published Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

Dalton sailor charged over AK-47 ‘disgruntled’

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    Cory Dion Caldwell, 24, of Waterford, Conn., an active member of the U.S. Navy, appears in New London Superior Court GA-10 in New London Conn., during an arraignment hearing on charges of possession of an assault weapon and sale or transport of an assault weapon, Tuesday, Aug. 23, 2011. Caldwell made anti-government statements and authorities were concerned about the potential for violence, police said Tuesday. (AP Photo/The Day, Tim Martin)
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By Michael Melia, The Associated Press

NEW LONDON, Conn. — A Navy sailor from Dalton, Ga., who was charged with illegally possessing an AK-47 assault rifle was “disgruntled,” and authorities were concerned about the potential for violence, police said Tuesday.

Cory Dion Caldwell, 24, kept the rifle under his bed in the barracks at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., according to an arrest warrant. The Naval Criminal Investigative Service opened an investigation after an informant told them about the weapon and said Caldwell made statements that were anti-government and anti-military.

The informant “provided the information based on a fear for the safety of others,” a police investigator wrote in an affidavit.

At his arraignment Tuesday in New London Superior Court, the sailor wore shackles around his hands and feet and did not speak. The judge ordered him to remain in custody on $200,000 bail.

Waterford police Sgt. Joseph DePasquale said Caldwell was “very disgruntled and anti-military” and there was concern of potential violence, but there was no evidence that Caldwell planned to harm anyone.

DePasquale said that authorities who searched Caldwell’s home in Waterford found the assault rifle along with a gas mask, a .50-caliber handgun, two .45-caliber handguns and high-capacity ammunition clips for the AK-47 that could hold up to 50 rounds apiece.

“It makes you wonder,” DePasquale said. “Finding stuff like that obviously increased our concern. Our concern is whatever’s motivating him to stockpile stuff like this.”

Caldwell was arrested Monday at the submarine base, where he was assigned to the USS Springfield submarine. He was detained by Navy officials before his arrest.

The NCIS, which began its investigation July 31, told police that a man who used to live with Caldwell in Groton said Caldwell recently had been kicked out after obtaining the rifle and because of his anti-government and anti-military rhetoric. He later moved to the residence in Waterford, where the landlord told investigators that Caldwell had an AK-47, according to court documents.

In an Aug. 17 interview at the NCIS office at the sub base, Caldwell said that he bought the rifle in April in Providence, R.I., and tried to arrange for it to be shipped to Connecticut. The gun store told him the rifle was illegal in Connecticut, and he had it shipped instead to Georgia. He then drove to Georgia to pick up the weapon and bring it back, the documents said. Caldwell consented to a search of his residence that turned up the rifle.

He was charged with possession of an assault weapon and sale or transport of a prohibited assault weapon.

An NCIS spokesman, Ed Buice, declined to comment, saying the agency does not discuss details of ongoing investigations.

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rolando said...

The ammo is cheap NC...although the AK is a bit expensive -- a decent one, anyway. Problem is, the ammo is not cost-effective for reloading.

AK-47s are a lot cheaper and more reliable for their purpose [relatively short-range, relatively rapid fire] than the AR/M-16.

The real problem is Connecticut is living and forcing its citizens to live in the Dark Ages. Hopefully, the next invasion of the US will begin there...let them throw rocks at the bad guys.

"Live free or die: Death is not the worst of evils."
-- General John Stark

August 24, 2011 at 6:41 a.m.
rolando said...

The way I read this article, Caldwell is no longer in the US Navy, nor does he reside on any US Navy property.

Exactly what is NCIS' jurisdiction in the current case? They have evidently been watching too many of their TV programs of the same name and have adopted the actors' [and writers'] poor idea.

By the article, NCIS has neither investigative nor prosecutive jurisdiction in this case. They are as bad as the Air Force OSI when it "lead" an invasive attack on a private gun shop in downtown Las Vegas [no jurisdiction.]

August 24, 2011 at 6:47 a.m.
harrystatel said...

"Caldwell made statements that were anti-government and anti-military."

Big deal! So do I-everyday and every chance I get.

Waiting for Uncle Sugar and his Merry Band of Thugs to suspend habeas corpus (like Lincoln) to throw dissenting newspaper editors in prison (like Lincoln) to throw political dissents in prison (like Lincoln and Woodrow Wilson) to send US citizens to concentration camps (like Franklin Roosevelt)and have military tribunals imprison, try, and convict civilians (Lincoln, Wilson, Roosevelt, and Bush). Not to mention the US Empire’s invasions and occupations from the Philippines, Nicaragua, Panama, Cuba, Iraq, Afghanistan, Yemen, Libya (waiting for Iran and Syria to join the list).

Yes, nothing to complain about here. Just business as usual.

August 24, 2011 at 8:07 a.m.
SeaSmokie59er said...

Rolando he's still in the Navy and one gun was in his onbase berthing space.

http://www.theday.com/article/20110824/NWS02/308249977/-1/NWS

August 24, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.
rolando said...

SeaSmoke -- "...a man who used to live with Caldwell in Groton said Caldwell recently had been kicked out after obtaining the rifle and because of his anti-government and anti-military rhetoric. He later moved to the residence in Waterford, where the landlord told investigators that Caldwell had an AK-47, according to court documents." [see above]

Now, what was the NCIS' claim to jurisdiction?

Trying not to lecture but generally, military bases have shared investigative and prosecutive jurisdiction with local and state police orgs. The locals generally have primary or shared [with FBI] jurisdiction in on-base housing areas and other "civilian" areas. The military generally has jurisdiction over military areas -- barracks, for instance. In most cases, offenses on-base by or between military members is investigated and prosecuted by military/federal groups.

The rifle was found off-base -- making it a state crime, not a federal one -- although keeping it in his on-base quarters was probably against US Navy regs. NCIS now has zero jurisdiction over that crime, TV shows notwithstanding. They missed their chance when Caldwell moved the rifle off-base. Which doesn't mean they cannot assist in the state's investigation.

Either that or federal/military investigative law/UCMJ has changed rather drastically in the last 10 years.

My posts here are based on the information available on the TFP...which is admittedly rather sketchy. They tend to switch from past tense to present and back.

Interesting how they will prosecute him for reportedly [unproven] keeping a rifle in his on-base quarters and for being disgruntled. I guess they don't like the troops to complain about their condition anymore, huh? That goes back to Rome and beyond.

August 24, 2011 at 5:39 p.m.
rolando said...

Ah, SeaSmoke. I think I see...you are saying a weapon other than the rifle was found in Cladwell's quarters. That is their claim to jurisdiction. Thank you.

August 24, 2011 at 6:07 p.m.
Echo said...

Mother of Pearl! Who writes this crap? Timeline please AP idiots.

  1. I guess the first and second amendments of the Constitution don't apply in Conn. or the Navy. If you can't keep a weapon under your bunk in the Navy, why isn't he in the brig awaiting a military hearing?

  2. If he is not on base, and he is in the military does Conn law apply to his possession of whatever? A few .45s, a AK and a magazine for it. Was he complaining about the the stupid way our military is used these days? He could be right.

  3. Dumba$$ sheriff, who cares about how many rounds his mag was. Should he have five mags that hold 10 rounds each? Sgt. Joseph DePasquale must have graduated from the same idiot police academy where our own "Gun Control Inc." lovin' Chattanooga Police Chief Bobby Dodd.

  4. Possession of an Assault Weapon? Here we go again ascribing human criminal behavioral attributes to inanimate objects. Try these - Rape Dress, Drunken Auto, Exploiting Coffee, Reckless Bicycle.

August 27, 2011 at 9:49 a.m.
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