The Naval Criminal Investigative Service has increased a reward from $500 to $2,500 for information leading to the arrest of those involved in a spate of bomb threats called in to Navy bases in Hampton Roads earlier this week, Navy Region Mid-Atlantic spokeswoman Beth Baker said.
Someone called in a threat at Naval Station Norfolk early Wednesday that was followed by five others against Joint Expeditionary Base Little Creek in Virginia Beach. The threats were deemed noncredible.
On Thursday, a building at Norfolk Naval Shipyard was evacuated after an employee found a bomb threat written on a wall in a men’s bathroom.
Those incidents followed another threat made Monday against a ship at Little Creek and the search for a suspected mystery diver at Naval Station Norfolk after watch standers reported seeing someone in the water with scuba gear and goggles. No diver was found, and the threat at Little Creek was deemed a prank.
Those convicted of communicating a “bomb hoax” face a maximum of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine.
NCIS asks anyone with information to send an anonymous tip to 274637, or “CRIMES,” and type “NCIS” at the beginning of the message, followed by as much detail as possible.
The first grenade core was accidentally discovered on Nov. 28, 2018, by Virginia Department of Historic Resources staff examining relics recovered from the Betsy, a British ship scuttled during the last major battle of the Revolutionary War. The grenade's iron jacket had dissolved, but its core of black powder remained potent. Within a month or so, more than two dozen were found. (Virginia Department of Historic Resources via The Virginian-Pilot)
In an uh-oh episode of historic proportions, hand grenades from the last major battle of the Revolutionary War recently and repeatedly scrambled bomb squads in Virginia's capital city.
Wait – they had hand grenades in the Revolutionary War? Indeed. Hollow iron balls, filled with black powder, outfitted with a fuse, then lit and thrown.
And more than two dozen have been sitting in cardboard boxes at the Department of Historic Resources, undetected for 30 years.
(From left to right) Chris Osman, Chris McKinley, Kent Kroeker, and Talon Burton
At least four American veterans were among a group of eight men arrested by police in Haiti earlier this week for driving without license plates and possessing an arsenal of weaponry and tactical gear.
Police in Port-au-Prince arrested five Americans, two Serbians, and one Haitian man at a police checkpoint on Sunday, according to The Miami-Herald. The men told police they were on a "government mission" but did not specify for which government, according to The Herald.
They also told police that "their boss was going to call their boss," implying that someone high in Haiti's government would vouch for them and secure their release, Herald reporter Jacqueline Charles told NPR.
What they were actually doing or who they were potentially working for remains unclear. A State Department spokesperson told Task & Purpose they were aware that Haitian police arrested a "group of individuals, including some U.S. citizens," but declined to answer whether the men were employed by or operating under contract with the U.S. government.
Army Sgt. Jeremy Seals died on Oct. 31, 2018, following a protracted battle with stomach cancer. His widow, Cheryl Seals is mounting a lawsuit alleging that military care providers missed her husband's cancer. Task & Purpose photo illustration by Aaron Provost
The widow of a soldier whose stomach cancer was allegedly overlooked by Army doctors for four years is mounting a medical malpractice lawsuit against the military, but due to a decades-old legal rule known as the Feres Doctrine, her case will likely be dismissed before it ever goes to trial.