State Briefs

Posted: Sunday, May 05, 2002

Reception for Pioneers' royalty

JUNEAU - Jim Ruotsala and Katherine Shaw have been selected this year's King and Queen Regents by Igloo No. 6 and Auxiliary No. 6, Pioneers of Alaska. A regents tea to honor the couple is scheduled from 2-4 p.m. today at the Pioneers' Home, 4675 Glacier Highway. All Pioneers and friends are invited to the reception.

Concealed-carry bill to become law

JUNEAU - A bill that allows people with permits to carry concealed weapons in other states also carry their guns in Alaska will become law. Gov. Tony Knowles announced Friday he would let the Senate Bill 242 become law without his signature.

Supporters, such as Rep. Jeannette James, a North Pole Republican, had said the change in Alaska's law could prompt more states to recognize Alaskans' concealed-carry permits.

To be eligible for a concealed-carry permit in Alaska, a person must be 21 years old, have no more than two class A misdemeanors within six years and no felonies, submit to a background check with fingerprints and complete a firearms safety course. About 15,000 Alaskans have permits.

Man wanted in wife's death found in Ohio

ANCHORAGE - A 32-year-old Alaska man suspected of helping his wife commit suicide has been arrested in Sandusky, Ohio.

Alaska State Troopers said Rex Davenport handed his wife a loaded gun after she threatened to kill herself Sept. 15 at their Talkeetna home. Irene Davenport then shot herself with the gun.

The two had been drinking and arguing at the time of the shooting, troopers said.

Davenport faces charges of weapons misconduct for being a felon in possession of a handgun, for handling a gun while intoxicated and for giving a gun to a person who was intoxicated.

Man accused of videotaping girls in his home

PALMER - A Houston man was arrested Thursday on charges of indecent photography after authorities found two hidden cameras in his cabin, along with dozens of videotapes of teen-age girls and young women changing clothes, Alaska State Troopers reported.

The arrest of Timothy Christoffersen, 43, came about in a roundabout way. A 15-year-old girl told her parents Christoffersen had given her alcohol at a party last Saturday night, then tried to sexually abuse her, troopers said.

The parents confronted Christoffersen last Sunday and assaulted him, at which point he fled in his car, troopers reported. The parents then went into his cabin and discovered some of the evidence.

Investigators got a search warrant and seized the tapes.

Christoffersen told teen-age girls and young women that he was a fashion photographer. The women modeled swim suits and evening gowns for him to photograph.

He's charged with eight counts of indecent photography.

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