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April 15, 2009 | Associated Press
A U.S. Army sergeant, his face lighted by the muzzle flash of his rifle, chased his squad leader at their base in Iraq until the man fell, then stood over him and fired two shots into him, a soldier in their unit testified at a military court hearing Tuesday. Staff Sgt. John Dresel said he saw Sgt. Joseph Bozicevich, 39, of Minneapolis kill a fellow team leader in his unit, Sgt. Wesley Durbin, and their squad leader, Staff Sgt. Darris Dawson.
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January 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A Marine staff sergeant at Camp Pendleton has received a Silver Star for bravery and leadership in Afghanistan during an ambush by Taliban fighters. After his squad leader was downed by enemy fire, Timothy Williams took command, leading a counterattack, killing five Taliban and rescuing the wounded squad leader. Williams dashed 60 meters to Jason Pennock and then "exposed himself to accurate enemy fire yet again when he carried the wounded Marine over 300 yards of uneven terrain to the medical evacuation platform.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Camp Pendleton -- Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich shot five Iraqi men without provocation, then asked a Marine to lie to investigators and say the five were slain by Iraqi soldiers while trying to run away, according to testimony Wednesday from a Marine who was in Wuterich's squad. Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz, a corporal at the time of the 2005 shooting, testified that he saw Wuterich shoot the five after they had been ordered out of a car near the site of a roadside bomb explosion that had just killed one Marine and injured two others.
OPINION
July 28, 2013 | By Bob Sipchen
Along with barked orders and the whine of chain saws, the clank of steel on rock was certainly one of the sounds that rose from a hillside near Yarnell, Ariz., last month as clouds of superheated smoke roiled the sky, portending a tragedy. One morning a dozen years ago, I heard an opportunity in that sound. "Hold up a second," I said. My son Rob, 12 at the time, gave me a withering look and kept stomping on the pedals of his mountain bike. It was pushing 90 degrees in the Southern California foothills that spill from forested mountains into San Bernardino, and Rob had no interest in losing our plodding upward momentum.
WORLD
August 18, 2004 | From Times Wire Reports
Former Haitian death squad leader Louis-Jodel Chamblain, a leader of rebels who forced President Jean-Bertrand Aristide out of power in February, was cleared of murder charges after a brief retrial in Port-au-Prince. The United States said it was "deeply concerned" over the acquittal of Chamblain and former police official Jackson Joannis in the 1993 killing of democracy activist Antoine Izmery. The two had been convicted in absentia but were eligible for retrial upon their return.
NEWS
July 21, 1991 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Attackers firing submachine guns killed feared Colombian right-wing death squad leader Henry Perez and six others during a religious procession in a northern Colombian town, police sources said. Two of the assassins were themselves shot dead, the sources said. Perez, leader of peasant self-defense groups in central Colombia, was slain as he watched the procession of the Virgin del Carmen in Puerto Boyaca, 90 miles northwest of the capital Bogota.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 23, 2007 | Tony Perry, Times Staff Writer
Sgt. Mitchell Janicki, his face grimy with dirt and sweat, is explaining the rigors of the 45-day course meant to determine if an enlisted Marine has the makings of a squad leader. Janicki, 22, of Grand Rapids, Mich., is determined to return to Iraq as the leader of an infantry squad of 12 enlisted Marines. On this day, students are being put through realistic scenarios in the parched hills of the sprawling base. "They run us ragged, but it's good," Janicki said.
NEWS
November 15, 1998 | TONY PERRY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The combat may be simulated but the high-stress demand for decisive action amid confusion, complexity and danger is real. For the first time, the Marine Corps is using computer-assisted simulations and clips from television news coverage of war-torn Bosnia and the movie "Full Metal Jacket" about Marines in Vietnam to teach corporals and sergeants how to exert leadership in combat.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2011 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Heather Dennis first saw him rolling up to the Dutch Bros. Coffee house, his music shrieking out the car window. Dutch Bros. was where everybody young in Redding, at the northern tip of California's Central Valley, hung out. Heather, just 18, was sitting in her truck with her friends listening to her own music. "I yelled at him, 'If I wanted to hear your music, I'd just come over and sit in your car,' " she said. After that encounter in July 2008, they were together every evening until Preston J. Dennis joined the Army and started basic training later that year.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2010 | By Tony Perry
A Marine from Camp Pendleton, convicted of murdering an unarmed Iraqi civilian, has a job waiting with the sheriff's department in his hometown in Massachusetts once he is released, a Navy parole board was told Wednesday. The Plymouth County sheriff submitted a letter to the Naval Clemency and Parole Board that he plans to hire Lawrence Hutchins III as an emergency medical technician. Hutchins grew up in Plymouth and his brother, Kurt, is a deputy sheriff. "I am confident that based on Private Hutchins' demonstrated record of accomplishment prior to his offense, and his strong network of support, that if he is released on parole, he will be an asset to this office and to the community," wrote Sheriff Joseph McDonald Jr. Hutchins is serving an 11-year sentence at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., for the 2006 killing in Hamandiya, west of Baghdad.
WORLD
June 8, 2013 | By Alexandra Sandels and Jeffrey Fleishman, Los Angeles Times
BEIRUT - He sits on a couch in an inconspicuous building in a southern suburb of Beirut. A baseball cap pulled down low, his eyes twitching, Hassan, a Hezbollah squad leader, describes killing more than 20 men in three weeks in the Syrian town of Qusair. "It was a street war. We went from room to room, from house to house, from window to window," said Hassan, who is in his late 30s and sports a light beard. "It was guerrilla warfare with gangs, not a war with a traditional army....
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 12, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Camp Pendleton -- Marine Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich shot five Iraqi men without provocation, then asked a Marine to lie to investigators and say the five were slain by Iraqi soldiers while trying to run away, according to testimony Wednesday from a Marine who was in Wuterich's squad. Sgt. Sanick P. Dela Cruz, a corporal at the time of the 2005 shooting, testified that he saw Wuterich shoot the five after they had been ordered out of a car near the site of a roadside bomb explosion that had just killed one Marine and injured two others.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2012 | By Tony Perry, Los Angeles Times
A former Marine testified Tuesday that he and other Marines were justified in breaking into a home in Iraq and killing everyone inside after their squad leader told them the house was to be treated as "hostile. " Stephen Tatum, testifying under immunity, said that after their superior, Staff Sgt. Frank Wuterich, labeled the home "hostile," there was no need to ask questions to distinguish between combatants and noncombatants before killing those inside with M-16 fire and grenades.
NATIONAL
August 5, 2011 | By Kim Murphy, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash. A young Army gunner who had begged his father for help in stopping a renegade U.S. "kill team" targeting civilians for sport pleaded guilty Friday to manslaughter, becoming the eighth member of his platoon to be convicted in the most serious war crimes case arising from the Afghanistan campaign. He was sentenced to just three years in prison after his lawyer said he was terrorized into cooperating by a squad leader who was "a monster.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 19, 2011 | By Gale Holland, Los Angeles Times
Heather Dennis first saw him rolling up to the Dutch Bros. Coffee house, his music shrieking out the car window. Dutch Bros. was where everybody young in Redding, at the northern tip of California's Central Valley, hung out. Heather, just 18, was sitting in her truck with her friends listening to her own music. "I yelled at him, 'If I wanted to hear your music, I'd just come over and sit in your car,' " she said. After that encounter in July 2008, they were together every evening until Preston J. Dennis joined the Army and started basic training later that year.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 4, 2010 | By Harriet Ryan
An Army bomb squad leader who served in Iraq is accusing the makers of the Academy Award-nominated movie "The Hurt Locker" of stealing his identity, cheating him out of box-office profits and falsely portraying him as "a reckless, gung-ho war addict." In a federal suit filed Tuesday in New Jersey, Master Sgt. Jeffrey S. Sarver claimed he was the model for the film's protagonist and even coined the title phrase in describing his life detonating improvised explosive devices. The suit accuses screenwriter Mark Boal, director Kathryn Bigelow and others of defamation, invasion of privacy, fraud and other counts.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2009 | Tony Perry
A Marine sergeant was demoted to lance corporal Wednesday and given a 150-day suspended jail sentence for his role in the killing of unarmed Iraqi prisoners. In exchange for a guilty plea to dereliction of duty, prosecutors dropped a murder charge against Jermaine Nelson, 28. Nelson told the court-martial judge at Camp Pendleton that he killed a prisoner during the battle for Fallouja in November 2004 on the orders of his squad leader. A psychiatrist testified that Nelson now suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 11, 2014 | By Tony Perry
A Marine staff sergeant at Camp Pendleton has received a Silver Star for bravery and leadership in Afghanistan during an ambush by Taliban fighters. After his squad leader was downed by enemy fire, Timothy Williams took command, leading a counterattack, killing five Taliban and rescuing the wounded squad leader. Williams dashed 60 meters to Jason Pennock and then "exposed himself to accurate enemy fire yet again when he carried the wounded Marine over 300 yards of uneven terrain to the medical evacuation platform.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 7, 2010 | By Tony Perry
A Marine from Camp Pendleton, convicted of murdering an unarmed Iraqi civilian, has a job waiting with the sheriff's department in his hometown in Massachusetts once he is released, a Navy parole board was told Wednesday. The Plymouth County sheriff submitted a letter to the Naval Clemency and Parole Board that he plans to hire Lawrence Hutchins III as an emergency medical technician. Hutchins grew up in Plymouth and his brother, Kurt, is a deputy sheriff. "I am confident that based on Private Hutchins' demonstrated record of accomplishment prior to his offense, and his strong network of support, that if he is released on parole, he will be an asset to this office and to the community," wrote Sheriff Joseph McDonald Jr. Hutchins is serving an 11-year sentence at Ft. Leavenworth, Kan., for the 2006 killing in Hamandiya, west of Baghdad.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 1, 2009 | Tony Perry
A Marine sergeant was demoted to lance corporal Wednesday and given a 150-day suspended jail sentence for his role in the killing of unarmed Iraqi prisoners. In exchange for a guilty plea to dereliction of duty, prosecutors dropped a murder charge against Jermaine Nelson, 28. Nelson told the court-martial judge at Camp Pendleton that he killed a prisoner during the battle for Fallouja in November 2004 on the orders of his squad leader. A psychiatrist testified that Nelson now suffers from post-traumatic stress syndrome.
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