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Category: Joint Base Lewis-McChord


Firing at Joint Base Lewis-McChord today part of training

Joint Base Lewis-McChord release about range practice scheduled for today:

May 2, 2013

Demolitions, C-4

Firing is scheduled from 6 a.m. thru 6 p.m. This firing is conducted to maintain proficiency

with this type of explosive.

This schedule of significant range activity is provided as a courtesy for residents of

neighboring communities, for informational purposes only. Activities are listed when they may

produce noise or other disturbances beyond the boundary of JBLM’s maneuver training areas,

weapons ranges, and artillery impact area. Actual noise or vibrations experienced can vary

according to the type of training conducted, distance from firing point or

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Night training at JBLM with 81mm Mortar could mean loud noises for neighbors

Residents around Joint Base Lewis-McChord could hear late-night firing tonight through Thursday as soldiers practice using 81 mm Mortars, the base announced today.

The training is scheduled nightly from 9 to 11 p.m.

For more information, call the JBLM Community Information line at 253-967-0852.


Expect loud noises from Joint Base Lewis-McChord Saturday from training exercise

Don’t worry about any shooting or other loud noises heard coming from Joint Base Lewis-McChord this weekend.

Officials said soldiers will be training with a 105 mm Howitzer, which is a lightweight towed weapon that provides direct support fires to light, airborne and air assault forces.  A Howitzer is 17-feet long, weighs more than 3,000 pounds and requires eight people to man it, according to the Army.

The training will extend from midnight Saturday to midnight Sunday, with increased activity at night.

“This is normally scheduled and required training, which allows military members to practice and improve skills required during

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JBLM soldier sentenced to life in prison for killing wife, raping stepdaughter

A Joint-Base Lewis McChord soldier has been sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole after pleading guilty to stabbing his wife to death and raping her daughter.

A military judge has also ordered Staff Sgt. Robert Chiaravallotti to forfeit all pay and reduced his rank to private, according to the Army.

Chiaravallotti, 42, pleaded guilty to murder, rape of a child and assault of a child Thursday. The attack occurred on base Aug. 25.

The military said Chiaravallotti stabbed his wife, 39-year-old Dionne Chiaravallotti, after telling her about sexual acts with her 14-year-old daughter. He told the

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Charges dropped against JBLM soldier accused of impersonating officer in conversations with prostitutes; State can’t find women

Pierce County prosecutors have dropped charges against a Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier accused of impersonating a Tacoma police officer in conversations with two prostitutes and trapping one of the women in his car.

Sylvester Haliburton, 28, had been charged with two counts of first-degree criminal impersonation and one count of first-degree unlawful imprisonment. After his arrest, he was placed under the supervision of his superiors at JBLM.

The charges were dismissed Monday, according to court records, because the state couldn’t find either of the women. If they are found in the future, prosecutors can refile the charges within the statute

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UPDATED: JBLM soldier arrested in connection with slaying of brother-in-law

UPDATE as of 1:51 p.m.: Shannon Remus, the JBLM soldier arrested on suspicion of hiding a corpse, waived extradition this afternoon during a hearing at Pierce County Superior Court.

INITIAL POST: A 26-year-old Joint Base Lewis-McChord soldier has been arrested in connection with the torture and homicide of her husband’s autistic stepbrother in Wisconsin last summer.

The News Tribune is not naming the woman, who is a military police officer, because she has not yet been charged with a crime. She is scheduled for an extradition hearing today in Pierce County Superior Court.

Detectives from Wisconsin arrested her Tuesday on base

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UPDATED: Pole fire cause of power outage in Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, South Tacoma and JBLM areas

About 1,000 Lakewood residents face not having power restored tonight after a pole fire that caused power outages across Pierce County.

Tacoma Public Utilities crews are working to replace the damaged equipment and reroute power to restore service after the fire, which the agency reported about 5:30 p.m.

Power was lost in the Lakewood, Steilacoom, University Place, South Tacoma and Joint Base Lewis-McChord areas after the fire at 75th Street West and Bridgeport Way in Lakewood, TPU spokeswoman Chris Gleason said.

The cause of the fire and boundaries of the outage were still being determined.

People who live between 70th

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