The Army Blotter: Legless vet stalks funeral crashers, death sought for cop-killer suspect, and doggone hero

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  • An Armed vet who lost both legs to an IED  has been charged with stalking members of the Westboro Baptist Church. Sgt. Ryan Newell, 26, formerly of the 5th Battalion, 7th Air Defense Artillery, was arrested after he allegedly tailed church members in his car and told police he was with the local sheriff’s office and providing security to the group. In the man’s vehicle, authorities found two handguns, a rifle and more than 90 rounds of ammunition. [via Witchita Eagle]
  • Prosecutors in Southern California are seeking death for the man charged with killing vet-turned-police officer Ryan Bonaminio, 27. Parolee Earl Ellis Green, 44, allegedly attacked and shot Bonaminio after a traffic stop. [via Associated Press/Fox News]
  • Josh, a police dog named for a vet killed in Afghanistan, sniffed out a group of crack and marijuana dealers in Wisconsin, leading to three arrests. The German shepherd is named for Josh Brennan, an Army sergeant who was killed in combat in  2007 whose father is a local cop. [via The Capital Times]
  • The Army is still refusing to release the results of its investigation into spying on anti-war activists by a civilian intelligence specialist at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, Wash., citing law enforcement and privacy exemptions. The investigation concerns an employee of the Force Protection Division at Lewis-McChord had infiltrated the group, which protest the use of local ports for shipping military items. [via Associated Press/Seattle Times]
  • An AWOL Fort Bragg, N.C., soldier was busted with a loaded AR-15 and dozens of pills in his SUV, including oxycodone. Post officials asked police to hold the soldier, David Michael Morgan, 23. [via Ocala Star-Banner]
  • A Lewis-McChord staff sergeant charged with shooting at unarmed Afghans this year pleaded guilty in a deal to testify against other defendants implicated in an alleged scheme to kill civilians for kicks. Staff Sgt. Robert Stevens, of Portland, Ore., admitted to aggravated assault, lying to investigators and other charges at his court-martial. Staff Sgt. David D. Bram, 27, of Vacaville, Calif. is going to court-martial for conspiracy to commit assault and battery, unlawfully striking another soldier, violating a lawful order, dereliction of duty and trying to impede an investigation. If convicted, he faces a maximum 9 1/2 years in prison.[Associated Press/Greenfield Reporter and Associated Press/Post-Intelligencer]
  • A former Nevada Guardman charged with carrying firearms accessories into the United Arab Emirates has been released on bail after two months behind bars. Nicholas Moody, 23, served in Iraq and Afghanistan and was returning from a job with a private security firm in Iraq,  when he was arrested at the Abu Dhabi airport. [via Reno Gazette-Journal]
  • The Tahoma National Cemetery Support Group is offering a $5,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of vandals who stole 11 bronze memorial plaques last weekend. The plaques, which were donated by veterans groups and set along a memorial walkway, were ripped from granite foundations. Three more were damaged. [via News-Tribune]
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