Northwest Digest

Staff and Wire reports

Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2005

Couple marks New Year's anniversary with baby boy

JUNEAU - Michael Donovan Fred apparently is the first baby born in Juneau in 2005.

Michael was born at 12:54 p.m. Saturday at Bartlett Regional Hospital. He weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces and was 20 inches long.

His parents are Michelle Fred, 22, and Milton Fred, 32, of Juneau. New Year's Day was their wedding anniversary.

"I think it's sweet, dude. I love it," Milton Fred said.

The couple has two other children, Matthew, 3, and Makayla, 2.

For their anniversary, Michelle Fred said, "We were going to go to the ANB Hall. (Milton's) uncle, Gilbert Fred, was playing in the Front Street Band. But that was kind of put off."

Alaska Airlines jet diverted because of fuel pump problems

OAKLAND, Calif. - An Alaska Airlines passenger jet bound from Southern California to Seattle was diverted to Oakland International Airport on Saturday after pilots noticed a problem with one of the plane's fuel pumps.

Flight 397 from Ontario landed in Oakland at 8:20 a.m. without incident, airport spokeswoman Rosemary Barnes said.

All 110 passengers eventually were placed on other flights. Those who had to make connections in Seattle were given priority on other Alaska Airlines flights shortly after the plane landed.

The Boeing MD-80 was expected to remain in Oakland through the afternoon as mechanics awaited a new fuel pump, which had to be flown from Seattle, Alaska Airlines spokesman Lou Cancelmi said.

As a precaution, the pilot declared an emergency when the fuel warning light came on, Cancelmi said.

"It had to be resolved," he said. "You have to have enough fuel to get to Seattle."

Fairbanks man charged with attempted murder

FAIRBANKS - A 20-year-old Fairbanks man has been indicted on a charge of attempted murder after an altercation with police.

Tariq Eskridge is accused of pointing a pellet gun at an officer and pulling the trigger, authorities said. The gun was broken and did not fire, according to police.

Officer Matt Soden was unharmed in the incident early Monday morning.

Eskridge, who was indicted by a grand jury Thursday, was being held on $100,000 bail, according to the Fairbanks Correctional Center booking office.

Police encountered Eskridge after a burglary report. Eskridge was pushed out of the home by the resident, Lt. Dusty Johnson said.

While responding to the call, Soden saw a man trying to enter a nearby home, Johnson said. The resident there confronted Eskridge with the broken pellet gun.

As Soden entered the home, Eskridge grabbed the gun, pointed it at the officer and pulled the trigger several times, authorities said.

Eskridge fought with Soden as the officer tried to subdue him, police said. Eskridge's initially was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and assault on a police officer.

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