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http://www.floridatoday.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20070205/NEWS02/70205038/1007

 

ORLANDO — A NASA astronaut was arrested before dawn Monday at Orlando International Airport and charged with attempting to kidnap an Air Force captain from Patrick Air Force Base.

 

Lisa Marie Nowak, 43, a mission specialist on NASA’s second post-Columbia test flight in July, was also charged with battery for spraying Capt. Colleen Shipman with a chemical, Orlando police said.

 

Nowak apparently drove from Houston to Orlando to confront Shipman. Nowak told police that she wanted to talk with Shipman about their relationships with astronaut Bill Oefelien, who piloted his first shuttle mission in December.

 

Police gave this account: When Shipman arrived at the airport on a flight from Houston about 1 a.m., Nowak followed Shipman to her car in the airport’s Blue Lot, police said.

 

In the lot, Nowak, wearing a trench coat and wig, rushed Shipman’s car and began pounding on the window. When Shipman, an engineer in the 45th Launch Support Squadron at Patrick Air Force Base since May 2005, wouldn’t open the car, Nowak burst into tears.

 

Shipman cracked the window down about two inches and Nowak “sprayed some type of chemical spray” into the vehicle, reports said. Shipman drove away and called police.

 

As Orlando police arrived on scene, they saw Nowak place a black bag into a garbage can. Inside the bag they found her wig, trenchcoat, a BB pistol, a new steel mallet, a new folding knife with a 4-inch blade, three to four feet of rubber tubing, several plastic garbage bags and about $600 in cash. Also in the bag was a hand-written list of the previous items.

 

Police later searched Nowak’s car, parked at the La Quinta Inn about two miles from the airport, and found six latex gloves, directions from Houston to the Orlando airport, e-mails from Shipman to Oefelien, a love letter from Nowak to Oefelien and hand-written directions to Shipman’s house.

 

Diapers also were found in the car, which Nowak told police she wore so she didn’t have to stop to urinate during the 950-mile drive.

 

Nowak told police she was “involved in a relationship” with Bill Oefeliein, an astronaut on the latest Discovery mission. She categorized it as “more than a working relationship, but less than a romantic relationship,” according to the police report.

 

Nowak told police she intended to discuss Oefeliein with Shipman, and the BB gun was going to be used to “entice” Shipman to speak with her.

 

Nowak was arrested on charges of attempted kidnapping, attempted burglary to a vehicle with a battery, destruction of evidence and battery. Police considered Nowak a dangerous threat and requested that no bail be set, according to the report.

 

Nowak is still employed as an astronaut, said NASA spokesman Allard Beutel.

 

“Anything beyond that is just speculation,” he said.

 

Allard said a “high-ranking” military officer flew from Houston to Orlando Monday to discuss the situation with NASA officials. Allard would not comment on a relationship between Nowak and Oefelien.

 

A married mother of three, Nowak flew her first mission into space last July, serving as a mission specialist on NASA’s second post-Columbia test flight. She is considered an expert shuttle robot arm operator and logged 13 days in space during a mission that launched on the nation’s Independence Day holiday.

 

Nowak, 43, and a captain in the U.S. Navy, was selected to NASA’s elite astronaut corps in 1996 after serving as a military test pilot. A graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy and U.S. Naval Postgraduate School, Nowak has logged more than 1,500 hours in 30 aircraft.

 

Oefelein, 41, and the father of two children, flew his first space mission in December, piloting Discovery on a 13-day International Space Station assembly flight. From window perches inside the shuttle and the International Space Station, he orchestrated four spacewalks during one of the most complex outpost construction missions to date.

 

Nicknamed “Billy O,” Oefelein — a Navy commander — came to NASA in 1998. A TOPGUN pilot and later an instructor at the U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, he has logged more than 3,000 hours in more than 50 aircraft and has more than 200 carrier landings.

 

Eileen Hawley, a spokeswoman for NASA’s Johnson Space Center in Houston and the wife of NASA astronaut Steve Hawley, said she cannot recall another incident in which a U.S. space flier was arrested on felony charges.

 

“It’s too early to speculate on what actions we’ll take, but now her status with us is unchanged. And our concern for her right now is just her health and well-being. And that’s really what we’re concerned about at this point, as we would be for any NASA employee in this situation,” she said.

 

“This is clearly going to be a very personal, tragic and unfortunate event, but we’ll do what we can to help with her physical and emotional well-being. But that’s about all we can do at this point.”

 

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I honestly have no idea what to make of this... Seriously I am just baffled considering that they screen the astronauts for mental instability on a constant basis...

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"Inside the bag they found her wig, trenchcoat, a BB pistol, a new steel mallet, a new folding knife with a 4-inch blade, three to four feet of rubber tubing, several plastic garbage bags and about $600 in cash."

 

Wow. This bitch was not fooling around.

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"Diapers also were found in the car, which Nowak told police she wore so she didn’t have to stop to urinate during the 950-mile drive."

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I didn't want to start another news thread, but this is the best case of domestic abuse EVER...

 

INDEPENDENCE, Missouri (AP) -- A jury convicted a man of second-degree domestic assault Saturday for shoving a cell phone down his girlfriend's throat.

 

Prosecutors said Marlon Brando Gill, 25, of Kansas City, forced the cell phone into Melinda Abell's mouth during a quarrel in December 2005.

 

Gill denied the charge, claiming that Abel had tried to swallow the phone to prevent him from finding out whom she had been calling.

 

Abell, 25, of Blue Springs was rushed to a hospital, where doctors removed the phone. Doctors said she nearly choked to death.

 

"I think he thought I'd been talking to other guys," Abell wrote in a statement to police after the incident. "If I didn't want him to see my phone, I would have just thrown it out the window and busted it."

 

It was Gill's second trial since his arrest more than a year ago. Jurors in July were unable to reach a verdict on a first-degree domestic assault charge, which carries a maximum sentence of life in prison.

 

Jurors could not agree on a sentence for Gill, which means that decision will be left up to a judge. The assault charge carries a sentence of up to seven years in prison.

 

 

 

http://www.cnn.com/2007/LAW/02/03/cellphone.assault.ap/index.html

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shoved a cell down her throat

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"Gill denied the charge, claiming that Abel had tried to swallow the phone to prevent him from finding out whom she had been calling."

ha

 

i'd like to see what this phone looked like.

 

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diaper astronauts $600 cash and kidnapping...TV MOVIE. please

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What car can go 950 miles on one tank of gas ???

 

So she had to stop at a gas station ... how hard is it to pee when you are pumping gas ??

 

Just a thought ...

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