The Army Blotter: Cops mum on reservist death, Puerto Rico Guard chopper down, soldier saved from flaming crash.



  • Norfolk, Va., police are refusing to answer questions about police recruit and reservist John Kohn, 40, who died during police training. Sources told WTKR-TV3 Kohn suffered a brain hemorrhage after taking a blow to the head during a self-defense class. Kohn, a father, musician and avid gamer, served in the Army and Navy reserves. [via WTKR-TV3]
  • A Puerto Rico National Guard helicopter has crashed in the ocean after returning from a drug raid, with all six people aboard feared dead, officials said Tuesday. Two passengers are local prosecutors and four are Guard officials, three of them crew members. Crews are searching for those aboard; officials found the fuselage of the UH-72 helicopter just north of the island. One pilot had 10 years of experience and the other had at least six years, and neither reported any problems during the flight. The officials were serving 43 arrest warrants after a seven-month investigation into a $2 million-a-year drug operation on the vacation spot, Vieques. [via Associated Press/Google]
  • A Raymond, N.H. policeman pulled soldier from the burning wreck of his vehicle, local police said. Officer Ryan Lehman heard the radio call, sped over, and ran into the woods to save Cameron Kaufman just as his vehicle burst into flames. Lehman took off Kaufman’s seat belt as fire licked at his legs and carried him to safety. “It flashed. I looked back and the entire cabin was full of flames,” said Lehman. Police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, which hospitalized the soldier home on leave . [via Boston Globe and WHDH-TV]
  • Two teens have arrested in the home invasion and shooting death of a Tulsa Guardsman mistakenly believed they were robbing a drug dealer, police said. Both are charged with first-degree murder in the death of Guardsman Jerry Lee VanEllen, 38. VanEllen was an NCO with the Oklahoma Guard and had served in the military — both active duty and as a Guard member — for almost 20 years. [via The Oklahoman]
  • Federal prosecutors are expected to clash today with attorneys for Abdulhakim Mujahid Muhammad over defense efforts to find out what the FBI knows about his activities leading up to the June 2009 slaying at a Little Rock recruiting center. The 25-year old Muslim convert is being tried for capital murder, attempted capital murder and 10 other charges stemming from the shooting that killed Army Pvt. William Long and wounded Pvt. Quinton Ezeagwula. [via Arkansas Democrat Gazette]
  • An attorney for Fort Leavenworth soldier Christopher J. McCallum, 19, charged in a downtown Lawrence, Kan., stabbing says self-defense could come into play in the case. The attorney said McCallum and his friends were attending an event inside Liberty Hall, when a fight spilled outside, and McCallum’s friend was being beaten. [via Lawrence Journal-World & News]

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