AK troopers' sting nets 8 in Juneau

Posted: Friday, January 19, 2007

Alaska State Troopers swept through and arrested eight people in Juneau this week in an operation to net fugitives, state officials said Thursday.

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Some of those arrested by the Alaska Fugitive Task Force on Tuesday through Thursday were from out of town, according to police records. The seriousness of the counts ranged from misdemeanor charges of failure to appear in court to felony theft and robbery charges.

Francis Demmert, 26, of Ketchikan was arrested Tuesday and charged with hindering prosecution. Police say she helped hide Ketchikan's Adrian Paige, 34, who was wanted in connection with felony theft and robbery charges. Paige also was arrested.

Catherine Fredrick, 20, was arrested on charges of theft, forgery and driving under the influence. Joshua Coon, 25, was arrested on a felony warrant for failure to comply with court conditions. Christopher Davidson, 30, was arrested on an outstanding felony warrant for driving under the influence. John Bender, 38, and Mack Nakamura Jr., 21, were arrested on misdemeanor charges of failure to appear in court.

All those arrested were lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Tara Stuart, 25, of Ketchikan was arrested in Juneau on a federal felony warrant on a charge of violating parole.

Greg Wilkinson, spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers, said the task force used recently filed government forms, such as hunting licenses, to find the last known place a fugitive lived.

The investigation is ongoing, Wilkinson said.

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