July 25, 2012 |
FT. BRAGG, N.C. -- Sgt. Adam Holcomb bombarded Danny Chen, a shy, 19-year-old Army private, with racial slurs and bloodied Chen's back by dragging him across rocky ground for disobeying a platoon rule, several former members of Holcomb's platoon testified at his court-martial Wednesday. Military prosecutors elicited the testimony in the second day of the proceedings to buttress charges that Holcomb hazed and hounded Chen, a Chinese American, into committing suicide at a remote combat outpost in Afghanistan on Oct. 3. Holcomb, one of eight soldiers charged in connection with Chen's death, faces charges of negligent homicide, assault, reckless endangerment and other counts. Holcomb, 30, is the first to face court-martial in a case that has focused renewed attention on allegations of hazing and racism in the Army, where Asian Americans are a distinct minority.
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July 1, 2012 |
Multi-star generals attended his Arlington National Cemetery funeral. His name adorns a fighter jet. His words echo in the halls of Congress. Since Marine Sgt. William C. Stacey, age 23, was killed Jan. 31 on a remote hillside inAfghanistan'sHelmand province, a letter he wrote to his family has gained much attention from politicians and the news media. "It's quoted by liberals, conservatives and generals and people across the political spectrum. They use it in different ways.
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June 23, 2012 |
It happened so quickly, according to a report by prosecutors: A shot, a flash and a struggle as two Santa Maria police sergeants tried to subdue an officer they were trying to arrest. Alberto Covarrubias Jr. knew he was under investigation for an alleged sexual relationship with a 17-year-old girl. While working a DUI checkpoint, he backed away from the two sergeants who had come to arrest him, fired a shot, and, in the fight that followed, was fatally wounded by fellow officer Matthew Kline - the best man at Covarrubias' wedding just three weeks earlier.
June 10, 2012 |
Sgt. 1st Class Walter Taylor's life collapsed in four interminable seconds in a dusty field in central Afghanistan. His convoy was reeling from a roadside bomb, his fellow soldiers were engaged in combat with insurgents - and a mysterious black car had just screeched to a stop in the middle of the firefight. Some nine minutes later, a black door opens. Second 1: A figure dressed in dark, bulky clothing emerges. Second 2: The figure begins walking toward the trunk.
June 1, 2012 |
JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - Army Sgt. John M. Russell declined to enter a plea at his arraignment Friday on charges of killing five fellow service members at a combat stress clinic in Iraq, as defense lawyers pushed for new psychological evaluations that could help forestall the death penalty. At a hearing in a small courtroom at the base where Russell is being held, defense attorneys argued that Russell should be transferred temporarily to Pennsylvania to allow a full evaluation by Dr. Robert Sadoff, one of the nation's premier experts in forensic psychiatry.
May 17, 2012
ART English musician Will Sergeant is famous for being the guitarist in the darkly melodic Liverpool rock band, Echo & the Bunnymen. Now he's turned his attention to art, opening his first major United States exhibition, "My Own Worst Enemy," at the Substrate Fine Art Gallery. Abstract paintings, collages and screen prints open a window on this brash entertainer's inner vision. Substrate Fine Art Gallery, 709 N. Ridgewood Place, L.A. 7 p.m. to 11 p.m. Fri. Free. (323) 833-6459; facebook.com./substratefineartgallery.
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April 26, 2012 |
SAN DIEGO - A Marine sergeant who criticized President Obama on Facebook was notified Wednesday that he is being dismissed from the service with an other-than-honorable discharge. Gary Stein, 26, a nine-year veteran who served in Iraq, will be demoted to lance corporal, and his discharge status will make him ineligible for most federal veterans benefits, after Brig. Gen. Daniel Yoo accepted the unanimous recommendation of an Administrative Separation Board. The panel found that he made disparaging comments about Obama that were detrimental to good order and discipline and violated military law. Civilian lawyers for Stein said they would continue to fight in federal court to prevent Stein from being dismissed or to win his reinstatement.
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March 28, 2012 |
New allegations of misconduct within the Los Angeles County Sheriff's air division emerged Tuesday, with the unit's captain accusing a supervisor there of flying with his relatives in a county helicopter. Capt. Louis Duran's public revelation at a Board of Supervisors meeting stunned many in attendance and was interrupted by the county's attorney, who suggested that the captain's disclosure touched on pending litigation and should be discussed in private. Duran's outburst comes amid allegations that his division intentionally missed emergency calls for help to bolster the case for more funding and overpaid a private contractor almost $11 million for unneeded work and equipment.
March 26, 2012 |
In her first media interview, Karilyn Bales - wife of the Army staff sergeant accused of murdering 17 Afghan civilians - says it's hard for her to believe her husband could have committed the killings. She also says she didn't notice behavior indicating that he could be suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder. “This is not him. It's not him,” she told NBC's "Today" show in an interview near her home in Washington state. She described the 38-year-old soldier as a man who loved children and who wanted to avoid further combat deployments in order to spend more time with his own two kids.
March 18, 2012 |
The U.S. Army sergeant suspected in the deadly shooting rampage that left 16 Afghan civilians dead had been passed over for promotion and appeared to face mounting financial troubles on the eve of his last deployment to Afghanistan, according to accounts from neighbors and his wife's blog. Neighbors in the communities around Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, where Staff Sgt. Robert Bales lived with his wife and two children, said Bales had left a house in the town of Auburn abandoned after buying another home and failed to pay homeowners association dues on the deteriorating structure despite repeated demands.