The Army Blotter: Reserve 2LT lied for post housing, beating skinhead in fatal shooting, and Bragg rape in the headlines

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  • Reserve 2nd Lt. Scott Allan Bennett, working intelligence for BoozAllen, was busted for allegedly lying about his identity to obtain housing on MacDill AFB. A year ago, Bennett, 39, presented himself at the housing office as aide to Special Ops head Adm. Eric Olson in need of immediate housing. He said his incoming unit assignment was Centcom, and he was with 11th PsyOps Battalion. Questioned later, he said his orders were top secret. It unraveled with a DUI and a random check that found an arsenal in his car: a loaded handgun, five knives, a box of throwing stars, a machete, a collapsible baton, a sling shot with BBs and mace.  [via Tampa Bay Online]
  • Riley Feller, the former 82nd Airborne private and self-proclaimed skinhead behind an attack on a homeless Cincinnati man last year, is now charged with reckless homicide in the shooting death of a arrested after a 26-year-old woman was fatally shot inside an apartment on Smith Road. [via WLWT-TV ]
  • Fort Bragg soldier Michael Fazekas, 20, was charged with raping a 20-year-old woman who had been drinking and passed out. “When she woke up, the suspect was on top of her having intercourse without her consent. She screamed and he got off of her, then left the room,” said a Fayetteville police official. [via WRAL-TV]
  • Police said a 22-year-old Fort Benning soldier with a gunshot wound in his foot told them a phony  story about a drive-by shooting. They said Anthony Handsford was accidentally shot by a friend with his own pistol, and now faces charges. [via Associated Press/WRBL-TV]
  • Mine-toting faker Anthony Todd Saxon, 35, pleaded guilty in a Georgia court to charges of impersonating a soldier, possession of a firearm by a convicted felon and possession of an unregistered silencer and short-barreled rifle. The ex-Guardsman, who was busted at Fort Gordon, had been mentally evaluated to determine whether he was fit to stand trial. [via Augusta Chronicle]
  • Spc. Emmitt Quintal, who pleaded guilty in Joint Base Lewis-McChord “rogue platoon” case, admitted in court to smoking hashish in Afghanistan as a weekly ritual often accomplished with the aid of a pipe fashioned from a soda-pop can. He says the drug helped him unwind from patrols and the stress of seeing other soldiers injured in war. [via Seattle Times]
  • An Army investigator has recommended dropping murder and conspiracy charges against one of five Washington-based soldiers charged with killing civilians in Afghanistan for sport: Spc. Michael Wagnon II. The investigator wrote in his report that there was not enough evidence to sustain charges that Wagnon deliberately killed any civilian, conspired to kill civilians, possessed a human skull fragment or tried to impede an investigation. [via Associated Press and Seattle Times]
  • The president of a Florida construction company working at the Army Special Forces cantonment was arrested Wednesday and charged with fraud for falsifying Social Security numbers of her employees. Sheyenne Contreras, a U.S. citizen, had a construction contract related to 7th Special Forces Group’s move from Fort Bragg, N.C., to a new home on Eglin Air Force Base. [via Northwest Florida Daily News]
  • A Washington, D.C., judge on Tuesday dismissed charges against dozens of anti-war veterans and activists who protested in front of the White House last month. Among the 130 people charged with “failure to obey a lawful order” on Dec. 16, when they protested American involvement in Afghanistan, Iraq and elsewhere with Veterans for Peace, was John Amidon, a Marine Corps veteran from Albany. Amidon and 40 others chose to fight the $100 tickets at trial. [via Albany Times-Union]
  • An Australian mercenary sentenced to death in Afghanistan has paid $100K to save himself from the gallows. Robert William Langdon – who worked for Four Horsemen International, an American security company – paid blood money to his victim’s family after losing his murder appeal last year. The former Australian soldier was convicted of murder after shooting an Afghan colleague four times, throwing a grenade at his corpse and then setting the body on fire, to try and make the attack look like a Taliban ambush. [via The Scotsman]
  • The Gazette of Colorado Springs, is carrying a big story on Sunday from Pulitzer Prize finalist Dave Philipps about four Fort Carson soldiers who were awaiting trial for violent crimes but went to war instead. [via The Gazette]
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