Soldotna woman raped, beaten
SOLDOTNA - A Soldotna woman was found seriously injured in her home Saturday, according to Alaska State Troopers.
The woman, about 46, had been beaten, sexually assaulted, and left for dead, troopers reported. Troopers said they were called just after noon after she was found in her home.
The unidentified woman was transported to an Anchorage hospital for treatment Saturday. Her condition improved Sunday, and she was listed in stable condition.
The woman was also able to talk with investigators, and troopers said they had a suspect, though no arrests had been made as of this morning.
Man surrenders after chase
FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man had an apparent change of heart Friday night, ending a pursuit by turning himself in at the Fairbanks headquarters of the Alaska State Troopers.
Troopers say they tried to stop a Toyota Camry late Friday night but the driver refused. Troopers quickly called off the chase for safety reasons.
But the troopers and Fairbanks police then kept the car under surveillance. They laid spike strips on the Steese Expressway, but the driver evaded the spikes and continued into Fairbanks.
The man, identified as Isaac Reed, 22, continued through Fairbanks. Then he turned into the lot for the troopers' headquarters and turned himself in.
According to troopers, the Camry had been stolen shortly before the chase began.
Reed was arrested on charges of vehicle theft, a felony charge of eluding police, misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating probation. Reed had an outstanding $5,000 warrant for an earlier probation violation, according to authorities.
Search suspended for plane
ANCHORAGE - A search for a plane that witnesses said appeared to be in trouble near Palmer was suspended Saturday after no signs of a crash was detected.
Army and Air National Guard helicopters searched late Friday and all day Saturday for a possible downed plane near Bald Mountain, northwest of Palmer. They were joined by volunteers from the Civil Air Patrol. But the searchers found nothing.
No planes had been reported overdue, so rescuers decided to suspend the search, Maj. Steve Politsch said Sunday.
Eight people had called in to report they saw an aircraft emitting smoke Friday evening, Major Mike Haller of the Guard said.
Man severs hand aboard trawler
ANCHORAGE - A man severed his hand while working on a commercial fishing vessel in the Bering Sea, the Coast Guard said.
A Coast Guard helicopter crew picked up Patrick Lavlu and transported him to Adak about 3 a.m. Friday. Lavlu, 37, severed his right hand Thursday while cutting fish with a saw aboard the 238-foot factory trawler Alaska Juris, the Coast Guard said.
Crew members applied a tourniquet and dressed the wound. The crew gave Lavlu morphine, following instructions from a Coast Guard flight surgeon.