Help us support local, independent news.


100% of reader donations support our local journalists.

For less than a subscription to the Journal for one reader, you can keep our news free for everyone in ABQ.

Space Force Member Demoted Over PS5

A member of the United States Space Force was recently reprimanded for showing up late to a training because he was shopping for a Sony PlayStation 5.

According to Task & Purpose, the Space Force member was demoted from Senior Airman to Airman 1st Class for breaking the rules. A heavily redacted copy of the memorandum for record of the official reprimand was published on social media.

“SrA [redacted] was 30 minutes late for his pre-appointed Fitness Improvement Program (FIP) with Ssgt [redacted] due to an attempt at buying a new PS5 console which involved going to multiple Target stores 1 hour before attending FIP,” wrote the Senior Airman’s superior.

The memorandum for record continues, “I sent a reminder about FIP Tuesday morning. SrA [redacted] responded that he was driving home from Target to get his gym clothes and uniform approximately 30 minutes before FIP was meant to begin, although his usual daily commute is about 35 minutes. [Redacted]’s subsequent response was ‘Yolo. PS5 > letters of discipline.’”

“You were late to work and insinuated to your supervisor that buying a PlayStation was more important to you than the disciplinary consequences of your actions,” read the letter of reprimand. “Your actions are an extreme deviation from the professionalism expected of you as a member of the armed forces.”

Space Delta 8, the Space Force unit located at Schriever Air Force Base, which allegedly issued the letter, has not confirmed if the document is authentic.

Son Wins Lawsuit Over Destroyed Porn Mags

Two Michigan parents have been ordered to pay damages after they threw away their son’s pornography collection.

Michigan Live reports that U.S. District Judge Paul Maloney has sided with David Werking, 42, in a lawsuit that alleges that Werking’s parents threw away his collection of rare and collectible pornographic films, magazines and sex toys.

According to the suit, Werking moved in with his parents following a divorce in 2016. After moving out and collecting his belongings, he says he noticed that about a dozen boxes that had housed the collection were missing.

Included in the lawsuit was an email written by Charlie’s father which seemed to be an admission of guilt. “I do not possess your pornography. It is gone,” the email said. “It has been either destroyed or disposed of. I may well have missed a few items that are now in your possession but, at this point, if you don’t have it, it is gone. Ditto for your sex toys and smutty magazines.” The email said 12 boxes of pornography and two boxes of “sex toys” had been destroyed.

When Werking originally filed a police report against his parents, he claimed the collection was worth between $10,000 and $30,000, factoring emotional attachment into the sum. He is now asking for $25,000. The parties have until mid-February to file written submissions on damages.

Treasure Hunter Still Mum On Gold Coins

A former treasure hunter has refused to tell authorities the whereabouts of missing gold coins that were taken from a sunken ship. He has been held in contempt of court for five years.

According to CBS News former research scientist and explorer Tommy Thompson appeared in court for his most recent hearing in October. Federal Judge Algenon Marbley asked him, “Mr. Thompson, are you ready to answer the seminal question in this case as to the whereabouts of the gold?”

“Your honor,” answered Thompson, “I don’t know if we’ve gone over this road before or not, but I don’t know the whereabouts of the gold. I feel like I don’t have the keys to my freedom.”

In 1988 Thompson discovered the S.S. Central America, known as the Ship of Gold, which sank off South Carolina in 1857 with thousands of pounds of gold aboard. Thompson was paid $12.7 million from 161 investors to find the ship but never divulged the treasure’s location.

Thompson was ordered by a federal judge to disclose the gold’s location, but he fled to Florida, where officials finally tracked him down and arrested him in 2015. Thompson pleaded guilty for his failure to appear and was sentenced to two years in prison and a $250,000 fine. But his criminal sentence has been delayed while the judge waits for Thompson to tell the court what happened to the gold.

Thompson has refused to answer the judge’s question and has remained in contempt of court for five years. The former treasure hunter claims that he suffers from a rare form of chronic fatigue syndrome that has impacted his short-term memory and keeps him from recalling what happened to the missing gold coins.

Misspelled Text Leads to Police Investigation

Wisconsin police were called to a residence to investigate a suspected attack after a woman’s phone changed the word “swabbed” to “stabbed” in one of her text messages.

Menasha police officer Nick Oleszak told reporters with the Post Crescent that officers were notified of the supposed attack by the woman’s father. “He indicated that his daughter was being stabbed, possibly by a live-in boyfriend. He provided an address to check on. Meanwhile, we tried to call her dad back and tried to reach his daughter, but were unable to reach her.”

As police surrounded the woman’s apartment, she reportedly appeared safe and unharmed. She had been feeling unwell and had gone to a clinic to get tested for COVID-19. She’d texted her father to let him know she was being swabbed.

Police said they never drew their weapons, and there was no interaction between officers and the woman’s boyfriend.