February 17, 2006
The former NASA astronaut was accused of attacking a romantic rival in a parking lot at Orlando International Airport. Nowak flew aboard Space Shuttle Discovery in a July 2006 mission. Nowak was arrested in February 2007 and subsequently charged with the attempted kidnapping of U.S. Air Force Captain Colleen Shipman, who was romantically involved with astronaut William Ofelein. Nowak pleaded guilty in 2009 to car burglary and misdemeanor battery, and was sentenced to one year probation.