PORTSMOUTH, N.H. – Two nuclear submarine sailors are accused of beating a man and leaving him near death on a street in Portsmouth, N.H.
One crew member of the USS Greeneville was assigned to help keep his mates out of trouble by driving a "safe ride" shuttle for other sailors.
Seamen Gerald Smith, of Hawaii, and Sandy Portobanco, of Inglewood, Ca., did not contest in court Friday that police had probable cause to arrest them in the May 22 beating of Stephen Huntress.
Huntress is a former town councilor in Kittery, Maine. He suffered serious injuries and remains hospitalized; investigators haven't been able to interview him.
The sailors say Huntress walked by them and insulted the Navy. They are being held on $200,000 bail.