Crime in the Military

16 Months after Illegal Search, Army Drops AWOL Case against Ranger

Joint Base Lewis-McChord

The Army has dismissed a long-running desertion case against a veteran Joint Base Lewis-McChord Army Ranger who spent more than a year in jail after military police illegally searched his Tacoma apartment. An Army judge's decision late Tuesday gave Staff Sgt. Brian Schwisow his first night of freedom since he was taken into custody in June 2014... more

Four Sentenced in Army Fuel Theft Scheme

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One current and three former soldiers were sentenced Tuesday in federal court in connection to a fuel theft scheme while deployed with the Army to Afghanistan in 2011 that cost the U.S. more than $10 million. Each of the soldiers had previously pleaded guilty to one count of bribery and one count of conspiracy to commit offense against the Unit... more

Businessman Upset Roof-running Airman Won't Face Serious Charges


A downtown building owner is upset that an Air Force survival school student suspected of breaking into apartments, frightening a sleeping tenant and stealing a knife during a September night of roof-running will not face serious criminal charges. Police caught Airman Jason Turkovich on the roof of the building on West Main Avenue that houses a... more

Navy Sailor who Stabbed Another Sailor Will be Tried by Military

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NORFOLK -- A troubled sailor accused of stabbing another service member at Portsmouth Naval Medical Center last year will be tried for attempted murder in a military court, the Navy announced Monday. Petty Officer 3rd Class Wilbur Harwell is accused of attacking Petty Officer 2nd Class Justin Powell with a knife in a barracks on the medical cen... more

Kodiak Man Gets 30 Months in Jail for Assault at Coast Guard Base


A 51-year-old man was sentenced in federal court Wednesday to 30 months in prison for assaulting a man on the U.S. Coast Guard base in Kodiak, according to the U.S. attorney's office. Michael Ensley of Kodiak pleaded guilty on June 1 to a charge of assault resulting in serious bodily injury. A federal judge also ordered Ensley to pay more than ... more

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