Posted: Sunday, March 11, 2001

Juneau woman arrested in Idaho

On Aug. 16, 2000, the Juneau Police Department initiated an investigation involving alleged embezzlement and forgery from the Tlingit & Haida Community Council. A suspect, Cecelia Derose, also known as Cecelia Marie Derose-Noe, was interviewed but not arrested at that time, said Capt. Tom Porter of JPD.

After the interview, charges of second-degree forgery and second-degree theft against Derose were presented to and accepted by the District Attorney's office. Derose, 35, left the state around the middle of October, perhaps to avoid prosecution. State arrest warrants were issued for her.

Through investigation and in cooperation with the U.S. Marshal's Office and the Nez Perce County Sheriff's office, Derose was discovered living in Lewiston, Idaho. On March 6, Derose was arrested on a traffic stop near her Lewiston residence.

Derose was lodged at the Astoin County Jail in Clarkston, Wash. She is awaiting extradition to Juneau to face charges. An additional charge of flight to avoid prosecution has been filed against her.

Reward offered for missing trail sign

JUNEAU - During the week of Feb. 26, someone removed the sign at the new snowmobile access route to the Dan Moeller Trail, above Jackson Street on Douglas Island. The sign was forcibly removed from its mounting post and hauled away.

The parking lot and trail access have been built with the cooperation of the city, the Juneau Snowmobile Club, Trail Mix and the Juneau Ranger District. The damage to and removal of this sign is a Class B misdemeanor, and carries a maximum fine of $5,000 and/or up to six months in jail.

The snowmobile club is offering a reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of those who stole the sign.

Information should be forwarded to the Forest Service law enforcement officer, David Zuniga, at 790-7429; or to the USDA Forest Service Crime Line at (800) 394-2316.

Agreement reached with Readers Digest

ANCHORAGE - Alaska is among 32 states that have reached an agreement with Readers Digest Association over its sweepstakes mailings, Attorney General Bruce Botelho said.

Botelho's office said the sweepstakes company will be required to make dramatic changes to its mailings. The settlement requires Readers Digest to discontinue misleading information and to include facts about the "real" chance of winning.

Included in the settlement was an $8 million fund for attorneys' fees and restitution.

Consumers in Alaska could be eligible for more than $16,000 in restitution, and the state will receive $75,000 for consumer protection and antitrust investigations, enforcement and education, according to Botelho's office.

Supplier for meth lab sentenced

FAIRBANKS -- A man convicted of supplying a chemical for a North Pole methamphetamine lab has received a seven-year prison sentence.

Ralph Steven Firestone, 42, will serve the time in California, where his sentence will run concurrent to one he is currently serving for a 1998 felony drug conviction there.

In addition to the seven years handed down Friday in U.S. District Court, Firestone was sentenced to three years on supervised release for the North Pole crime.

Crist Bigler, the man who allegedly ran the lab, faces the brunt of the charges in the case.

Firestone was only charged as a supplier of the chemical toluene. Defense attorney Richard Wright argued for a shorter sentence for Firestone based on that secondary role in the lab, which was raided in June 1998.

Firestone was one of four people indicted in connection with the operation, which investigators believe began in Washington state before moving to various locations around Fairbanks. Bigler, Lori Hysong, and Victoria Tune also were charged with federal drug offenses.

Hysong and Tune each pleaded guilty to one reduced count of money laundering in plea bargains.

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