2 Brits cleared in assault of airmen
RAF MILDENHALL, England — British police have cleared two men suspected in the attack of two special operations airmen but are continuing to investigate two others in connection with the Jan. 28 alleged assault, authorities said.
Two Lakenheath men — ages 22 and 23 — were cleared by police while a 20-year-old Mildenhall man and a 44-year-old Lakenheath man will return to the Bury St. Edmunds Police Station on March 28 to determine if they will face charges, according to the Suffolk Constabulary.
The four men were arrested shortly after they allegedly attacked two members of the RAF Mildenhall-based 352nd Special Operations Group on a street in the nearby town of Mildenhall, according to Suffolk Constabulary spokeswoman Lisa Crane.
One victim was treated and released from a local hospital shortly after the incident, while the second sustained serious head injuries and was recently transferred from Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge to the RAF Lakenheath hospital, Crane said.
Neither the Air Force nor the Suffolk Constabulary have identified any of the suspects or victims.
Lakenheath officers facing Article 32RAF LAKENHEATH, England — An Article 32 hearing for two officers suspected of larceny, conspiracy and filing false official statements is scheduled to open Thursday.
Lt. Col. Bryan A. Fujimoto and Capt. Jennifer D. Fujimoto allegedly stole overseas housing allowance worth more than $30,000, according to Air Force court records. The alleged theft occurred between September 2004 and August 2006, court records show.
The two are also suspected of filing a false official statement by writing that they would be the only occupants of separate residences in the nearby town of Bury St. Edmunds, records show.
Bryan Fujimoto serves with the 48th Operations Support Squadron while Jennifer Fujimoto is a member of the 494th Fighter Squadron, according to Air Force records.
Memorial held for Vicenza civilian workerVICENZA, Italy — A memorial service was held Tuesday at Caserma Ederle for James R. Hay, an American civilian employee who has lived in Vicenza since 1981.
The 45-year-old Hay was found dead Feb. 6 at Ederle Lanes, the bowling alley on base where he worked as a facilities technician. Base officials initially declined to reveal any information about Hay or the circumstances surrounding his death.
Chris Grey, a spokesman for the Criminal Investigation Command, or CID, said the agency is investigating the death. In an e-mail, he called such a probe a common practice and said no conclusions should be drawn about the cause of death because CID was involved.
Hay is survived by his wife, Giovanna, and two daughters, Veronica and Carlotta.