Army officer recommends trial in Afghan killings

Posted: Friday, October 08, 2010

JOINT BASE LEWIS-MCCHORD, Wash. - An investigating officer at Joint Base Lewis-McChord has recommended a court-martial for one of the soldiers accused of killing three civilians in Afghanistan.

The News Tribune of Tacoma reported the recommendation this week from Col. Thomas Molloy. It now goes to the commander of the 2nd Brigade, 2nd Infantry Division, for a final decision on a military trial.

Twenty-two-year-old Spc. Jeremy Morlock of Wasilla is one of five Lewis-McChord soldiers accused of killing civilians for sport in a recent Stryker brigade deployment. All have denied the accusations.

They could face the death penalty if convicted.

Morlock was the first to have a pretrial hearing Sept. 27 at the Army base near Tacoma.

Anchorage transit facing cutbacks

ANCHORAGE - The cost of a bus ride in Anchorage would go up next year under the budget proposed by Mayor Dan Sullivan.

People Mover Director Jody Karcz said the $1.75 adult cash fare would rise to $2. The cost of passes would also rise, as would the cost of the AnchorRides - the door-to-door service for the disabled and elderly. Frequency of buses on several routes would be reduced.

Karcz told the Anchorage Daily News the proposed 2011 budget is actually up by about $200,000 to $20.5 million, but the increase doesn't cover higher pay and benefits.

The Anchorage Assembly holds its first budget hearing on Oct. 26.

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