911 caller hit with a skateboard, police say
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JUNEAU - A 911 caller reporting a fight to Juneau police was attacked with a skateboard for his efforts, police said.
Authorities said Daniel Ewing, 23, was fighting with a woman in front of a home in the 100 block of Troy Avenue shortly after 9:15 p.m. Wednesday when he changed his approach and attacked the 911 caller, who had decided to intervene in the tussle.
"He struck the caller about the head and shoulders with a skateboard," police said.
Police arrested Ewing a short time later on charges of third-degree assault, a felony.
After booking Ewing was held without bail at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, police said.
Army IDs Alaska-based soldiers who were killed
FORT RICHARDSON - The Army on Thursday released the identities of four more of the nine Alaska-based soldiers killed in Iraq this week.
Army Sgt. Robert J. Montgomery Jr., 29, of Scottsburg, Ind., was killed Tuesday, in Al Jabour, Iraq, by an explosive.
Three other Army soldiers died in Baghdad, Iraq, after multiple bombs went off near their vehicle.
They are Staff Sgt. Shannon V. Weaver, 28, of Urich, Mo., Sgt. Brian D. Ardron, 32, of Acworth, Ga., and Spc. Michael W. Davis, 22, of San Marcos, Texas.
They were assigned to the 425th Brigade Special Troops Battalion, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson.
Montgomery was assigned to the 1st Squadron, 40th Cavalry Regiment, 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division at Fort Richardson.
House OKs one-year extension of payments
WASHINGTON - The House Thursday night approved $425 million in emergency spending for a one-year extension of payments to rural counties hurt by cutbacks in federal logging.
The plan, approved 348-73, would provide payments through September to more than 700 timber counties in 39 states, mostly in the West and South.
The bill, part of a measure to pay for the war in Iraq, also includes $465 million to fight wildfires and $60 million for West Coast salmon fishermen.
But it does not include a Senate-approved plan to spend nearly $5 billion to continue the payments law through 2011 and reimburse state and local governments for federally owned property.
Lawmakers were divided over the reason for that omission. Senators blamed the Bush administration and House Democratic leaders, while House Democrats said Senate leaders lost their nerve in negotiations with the White House.
Still, Western lawmakers said they were pleased to salvage at least a one-year extension, noting that some schools and counties in the rural West and South have begun layoffs in anticipation of a funding cutoff.