Topics/Crime

Wounded vet sees new horrors fighting child porn

By Howard Altman Tampa Tribune, Fla. CLEARWATER, Fla. — Sitting in his wheelchair in the cramped but neat cubicle in the headquarters of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's Homeland Security Investigations, Justin Gaertner explains the basics of computer forensics to a Clearwater police detective who brought in a phone from a recent homicide case. It will be up to Gaertner, a computer forensics analyst, to sift through the data hidden on the phone to come up with evidence. For t ... More

Suspect in stabbing death of Army wife to be extradited

By Gregg K. Kakesako The Honolulu Star-Advertiser A 24-year-old Indiana woman will be extradited to Honolulu to stand trial in federal court for the alleged premeditated murder in November of an Army wife. A Honolulu federal grand jury indicted Ailsa "Lisa" Jackson on Wednesday on a first-degree murder charge related to the stabbing death of Catherine Walker, 38, in her Aliamanu Military Reservation home. A three-page unsealed federal indictment said the offense was committed after "substa ... More

JBLM soldier convicted in peer's slaying

By Adam Ashton The News Tribune JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — An Army jury Wednesday convicted a Joint Base Lewis-McChord infantryman of murder without premeditation in the slaying of a fellow soldier on a Lakewood street. He was then sentenced to 45 years in prison but will be eligible for parole in less than nine years, with credit for time served. Pvt. Jeremiah Hill, 24, was spared from the mandatory life sentence he would have received if he'd been found guilty of the premeditated mur ... More

Soldier claims he murdered fellow soldier in self-defense

By Adam Ashton The News Tribune JOINT BASE LEWIS-McCHORD, Wash. — The Joint Base Lewis-McCord infantryman accused of murdering a fellow soldier insisted in court on Tuesday that he was acting in self-defense when he plunged a knife into the chest of another soldier. Pvt. Jeremiah Hill told an Army jury that he was trying to knock a knife out of Spc. Tevin Geike's right hand. It happened during what he perceived to be an escalating confrontation between two groups of soldiers on a Lakewood str ... More

2 soldiers accused of selling rifles and military ammo

By Tony Perry Los Angeles Times EL CAJON, Calif. — Two soldiers assigned to the El Cajon armory were arrested Wednesday on suspicion of illegally selling high-grade weaponry, including assault rifles and military ammunition. The sales were allegedly made to an undercover federal agent posing as a member of a Mexican drug cartel. Spec. Jaime Casillas, 22, of El Cajon and Staff Sgt. Andrew Reyes, 34, of La Mesa wore their uniforms during at least one transaction, according to court documents. ... More

Soldier killed by shots fired into NC house

By Nancy McCleary The Fayetteville Observer FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — A Fort Bragg soldier was killed this morning when someone fired gunshots into a house in the Holiday Park neighborhood off Owen Drive, Fayetteville police said. Investigators said Duane Derek Davis, 24, was in the living room of a home in the 2800 block of Coronada Parkway when the shooting happened about 5:30 a.m. Davis was taken to Cape Fear Valley Medical Center where he died. Officers said a second man was inside the hom ... More