Northwest Digest

Posted: Friday, April 16, 2004

Runaway teenager rescued from ice

KENAI - A teenage runaway was rescued from a bobbing ice floe at the mouth of the Kenai River by the authorities she was trying to evade.

The 16-year-old girl ran away from the Kenai Care Center Wednesday and police had been looking for her since, said Kenai Police Lt. Kim Wannamaker.

The girl was spotted about 7 p.m. on the north beach of the Kenai River near South Spruce Street. But when she saw the police officer sent to pick her up, she ran up the beach toward the mouth of the river and started jumping out on the ice, Wannamaker said.

The tide was almost fully out at the time, and the ice started drifting into Cook Inlet's mid-30-degree water. The girl had no shoes or socks on, and soon her attempt at evasion turned into cries for help.

Rescuers launched the canoe from the north beach, paddled out to collect the stranded girl from her icy perch and paddled her against the tide to the south beach.

Robber arrested after hitting wrong address

ANCHORAGE - A man intent on burglary broke into the wrong house and ended up fleeing with a pickup truck, police said.

Jeffrey A. Schubauer, 31, tied up a woman at the house and left with her truck, but was later arrested, according to Anchorage police. They said he was charged with kidnapping, burglary, vehicle theft, criminal mischief and eluding.

Schubauer was in custody at the Anchorage Correctional Complex East on Wednesday, his bail set at $50,000, according to a booking officer.

Police said that at about 10 a.m. Wednesday, a burglar rode a bicycle to a home in a subdivision southwest of Lake Otis Parkway in South Anchorage. The burglar broke into the home and found a 45-year-old woman there.

She later told officers that the burglar, who held a crowbar, kept asking for a man she did not know. She ran into the bedroom but could not lock the door.

Seed seller: FBI said to send seeds in ricin case

SEATTLE - A seed company employee in New York says the FBI told her it was OK to ship an unusually large order of seeds that can be used to make ricin to a Seattle man, who subsequently was arrested and charged with possessing the deadly toxin.

Office manager Kristina Damico of Sheffield's Seed Co. in Locke, N.Y., told The Associated Press that she called a federal terrorist hot line in November about the suspiciously big order for castor seeds, the key ingredient in making ricin.

An FBI agent told her in December to go ahead and send the seeds, Damico said in a telephone interview Wednesday. But it wasn't until four months later that the FBI made an arrest.

On April 8, another FBI agent contacted Damico, asked a number of questions and requested that the order documents be faxed to him, she said. The next day in suburban Kirkland, Wash., FBI agents allegedly found ricin in the apartment of Robert M. Alberg, 37. He was arrested and charged with one count of possession of a biological agent or toxin.

Alberg, who is described in court documents as autistic, will continue to be held at the Federal Detention Center in SeaTac, Magistrate Judge Mary Alice Theiler said during a brief detainment hearing in federal court Thursday afternoon.

Lummi Nation reaches settlement in lawsuit

BLAINE, Wash. - The Lummi Nation has agreed to a $4.25 million settlement in its lawsuit against an Atlanta-based company hired by the city to oversee construction at the site of a former village of the northwestern Washington tribe.

The settlement Wednesday comes roughly five years after this city on the Canadian border hired Golder Associates to head expansion of a wastewater-treatment plant at Semiahmoo Spit, about 25 miles from the Lummi reservation.

During construction, workers displaced more than 100 tribal ancestors as they dug through human remains and artifacts. The items were part of hundreds of truckloads of dirt that were hauled to a nearby private property and used as fill.

Tribal Chairman Darrell Hillaire told The Seattle Times that the settlement will enable the tribe to rebury its dead.



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