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Category: Joint Base Lewis McChord


Husband of JBLM soldier charged with killing, freezing stepbrother

The husband of a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier was charged today with killing his autistic stepbrother in Wisconsin and freezing his body in a freezer.

Pierce County sheriff’s deputies arrested Jeffrey Vogelsberg, 28, late Monday at the base’s main gate. It’s unclear when he will be extradited to face charges of first-degree intentional homicide and hiding a corpse in the death of 27-year-old Matthew Graville.

At a news conference today, Dane County Sheriff Dave Mahoney said Graville was tortured and abused by Vogelsberg who killed him, froze his body in a freezer and then buried it near Mazomanie last July.

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JBLM soldier pleads not guilty to impersonating officer in dealings with prostitutes

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier pleaded not guilty today to charges he impersonated a police officer in conversations with two prostitutes and unlawfully detained one of the women in his vehicle.

Pierce County prosecutors charged Sylvester Haliburton, 27, with two counts of first-degree criminal impersonation and one count of first-degree unlawful imprisonment. Bail was set at $75,000.

According to charging documents:

A known prostitute told police she opened a man’s car door Oct. 8, at which point he flashed a badge, showed a gun and said: “Tacoma police, get in the car, don’t make a scene.”

Believing the man was

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Soldier hit, killed by train is identified

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier killed Monday night when an Amtrak Cascades train hit his pickup truck has been identified as Sgt. 1st Class Justin Strom.

Strom, 34, of Auburn, was assigned to the base’s I Corps and had been deployed three times. He went to Iraq in 2004-2005 and 2008-2009 and spent seven months in Pakistan last year, said Lt. Col. Gary Dangerfield, I Corps spokesman at the base.

Strom’s truck was hit by the train about 19 miles south of Tacoma on JBLM land. None of the 153 passengers on-board were injured.

Dangerfield said the investigation into the

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UPDATED: JBLM soldier pleads not guilty to exploiting teenage girls for nude photos

UPDATE as of 1:53 p.m. Ford entered a not guilty plea to all 25 counts. His bail was set at $500,000.

INITIAL POST: A Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has been charged with 25 counts alleging he coerced seven teenage girls into sending him nude photographs while he was deployed in Afghanistan.

David Ford, 24, is expected to be arraigned this afternoon on charges including communication with a minor for immoral purposes, possession of depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct, second-degree extortion, sexual exploitation of a minor and viewing depictions of a minor engaged in sexually explicit conduct.

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State Patrol arrests soldier accused of using Internet to exploit underage girls while deployed

A JBLM soldier accused of using “fear tactics” to get illegal pictures and video from teenage girls was arrested this afternoon after the Washington State Patrol learned he had returned from an overseas deployment.

The suspect, 24, was booked into Pierce County Jail for investigation of Possession of Depictions of a Minor Engaged in Sexually Explicit Conduct, Communication With A Minor for Immoral Purposes, Sexual Exploitation of a Minor, and Extortion, according to the State Patrol.

The eight alleged victims are between 15- and 17-years-old.

The News Tribune does not generally name suspects until they have been formally charged.


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One killed in crash at JBLM gate

UPDATE as of 4:48 p.m. The man killed in the crash was a solider, spokesman Joe Piek said. The East Gate Road is open to outbound traffic, and may open completely later today, he said.

INITIAL POST: One person was killed this morning when a vehicle leaving Joint Base Lewis-McChord crashed into an empty guard shack.

The collision happened just before 5 a.m. on East Gate Road.

Investigators are trying to determine what caused the accident.

One lane of traffic is open for drivers coming onto the base but traffic to exit the base is being diverted to the Roy

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JBLM man dies in Gig Harbor motorcycle crash

A Joint Base Lewis-McChord man died Monday night when his motorcycle crashed in his hometown of Gig Harbor.

Ty Barnes, 23, left the roadway on a right hand curve and hit a large rock, flipping the motorcycle in the 5000 block of Reid Drive Northwest, Pierce County Sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer said.

Crews responded at 11:20 p.m. and pronounced Barnes dead at the scene.

He was wearing a helmet, but did not have a motorcycle endorsement, Troyer said.

Barnes joined the Air Force in March of 2008, and was assigned to JBLM in April 2012, according to Air Force spokeswoman Dawn Hart.He

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