US Navy identifies killer
The US Navy on Thursday identified the civilian who killed a sailor aboard a destroyer in Virginia this week, saying he stripped a guard of his gun before opening fire. The incident has raised fresh questions about security at military installations after a shooting rampage in September last year at the Washington Navy Yard, when a civilian contractor killed 12 people. Authorities said Jeffery Savage, 35, a truck driver who had driven his vehicle on to the Norfolk naval base on Monday, tried to board the USS Mahan, but was told to stop and confronted by security officers. “A struggle occurred and Savage was able to disarm the petty officer of the watch,” a statement said. Savage used the gun to kill Master-at-Arms 2nd Class Mark Mayo, before other security guards shot him dead, it said.
Peanut butter to be dumped
Nearly a million jars of untainted peanut butter are being dumped at a New Mexico landfill. The US$2.6 million worth of peanut butter is being hauled to a landfill this week to expedite the sale of bankrupt Sunland Inc, a peanut-processing plant in Portales that was at the heart of a 2012 salmonella outbreak and nationwide recall. Bankruptcy trustee Clarke Coll says the peanut butter was produced for Costco Wholesale before the plant shut in fall last year, but Costco refused to take shipment of the product and it declined requests to let it be donated to food banks, repackaged or sold to brokers who provide food products to institutions such as prisons, even though tests showed it was safe.
Officers sacked for cheating
The US Air Force said on Thursday it had sacked nine nuclear missile officers and would discipline dozens of others over an exam cheating scandal that has sparked concerns about lax ethics. The officers, including chiefs of four squadrons, were all working at Malmstrom Air Force base in Montana, which has been rocked by cheating allegations that implicated up to 100 airmen. An internal investigation had found that commanders had not engaged in any cheating, but had “failed to provide adequate oversight of their crew force.”
Baggage handlers arrested
Police said a US$15,000 camera, Gucci bags and brand-name clothing and jewelry were among the thousands of dollars in valuables stolen by baggage handlers at Los Angeles International Airport. Los Angeles Police Captain Raymond Maltez said on Thursday that while some thieves worked together, most acted on their own, seizing opportunities to pocket items from luggage in transit. He said there was a culture of acceptance of theft among the baggage handlers. Six people have been arrested.