State news in brief for Friday, Nov. 22

Family of man shot by Anchorage police sues

ANCHORAGE — The family of man fatally shot by Anchorage police is suing the police department, officers and the city, claiming reckless, excessive force was used.

Anchorage attorney Philip Weidner is representing the family of Shane Tasi, who was fatally shot June 2012.

Weidner says the lawsuit filed Thursday seeks more than $1 million.

Police say officer Boaz Gionson fired at Tasi after Tasi approached him aggressively with a stick and refused repeated commands to put it down.

According to police, an investigation determined Gionson used justifiable force when he drew his service weapon and shot the 26-year-old man.

Police say a toxicology report showed that Tasi had a blood-alcohol level of 0.185, more than twice the legal driving limit. He also had metabolites of marijuana and synthetic cannabinoids in his system.


Woman remains in coma after leaving moving pickup

FAIRBANKS — Alaska State Troopers say they’re investigating a serious injury sustained by a Fairbanks woman who fell or jumped from a moving pickup truck.

Troopers say 29-year-old Krystal Blackburn Tribble remains in a coma at Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters tells the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner that Tribble on Oct. 5 was a passenger in a vehicle on a road off the Richardson Highway between Fairbanks and North Pole.

Peters says Tribble was intoxicated. Peters says the driver reported Tribble opened the door and put her feet out before falling or jumping from the truck.

Troopers have not been able to interview Tribble.

Troopers have interviewed the driver.

Ex-secretary pleads guilty to school thefts

ANCHORAGE — A 46-year-old former school secretary at East and Chugiak high schools in Anchorage has pleaded guilty to a felony theft in what police say is the largest-ever theft at the school district.

The Anchorage Daily News reports Gayle White of Wasilla in a deal with prosecutors pleaded guilty to second-degree theft. She had been charged with first-degree theft and scheme to defraud.

School officials in 2011 detected that White while working at Chugiak had stolen $5,000 from fees paid by students for activities such as sports. She was fired in April 2011.

An additional financial review indicated White had stolen more than $135,000 in activity fees from East from 2006 to 2009.

Deputy District Attorney Clint Campion says the state will require restitution.


ConocoPhillips adding new rig to Kuparuk

JUNEAU — One of the North Slope’s major players plans to add another drilling rig at Kuparuk.

ConocoPhillips Alaska says this will be the second rig added to its Kuparuk fleet since the Legislature passed a major oil tax cut earlier this year.

President Trond-Erik Johansen says the tax cut improved the business climate in Alaska. He said in a release that his company will have more announcements in the future about production-boosting investments on the slope.

The company says the first rig began working in May and has been producing 1,600 barrels of oil a day. It says the second rig will begin drilling in January.

Spokeswoman Natalie Lowman says company will not know what production rate the new rig has until after it starts working.


Massage parlor owner sentenced on sex crimes

KENAI — A 50-year-old Kenai woman accused of running a prostitution ring out of her massage parlor has been sentenced to three years in prison on sex trafficking and prostitution charges.

However, the Peninsula Clarion reports Karen Carpenter will not serve any additional time in jail since more than two years of the sentence were suspended and she received credit for time served.

A jury in July found her guilty of five sex trafficking and one prostitution charge after police were tipped off she was running the ring out of her Gifted Hands Massage. The trafficking charges were consolidated for sentencing purposes.


Utility opens public comment Vperiod on master plan

ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage utility has opened a public comment period for an updated master plan addressing the next two decades.

KTUU says the Anchorage Water and Wastewater Utility is taking public comments through Feb. 19.

The master plan addresses operations as the utility shifts from building infrastructure to maintaining it.

AWWU’s coverage area includes 85 percent of Anchorage residents as well as communities as far south as Girdwood and as far north as Eklutna.


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