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Court Street Shuffle: May 13

Lindell Kay | Court Street Shuffle,HOME PAGE | Tuesday, May 13th, 2008

- Most of the top brass in the local, state and federal law enforcement agencies around here were down in Wilmington today for a ceremony on board the USS Battleship Wilmington to announce a new file sharing system that allows them to look at each others police reports and such. (How come when I file share my wife makes me feel guilty?)

- The governor will be in town tomorrow to look at the tornado damage. Read about the tornadoes here and here.

- NCIS and Camp Lejeune have been very helpful in my research into the unsolved homicide of a 18-year-old woman on Camp Lejeune in 1980.

- An extradition waiver for Cesar Laurean to sign has been sent through the proper channels. Prosecutors are waiting for a response. 

- I just finished a very interesting story about a Marine Corps captain’s run-in with the Sheriff’s Department. It is a good story, trust me. (We had a long discussion about it in the newsroom today. Here’s a hint – any story that merits a long debate in the newsroom is worth reading.) It will be Online later tonight.

- The newspaper gave me a whole new camera rig yesterday. This Cannon smokes the Nikon I had. I will be putting it to much use. Here is a photo of my desk. This is where the magic happens…



  1. LK- Of course you have WITN on your laptop. I knew this “WB” was your favorite!

    Comment by Chelsea — May 13, 2008 @ 8:02 pm

  2. I see also that you have a picture of Maria Lauterbach at your desk. Thank you for that. I’m sure it serves as a daily reminder to you, almost as if she herself is thanking you for all your hard work.



    Comment by The Colonel — May 13, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

  3. You cleaned your desk just for this picture didn’t you?

    Comment by Out of Tune Hillbilly — May 13, 2008 @ 8:37 pm

  4. I am “all ears” to hear about the run-in with the Sheriff’s Department.
    Glad to see the extradition is moving along.

    Comment by justice4all — May 13, 2008 @ 9:01 pm

  5. Lindell, I see you have Laurean’s capture photo up!

    Good going.

    Comment by Drake Garrett — May 13, 2008 @ 10:23 pm

  6. Wonder if Matthew Valiquette is another II MEF stellar Marine? Captain caught in bed with a female Sergeant. Seems like there is some hanky panky going on at Camp Leujeune.

    Lindell, out of curiousity is there by chance a connection between Matthew Valiquette and Maria Lauterbach? Probably not, but thought I’d ask. I was wondering if this was the cause of the debate regarding this story in the newsroom yesterday. If not, what caused the debate?

    Comment by Anonymous — May 14, 2008 @ 12:53 pm

  7. Dear Anonymous, seems like there is indeed a LOT of hanky panky going on. All stellar marines, of course! Firstly, I wonder if the son, being a minor, has the authority to “allow” the officers to come in and search the place? I wondered too about any connection, after all, senior officer. Also, since the bedmate was not charged with anything, why identify her as anything at all? Makes me wonder if we are to “put our ears to the ground” here!!!!!

    Comment by justice4all — May 14, 2008 @ 1:29 pm

  8. Incredible on how some assumptions are made here.

    Comment by Nehi — May 14, 2008 @ 1:39 pm

  9. if you have ever spent time at a military base,base housing and the NCO club, you would not believe the can of worms. they are all screwing each other, married or not and interracial too. like a giant orgy. I saw it with my own eyes at Ft Leanordwood.

    Comment by anon — May 14, 2008 @ 2:21 pm

  10. I live at camp lejeune. i haven’t seen any orgies. interracial??? the horror!

    Comment by paula — May 14, 2008 @ 2:54 pm

  11. well maybe the marine base is different. this was an army base. it was filled with lowlife trash with zero morals. married drill sgts getting teenage recruits pregnant. guys beating their wives and hitting on underage teenagers.married guys with kids blowing off their families to hook up with co workers. yeah, I saw it up close. it disgusted me.

    Comment by anon — May 14, 2008 @ 3:09 pm

  12. Dear anon and paula. It might make a difference, too, as to which angle you are seeing it from. Married people with families usually don’t see much at all because their off-work time is family time, but single people see a great deal, all the time, and probably hear it all day and see it all evening. Some bases might also be worse than others.

    Comment by justice4all — May 14, 2008 @ 3:16 pm

  13. I chuckle how some try to make it seem like the only individuals on Earth that are having affairs or likes sex are in the military.

    So this base has about 40,000 enlisted personnel and officers. I wonder how lily white a company would be in our private sector with that many people congregated up there everyday?

    Whatcha think would happen if we put 40,000/90,000 private employee working at one company? LOL Yep, party time.

    Maybe we should sweep our own civilian companies’ doorsteps first and get rid all the ones that are having sex before judging the worst of the worst and the baddest of the bad. Sex? Imagine that and a with a workforce big as some towns or bigger.

    Comment by KeelyAngelina — May 14, 2008 @ 3:55 pm

  14. I’m still sitting here with my calculator figuring out how a captain plus a sgt having sex equals a lot of hanky panky. I’m far more concerned with the underage drinking the father apparently condones, rather than the sex.

    Comment by paula — May 14, 2008 @ 3:58 pm

  15. Paula, please try to keep your blinders on. The world is moving right along while bigots sit happily in WVA.

    Comment by CarpeDiem — May 14, 2008 @ 4:34 pm

  16. I don’t think anyone ever said or made it seem that hanky panky doesn’t happen in the civilian world, Keely Angelina. I think we are all pretty aware that it happens throughout society.

    I think it is funny that a while back, some people on this blog, made it seem like Maria having an affair with an officer was “way out there” and those who thought it was a possiblity were absurd.

    I’ve been around the military all my life. Affairs do happen among ranks, just like they do in the civilian world. I believe that is the point of this dialogue.

    Comment by Anonymous — May 14, 2008 @ 6:51 pm

  17. Does anyone know whether some servicemembers marry “across the rank line” as it were? Would it be alright for a commissioned officer to marry an enlisted or nco person? I did rather wonder if the lady- in- the bed was a “significant other.” If neither was married, I wonder if the Marine Corps will actually do anything. The underage drinking IS a problem. There seems to have been a “failure to communicate” one way or another about the out of town status. It could be, of course, that the dad came home and there was a party going on, but that the alcohol was not immediately apparent to dad. One group of marines has just come back from “abroad” and this marine might have been with them. I really don’t have any info., but in fairness I would like to know a bit more about that party before I could form an opinion. There were juveniles who were released to their parents. I think the police MAY (I’m not really up on police procedures and constitutionality here) not have had an ok to go into the house unless a juvenile can give such permission. If so, does that mean that anything they found is inadmissable as far as the law is concerned?

    Comment by justice4all — May 14, 2008 @ 7:01 pm

  18. Anonymous Says:

    May 14th, 2008 at 6:51 pm
    I don’t think anyone ever said or made it seem that hanky panky doesn’t happen in the civilian world, Keely Angelina. I think we are all pretty aware that it happens throughout society.

    I think it is funny that a while back, some people on this blog, made it seem like Maria having an affair with an officer was “way out there” and those who thought it was a possibility were absurd.

    I’ve been around the military all my life. Affairs do happen among ranks, just like they do in the civilian world. I believe that is the point of this dialogue.


    I don’t know who would think that was “way out there”….that seems about as logical as saying Managers and CEOs never have affairs with their employees who are on the lower end of the pay scale. We all know that is baloney and I am sure it happens in the military too. It is going to happen anywhere no matter if it is in the civilian or military population.

    If Lindell’s reliable source is correct and Laurean is not the father of Gabriel it wouldn’t shock me in the least if the father is an officer.

    Comment by KeelyAngelina — May 14, 2008 @ 10:05 pm

  19. KeelyAngelina, the only problem is that if Laurean is not the father, there is hardly any way to take dna from everyone at CL in order to find out just who is the father. I am not sure, from all I have read, whether Maria actually told her mother the name of her attacker. For some reason I feel that she just said he was popular. However, if there had been an error in the rape report and the wrong name had been written, she did have plenty of time to put it right.

    Comment by justice4all — May 14, 2008 @ 10:32 pm

  20. She didn’t reveal the name of her attacker, only that he was Hispanic, a married man with a child. She said the two Marines had been assigned to night duty together when the man locked all the doors and raped her.

    “Maria, when did that happen?” her mother asked.

    “April 10.”


    Comment by CarpeDiem — May 14, 2008 @ 10:42 pm

  21. Justice4all, they may have some very good indicators of who it could possibly be, we just don’t know but I have a feeling they may have suspicions.

    If I recall correctly according to Lindell’s tip he said he was told they would be testing for potential father(s) so that seems to indicate they have someone else in mind just in case Gabriel isn’t his.

    I think this waiting until he gets back is a stall tactic. They can identify the remains of soldiers and Marines coming back from Iraq simply by doing forensic testing on strands of hair. Cesar had just left and his DNA was all over his home.

    Another strange thing is Maria never identified him to Mary and what is even stranger Mary didn’t demand to know this man’s name. I know I would and if she didn’t want to tell me I would tell her I would be flying out and be at the base the very next day and find out his name for myself.

    Comment by KeelyAngelina — May 14, 2008 @ 11:38 pm

  22. Thanks, CarpeDiem, I re-read that article from the Dayton newspaper, from your link.
    KeelyAngelina, thanks, I know how you feel about the name, I would do the same myself. I think, too, that Cesar’s “notes” said a lot more than we have been told. Just enough was revealed to have probable cause for a search warrant, but there was obviously much, much more in the notes and in the (two I think) letters mailed from Texas. As far as the DNA

    Comment by justice4all — May 15, 2008 @ 12:34 am

  23. …..as far as DNA goes, they may need to keep all that info. for the trial. The new lawyer said trial could take a very long time. Cesar is probably not expecting to be let out on bail!!!!
    By the way, CarpeDiem, have you seen that ATM video of (supposedly) Cesar? Well, I really looked hard and that tattoo just doesn’t show on the right arm below the shirt sleeve. Blueline Radio has the AMW blown up one and even then I can’t see it. There is one that is entitled, “composite” and the tattoo can be seen there, but, composite of what???? If the video is clear enough to see a face, nose, etc., it ought to be clear enough to see the end of the tattoo. What do you think? Could it be a trick of the light or something?

    Comment by justice4all — May 15, 2008 @ 12:42 am

  24. Could the length of the “T” shirt sleeve just have covered the end of the tattoo? When he was apprehended he was wearing a red Aeropostale shirt which seemed to me to be less close-fitting than the ATM shirt, and consequently the sleeves were a bit longer.

    Comment by justice4all — May 15, 2008 @ 12:45 am

  25. KeelyAngelina, I think everybody knows that affairs goes on in our society as a whole, but they also know that the Marine Corp has rules on it and by breaking these rules their is punishment to be received. The Marine Corp says that a Marine is not to be with a married person not even if they are legally seperated and for breaking this rule you can be sent to the brig. Furthermore, an officer is not to engage into a relationship of any sort with an enlisted so both of these marines were breaking the rules and should receive puishment for it. We as citizens tend to hold our men and women in uniform to a higher standard, but the Marine Corps and the marines themselves also hold them to a higher standard.
    Now to address someone’s comment about the underage drinking. I think we are all adults and that we know that if our kids want to drink they will find a way to get the alcohol. My question to all of you is; would you want your 17 year old at home and drinking or would you rather them go else where to drink and then be out there on the road to get back home while being impaired? No, I do not want my child drinking nor do I want to see them sloppy drunk, but I can tell you that if I had a 17 year old child and they wanted to a have a couple of drinks that I much rather they stay at home and do it because that way I know he/she is safe. I know that a lot of you will think that I am crazy for this, but I rather try to keep my child safe than to worry about what people thinks of me and we all were young once and we know what we did and what we could have done and now days it is even easier for the kids to get the things that we got when we were young so think about it before you judge anyone.

    Comment by LTH — May 15, 2008 @ 9:15 am

  26. I know a lot people think that the military’s rules and punishment regarding adultery are ridiculous, but I believe they do serve a purpose. When you have overall adultery (and sex among enlisted and officers), it is simply predudical to good order. Ask any current or previous Commanding Officer where a majority of problems in their command stem or stemmed from and I bet a good portion of them were related to these types of incidences.

    Comment by KH — May 15, 2008 @ 9:30 am

  27. LTH his son was at home but the other kids were not. Would you be upset if your child was at a friends house and their parents were letting them drink? Yes they will go else where to do it but that doesnt make it right. whats next, if he wanted to smoke a blunt would you let him do that at home too?

    Comment by de — May 15, 2008 @ 11:56 am

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