State Briefs

Posted: Friday, March 22, 2002

Triple bloopers land robber in jail

EVERETT, Wash. - A man who handed a bank teller a note that demanded money and had his girlfriend's name and phone number on the back has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison.

Curtis Anthony Sherman, 35, who was sentenced Thursday in Snohomish County Superior Court for first-degree robbery, now has 14 felony convictions, including burglary, auto theft and assault.

Sherman, most recently released from prison on Christmas Eve, was convicted by a jury for a holdup at a Wells Fargo bank branch in a Fred Meyer store on Jan. 5 and pleaded guilty to second-degree robbery for a stickup at a Key Bank branch Jan. 4.

In the heist, investigators said, a teller was handed a note demanding $10,000 and warning against use of an exploding dye pack or alarm. On the back of the note, the teller found a name and phone number that turned out to be that of Sherman's girlfriend.

A day later, at the Wells Fargo branch, witnesses testified that Sherman asked a taxicab driver to help him find a bank open on Saturday, borrowed pen and paper to write a holdup note that was easily traced to the cab, then stiffed the cabbie.

Sherman was arrested Jan. 6 for investigation of shoplifting in the same Fred Meyer store that housed the Wells Fargo branch and was then recognized by police from the bank robbery descriptions.

Scouts to collect food Saturday

JUNEAU - Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts will go door-to-door Saturday to collect food for the hungry. The Scouts' collection goal is more than 10,000 pounds of food, which will be given to food pantries and food banks throughout Juneau for people in need.

Hundreds of Scouts have delivered empty grocery bags for residents to fill and place on their door step by 9 a.m. for pickup between 9 and 11 a.m. Saturday. The items most needed include canned vegetables and fruit, pasta, rice and other nonperishables. The Scouts cannot collect glass jars or home-canned items. Last year, the boys collected more than 7,000 pounds of food. For more information, call 789-8440.

Man pleads guilty to theft, assault

JUNEAU - A Juneau man accused of robbing a man in a Valley parking lot earlier this year awaits sentencing after pleading guilty to lesser charges this week.

Ian Patterson, 21, pleaded guilty in Juneau District Court on Wednesday to a charge of felony theft and a charge of misdemeanor assault stemming from a Jan. 20 incident. He originally was charged with felony robbery, a more serious charge. A grand jury added the assault charge. Patterson was arrested when he and Gustavo Ramirez, 19, were identified by a man who claimed they beat him and stole his wallet and cell phone near the Frontier Suites in the Mendenhall Valley. The victim, whose name was not released, received minor cuts.

Patterson faces a maximum five-year prison sentence for theft and a possible year in prison for assault. He is scheduled to be sentenced May 2. He has no prior convictions listed in Alaska court system records. Ramirez pleaded innocent earlier this year to a charge of felony robbery. His trial is scheduled for April 29. Ramirez faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted. He has one prior conviction, for resisting arrest, listed in Alaska court system records.

Coast Guard rescues man twice

JUNEAU - The Coast Guard said it rescued a Ketchikan man twice in nine days.

Donald Lawson Jr., 19, was rescued Wednesday afternoon on Blank Island in Southeast after the Coast Guard noticed him waving his arms frantically while they were conducting training exercises. They determined he had swam ashore three days earlier, after his 13-foot boat capsized.

The Coast Guard on March 12 found him lost and disoriented on Blank Island after he'd become separated from his camping companions.

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