Was he a hero or villain? Or both?
A jury will now make that call in the case of embattled Army veteran Ashley Viola, who allegedly whipped out a gun in downtown San Mateo last year — causing quite a scare — in defense of a woman.
On Monday, a San Mateo County judge scheduled a trial date of Oct. 15 for the 24-year-old. Prosecutors say Viola went from good Samaritan to crazed gunman when he confronted a man who rudely bumped into a woman on the sidewalk. Read More
This Stanford graduate might have been better off at a school of higher yearning.
Erin Umberg, a 29-year-old who has graduate degrees in molecular physiology and psychology from Tufts and Stanford universities, respectively, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple felony counts for allegedly revenge-stalking her ex-boyfriend after hacking into his computer five years ago. Read More
WHAT: A U.S. military investigation said command failures put American soldiers in a tactically indefensible position without adequate support when hundreds of Taliban fighters attacked their remote Afghanistan outpost.
HOW: Eight troops died and 22 others were wounded in the October 2009 attack. The outnumbered 53 soldiers at Combat Outpost Keating held off a large, heavily armed enemy force until air support arrived hours later. Read More
Yupeng Deng is being held on $500,000 bail since being charged with posing as a U.S. Army recruiter and scamming Los Angeles-area Chinese immigrants into paying him as much as $400 each to join a bogus military unit. Deng allegedly told his “recruits” that joining the Army would improve their chances of obtaining green cards and U.S. citizenship. His office was decorated to look like a real recruiting station and he reportedly issued phony military ID cards to his victims. Read More