The arrests of 15 Marines in July for running an alleged human smuggling ring at Camp Pendleton were caught on video by a 1st Marine Division public affairs official (U.S. Marine Corps video))

None of the 13 Marines recently arrested and charged in the case of an alleged human smuggling ring at Camp Pendleton are accused of transporting any unauthorized immigrants across the border, the lead investigator in the case said Tuesday.

They are charged based on the allegation they were part of a conspiracy to transport the immigrants across the county.

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A search is ongoing for a Camp Lejeune Marine who is wanted in Virginia on a murder charge.

The Franklin County Sheriff's Office in Rocky Mount, Virginia, said Monday they have issued an arrest warrant for Michael Alexander Brown, 22, for second-degree murder as well as use of a firearm in commission of a felony in connection with a Nov. 9 homicide.

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Ricardo Del Gadillo (Tarrant County Sheriff's Department)

A 28-year-old west Fort Worth man accidentally shot his brother to death early Sunday as he showed him and other relatives a handgun and lined its sights at a bedroom shelf, police said.

Ricardo Del Gadillo, 28, told a Fort Worth police detective that he drank three tall Bud Light Lime beers before the shooting.

Police arrested Del Gadillo on suspicion of manslaughter in the death of his brother, Carlos Del Gadillo, 30.

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SAN DIEGO — A Navy doctor from Coronado and two other servicemembers were indicted by a San Diego federal grand jury on Thursday, accused of filing insurance claims totaling $250,000 for injuries that never happened, authorities said.

One of the three, former Chief Petty Officer Christopher Toups, had been indicted previously with his brother, ex-wife and two other people in connection with the fraud scheme.

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Tyler Lee Wheeler (El Paso County Sheriff's Department)

A former Fort Carson soldier was found guilty Thursday on all charges, including first-degree murder, for his role in a gun battle that left one man dead.

Tyler Lee Wheeler, 21, was accused of killing Kenyatta Horne with a shotgun loaded with birdshot during an Oct. 7, 2018, drug robbery over $800 worth of cocaine.

"It all kind of tumbled pretty quickly," El Paso County sheriff's detective Karl Mai testified at a January preliminary hearing in 4th Judicial District Court, describing how Wheeler and a second man opened fire in the street after Horne, 20, drew a pistol.

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(U.S. Army/Sgt. LaShic Patterson)

How We Found Out explores recent reporting from Task & Purpose, answering questions about how we sourced our stories, what challenges we faced, and offers a behind-the-scenes look at how we cover issues impacting the military and veterans community.

Over the last two weeks Task & Purpose has published several stories based on the Army's annual Crime Report for 2018. The expansive report yielded articles on: 10 'known or suspected terrorists' who tried to access Army bases in 2018; and that hundreds of soldiers were able to rejoin the service after being kicked out for 'adverse reasons'; and then there was the soldier who stole a 155mm artillery round during training and nobody noticed for six years.

On Oct. 15, Task & Purpose published its latest piece from the report, which found that marijuana use has shot up in states where weed is legal.

The internal document was provided to Task & Purpose's editor in chief, Paul Szoldra, and given that it offered insight into how the Army tracked and assessed crime in the service in 2018, senior reporter James Clark, spoke with Szoldra to ask how the stories were selected, what additional sourcing was necessary, and how we, as a news team, approach leaked documents.

This is the second installment in the recurring column How We Found Out.

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