TULSA, Okla. (KTUL) — A man accused of placing a pipe bomb at an Air Force recruiting center in Bixby has been ordered to undergo a mental health evaluation.
Benjamin Roden, 28, appeared in federal court Friday morning. He’s charged with malicious damage to federal property by use of an explosive, use of an explosive to commit a federal felony and two counts of destruction of federal property.
Roden is accused of setting off a pipe bomb Monday night outside the recruitment center near 103rd and Memorial. He was arrested the next day. The FBI is still investigating the motive.
Roden, who was discharged from the Air Force in April, made a Facebook post days before the explosion in which he says a “government vehicle looks beautiful” and “that is how I am going to make up for 2 years 7 months without a job.”
— BK (@BKactual) July 15, 2017
CAMP BASTION, Afghanistan (Reuters) – While Washington works on plans to send more troops to Afghanistan, U.S. forces on the ground are grappling with building an army in the middle of a war their commanders say is locked in stalemate.
It is slow, hot, often frustrating work, ranging from overseeing basic infantry training to trying to create modern logistics systems for an army in which many soldiers cannot read or write.
“There are enormous challenges ahead,” said Brig. Gen. Roger Turner, who led a task force in Helmand five years ago and who has returned as commander of around 300 Marines training and advising the Afghan army and police.
When the Marines left Helmand in 2014, they did not expect to return, but building the Afghan army has been slower than anticipated. (?????????????????? – BK) Many issues trainers focus on, such as improving army leadership or getting troops off vulnerable checkpoints, are ones American advisers have recommended for years.”
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— GMP Middleton (@GMPMiddleton) July 15, 2017
New questions are emerging about the Army’s recruitment practices after an active duty soldier at Fort Drum, N.Y., allegedly shot and killed two people on Sunday – his wife and a state trooper. Before he enlisted, Sergeant Justin Walters‘ criminal record included a conspiracy to commit mass murder at his middle school. Lauren Rosenthal with North Country Public Radio reports.
LAUREN ROSENTHAL, BYLINE: It was 1999, just a few months after the Columbine High School shooting when police in Holland, Mich., received an anonymous tip that a ninth grader named Justin Walters and one other student were planning to bring a gun to their school. WOODTV in Holland picked up the story.
UNIDENTIFIED MAN: Nobody was hurt. The plan was never carried out, and the students never got the weapon.
ROSENTHAL: Matt Militello was the school principal at the time.
MATT MILITELLO: This was very real. It couldn’t get any more real than being within hours of something tragic happening in the school.
ROSENTHAL: Militello says investigators found two lists – a hit list of people Justin Walters wanted to shoot and a safe list naming people Walters didn’t intend to harm. Michael Beyrle’s younger brother was the co-conspirator in the shooting plot. Both boys pleaded guilty and spent time in juvenile detention…
…Beyrle’s family tried to forget the incident until this week when they heard that Walters was accused of killing two people in upstate New York…ROSENTHAL: The Army wouldn’t answer any questions about Walters. Brian Sutton is a public affairs officer for the Army’s recruiting command in Fort Knox, Ky. He says short of a murder conviction, recruiters will consider people who have criminal records…
…[POST-BROADCAST CORRECTION: In this report, it’s mistakenly said that Army recruiters will consider people who have criminal records, other than those who have been convicted of murder. In fact, the Army is not considering those with felony arrests or convictions on their records.]”
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— Rep. Adam Smith (@RepAdamSmith) July 13, 2017
— WTAE-TV Pittsburgh (@WTAE) July 14, 2017
KINSHASA (Reuters) – Five park rangers were killed in a joint operation with the army to rescue an American journalist and three park rangers, who went missing in a wildlife reserve in eastern Democratic Republic of Congo, a local official said on Sunday.
Gunmen attacked the group late on Friday in the Okapi Wildlife Reserve in Mambasa territory. Some others in the group, including two Dutch journalists, escaped.
Mambasa administrator Alfred Bongwalanga said security forces and park rangers had launched a rescue operation that located the missing members of the group. It was not immediately clear how the rangers were killed…
…Eastern Congo has been the theater of numerous wars and uprisings over the last two decades, and rebels, militia fighters and bandits still present a security risk in many areas.
Park rangers trying to protect dwindling populations of elephants and gorillas often clash with poachers and other armed groups who exploit minerals, wildlife and other resources.”
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— マイル (@martian_munk) July 16, 2017
A Marine Corps sergeant major was indicted on hate crime and assault charges following an alleged attack on a server at an Iraqi restaurant.
Sgt. Maj. Damien Rodriguez is accused of attacking the staff at DarSalam restaurant in Portland, Oregon, in April.
At the time of the alleged assault, Rodriguez was serving as the battalion sergeant major for 1st Battalion, 11th Marines at Camp Pendleton, 1st Lt. Paul Gainey, a Marine spokesman, told Marine Corps Times.
Rodriguez was caught on video at the restaurant shouting racial slurs at the staff of the Iraqi restaurant. At one point, Rodriguez can be seen in the video swinging a chair, allegedly striking one of the employees.”
He was indicted in early July on one count of assault in the second degree, one count of disorderly conduct in the second degree and two counts of intimidation in the second degree, Multnomah County Deputy District Attorney Chris Ramras told Marine Corps Times. Ramras noted that the intimidation charge is commonly referred to as a hate crime.
If convicted, Rodriguez could face more than 10 years in prison.
…Rodriguez was previously charged with harassment and disorderly conduct, but the District Attorney’s Office dropped misdemeanor charges and decided to pursue felony charges, according to Ramras. His court date is set for September.
Previously, Rodriguez served with 2nd Battalion 4th Marines where he deployed to Ramadi, Iraq, in 2004, according to Marine Corps records.
Rodriguez deployed to Iraq for a second time in 2006 to Anbar province while serving with the 15th Marine Expeditionary Unit.
Additionally, Rodriguez deployed twice to Helmand province, Afghanistan, in 2010 and 2012 while serving with 3rd Light Armored Reconnaissance Battalion, records show.”
The Army knew Sgt. 1st Class Ikaika Kang had shown support for Islamic State years ago. It even took away his security clearance for a while.
But he stayed in the service, deploying to Afghanistan in 2013.
Then, last weekend, the FBI arrested the 34-year-old on terrorism charges following a yearlong investigation, shortly after Kang declared his loyalty to the terrorist group and exclaimed that he wanted to “kill a bunch of people,” according to authorities.
The case highlights the challenges investigators face with protecting the public from a potentially dangerous actor on one hand and gathering sufficient evidence to enable prosecution on the other.
Kang is on record making pro-Islamic State comments and threatening to hurt or kill other service members back in 2011, according to an FBI affidavit filed Monday in federal court.
The Army revoked his security clearance in 2012, but gave it back to him the following year. Last year, the Army called the FBI when it “appeared that Kang was becoming radicalized,” the affidavit said…
..Kang’s court-appointed lawyer, Birney Bervar, said his client may suffer from service-related mental health issues of which the government was aware but neglected to treat. He declined to elaborate.”
— Andrew Kirell (@AndrewKirell) July 13, 2017
CAMP LEJEUNE — Four days after a Marine KC-130T airplane crashed carrying seven members of the 2nd Marine Raider Battalion along with nine reservists, Marine Corps Special Operations Command Deputy Commander Col. Steven J. Grass addressed the media and formally announced the names of the fallen from prepared remarks lasting three minutes then answered questions for another six.
Grass kept his comments focused on the seven MARSOC team members who perished along with nine Marine reservists from Marine Aerial Refueler Transport Squadron 452, or VMGR-452, a reserve unit based at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York. The flight originated Monday from Marine Corps Air Station Cherry Point in Havelock and was scheduled to fly non-stop to Naval Air Field El Centro in California with the MARSOC personnel then traveling to Yuma, Arizona to begin their training mission. While over LeFlore County, Mississippi, the aircraft experienced a catastrophic event causing it to spiral downward into a soybean field killing all on board.
The seven Raiders killed were Staff Sgt. Robert H. Cox, 28, from Ventura, California, Staff Sgt. William J. Kundrat, 33, from Frederick, Maryland, Sgt. Chad E. Jenson, 25, from Los Angeles, California, Sgt. Talon R. Leach, 27, from Callaway Missouri, Sgt. Joseph J. Murray, 26, from Duval, Florida, Sgt. Dietrich A. Schmieman, 26, from Benton, Washington, and U.S. Navy Petty officer 2nd Class Ryan M. Lohrey, 30, from Middleton, Indiana.
This is the second time within 28 months that same Raider Company has suffered a loss. In March 2015, seven Raiders were killed along with four Louisiana National Guardsmen during a training exercise off the coast of Eglin, Florida when their UH-60 Black Hawk helicopter crashed at sea killing all on board. Grass said Monday’s crash coupled with the 2015 incident is a “tragic coincidence” but went to say that “it does not affect how we move out and care for our fallen and take care of and move on as families and an organization.”
— Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) July 11, 2017
The head of the U.S. Air Force’s Air Combat Command wants permission to deal with civilian drones—including shooting them down—that threaten to interfere with flight operations. Two recent incidents, one involving an F-22 Raptor, have shown the military to be relatively defenseless against this potentially expensive nuisance.
General James Holmes, the head of Air Combat Command, was quoted by Aviation Week describing two recent incidents. In one, an F-22 Raptor coming in for a landing nearly collided with a small, commercial unmanned aerial drone. The same week, Air Force security personnel watched as a civilian drone flew over the base perimeter and along the flight line before disappearing.Flying drones over air bases in the United States is already illegal, but actually taking action against them, including disabling or shooting them down, is a federal matter and currently only federal civilian agencies can jam drones.”
MIDDLETOWN, Ohio- A man was arrested in Middletown, Ohio, Tuesday evening, accused of offering people candy while completely naked.
Police said they received reports of the odd behavior around 9:20 p.m. in the 700 block of 17th Avenue.
Authorities found Michael Morgan, who was “show(ing) signs of intoxication and was sweating profusely,” according to a police report. The report adds that Morgan had “feces all over his person.”
Witnesses told police that Morgan took off his clothes, defecated on a chair and attempted to sell candy to people.”
Neighbors also accused Morgan of masturbating in a home’s backyard, according to the report.
Morgan, who is known to police, was arrested and found with dozens of bags of candy, police said. Authorities said they believe the candies were stolen from a nearby convenience store.”
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