The Army Blotter: Vets Day vandalism, perversion and tears

  • A Marine shot, injured by IEDs, and awarded two purple hearts found “Go back to Iraq and kill more women and kids” spray-painted on the family SUV in West York, Pa., and the tires slashed. The vet said he was uncomfortable with the attention after a reward was offered in the case and a fund drive was launched to aid the family.  [via The York Dispatch]
  • A 60-year-old laboratory supervisor at Umatilla Army Depot, Wash., who had 20,000 images and 244 videos of child pornography on his computer was sentenced in federal court to six years in prison and must register as a sex offender. [via Washington Tri-City Herald]
  • A 22-year-old Army specialist with the 49th Quartermaster Group, based at Fort Lee, Va., pleaded not guilty in the shooting death of his wife in Providence, R.I. The soldier, joined by family and a state representative, wept in the hallway before his arraignment. Bail was set at $500,000. [via Providence Journal]

  • A former Army officer suspected of child molestation in Latvia was extradited by the U.S. Marshals in California to that eastern European country on Nov. 8. According to court papers, the officer, 38, invited a 13-year-old and a 16-year-old to his apartment in Riga, Latvia, where he gave them creepy massages. He was convicted in absentia of immoral acts with a minor.” [via U.S. Marshals release]
  • A man facing capital murder charges in the shooting death of a U.S. Army private outside a Little Rock recruiting center threatened to fire his attorneys, writing in a letter to the court he would  “represent my damn self.”  [via AP/Memphis Commercial Appeal]
  • A 20-year-old man charged with assaulting a 29-year-old U.S. Army veteran who was in town visiting his grandmother pleaded guilty in a Berkshire, Mass., court and got one year of probation. [via The Berkshire Eagle]
  • A 30-year-old infantryman from Fort Campbell, Ky., who says he went AWOL after the Army failed to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder intends to turn himself in on Veterans Day. The specialist says he’s suffered anxiety and anger since a 2008 tour in Iraq and tried to seek during his mid-tour leave, but he went home to North Carolina when he was told he would have to return to Afghanistan. The soldier plans to address the media outside Fort Campbell today. [via AP and Common Dreams release]


A Note About the Blotter: I want to make a crime blotter a regular or semi-regular feature of the blog, but  I’ve got to help put out a newspaper too, so let’s just see how this goes. Also, if you see something we missed, send me a link and I’ll do my best to get it into the blotter.


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