Navy Adds Additional Screening Measures in Wake of Sailor's Death

- NORFOLK, Va. - Last week, additional screenings were conducted on all delivery drivers presenting the Transportation Worker Identification Credential. The additional screenings were ordered following the March 24 shooting death of a Williamsport man and sailor, Petty Officer 2nd Class Mark Mayo. 

Now, before an individual is granted access, the National Crime Information Center data base checks for any criminal history, or outstanding warrant that are grounds for denial in accordance with Navy Region Mid-Atlantic access standards. This includes felony convictions within the last ten years, misdemeanor convictions within the last five years for crimes of violence; larceny, drugs, habitual offenders, and conviction of sex offenses.

Before last week, drivers possessing the Department of Homeland Security TWIC were not subject to this additional screening. Officials say this change will ensure that Navy Region Mid-Atlantic's denial criteria is applied consistently. 

The Naval Criminal Investigative Service continues to investigate the shooting, and will explore how the civilian gained access to the base. On Monday, Navy officials announced there will be a memorial service for Mayo at the Naval Station Norfolk. 

As we've reported, officials say the civilian, Jeffrey Tyrone Savage, from Portsmouth, Va., disarmed a female petty officer, and Mayo stepped in to save her life.

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