The Army Blotter: Vets aid anti-Westboro vet, Guard on Guard sex assault probe and "CSI: Iraq" in the headlines

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  • Veterans nationwide have offered to help Ryan Newell, a legless Kansas vet accused of stalking members of the Westboro Baptist Church, which protests at military funerals. Vets from across the country contacted the Witchita Eagle asking how to bail Newell out of jail. A Westboro spokesperson said anyone “who pays a dime for (Newell’s) legal matters is a co-conspirator and enemy of God.” [via Witchita Eagle and Associated Press/Lawrence Journal World]
  • A North Dakota Army National Guardsman was arrested in Fargo in an alleged sexual assault on a fellow Guard member at a motel there. Spc. Scott Allan Dahly, 25, was charged with gross sexual impossition. The alleged victim, a 24-year-old Minnesota woman in town for drill exercises, allegedly let Dahly into her motel room before he forced himself on her. Dahly is with the Fargo-based 141st Maneuver Enhancement Brigade. [via Jamestown Sun]
  • U.S. and Iraqi soldiers are getting crime scene investigation training together under civilian-contracted U.S. law enforcement professionals from the 11th Military Police Joint Expeditionary Forensics Facility 4 at COB Speicher. The 1st Battalion, 27th Infantry Regiment, “Wolfhounds,” 2nd Advise and Assist Brigade, 25th Infantry Division, participated in the class with their IP and IA counterparts. As part of the security agreement between the U.S. and Iraq, the Iraqis have control of all crime scenes, unless American personnel are involved in the incident. [via dvids]
  • The government’s use of Social Security numbers for soldiers, sailors, airmen and Marines, has put them at a heightened risk of identity theft, according to Army intelligence officer turned West Point professor, Lt. Col. Gregory Conti. His report concludes that the military needs to rid itself of a practice that has been widespread since the 1960s. [via New York Times]
  • The Army psychiatrist charged in last year’s deadly Fort Hood shooting rampage is to have a mental evaluation this week. Maj. Nidal Hasan will be evaluated in the county jail near the Texas Army post as early as Tuesday by a three-member military mental health panel, said his lead attorney, John Galligan. [via Associated Press/KWTX-News]
  • The U.S. Army has launched a criminal investigation after the remains of eight bodies were found dumped in one grave at Arlington National Cemetery. The cremated remains were found in eight urns buried in a grave marked ‘Unknown’ at America’s most prestigious burial ground for its armed forces. [via Daily Mail]
  • The parents and girlfriend of 1st Lt. Michael Behenna, a Ranger convicted in the shooting death of an Iraqi detainee, asked the Army Clemency Board in Arlington, Va., to suspend the rest of his sentence or significantly reduce it. They argued that his sentence, 15 years, is 50 percent higher than any other combat related unpremeditated murder sentence. They expect to hear an answer within the month and are hope he spends Christmas at home. [via defendmichael.com]
  • A hearing is scheduled for today in the case of a Michigan soldier accused of murdering his brother-in-law at Fort Bragg, N.C. A judge will hear a motion to suppress a statement made by 26-year-old Detroit native Spc. Eric A. Mead during the investigation. Mead faces charges of premeditated murder, attempted premeditated murder and failing to obey a lawful order in the May 9 death of Stephen Harris. [via Associated Press/Chicago Tribune]
  • The former director of construction at Fort Carson, Colo., has been sentenced to a year on probation and fined $5,000 for failing to disclose nearly $3,500 in gifts from a contractor doing business with the Army. William T. Armstrong, former construction division chief at the post’s Directorate of Contracting, was sentenced in federal court in Denver. [via Associated Press/KDVR-News]
  • An ex-soldier involved in a Tucson, Ariz., crash that severed the arm of an Air Force military police officer has been sentenced to 30 days in jail and three years probation. Joseph Maverick, 27, was sentenced Monday. He was convicted in October of leaving the scene of an accident and tampering with evidence by throwing the arm in a trash bin. [via Associated Press/KSAZ-TV]
  • A 20-year-old Florida National Guardsman seriously injured in fatal training accident in Kuwait in September is spending the holidays with his family in Miami. Spc. Anthony Jimenez, of the 1st Battalion’s C Company, will return to Walter Reed Hospital next month to continue his rehabilitation from fractures to his back and right leg. The vehicle roll-over killed fellow soldier, Spc. Marc Whisenant, a 23-year-old reservist attached to the 1st Battalion. [via the Sun-Sentinel]
  • A 26-year-old soldier at Joint Base Lewis-McChord was arrested Sunday morning after shots were fired near downtown Olympia nightclub, The Vault, police said. The soldier, Maurice Flewellen, was charged with harassment and discharge of a firearm. [via The News-Tribune]
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