Posts Tagged: Crime

Air Force Sergeant called a sexual predator

On top of the  spate of F-22 Raptor accidents and hypoxia incidents, the Air Force is also contending with a high profile sex predator trial.   The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports “Air Force Sergeant in base sex-assault scandal is a predator, prosecutor says” (July 17, 2012): A sergeant charged with sexually assaulting female recruits at the… Read more »

Employee of a “8(a) Native Hawaiian Organization” security firm sentenced for embezzlement

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported “Woman sentenced for pocketing salaries of ‘phantom’ employees” (June 7, 2012): A former employee of a Native Hawaiian organization that provides security guards at Pearl Harbor and other Navy facilities on Oahu is going to prison for nearly two years for putting “phantom” employees on the payroll and pocketing their… Read more »

USS Carl Vinson sailor charged while APEC agent seeks immunity from murder charges

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reports “USS Carl Vinson sailor charged with burglary and criminal property damage” (May 18, 2012): A sailor from the visiting aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson is charged with burglary and two counts of criminal property damage after he allegedly broke into an occupied Waikiki apartment early Wednesday morning. Bail for Christopher… Read more »

Sailor from USS Carl Vinson allegedly terrorized Waikiki residents

In announcing that 2700 Marines may be moved from Okinawa to Hawaiʻi, Senator Daniel Inouye said: “We must build more housing, secure more training areas and improve and expand infrastructure while working with the counties and the state to make certain the Marines transition easily into their new duty station in Hawaii. The one thing… Read more »

Infant child of Kaneohe Marine dies from skull, brain injuries

Hawaii News Now reported that 14-month-old Zayden Lonergan, the child of a Kane’ohe Marine, died from head injuries suffered nearly a year ago: Military officials say the baby was taken unconscious to the federal fire station at Marine Corps Base Hawaii and then transferred to Castle Medical Center in March of last year. He had… Read more »

U.S. military’s Pacific ‘pivot’ and Okinawa drawdown unsettles the region

After several weeks of speculation and anonymous ‘leaks’ about possible changes to the U.S.-Japan plan to relocate the Futenma Marine base to Henoko, Okinawa, government officials announced that the U.S. would begin moving some troops out of Okinawa, independent of the base relocation to Henoko. But the news is having an unsettling effect across the… Read more »

Kaneohe Marine charged with attempted murder

 The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that 22-year old Kaneohe Marine Brandon Calhoun was charged with “second-degree attempted murder after he allegedly hit a 48-year-old man with a chair and  and his fists during argument in a Waikiki parking lot.” Police said the victim went to the hospital in critical condition with head and facial injuries… Read more »

The Invisible War: New Film Exposes Rape, Sexual Assault Epidemic in U.S. Military

Democracy Now! featured interviews with military rape survivors and the director of an important film about the epidemic of rape and sexual violence in the U.S. military.   On the heels of a new military survey that the number of reported violent sex crimes jumped 30 percent in 2011, with active-duty female soldiers ages 18… Read more »

Army veteran, 22, suspected in school, college burglaries

The Honolulu Star Advertiser reported that 22-year old Army veteran Kevin Merk has been arrested as a suspect in several burglaries in the Kane’ohe area: An Army veteran arrested Sunday for allegedly breaking into buildings on the Castle High School campus may also be a suspect in other recent Windward Oahu burglaries, officials said. Kevin… Read more »

Soldier suicides hit record high in 2011

The social and human costs of U.S. wars and military policies are coming due.  The New York Times reported that “Active-Duty Soldiers Take Their Own Lives at Record Rate”: Suicides among active-duty soldiers hit another record high in 2011, Army officials said on Thursday, although there was a slight decrease if nonmobilized Reserve and National… Read more »