A Month in Review: In the News on Military Justice for All (November 2017)

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Lackland Air Force Base Nurse Nonnie Dotson Mysteriously Disappeared, Last Seen November 19th, 2006 in Littleton, Colorado While on Leave
Disappeared: Disabled Army Veteran Joseph Weber IV Missing from San Francisco, California Since November 24, 2014

Cold Cases:
Sneak peek: A Brother’s Mission
Murder still unsolved after 10 years
Murder remains unsolved 20 years later
CID Offers $25,000 Reward in Afghanistan Murder
Looking Back: Women’s Army Corp officer found slain near 12th, Grange in 1943



Stateside Deaths:
Fort Stewart soldier injured during live-fire exercise
Soldier killed over weekend in Texas car crash
One Air Force pilot dead, another injured after plane crash in Texas
Fort Carson soldier identified as snowboarder who died at Monarch Ski Area
Airman Found Dead Near Blacks Creek Reservoir
Report: CID agent who died by suicide resisted seeking help
Suicide suspected in death of airman stationed at Little Rock Air Force Base
Midshipman found dead at Prince George’s shooting range
Sailor found dead in a Virginia Beach hotel day before she was to report for duty
Military intelligence Airman found dead in work area at Fort Gordon
Body found in bay confirmed to be missing Navy sailor
Officials investigating Thanksgiving Day death of Fort Bragg soldier
Sailor found dead on USS John C. Stennis in Washington state
Authorities investigate after airman found dead at Altus Air Force Base
Sycamore Twp. father suing Pentagon, says son deserves Purple Heart
Veteran Who Killed Himself Amid UC Davis Scandal Discriminated Against For Service, Lawsuit Claims

Overseas Deaths:
US Navy Plane with 11 Aboard Crashes Into Pacific; 8 Found Alive
Navy Releases Names Of 3 Sailors Killed In Crash Off Japan
Army report blames ‘human factors’ for deadly Apache crash in 2015
Fort Bliss soldier dies in Iraq in noncombat incident
Army sergeant from Brooklyn dies at Iraq border base
Riverside soldier’s death while deployed in Iraq is under investigation
Additional remains of soldier killed in Niger found as US investigates ambush
Did US soldiers caught in Niger ambush fall into enemy hands?
Family Of Ranger Killed By Friendly Fire In Afghanistan ‘Completely At Peace’
Horror as US Air Force woman killed in early morning car crash close to RAF Lakenheath
Army investigating after soldier found dead by Landstuhl train tracks Oct. 9
The probe into whether SEAL Team 6 commandos killed an American soldier in Mali, explained

Homicide Cases:
Reality TV star killed Coast Guard member in DWI wreck, police say
Slain Westchester soldier remembered as a loving family man and a ‘corn-fed giant’
Determining what Happened to Staff Sgt. Logan J. Melgar
Judge refuses to release triple-murder suspect with strong military record
Sailor accused of murder at Navy party shot in self-defense, lawyer says
Police have ‘person of interest’ in Marine’s shooting death
Warrant officer accused of murder pleads not guilty
Former Marine who served time for killing man steps down from school board post
Former NASA employee gets 20 years in Gladstone slaying

Sex Crimes Cases:
Fort Eustis soldier arrested in rape case from 2009
Army medic charged with raping, killing 9-month-old daughter
Navy officer disputes attempted rape charge with ’bizarre’ defense
USAF master sergeant given six months for having sex with same child as a youth pastor
Air Force physical therapist convicted of possessing child porn, sentenced to confinement
Navy man investigated for child porn; photos possibly taken at San Diego home
Air Force Academy Informants Are at Center of Child Porn Case
Disgraced Marine charged with sex crimes involving minors

Other Crime Cases:
Marine military policeman arrested on strangling charge

Absent Without Leave (AWOL) Cases:
Love triangle led to murder of transsexual model Diane Delia

Military Explosives:

Wrongly Convicted:




Sex Crimes Cases:
Kansas Army Guard ignores warning signs of flight surgeon’s sexual misconduct




Homicide Cases:
Convicted murderer attended Bergdahl’s sentencing hearing: report
Air Force retiree from Beaver County, wife among dead in Texas church massacre
Acquitted in 2010 murder, man goes to jail for attacking Columbus police officer
Coroner Identifies Remains of Missing Retired Army Veteran Found in Southern California Desert
Deaths of couple found in Otay Mesa West home ruled murder-suicide
Death of retired Killeen teacher still under investigation
Family pleads for help after Army veteran slain while helping stranger
Army veteran charged with killing man over drugs near Baldwin Park
Evidence suppression hearing set for Dec. 4 in Luc Tieman murder case
Manson family victim Jay Sebring honed hair-styling skills while in the Navy
Lee Harvey Oswald: 5 Fast Facts You Need to Know
Army vet and former Minn. legislative aide charged in fatal shooting of his student girlfriend
Funeral services set for slain detective
Atheist Activist Kills Wife and Himself in “Suspected Murder-Suicide”
DPS Trooper killed, suspect arrested
Kidnapped Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek worker died of ‘undetermined trauma’
CVS murder case scheduled for 5-day trial in March
Son of Couple Found Dead in Murder-Suicide Speaks
Snapped: After the Verdict – Karen Sanchez
Woman’s sentence reduced in husband’s murder

Other Crime Cases:
Oxford County investigating Sheriff Wayne Gallant

Veterans Affairs Issues:


Mental Health:



Felony Crime:
Local victim of military sexual assault speaks out
Victims of sex assaults in military are mostly men

International Incidents:
No lawyer for detained American accused of fighting with ISIS
Okinawa-based Marines charged with credit-card fraud by Tokyo police
Vandals strike vehicles, homes affiliated with the US military on Okinawa
Ex-US military base worker who raped and murdered a 20-year-old woman jailed for life in Japan
Prosecutor seeks to investigate Afghan war crimes allegations – and claims of US torture
U.S. military in Japan banned from alcohol after 21-year-old Marine arrested for fatal crash

Air Force: Fired commander tried to hide relationship with enlisted airman

Other Injustices:

Military Policy:
Texas mass shooting highlights failings of military justice
Number Of US Troops Killed In Plane Crashes Jumps In 2017
Pentagon IG: Military failed to report 31 percent of convictions that should bar gun ownership



Prosecutor: Navy Petty Officer Rebecca Braswell Considered a Pure Sociopath
Joseph Snodgrass, US Air Force, Hired Hitmen to Murder Wife Julie at Clark Air Force Base in the Philippines for the $400,000 Life Insurance Payout (1991)
Phonthip Ott Discovered Dead in California River; Spouse Dennis Ott, US Coast Guard, Convicted of Murder and Sentenced to Life in Prison (1992)
Dishonorably Discharged Marine & Fugitive David Bieber Guilty of Murdering Police Officer in Great Britain, Charged with Two Murder for Hire Schemes in Florida (1995)
Army Staff Sgt Paul Norris Shot Spc Kamisha Block Five Times in Iraq, Then Killed Self (2007)
Disabled WWII Army Veteran Richard Englander Murdered by Live-In Caregiver Sara Moore in New York 5 Days After Move In Date, Sentenced to 25 Years to Life in Prison (2014)
A1C Rhianda Dillard, US Air Force, Found Dead in Offutt AFB Dorm Room; Airman Timothy Wilsey Charged with Desertion and Pre-Meditated Murder (2016)
SSgt Steven Williams, US Air Force, Pleaded No Contest to the Second Degree Murder of his USAF Veteran Ex-Wife Tricia Todd in Florida (2016)
Army Reserve Veteran Micah Johnson Murdered Five Dallas Police Officers During Black Lives Matter Protest in Texas (2016)

On This Day:
Lt Verle Lee Hartley, US Navy, Died of Arsenic Poisoning in 1982, NCIS Cold Case Squad Solved Murder 13 Years Later, Wife Pamela Plead Guilty (November 18, 1982)
Army Reservist & Drexel University Security Guard David Dickson Murdered Student Deborah Wilson & Stole Her Sneakers, Sentenced to Life in Prison (November 30,1984)
Fort Carson Army Soldier Christopher Walton Shot Outside Night Club in Colorado Springs; Leroy Davis Sentenced to 20 Years in Leavenworth by Military Courts (November 21, 1991)
Army Spouse Melinda Stewart, Army Sgt. Daniel Stewart, Jill Yousaf & Army Soldier James Catlin Conspired and Murdered Homeless Colorado Teen Maggie Fetty (November 30, 1991)
SSG Jeannette Dunn, US Army, Died of a Non Combat Related Injury in Taji, Iraq (November 26, 2006)
Spc Christine Ndururi, US Army, Died of Non Combat Related Illness at Camp Arifjan, Kuwait (November 6, 2007)
Retired Marine Brian Brimager Pleaded Guilty to the Second Degree Murder of Yvonne Baldelli in Panama; Sentenced to 26 Years in Federal Prison (November 27, 2011)
Air Force Major Melissa Birtzer Found Dead at Eglin Air Force Base Range, No Foul Play Suspected (November 20, 2012)
Army Veteran Patricia MacCallum Murdered Husband Christopher for the Children, Social Security Benefits, and Life Insurance; Sentenced to Fifty Years in Oregon Prison (November 20, 2012)
Miranda Nichols, US Army, Shot & Killed by Army Boyfriend Samuel Tellu in an Apparent Domestic Dispute, Tellu Found Dead in Vehicle (November 24, 2012)
Army Veteran Tomas Young Dies at 34; Shot & Paralyzed on Black Sunday in 2004 on Peace Keeping Mission with Fort Hood in Sadr City, Iraq (November 10, 2014)
Army Staff Sgt. Kevin McEnroe Died of Wounds Sustained When Team’s Convoy Came Under Fire Entering Jordan Military Base (November 4, 2016)
Army Staff Sgt. James Moriarty Died of Wounds Sustained When Team’s Convoy Came Under Fire Entering Jordan Military Base (November 4, 2016)
Army Staff Sgt. Matthew Lewellen Died of Wounds Sustained When Team’s Convoy Came Under Fire Entering Jordan Military Base (November 4, 2016)
Army Specialist Ronald Murray Jr. Died of a Non-Combat Related Incident in Kuwait Supporting Operation Inherent Resolve (November 10, 2016)
Fort Hood Infantryman Pvt. Kevin Paulino, US Army, Died of Gunshot Wound in Peru, Indiana; Police Confirm Suicide (November 16, 2016)
Army Infantryman Sgt. 1st Class Grant Shanaman of Fort Bragg, North Carolina Found Dead in Off Post Residence (November 16, 2016)
Army Pfc. David Winchester Found Dead in Barracks at Fort Bragg, North Carolina (November 16, 2016)



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