Former manager of Kodiak Launch Complex arrested

Posted: Monday, March 10, 2008

KODIAK - Security is being increased at the Kodiak Launch Complex after its former manager was arrested for allegedly making a threat, theft and other crimes.

Dale Nash, the new chief of the facility, said security will tighten at the Narrow Cape site, which now will have 24-hour security.

Nash said the launch complex increased security after former employee Randall Eisenhauer broke into the complex, stole fuel, vandalized property valued at an estimated $15,000 and later called the complex threatening to kill himself and employees.

Eisenhauer worked for the launch complex for the last eight years and was the launch facility manager, a top position at the complex. He was one of three top employees fired after Nash took over leadership last month from Pat Ladner.

At the time Eisenhauer was fired, he lived in a trailer on the complex's property, and employees were in the process of helping him move.

Five days after Eisenhauer was fired, Alaska State Troopers were called to investigate the vandalism of several vehicles and the theft of 116 gallons of diesel fuel and 88 gallons of gas.

Eisenhauer admitted to taking the fuel and stashing it at a VFW campground, but said he didn't steal it. He said he had made prior arrangements with management at the launch complex to pay for the fuel.

Eisenhauer then allegedly called the complex, saying, "A lot of people are going to die, including myself."

Law enforcement officials began a search for Eisenhauer after returning to his residence and discovering him missing. During the search, Eisenhauer called 911 and said he was on his way to the Alaska State Troopers office to turn himself in.

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