoppard's "Travesties," died Saturday in his sleep inEngland, his agent announced. Best known for his theater work in London and on Broadway, Wood was nominated for two more Tonys, as Guildenstern in Stoppard's "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead," which opened on Broadway in 1967, and as the title character in "Sherlock Holmes," a long-running revival of the 1899 drama that came to Broadway in 1974.
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June 14, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
Federal gun agents in Arizona -- convinced that "someone was going to die" when their agency allowed weapons sales to suspected Mexican drug traffickers -- made anguished pleas to be permitted to make arrests but were rebuffed, according to a new congressional report on the controversial law enforcement probe. Agents from the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives told congressional investigators that there was "a state of panic" that the guns used in the shooting of U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords in Tucson in January and two U.S. agents in Mexico a month later might have been sold under the U.S. surveillance operation.
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