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It is a sad day....

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Today the world lost a fine Patroller and an even better man. Sam was a great patroller. He was the first Snowboard patroller at Seven Springs and set the standard by which all others are judged. I watched him grow from a nervous kid to one of the best patrollers I have ever had the pleasure of working beside. Rest peacefully Sam....

http://www.post-gazette.com/pg/08324/929035-100.stm

An FBI agent was shot and killed early this morning as he and at least one other officer were attempting to serve an arrest warrant in Indiana Township. He was identified today as Special Agent Samuel Hicks.
FBI spokesman Bill Crowley said the agent who was killed was not alone as he attempted to serve the warrant around 6 a.m. at a home in the 100 block of Woods Run Road, near the Middle Road Volunteer Fire Department headquarters and a township park that contains several soccer fields.

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Mr. Crowley said Agent Hicks was pronounced dead at UPMC St. Margaret Hospital.
Michael A. Rodriguez, agent in charge of the Pittsburgh FBI office, said Agent Hicks joined the FBI in March 2007 and was assigned to Pittsburgh in August 2007.
He said Agent Hicks, 33, who is survived by his wife, Brooke, and 3-year-old son, had been a Baltimore police officer and a school teacher before joining the FBI. He is a Western Pennsylvania native and a 1999 biology graduate of the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. He is the first FBI agent to be killed in the line of duty in the Pittsburgh area. Three other agents who were Pittsburgh-area natives were killed in the line of duty elsewhere.
Agent Hicks, of Richland, was a member of a multijurisdictional drug task force that was out this morning serving warrants. A possible suspect in the shooting, identified as Robert Korbe, was in custody.
As he was being led from the Allegheny County Police headquarters this afternoon, Mr. Korbe told reporters, "They shot their own guy. I didn't shoot him."
Mr. Korbe was among 35 people being sought today for alleged conspiracy to distribute cocaine and crack cocaine, according to a federal indictment unsealed today.
The suspects are to have their initial appearances in federal court today.
Court records show Mr. Korbe has a criminal record stretching back 17 years.
He was arrested by Pittsburgh police in September 1991 on drug, criminal trespass and a weapons charges. He pleaded guilty and was given two years probation.
In Sept. 1995, he was arrested by Allegheny County police on multiple drug charges. He pleaded guilty the following year and received three years probation on one case and five years on another.
Most recently, in August, he waived to court charges of aggravated assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief, resisting arrest, escape, disorderly conduct, and possession and possession with intent to deliver cocaine. The charges were filed by Sharpsburg police in connection with an incident in May in which Mr. Korbe fought with officers from several departments and seriously injured the shoulder of an Etna officer, who remains off duty.
During the attempt to restrain Mr. Korbe, which included his being hit twice with a Taser, a bag of cocaine fell out of his pants. Four more bags were found on him after his arrest, totaling about five ounces of the drug, police said.
Mr Korbe, who runs Deluxe Car Care and D&J Variety Store on Main Street in Sharpsburg, was free on $25,000 bond and was scheduled for formal arraignment on those charges tomorrow.
Also arrested in the roundup today was Nadine Russo, who was shot by local boxer Paul Spadafora, the father of her child, in 2003.
Speaking to reporters outside the FBI's Pittsburgh office on the South Side, an obviously pained Agent Rodriguez said Agent Hicks was part of a team of FBI agents, DEA agents and local officers who were executing federal search warrants associated with a violent drug distribution ring operating throughout the Pittsburgh area.
"As the head of the FBI office in Pittsburgh, this is the most tragic information to relay to any spouse, child, parent or colleague," Agent Rodriquez read from a prepared statement. "Special Agent Hicks made the ultimate sacrifice that any law enforcement officer makes for his country.
"He served with honor and bravery and will be greatly missed by his colleagues here in Pittsburgh and throughout the FBI."
Flanked by other officials from the FBI, DEA and county police, Mr. Rodriquez concluded his brief statement and took no questions.
More details in tomorrow's Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.
First published on November 19, 2008 at 6:55 am
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I grew up not too far from this area...so sorry about the tragic loss of your friend, Springs. +++++ to you and his family, and friends.
post #3 of 18
Oh, no. I'm am so sorry. I'll keep him, his family and all those who loved him in my thoughts and prayers.
post #4 of 18
Sorry about the loss for the 7 Springs community. A young law enforcement officer losing his life in service is tragic. His family's loss is indescribable. We had a motorcycle police officer here killed last week. A number of us motorcyclists will be in a procession for his funeral tomorrow. A sad event. They expect nearly 1000 bikers to pay tribute.

Looks like you are opening on Friday.
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They let a guy who may have shot and killed an FBI agent free on $25K bond? Puzzling.
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They let a guy who may have shot and killed an FBI agent free on $25K bond? Puzzling.

I'm a bail bondsman. There is no way this guy would get any bail if he was charged with killing someone. The only thing I can think of was that he was out on bail for some other charge. With that much coke his bail is going to go up quite a bit.


My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
post #7 of 18
Just watched this report on the 6 o'clock news. Very sad indeed. Wasn't aware of the 7 Springs connection. Thanks for posting that.
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I'm a bail bondsman. There is no way this guy would get any bail if he was charged with killing someone. The only thing I can think of was that he was out on bail for some other charge. With that much coke his bail is going to go up quite a bit.


My thoughts and prayers are with his family.
This is absolutely horrible. Condolences to his wife and young child.

Lars, I'm sorry to veer this thread off the proper track of expressing sorrow for a horrible tragedy, but reading that article made me mad as hell.

I think the only explanation about the release on bond is that HE was released on bond but SHE, the one being charged with the murder, isn't mentioned as being released or not. I would think, however, that HE could be charged in the murder as an accessory. Wouldn't that be true?

And how in the world did this guy manage to plead GUILTY to THREE (not one, not two, but THREE) different arrests on drug charges and get probation every single time? I don't know much about the criminal process, but does this make sense?

Would this offense be subject to capital punishment if she's eventually convicted?
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And how in the world did this guy manage to plead GUILTY to THREE (not one, not two, but THREE) different arrests on drug charges and get probation every single time? I don't know much about the criminal process, but does this make sense?
My sentiments exactly. No wonder he has no respect for the law; he seems to have been able to resist arrest, fight with officers, pretty whatever he wanted, and all he got was probation.
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This is absolutely horrible. Condolences to his wife and young child.

Lars, I'm sorry to veer this thread off the proper track of expressing sorrow for a horrible tragedy, but reading that article made me mad as hell.

I think the only explanation about the release on bond is that HE was released on bond but SHE, the one being charged with the murder, isn't mentioned as being released or not. I would think, however, that HE could be charged in the murder as an accessory. Wouldn't that be true?

And how in the world did this guy manage to plead GUILTY to THREE (not one, not two, but THREE) different arrests on drug charges and get probation every single time? I don't know much about the criminal process, but does this make sense?

Would this offense be subject to capital punishment if she's eventually convicted?
? Lars?
post #11 of 18
This is heart wrenching.
Thoughts and prayers to those in his circle.
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? Lars?
Senior moment?

I don't know why, but I thought you put up the original post. Sorry.
post #13 of 18
Very, very sad...

Puts everything in perspective, doesn't it?

My heart aches for his family and friends.
post #14 of 18
Thoughts and prayers sent.

wow!
post #15 of 18
prayers too

wow too
post #16 of 18
I am quite sure he was as anxious about the Springs opening as the rest of us are with our openings. I know the area got a couple of hours of snow a few nights ago....bet his thoughts were with ours...we will be skiing soon.

His boy will never get his first turns this year with dad.....this makes me very, very sad. I will think about this young man and his son all season long, especially when I am with my own 3yr old. This will also energize me when I am teaching kids this yr.....some of them may not have fathers.

SS Instructors or patrollers....if there is a connection to the family/widow, maybe in Feb or March it would be great if someone can get this kid on skis one day this season. I am sure mom would greatly appreciate it.
post #17 of 18
This was on the national news this morning, and I actually found myself sobbing.
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Originally Posted by Bob Peters View Post
This is absolutely horrible. Condolences to his wife and young child.

Lars, I'm sorry to veer this thread off the proper track of expressing sorrow for a horrible tragedy, but reading that article made me mad as hell.

I think the only explanation about the release on bond is that HE was released on bond but SHE, the one being charged with the murder, isn't mentioned as being released or not. I would think, however, that HE could be charged in the murder as an accessory. Wouldn't that be true?

And how in the world did this guy manage to plead GUILTY to THREE (not one, not two, but THREE) different arrests on drug charges and get probation every single time? I don't know much about the criminal process, but does this make sense?

Would this offense be subject to capital punishment if she's eventually convicted?
I'm not sure what drug charges he had in the past but depending on the amount he could have gotten very little jail time.

The only charge that can warrant capital punishment is first degree murder (intentional killing w/ malice,deliberation, and premeditation) and I think in this case they may be hard pressed to find her on that. According to news reports the woman thought that she shot a home intruder and was apparently on the phone with a 911 operator at the time. Whether that is believable or not is up to the jury. However since she was most likely in the act of a felony (drugs) at the time, they can charge her with felony murder which could end up bumping any charge she gets to either first or second degree murder. In PA, we also have 3rd degree murder (involuntary manslaughter elsewhere) so they have quite a few options to decide. But I'm just a first year law student so take my words for what they're worth.

This is certainly sad, sad, somber story and my prayers go out to SA Hicks' family.
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