Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, February 04, 2007

Fish, Game boards recommend Lloyd

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ANCHORAGE - The boards that oversee fisheries and wildlife in Alaska have recommended that Gov. Sarah Palin appoint Denby Lloyd as Fish and Game Department commissioner.

The Alaska Board of Fisheries and Board of Game met jointly last week in Anchorage to consider nominations and forwarded Lloyd's name to Palin for her consideration.

Lloyd recently was appointed acting commissioner. He was director of the Division of Commercial Fisheries within the department before his appointment.

Mel Morris, chairman of the Board of Fisheries, said members have worked closely with Lloyd over the years and have a high regard for his knowledge and experience with fisheries management.

Rent dispute leads to arrest of tenant

JUNEAU - A local tenant was accused of threatening his landlord with a knife and a bat when he came to collect rent.

Justin Stone, 22, was arrested Thursday on a charge of third-degree assault, police said. If convicted, he could face up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Stone called the police, saying someone pulled a gun on him. But the landlord and his acquaintances said Stone pulled out a folding knife, then a bat, and brandished the weapons.

Stone was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Fire burns in boat

JUNEAU - Juneau firefighters extinguished a blaze on a boat in Harris Harbor about 10 a.m. Friday. No injuries were reported.

The fire, which is still under investigation, involved a stove in the galley, according to the Capital City Fire and Rescue Department.

Red Cross offers instructor course

JUNEAU - The American Red Cross of Alaska is offering an instructors' first aid course from Monday and through Thursday from 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. each evening.

The course is designed to provide an overview of the history of the Red Cross and provide the basic principles of teaching. Prerequisites for this course are current adult CPR/AED, infant, child CPR and first aid certificate.

The cost of the course is $275. If interested in becoming an instructor, contact the Red Cross at 463-5713.

Tobacco conference to be held in Juneau

JUNEAU - The Alaska Tobacco Control Alliance is holding a conference Monday and Tuesday on best practices and strategies for collaborating with community partners to create conditions for a tobacco-free Alaska.

The theme of the meeting at Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall is "Tobacco Prevention and Control in Alaska: Past Progress and Challenges Ahead."

The first day focuses on training and the second day on statewide strategic planning. There is no registration fee; however advanced registration will assure adequate space and meals for attendees.

Presentations include a summary report on state data about tobacco use among Alaska Natives, program planning and best practices in tobacco prevention efforts. Other sessions will focus on partnering with employers, leaders of faith groups and family physicians. Presenters include Alaskans as well as people from national programs.

An evening reception on Monday will include a slide show of accomplishments from around the state and an awards presentations.

For more information, e-mail or call (907) 450-2453.

Leader in deaf community charged with sexual abuse of minor

ANCHORAGE - A man who was considered a leader in Anchorage's deaf community has been charged with sexually abusing a boy in his care.

In court on Thursday, Randall Danes, 39, learned through a sign-language interpreter that he was being charged with sexual abuse of a minor in the first and second degrees, and one count of attempted sexual abuse.

Danes, who was not a licensed child care provider, had babysat for as many as 15 children. They include a 10-year-old boy police allege he molested for several years.

The boy, who was developmentally delayed, reported the alleged abuse to his parents in early January, according to a complaint filed by police. The boy is not deaf, but his mother and stepfather are, and he communicates with them using sign language.

The boy told police that Danes asked him to perform oral sex in the summer of 2006 and again at the end of December, court documents say.

His bail was set at $100,000 cash.

Danes is listed in public records as the president of Williwaw Recreational Club for the Deaf and has held other leadership positions in the deaf community.

Police: Stolen objects posted on MySpace Web site

ANCHORAGE - An 18-year-old who police say stole items from an Eagle River church allegedly posed with the objects on the Web site

Moisae Martushev, 18, was pictured bare-chested and brandishing a handgun against a backdrop of marijuana bongs. In his other hand, the youth held a cross that church officials believe was stolen during a break-in two weeks ago.

Police said they have not proved the items belong to the church because they have not seized the objects.

The Rev. Bob Young of Holy Spirit Episcopal Church said the loss of the processional cross caused much angst for the church because it was one of only a few objects that had survived two fires.

Police discovered the site after a tipster called it in, and they arrested Martushev after he tried to pawn other items stolen from churches.

Martushev appeared in an Anchorage court this week and was charged with 34 counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief. He and three others are accused of breaking into a string of Anchorage churches.

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