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1 Marine killed, 11 more hurt in NC helicopter crash

By Military1 Staff CAMP LEJEUNE, N.C. — One Marine was killed and 11 others were injured when a helicopter made a hard landing during a training exercise, NBC News reported.  Marines aboard the CH-53E Super Stallion helicopter were training at Camp Lejeune when the accident occurred, officials said in a statement to NBC News. The names of those involved have not been released yet.  Nine servicemembers have already been released from the hospital. The other two remain and are listed in s ... More

Attorney says Navy sailor had shock therapy before the 2014 stabbing

By Mike Hixenbaugh The Virginian-Pilot NORFOLK, Va. — A sailor accused of attempted murder in the stabbing of another sailor at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center had been subjected to a dozen rounds of electroshock therapy and was cut off from psychiatric medication prior to the attack last summer, his defense lawyer said during a military court hearing today at Norfolk Naval Station. Civilian lawyer Greg McCormack said his client, Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell, is “a very sick man&r ... More

Navy launches official investigation into Chattanooga attack

By Shelly Bradbury Chattanooga Times/Free Press The July 16 shooting at the U.S. Naval and Marine Reserve Center in Chattanooga could change security at similar Navy sites across the nation. The Navy is investigating everything from the site's layout to the policies that govern how personnel respond to such attacks, a Navy spokesman said Friday. The Navy began the official investigation into the Chattanooga attack on Aug. 11, said Capt. Jack Hanzlik, Fleet Forces Command public affairs officer ... More

USCG seizes 53 pounds of MDMA near Wash.

By Joseph O'Sullivan The Seattle Times SAN JUAN ISLANDS, Wash. — Law-enforcement officials boarded a vessel near the San Juan Islands on Thursday afternoon, seizing about 53 pounds of MDMA, a chemical found in the club-drug ecstasy, and detaining a citizen of Taiwan. The discovery was made by a Coast Guard boarding team from the cutter Swordfish near President Channel, off Orcas Island, according to a Coast Guard statement. Wen-Xian Zhang, 24, was transferred to federal authorities, a ... More

Feds add charges to man who allegedly shot at Fla. USCG crew

By Kevin Wadlow Florida Keys Keynoter KEY LARGO, Fla. — A Key Largo liveaboard accused of firing gunshots at a U.S. Coast Guard crew Sunday now faces state and federal charges that could lead to 20 years in prison. Daniel M. Szabo, 40, remained in Monroe County jail Tuesday with no bond allowed. On Monday, a Coast Guard Investigative Service agent filed a criminal complaint in federal district court charging Szabo "did use a deadly and dangerous weapon" during Szabo's failed atte ... More

Military court upholds death sentence in 2003 ‘fragging’ case

By Michael Doyle McClatchy Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — The nation’s highest military court has affirmed the conviction and death sentence for a University of California, Davis, graduate who admitted killing two fellow U.S. soldiers at the start of the Iraq War. In a closely split decision, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces rejected claims by Los Angeles native Hasan K. Akbar that his original defense team was ineffective. Akbar argued at trial that he was mentally ill when he kil ... More

Judge casts doubt on Calif. soldiers' claims in fatal stabbing

Pablo Lopez The Fresno Bee FRESNO, Calif. — For nearly 20 months, Army National Guard solider Jessica Wills said that she stabbed fellow soldier Brian Santos in the chest in self-defense. Her wife, Jacqueline Benavides Wills, denied ever stabbing Santos. Thursday, prosecutor Gabriel Brickey stunned a packed Fresno courtroom when he said some of the evidence suggests that Benavides Wills, who is also an Army National Guard soldier, actually delivered the fatal blow. And the judge agreed wi ... More

Coast Guard member fakes suicide to desert

Michael Hasch The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review WASHINGTON — A West Virginia man was so desperate to desert from the Coast Guard that prosecutors say he faked his own death, even having his wife and their friend read his phony suicide notes to his three children. Larry Shelby's supposed suicide prompted the Coast Guard and other agencies to spend more than $100,000 searching for him while he was hiding, first in a remote mountain cabin and later a secret room inside the basement of his home in Ma ... More

Hearing begins for killing of Calif. Guard soldier

Pablo Lopez The Fresno Bee FRESNO, Calif. — It was supposed to be a fun night of partying for the four Army National Guard soldiers. Instead, the New Year’s Day celebration in 2014 went horribly wrong. Police found soldier Brian Santos lying on Shields Avenue in east Fresno stabbed to death. Nearly 20 months later, two of Santos’ fellow soldiers — Jessica Wills, 25, and Jacqueline Benavides Wills, 24 — are in Fresno County Superior Court for a preliminary hearing to det ... More