The Army Blotter: Gang rape claim nets two at JBLM, Bragg loses 14,000 rounds, and SGT busted in a internet sting



  • Two JBLM, Wash., soldiers are in jail after two girls, ages 15 and 17, showed up at an area hospital. The girls claimed they had been sexually assaulted by numerous men in a hotel room. Spec. Stephen Bardos, 27, and Sgt. Timothy Hartbeck, 22, have been arrested. The Army is investigating whether other soldiers were involved. [via KING-5]
  •  Two soldiers have been detained over 14,000 rounds of missing ammunition at Fort Bragg, N.C. After 82nd Airborne Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team reported it, the brigade was placed on lock-down for a few hours Wednesday night. [via Reuters]
  • Sgt. Nathaniel Brian Dempsey, 32, of Fort Bragg was arrested after allegedly exposing himself online to an undercover sheriff’s deputy who was posing as a 14-year-old. [viaCharlotte Observer]
  • The Army plans to try Spc. Michael Wagnon, of JBLM, who’s accused of shooting at an Afghan noncombatant during a patrol in February 2010 to help another soldier cover up a murder. In all, five soldiers from the base south of Seattle have been charged in the deaths of three Afghan civilians. [via Spokesman-Review]
  • Iraq war vet Joshua Stepp, 32, has been convicted of sexually abusing and killing his 10-month-stepdaughter in his Raleigh, N.C., home nearly two years ago. Stepp blames PTSD. [via AP]
  • An 82-year-old Korean War vet who shot two men in Massachusetts did so in self-defense, his lawyers says. [via The Daily Item]
  • A Fort Sill, Okla., private and the mother of a 10-year-old boy have been indicted for first-degree murder in the boy’s starvation death at the post, according to a federal indictment. It names Connell C. Williams, 32 and mom Candice C. Holloway, 31. [via AP]
  •  A Georgia woman accused of embezzling more than $626,000 from beneficiary accounts for veterans has been sentenced to more than two-and-a-half years in federal prison. The woman, Joy Farmer, former director of children’s ministries at Trinity Episcopal Church, allegedly stole the money while working for a Tuskegee, Ala., attorney who represented several VA beneficiaries. [via WXIA-TV]


Note: The blotter was a regular feature of the blog before it fell by the wayside. I’m going to try it out for the next few Mondays to see how it’s received. Simply, if it gets hits, it survives. — The Mgmt.


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