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Europe briefs: Dexheim bowling center manager dies

By STARS AND STRIPES Published: May 4, 2006

DEXHEIM, Germany — The manager of the Dexheim Bowling Center died unexpectedly last weekend after being admitted to a German hospital, said a spokeswoman for U.S. Army Garrison Wiesbaden.

Stephen Lee, 67, was at home Sunday when he fell ill and was rushed by helicopter to Heidelberg University Hospital, said Cassandra Kardeke, a spokeswoman for the Wiesbaden community, which includes Dexheim.

“He had an aneurysm, which resulted in a heart attack,” Kardeke said.

Lee was a retired Army sergeant first class and had worked as a civilian employee for the government for many years. Prior to coming to Dexheim five years ago, Lee worked in Bad Kreuznach, where the 1st Armored Division was headquartered.

He is survived by his wife, Marianne.

A memorial service is pending, but Kardeke said it could he held as early as Friday.

Soldier faces trial in spree

BAUMHOLDER, Germany — Pfc. William L. Traver, of Pennsylvania, will stand trial Thursday on charges including drug distribution and conspiracy to commit robbery.

Traver’s case is linked to a group of at least 12 1st Armored Division soldiers and assorted German civilians accused of drug-dealing, robbery and on-base thefts. That crime wave crescendoed with an Aug. 11, 2005, fire that destroyed a wing of Baumholder’s Rathaus, or local government building, causing more than $1 million in damage. Four soldiers already have been convicted of crimes ranging from distributing psilocybin mushrooms to the Rathaus fire.

While Traver, 23, played no role in the fire, he is accused of dealing drugs with Rathaus gang leaders Zachary Watson and Samuel Bell III, who have already been sentenced to 15 years and seven years, respectively.

A panel consisting mostly of enlisted soldiers will hear Traver’s court-martial.

In proceedings Wednesday, Traver, assigned to Company B, 47th Forward Support Battalion, pleaded guilty to using marijuana and Ecstasy, and will be sentenced later.

Memorial set for Wiesbaden civilian employee

WIESBADEN, Germany — A memorial service for a Wiesbaden Bowling Center employee who died last week will be held at 3:30 p.m. Thursday at the Hainerberg chapel.

Paul Everett, who was the manager of the bowling center at Wiesbaden Army Airfield, died April 26 from pneumococcal disease at Mainz University Hospital.

He is survived by his life companion, mother, seven brothers, four sisters and many nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.


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