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  • Myanmar military officer defects to Thailand(cannot fire at monks)

    10/04/2007 5:36:10 PM PDT · by TigerLikesRooster · 16 replies · 379+ views
    Myanmar military officer defects to Thailand Agence France-Presse BANGKOK (AFP) - A Myanmar military officer has fled to Thailand to seek asylum, apparently because he refused orders to attack Buddhist monks in anti-junta protests, a senior Thai intelligence official said Wednesday. Major Hla Win entered Thailand with help from a non-government organization, and he hopes to apply for asylum in Norway, the official told AFP. "He is not a senior general, but is mid-ranking," the official said. Hla Win's defection is the first known case of a military official fleeing the country since the junta last week ordered a crackdown...
  • Suburban St. Louis officer is fired after berating motorist

    09/21/2007 3:53:14 PM PDT · by LibWhacker · 39 replies · 724+ views | AP ^ | 9/21/07
    ST. GEORGE, Mo. -- A suburban St. Louis police officer whose berating of a motorist was captured on video has lost his job. Aldermen in the tiny town St. George voted 5-0 to fire Sgt. James Kuehnlein. The vote occurred Monday in a session closed to the public. Notice of the firing was posted Wednesday at City Hall. Motorist Brett Darrow, 20, had a video recorder inside his car. He was at a commuter lot near Interstate 55 in the early hours of Sept. 7 when the officer approached the car. In a video that got wide viewership on the...
  • Officer Accused Of Bragging Online About Using Taser Gun

    09/10/2007 2:10:41 AM PDT · by LibWhacker · 14 replies · 770+ views
    KPTV FOX12 ^ | 9/7/07
    PORTLAND, Ore. -- The Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office has launched an investigation into allegations that a local corrections deputy bragged about using a Taser gun on people in an Internet chat room. FOX 12’s news partner, the Portland Tribune, was the first to break this story. Now, authorities at the Justice Center Jail want to know if the same deputy, identified as David B. Thompson, also filed a false police report to cover up the beating of an inmate. Lt. Jason Gates of the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office said he is appalled at the alleged online comments of thecounty corrections...
  • Officer accused of slapping woman's behind

    08/23/2007 7:32:19 AM PDT · by Dysart · 23 replies · 686+ views
    Star-Telegram ^ | 8-23-07 | DEANNA BOYD
    FORT WORTH -- A Fort Worth police officer was arrested Wednesday on allegations that he slapped the rear of a woman he caught engaging in sexual conduct in a car in Oakhurst Park in June.Officer Craig Murrah, who has been with the department since 2001, was arrested on a warrant for "official oppression," a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to two years in a county jail and a fine of up to $4,000.Murrah is on restricted duty pending a review of the case by the Tarrant County district attorney's office. According to a news release by the Fort Worth...
  • USMA grad wants out of military

    07/17/2007 8:34:07 AM PDT · by T-Bird45 · 148 replies · 3,170+ views
    West Point — A 2004 West Point graduate who found God after graduation has turned to the courts to win approval for a conscientious objector discharge. Capt. Peter D. Brown, currently stationed at Camp Stryker in Iraq, has retained the help of the New York Civil Liberties Union to battle Uncle Sam. "Jesus taught that I should bless those who curse me and not fight back against evil with force," Brown wrote in court papers filed last week in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. "So instead of paying back others with force, I am supposed to love...
  • Feud turned deadly in N.H. ( cousin of famed skier Bode Miller )

    05/13/2007 6:12:10 AM PDT · by george76 · 148 replies · 4,430+ views
    boston globe ^ | May 13, 2007 | Michael Levenson and John M Guilfoil
    New Hampshire authorities said yesterday that they will not press charges against a former Marine who stepped into a deadly shooting and killed a 24-year-old high school dropout who had moments earlier fatally shot a police officer. The former Marine, Gregory W. Floyd, 49, was driving with his son along Route 116 in Franconia on Friday night when he saw Liko Kenney, 24, shoot Franconia Police Corporal Bruce McKay, 48, four times in the torso. After Kenney drove his Toyota Celica over McKay as the officer lay on the ground, Floyd grabbed the officer's service weapon and shot and killed...
  • Officer dies after Idaho shootings (likely gunman found dead, had ambushed courthouse late Saturday)

    05/20/2007 10:04:59 AM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 51 replies · 1,751+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 5/20/07 | John K. Wiley - ap
    MOSCOW, Idaho - An officer who was shot responding to a gunman spraying bullets at a courthouse died of his injuries Sunday, police said. Law enforcement officers stormed the church Sunday where the gunman hid after shooting three people, including the officer, in an ambush late Saturday, police said. They found the body of the likely gunman and another man, police said. The shooting also wounded another officer and a civilian, said David Duke, Moscow's assistant police chief. The name of the officer killed was not immediately released. Duke said the attack was apparently an ambush, with the shooter firing...
  • Liaison Officer Builds Cohesive Relationship

    05/11/2007 5:48:16 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 311+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Angela Scherbenske
    Egyptian major smoothes the way for task force in Africa. By Angela Scherbenske Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa CAMP LEMONIER, Djibouti, May 11, 2007 — Working to build a cohesive relationship with the host nation while at Camp Lemonier is the role of Egyptian liaison officer Maj. Osama Selim, a member of the Egyptian military who is temporarily assigned to CJTF-HOA. Selim said he supports the Combined Joint Task Force-Horn of Africa mission by providing the members here information and a professional perspective regarding the different African countries. “Major Selim’s ability to effectively communicate with the local population...
  • Army Officer Faces Charges of Aiding Enemy in Iraq

    04/26/2007 5:33:35 PM PDT · by SandRat · 17 replies · 566+ views
    WASHINGTON, April 26, 2007 – U.S. military officials in Iraq have charged an Army officer with aiding the enemy by providing an unmonitored cell phone to detainees, along with other crimes. Lt. Col. William H. Steele has been charged with offenses under four articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Officials emphasized that the charges constitute only an accusation of wrongdoing, and that Steele is presumed innocent unless and until he’s proven guilty in legal proceedings that follow. Officials allege that Steele aided the enemy by providing an unmonitored cellular phone to detainees between Oct. 1, 2005, and...
  • Officer sees hope in nation, troops

    04/06/2007 6:38:49 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 192+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — There is a cancer in Afghanistan, and democracy is its cure. That’s the view of Lt. Col. David Morrison, a military intelligence officer who recently returned from that nation and who worked there four years ago. Morrison said during an interview this week that the democratic chemotherapy is being administered by American, coalition and Afghan forces as they battle the Taliban cancer, an insidious tumor shrinking each day. As the cancer spreads, it works against the desire of the Afghan body politic. “It’s the Taliban and al Qaida who are trying to poison that co-existence,” Morrison said,...
  • Hennepin County / Parents sue over officer's death(MN)

    02/15/2007 2:55:41 PM PST · by Rakkasan1 · 16 replies · 700+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 2-15-07 | EMILY GURNON
    Ryan Hoeft was a rookie St. Louis Park cop on Nov. 6, 2001, when his handgun went off in his squad car, the bullet hitting his head and killing him. The Hennepin County medical examiner ruled his death a suicide. But his parents allege in a lawsuit filed this week that their son did not kill himself and that his gun fired accidentally. Mary and Terry Hoeft, of Rice Lake, Wis., accuse the Hennepin County Sheriff's Department, the county medical examiner and St. Louis Park police of failing to properly investigate their son's death. The suit, filed Tuesday in Hennepin...
  • Officer Frees Bald Eagle With One Bullet

    01/10/2007 12:49:59 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 105 replies · 3,233+ views
    WFRV | AP ^ | 1/10/07
    (AP) DES MOINES, Iowa A bald eagle owes its life to the sharpshooting skills of an Iowa conservation officer. Though the bird has yet to offer any thanks, Jason Sandholdt is getting plenty of recognition from those who saw him use a single bullet last weekend to free the bird from a branch that hung over a cliff at Lake Red Rock. "There were accusations of sheer luck," said Brian Lange, one of the kayakers who discovered the bird Saturday and alerted authorities. He added: "It was really a heroic shot." Sandholdt, who works for the Iowa Department of Natural...
  • S.F. Officer Shot, Killed During Attempt To Serve Warrant

    12/23/2006 11:46:07 AM PST · by CAWats · 25 replies · 1,018+ views
    San Francisco Chronicle ^ | 12/23/2006 | John Koopman and Jaxon Van Derbeken, Chronicle Staff Writers
    A San Francisco police officer was killed in a shooting Friday night that left another man dead in the Sunset District. Officer Bryan Tuvera, 28, a four-year veteran of the force who worked out of the department's Taraval station, died at 12:01 a.m. today at San Francisco General Hospital. The events that led to Tuvera's death started about 8:30 p.m. when he and other officers tried to serve a felony warrant on a man in the area of 25th Avenue and Lawton Street. The suspect was described as armed and very dangerous.
  • Officer in Taser case identified (2001 UCLA officer of the year)

    11/21/2006 10:14:16 AM PST · by NormsRevenge · 31 replies · 942+ views
    LA Times ^ | 11/21/06 | Charles Proctor and Richard Winton
    The UCLA police officer videotaped last week using a Taser gun on a student also shot a homeless man at a campus study hall room three years ago and was earlier recommended for dismissal in connection with an alleged assault on fraternity row, authorities said. UCLA police confirmed late Monday that the officer who fired the Taser gun was Terrence Duren, who has served in the university's Police Department for 18 years. Duren, who was named officer of the year in 2001, also has been involved in several controversial incidents on campus. In an interview with The Times on Monday...
  • Afghan Officer Saves Governor, Coalition Soldiers

    11/07/2006 3:53:18 PM PST · by SandRat · 7 replies · 587+ views
    Defend America News ^ | Sgt. 1st Class Dave Thompson
    FORWARD OPERATING BASE SALERNO, Afghanistan, Nov. 7, 2006 — If there was any doubt as to the resolve and capability of the Afghan National Security Forces and their determination to protect their homeland from terrorist extremists, an Afghan police officer gave his life to make a strong case to the contrary. In a display of selfless heroism, Afghan National Police Officer Abbarker died protecting the lives of the Andar District Governor, his fellow police officers and Coalition soldiers. While guarding the Miri District Center in the District of Ghazni, Abbarker noticed that a man had bypassed the security checkpoint and...
  • Top Officers' Raise Hits Nerve

    10/26/2006 12:14:23 PM PDT · by Tulsa Ramjet · 65 replies · 1,580+ views ^ | October 20, 2006 | Tom Philpott
    The 2.2 across-the-board military pay raise in January is a joke. So is the 8.7 percent raise set for 125 generals and admirals. How about reversing it? Officers do not need the bigger raise. It’s the enlisted ranks who have people on food stamps and receiving assistance from the Women, Infants and Children (WIC) program. With the price of gas and everything else higher, a 2.2 pay raise is a slap in the face. It’s also a travesty what else our politicians did to the 2007 defense authorization bill. They basically screwed disabled retirees rated “IU,” or unemployable, by refusing...
  • UPD officer killed during traffic stop (Ole Miss Police Officer)

    10/21/2006 8:06:45 PM PDT · by somniferum · 143 replies · 12,421+ views
    Daily Mississippian ^ | 10/23/2006 | N/A
    OXFORD, Miss.-A University of Mississippi police officer was killed early Saturday morning while conducting a traffic stop near the university campus. Officer Robert Langley, 30, had stopped a vehicle for speeding when the driver suddenly pulled away, dragging him approximately 200 yards. Langley suffered severe head injuries and was taken by helicopter to the Medical Center in Memphis where he was pronounced dead. Within 30 minutes of the incident, Oxford Police detained 20-year-old Daniel Cummings, a second-year UM student from Germantown, Tenn. Cummings has been charged with capital murder of police officer and is being held in the Lafayette County...
  • Yet ANOTHER Officer shot: This time in Texarkana, AR (Officer wounded, Suspect Dead)

    10/01/2006 8:24:39 PM PDT · by DCBryan1 · 4 replies · 906+ views
    katv ^ | 01 OCT 06 | dcbryan1
    Just saw this on local KATV television 10PM news:Officer was responding to a cell phone call from victim in trunk stating that she had been kidnapped.Officers respond to apartment where woman said she was being taken.Officers knock, let in by kidnappers roomate, and search home.Find kidnap victim okay, search closet, and suspect comes out shooting. Cop hit in leg (non life threatening), cop and partner return fire killing suspect. KATV (ABC affiliate) just showed it, since it is breaking....not up on website yet.
  • Montgomery Police Officer In Critical Condition After Shooting (Bad news: passes away)

    09/29/2006 5:32:02 AM PDT · by commish · 19 replies · 1,030+ views
    WSFA-TV Montgomery, AL ^ | 29 Sep 2006 | WSFA-TV
    A Montgomery police officer remains in critical condition at Montgomery's Jackson Hospital after he was shot while making a traffic stop in the 1800 block of North Decatur Street around 12:45pm on Thursday. As of late Thurday night, the mayor told WSFA 12 the officer is in "grave condition." Mayor Bobby Bright, who says he's been in emergency room with the officer, says the officer has responded to some voice communication by blinking his eyes, but, "If he makes it through the night we'll all be lucky." The officer's family is now with him. During WSFA 12 News at 6:00,...
  • Friend, fraternity brother, officer of the law, shot in the line of duty.

    09/29/2006 4:56:25 AM PDT · by shag377 · 18 replies · 602+ views
    WSFA NBC ^ | Sept 29th | shag377
    A dear friend shot in the line of duty
  • Pascua Yaqui Tribe gives $50,000 to help save historic building

    09/25/2006 5:58:51 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 915+ views
    FORT HUACHUCA — For years members of the Southwest Association of Buffalo Soldiers have been working to save the World War II Mountain View Colored Officers Club on this southeastern Army Post. Saturday night the group received its first major donation from the Pascua Yaqui Tribe when the tribal chairwoman announced a $50,000 gift. In February Association President Tom Stoney Sr., made a pitch to the tribe and Wednesday he was called back to answer more questions from the tribal council’s 11 members. Stoney had no idea the tribe would make a decision so fast. Tribal Chairwoman Herminia Frias made...
  • Man convicted in death of Denver officer (illegal extradited from Mexico faces an 80-year sentence)

    09/15/2006 10:03:10 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 547+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/15/06 | AP
    DENVER - An illegal immigrant from Mexico who fled to his home country after killing a police officer and wounding another was convicted Friday of second-degree murder and attempted second-degree murder. Raul Gomez-Garcia, 21, was convicted in the May 2005 death of Detective Donald Young and the shooting of Detective John Bishop. Both officers were working off-duty as security for a party. Gomez-Garcia faces a sentence of up to 80 years, Police Chief Gerry Whitman said. Gomez-Garcia testified that he didn't intend to kill the officers. He said he fired after Young grabbed him by the neck and arm to...
  • Officer recommends Marine (Pfc. John J. Jodka III) stand trial for Iraqi's death - Pendleton 8

    09/13/2006 8:22:33 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 7 replies · 754+ views
    ap on Riverside Press Enterprise ^ | 9/13/06 | Thomas Watkins - ap
    SAN DIEGO An investigating officer has recommended a court martial for a Marine accused of kidnapping and murdering an Iraqi civilian, the troop's attorney said Wednesday. The officer reviewed evidence from a preliminary hearing Aug. 30 and recommended this week that there was probable cause for Pfc. John J. Jodka III to stand trial, according to one of Jodka's attorneys, Joseph Casas. Seven Marines and one Navy corpsman are accused of kidnapping 52-year-old Hashim Ibrahim Awad, taking him to a roadside hole and shooting him to death April 26 in Hamdania, west of Baghdad. The recommendation followed an Article 32...
  • Search for Missing Air Force Officer Continues in Kyrgyzstan

    09/06/2006 6:31:24 PM PDT · by SandRat · 19 replies · 1,114+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- U.S. Air Force special investigators and Kyrgyz authorities are continuing search efforts to locate an Air Force officer missing since Sept 5, officials said. Maj. Jill Metzger, personnel chief at the 376th Air Expeditionary Wing, was last seen by a group of her coworkers at the Zum shopping center in the capital city of Bishkek. “We will not rest until we find Major Metzger,” said Col. Joel “Scott” Reese, the wing’s commander. “She is an extremely valuable member of our warfighting team, and we are doing everything in our power to locate and return her...
  • Pentagon Police Officer Looks Back on Sept. 11 Events

    09/06/2006 5:56:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 371+ views
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 6, 2006 -- When José Rojas went to pull a badly burned woman from a Pentagon window after Islamic extremists drove a commercial airliner headlong into the building, her skin came off in his hands. “I had to actually take my fingernails and dig into her flesh with her crying and screaming to get her out of the window,” Rojas said, describing his efforts to help the victim of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks on the United States. Rojas, 43, a police officer with the Pentagon Force Protection Agency, the successor of the Defense Protective Service, was...
  • Officer Involved Shooting in Merced

    08/31/2006 6:43:16 AM PDT · by Enterprise · 192+ views
    KMPH TV, Fresno ^ | 8-30-06 | Norma Yuriar & Brian Morrow
    A North Valley Police Sergeant is in the hospital and a suspect is dead following an officer involved shooting in Merced.
  • U.S. Officer Sees ‘Very Positive Progress’ In Baghdad

    08/28/2006 5:46:57 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 237+ views
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 28, 2006 – Iraqi- and coalition-conducted anti-insurgent operations in Baghdad in recent weeks are achieving results, a senior U.S. military officer told reporters in the Iraqi capital today. “We’re seeing progress toward reducing the number of kidnappings, murders and sectarian violence in areas in which we’re operating,” Army Maj. Gen. William B. Caldwell, spokesman for Multinational Force Iraq, said at a news briefing. Insurgent attacks within Baghdad province averaged about 23 per day during the past week, Caldwell said. He noted that Baghdad’s average daily murder rate dropped 46 percent from July to August. “And, if you look...
  • Poll to Freep (Should Watada Face Court Martial?)

    08/24/2006 2:51:22 PM PDT · by Spyder · 16 replies · 763+ views
    Honolulu Star Bulletin ^ | 08/24/2006 | Self
    A new poll to freep. This one doesn't usually get hit by Freepers and they do occasionally report on poll results on the local news. Do you think 1st Lt. Ehren Watada should face a court martial for refusing to go to Iraq?
  • Marine Corps officer charged with assaulting Iraqi civilians - Pendleton 8

    08/16/2006 8:56:57 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 13 replies · 866+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 8/16/06 | Thomas Watkins - ap
    A Marine officer was charged Wednesday with assaulting three civilians in the Iraqi town of Hamdania last spring. The Marine Corps said that 2nd Lt. Nathan P. Phan beat the three men so severely on April 10 they could have died. He is accused of choking two victims and putting a loaded M9 service pistol into the mouth of one of the men. Phan, 26, also is charged with making a false official statement. Defense attorney David Sheldon said Phan denies the charges. "We stand by the fact that these charges are baseless and have no merit," Sheldon said. "Lt....
  • America Supports You: German Officer Hopes to Join U.S. Marines

    08/15/2006 7:14:55 PM PDT · by SandRat · 24 replies · 1,040+ views
    America Supports You ^ | Gerry Gilmore
    WASHINGTON, Aug. 15, 2006 -- A German army officer who has donated money to a group affiliated with DoD’s America Supports You organization plans to take a more personal role in confronting global terrorism. German 1st. Lt. Jens Praetzas visits the gravesite of U.S. Army Capt. John R. Teal at Arlington National Cemetery Aug. 14. This is Praetzas' first visit to the U.S. He is an active member of Operation AC, which started out as a way to send air conditioners to deployed troops and has evolved into a non-profit charity organization designed to send care packages to deployed...
  • British officer swaps geology for medicine

    08/13/2006 8:46:06 AM PDT · by SandRat · 7 replies · 229+ views
    Multi-National Forces-Iraq ^ | Story and photo courtesy of British Ministry of Defence
    BASRA AIR STATION — A Royal Air Force officer at Basra Air Station in southern Iraq is used to anchoring oil rigs to the ocean floor, but he’s spent the last two months patching up soldiers and airmen at this large British base near the Persian Gulf. Flight. Lt. Paul Andrews switched from a role as troubleshooter on oil rigs to being a military doctor, applying his trade on the front-lines. He just finished a two-month assignment at a medical center at Basra Air Station, gaining promotion to squadron leader at the same time. Andrews, who joined the RAF in...
  • AR Wildlife Officers Demoted For Illegal Hunting

    08/09/2006 8:00:20 AM PDT · by girlangler · 14 replies · 838+ views
    KTHV TV ^ | Aug. 9, 2006 | news report
    AR Wildlife Officers Demoted For Illegal Hunting E-mail This Article Printable Version The Arkansas Game and Fish Commission says two Arkansas wildlife officers have been demoted for illegal hunting turkeys without a license in Tennessee. Game and Fish Director Scott Henderson said that Major Jerry D."Chuck" Woodson, assistant chief of enforcement for the Arkansas Game and Fish Commission, and Wade Spence were demoted. Spence, a six-year game and fish veteran, was named Wildlife Officer of the Year in 2003 by the National Wild Turkey Federation. The illegal hunting reportedly happened in April, but it wasn't reported until July 12th. Woodson...
  • CA: Murder charges filed against suspects in officer's crash death

    07/27/2006 11:03:23 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 1 replies · 379+ views
    SAN FRANCISCO Three robbery suspects who were allegedly inside a van that crashed and killed a city police officer during a chase were charged with murder Thursday, and a fourth was being held on suspicion of murder. Steven Wayne Petrilli, 19, of Hayward; Carl Lather, 20; and Nicholas Smith, 22; also were charged with manslaughter, evading police and robbery, according to the San Francisco District Attorney's office. Jessica Chamberlain, 20, who also was a passenger in the van, was arrested but not yet charged. Police are still trying to determine why officer Nick-Tomasito Birco, 39, joined in Wednesday's pursuit of...
  • Supply Officer Enjoys Helping People

    07/25/2006 4:18:06 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 198+ views
    Defense News ^ | Staff Sgt. Nikki Prodromos
    U.S. Army Capt. Demechel Robinson Supply Officer Enjoys Helping People By U.S. Army Staff Sgt. Nikki Prodromos 133rd Mobile Public Affairs Detachment TIKRIT, Iraq, July 25, 2006 -- U.S. Army Capt. Demechel Robinson likes helping people. From her job as the assistant S-4 of Operations, 3rd Brigade Combat Team, 101st Airborne Division to her involvement in many charitable organizations, she spends most of her time giving something back. Robinson helps bring the 3rd Brigade Combat Team troops on the ground their medical supplies, water, food, ammunition, and other necessities by providing an accurate and continuous picture of the brigadeÂ’s...
  • Rumsfeld, Top Chinese Officer Discuss North Korea, Other Issues

    07/19/2006 5:41:40 PM PDT · by SandRat · 3 replies · 298+ views
    WASHINGTON, July 18, 2006 – Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld hosted China's senior military officer here today to build on the growing U.S.-China military relationship and discuss issues of mutual interest, including North Korea. Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Marine Gen. Peter Pace (left) and Secretary of Defense Donald H. Rumsfeld (second from left) meet with Gen. Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of the Central Military Commission of the People's Republic of China at the Pentagon July 18. Photo by Staff Sgt. Gary Hilliard, USA   (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. Gen. Guo Boxiong, vice chairman of...
  • Retired officer sentenced in arms deal

    07/17/2006 9:50:04 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 6 replies · 476+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 7/17/06 | Allison Hoffman - ap
    SAN DIEGO - A former military intelligence officer was sentenced Monday to a year in federal prison for helping a convicted arms trafficker export parts for jet fighters and other aircraft that were ultimately destined for Iran. George Charles Budenz II, a retired Navy commander, pleaded guilty in November to three counts of illegally exporting engine parts for F-5 fighters, T-38 military trainers and Chinook helicopters to Malaysia and Belgium on behalf of Pakistani arms dealer Arif Ali Durrani. In court, Budenz called Durrani a "lying snake" who took advantage of him at a time of personal and financial distress....
  • Contortionist's act gets police officer bent out of shape

    07/11/2006 3:39:55 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 2 replies · 353+ views
    Duluth police issued a citation Thursday night after watching a live contortionist onstage at a troubled historic theater — an act the officer says violated a new state law on adult entertainment. The citation was issued on the only recent night that adult entertainment was offered at the NorShor Theatre in downtown Duluth. "We're back to being just a bar for now,'' said Jim Gradishar, a Duluth adult bookstore owner who also is managing the bar business in the NorShor, which is owned by Duluth physician Eric Ringsred. Gradishar said he believed the Thursday night act was not in violation...
  • Coast Guard officer named a hot bachelor by People magazine

    06/16/2006 7:07:38 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 22 replies · 4,086+ views
    SAN DIEGO – A San Diego-based Coast Guard petty officer is one of the 50 hottest bachelors named by People magazine in its issue released Friday. Petty Officer 2nd Class Josh Miramontez, 25, is one of just five non-celebrities on the list, Coast Guard public affairs officer Anastasia Devlin said. “They did a celebrity thing, but five of the 50 were rescuers nationwide,” Devlin said. “They took in a lot of pictures and his was selected.” Miramontez is deserving of the honor, Devlin said. “Oh, yes. He looks a little Italian. The tall, dark and handsome type,” she said. While...
  • St. Paul police officer wins state honor

    06/13/2006 3:14:13 PM PDT · by Rakkasan1 · 1 replies · 199+ views
    Pioneer Press ^ | 6-13-06 | LEE EGERSTROM
    For two years, Troy Greene pushed ahead with a probe that authorities say ultimately crippled a violent, drug-dealing street gang on St. Paul's West Side. The St. Paul police officer saw his efforts recognized today when he won the Minnesota Peace Officer of the Year Award during a ceremony in Alexandria. Greene led a local and federal task force that landed indictments against 26 gang members and drug dealers earlier this year. The award comes from the Minnesota Police and Peace Officers Association.
  • Army Officer Refuses Iraq Duty (Calls War Unjust, Army Refuses To Accept His Resignation)

    06/07/2006 8:12:06 AM PDT · by presidio9 · 112 replies · 2,060+ views
    CBS/AP ^ | June 7, 2006
    An Army officer who was born and raised in Honolulu is refusing to go with his unit to Iraq because he says the basis of the war is illegal and immoral. 27-year-old First Lieutenant Ehren Watada is with the Stryker unit out of Fort Lewis, Washington. Watada is the son of former state Campaign Spending Commission executive director Bob Watada. "I feel that we have been lied to and betrayed by this administration," Watada said Tuesday in a telephone interview with the Seattle Times from Fort Lewis. "It is the duty, the obligation of every soldier, and specifically the officers,...
  • Fort Lewis Soldier Says He'll Refuse To Go To Iraq

    06/07/2006 12:48:06 PM PDT · by Grendel9 · 57 replies · 1,127+ views
    SEATTLE - As thousands of Fort Lewis Army troops prepare to head back to Iraq, one of their officers is making a stand. A lieutenant says he is going to refuse to go, saying it's an unjust war. Anti-war groups are rallying to his defense. Lt. Ehren Watada of the Stryker Brigade writes, "I refuse to be silent any longer. I refuse to watch families torn apart, while the President tells us to ‘stay the course.’ I refuse to be party to an illegal and immoral war against people who did nothing to deserve our aggression. "I wanted to be...
  • McKinney deal may be in works - Lawyer rejects talk of any negotiations

    06/06/2006 5:20:34 PM PDT · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 120 replies · 6,105+ views
    Atlanta Journal-Constitution ^ | 6/7/06 | BOB KEMPER
    <p>Federal prosecutors investigating the confrontation between Rep. Cynthia McKinney of Georgia and a Capitol police officer have been talking privately with McKinney's office in hopes of resolving the case without the spectacle of an indictment and trial, the ATLANTA JOURNAL CONSTITUTION reports on Wednesday.</p>
  • Polish woman sub lieutenant accused of harassment

    06/06/2006 11:58:52 AM PDT · by lizol · 33 replies · 1,386+ views
    Radio Polonia ^ | 06.06.2006 | Halina Bykowska
    Polish woman sub lieutenant accused of harassment 06.06.2006 A woman sub lieutenant has been accused of the harassment of 11 soldiers in the 55th chemical defense company. Report from our Gdansk correspondant, Halina Bykowska A Polish Navy prosecutor has launched a thorough investigation. The woman lieutenant has been accused of having committed eleven offences. No women soldiers, serving in the Polish Navy, have been taken to court before on this sort of charge. A prosecutor was shaking his head in disbelief. The woman sub lieutenant used to order her soldiers to perform heavy physical exercises and to learn how to...
  • Marine officer a "political casualty" of Haditha investigation

    06/01/2006 1:51:16 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 67 replies · 2,894+ views
    AP on Bakersfield Californian ^ | 6/1/06 | Thomas Watkins - ap
    A Marine captain who was relieved of command after members of his battalion allegedly shot and killed civilians in Haditha, Iraq, said he became a "political casualty" as senior commanders at Camp Pendleton scrambled to defuse an explosive situation. "It makes my blood boil to see my name lumped in with this massacre, when I was in a different city not playing any role in this incident," Capt. James Kimber told The Associated Press. Kimber, 33, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., was one of three officers relieved of command last month and reassigned to new duties for what the Marines said...
  • Officer accused of strangling pullout protestor

    05/31/2006 12:47:22 PM PDT · by Esther Ruth · 20 replies · 703+ views ^ | (05.31.06, 19:10) | Shmulik Hadad
    Officer accused of strangling pullout protestor Border Guard officer accused of assaulting protestor during settlers' demonstration at Kissufim checkpoint in July 2005; according to indictment, 'officer held plaintiff by his neck with two hands, squeezed his throat, chocked him' Shmulik Hadad The Police Investigation Unit has filed an indictment against Yaniv Reuveni, a 28-year-old Border Guard officer from the southern town of Kiryat Gat. The officer was accused of attacking a Gush Katif resident during the evacuation of Gaza Strip settlements as part of the disengagement, Ynet learned Wednesday. According to the indictment, which accuses the officer of assault, was...
  • Roughed up by cop, parking ticket aide says

    05/28/2006 10:22:17 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 23 replies · 1,122+ views
    Chicago Sun Times ^ | May 27, 2006 | ERIC HERMAN
    A Chicago Police officer roughed up a parking ticket supervisor last week, the supervisor alleged, arresting her and throwing her into a police wagon when she refused to void a ticket on an officer's car. The alleged victim, Jackie Fegan of the city's Traffic Management Authority, plans to sue the city, her lawyer said. She wept Friday as she described the incident, in which four officers allegedly took part. "They were hurting me. They wouldn't stop," Fegan said. "It's unreal. One minute I'm working, and the next minute I'm being hauled off and hurt and thrown into a paddy wagon."
  • Executive officer receives Bronze Star, credits it to his Marines

    05/25/2006 9:46:59 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 280+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Pfc. David A. Weikle
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (May 25, 2006) -- Marines from 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division gathered in front of the regiment’s headquarters as four Bronze Stars were awarded May 19. Lt. Col. Richard O. Miles Jr., executive officer for Regimental Combat Team 8, 2nd Marine Division, received his award for meritorious achievement in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from February 2005 to February 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq. The Bronze Star is given for valor and meritorious service and is the nation’s fourth highest distinction. “As the executive officer I see and hear almost everything that goes on....
  • Logistics officer receives Bronze Star, credits it to his Marines

    05/25/2006 9:42:23 PM PDT · by SandRat · 1 replies · 266+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Pfc. David A. Weikle
    MARINE CORPS BASE CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. (May 25, 2006) -- Marines from 8th Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division gathered in front of the regiment’s headquarters as four Bronze Stars were awarded, May 19. Maj. Toby G. Dyer, logistics officer for Regimental Combat Team-8, 2nd Marine Division, received his award for meritorious achievement in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from July 2005 to February 2006 in Fallujah, Iraq. “It’s an honor to receive something that commemorates the hard work of my Marines,” said Dyer, a Seattle native. The Bronze Star is given for valor and meritorious service and is the nation’s...
  • Pennsylvania Marine Officer Awarded for Valor

    05/17/2006 4:42:29 PM PDT · by SandRat · 4 replies · 350+ views
    Marine Corps News ^ | Sgt. Thomas O. Lantz
    MARINE CORPS RECRUITING STATION PITTSBURGH (May 17, 2006) -- In a recent ceremony held in a room full of friends, family, and members of his former Camp Lejeune, North Carolina-based Marine unit, 1st Lt. Raymond G. Baronie, was honored with a Navy and Marine Corps Commendation Medal, with combat “V” for Valor, for his courageous actions while deployed to Iraq. Baronie, a native of Lower Burrell, PA and 2002 graduate of Mercyhurst College in Erie, PA, served in Iraq with the Marine Corps’ 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force as a liaison officer between the newly created Iraqi Security Forces and the...
  • (Fairfax County, VA) Officer, Gunman Dead After Attack (New Details)

    05/09/2006 10:15:11 AM PDT · by Pyro7480 · 39 replies · 1,946+ views
    WTOP ^ | 5/9/2006 | n/a
    Officer, Gunman Dead After AttackFAIRFAX, Va. -- Michael Kennedy of Centreville, Va., fired at least 70 rounds as he walked through Sully District Police Station parking lot Monday afternoon, killing one officer and critically wounding another in a shootout with police. "It looks to us that he was looking for as many victims as he could find," said Maj. Bob Callahan, commander of the Criminal Investigations Bureau of the Fairfax County Police Department, during an 11 a.m. news conference. Callahan says Kennedy, 18, was armed with five pistols, an AK-47-style assault weapon and a long-barreled high powered hunting rifle as...