Posted: Friday, January 19, 2001

Washington man arrested for killing a bear

JUNEAU - A Spokane, Wash., man was arrested by Alaska State Troopers on Thursday for allegedly killing a black bear illegally near Juneau earlier this month.

Fish and Wildlife Protection Trooper Glen Taylor arrested Matthew L. Lebsack, 25, of Spokane, for taking a bear Jan. 6 in the vicinity of Cowee Creek near Echo Cove, 33 miles northwest of Juneau. He took the bear without an Alaska Department of Fish and Game non-resident tag, a trooper dispatch said. Lebsack also was cited for claiming to be an Alaska resident on a 2000 Alaska sport fish and hunting license.

Gary Folger of Fish and Wildlife Protection said today that random checking alerted authorities to Lebsack's alleged crime.

"On occasion we go to all license vendors and pull applications and check them to see if the applicants are really residents," Folger said. "That's how we found him."

Folger believed Lebsack was taken to Echo Cove by a Juneau resident.

Lebsack is due to be arraigned in Juneau District Court on March 6.

Fire temporarily disables Coast Guard cutter

CORDOVA - An electrical fire cut power temporarily to a Coast Guard cutter, causing the crew to lose control of the vessel in stormy seas in the Gulf of Alaska.

One of the Sedge's crew suffered back and neck injuries from a fall in the ship's hold. Winds were gusting nearly 60 mph at the time of Thursday's mishap. Seas were running 25 feet.

The vessel was without power for about 90 minutes.

The Sedge is a 180-foot buoy tender based at Homer. It was en route to Valdez early Friday to transfer the injured crew member to a hospital and to undergo repairs.

Two Coast Guard vessels assisted in restoring power to the Sedge. The fire was confined to a switchboard, Coast Guard Lt. David Arritt said. Its cause is under investigation.

The incident occurred about 100 miles south of Cordova.

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