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Thursday, February 16, 2012

Lisa Nowak arrested

Lisa Nowak arrested

Lisa Nowak arrested - A love triangle, Former astronaut Lisa Nowak made tabloid headlines when she was arrested for trying to kidnap a romantic rival. Whom were they fighting over?

Lisa Nowak arrested-Lisa Marie Nowak (born May 10, 1963) is a former American naval flight officer and NASA astronaut. Born in Washington, D.C., she was selected by NASA in 1996 and qualified as a mission specialist in robotics. Nowak flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery during the STS-121 mission in July 2006, where she was responsible for operating the robotic arms of the shuttle and the International Space Station. According to police reports, Nowak drove from Houston to Orlando, Florida, on February 4–5, 2007. She packed latex gloves, a black wig, a BB pistol and ammunition, pepper spray, a hooded tan trench coat, a 2-pound drilling hammer, black gloves, rubber tubing, plastic garbage bags, approximately US $585 in cash, her computer, an 8-inch (20 cm) Gerber folding knife and several other items before driving the 900 miles (1,400 km) to Florida. Early police reports indicated she wore diapers during the trip, but she later denied wearing them. On February 5, 2007, Nowak went to the Orlando International Airport, waited for about an hour in the baggage claim, and then proceeded to the airport parking lot, where she located and confronted Shipman, who had just arrived from Houston by plane.

According to police reports, Shipman said that after arriving, she was aware of someone following her to an airport satellite parking area. When she got into her car, she heard running footsteps and quickly locked the door. Nowak slapped the window and tried to open the car door, asked for a ride, then started crying. Shipman rolled down the window a couple of inches after which Nowak sprayed the pepper spray into the car. Shipman drove off to the parking lot booth where police were summoned. Several Orlando Police Department officers arrived minutes later, with the first officer observing Nowak throwing a bag into the trash at a parking shuttle bus stop. Nowak was subsequently arrested at Orlando International Airport on charges of attempted kidnapping, battery, attempted vehicle burglary with battery, and destruction of evidence.
Nowak was detained and subsequently arrested. In a handwritten request for a restraining order against Nowak after her arrest, Shipman referred to Nowak as an acquaintance of a boyfriend but did not identify Oefelein, and also claimed Nowak had been stalking her for two months. Nowak told investigators she was involved in a relationship with Astronaut Oefelein which she described as being "more than a working relationship but less than a romantic relationship." Citing evidence of elaborate planning, disguises and weapons, police recommended she be held without bail
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (CBS/AP) In addition to Lisa Nowak's dismissal from NASA, a Navy review panel has recommended that the ex-astronaut be discharged from her post in the Navy as a result of her 2007 arrest in which she drove 1,000 miles to assault a romantic rival at an airport.
Three admirals reviewed Nowak's case Thursday at the Naval Air Station in Jacksonville and unanimously decided it would be best to give the 47-year-old captain a discharge of "other than honorable" and downgrade her current rank to commander.

The recommendation will now be reviewed by the Naval Personnel Command, and the final decision is in the hands of the Secretary of the Navy.

If the recommendation is accepted, Nowak's pension will be affected negatively because she will have assumed the role of a lesser rank, and she will no longer be eligible for benefits under the GI bill.

Until then, she will continue to serve on the staff of the chief of Naval Air Training in Texas.

Nowak who flew in a space shuttle mission in 2006 was sentenced to a year on probation in November after pleading guilty to third-degree felony burglary and misdemeanor battery.

The charges stem from a February 2007 encounter in which Nowak drove from Houston to the Orlando International Airport to confront Colleen Shipman, the woman who had begun dating Nowak's love interest, former space shuttle pilot Bill Oefelein.

Surreptitiously disguised in a trenchcoat and wig, Nowak followed Shipman to the parking lot, attempted to get into her car, and then sprayed her with pepper spray.

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