Northwest Digest

Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2007

Sleeping suspect charged with theft

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WASILLA - A suspect in the theft of handguns from a Wasilla home didn't get far, according to Alaska State Troopers.

He was found asleep in a vehicle parked in the home's garage, wearing a sweat shirt belonging to the woman who lives in the home.

Troopers on Sunday afternoon took a call of a burglary from Lisa Siepert, 38.

She reported that someone had entered her home and removed two handguns, food and alcohol.

When she looked in the garage, she found a strange man behind the wheel of her neighbor's vehicle.

Siepert told troopers the man was wearing her sweat shirt and that he was unresponsive.

Troopers said the suspect apparently entered the home, took the guns and broke the windshield of a pickup truck parked nearby to get inside it.

The suspect then went into the garage, broke windows out of the second vehicle and fell asleep inside.

Gary Olson Jr., 20, of Anchorage, was arrested.

He was charged with burglary, two counts of theft involving a weapon and two counts of criminal mischief. He was transported to Mat-Su Pretrial with bail set at $50,000.

Search continues for Selawik woman

SELAWIK - Officials in northwest Alaska continued to search Monday for a 19-year-old Selawik woman.

Angela Foxglove disappeared early Friday morning.

Witnesses told Alaska State Troopers that Foxglove had been drinking and may have been intoxicated.

She told friends that she was going to walk to Noorvik, 33 miles away. She was last seen at 4 a.m. Friday.

Selawik Search and Rescue members coordinated a search of all homes and the area surrounding Selawik and did not locate Foxglove. They called in troopers Friday night.

On Saturday, volunteer aircraft from Galena searched the trail to Noorvik and found no sign of the woman.

Search and Rescue members from Noorvik launched a three-person ground search team. Members found no indication she been in a shelter cabin between the two communities.

Friend: Man had no time for pepper spray

LIVINGSTON, Mont. - A nature photographer mauled last week by a sow grizzly bear in Yellowstone National Park had no time to use pepper spray against the animal, a friend said Sunday.

Jim Cole "does remember trying to grab his bear spray," Michael Sanders said. "He said that that he assumed that he startled the bear and the bear startled him."

Sanders' remarks about Cole's experience came in a telephone interview shortly after he met with reporters here as Cole remained in Eastern Idaho Regional Medical Center in Idaho Falls. He was flown there after the attack, underwent surgery Thursday and was in serious condition Sunday. Work included reinserting his left eye, knocked out by the bear, Sanders said.

Park officials have said Cole, 57, of Bozeman, was photographing bears Wednesday in prime grizzly habitat within Yellowstone's Hayden Valley. He was hiking alone, off a trail, and was two or three miles from a road when the female bear with a single cub attacked, the officials said.

Sanders, who described his friendship with Cole as spanning more than 20 years, said he received information from another Cole friend, Rich Berman, who has been at the Idaho Falls hospital. Cole began talking on Saturday, Sanders said.

"He does remember topping a ridge in Hayden Valley, near the Trout Creek area," Sanders said. He said Cole reported that the bear "came out of nowhere."

The bear struck Cole in the face and besides knocking out the left eye, the animal seriously damaged facial bones and skin, Sanders said.

"His recollection was that the bear hit him like putty," he said.

Agents target illegal immigrants in jail

PORTLAND, Ore. - Federal officials plan to step up efforts to deport illegal immigrants who have been jailed for committing crimes in Oregon and Washington.

New teams of Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents are to be based in Portland, Eugene, Seattle and Yakima, joining a Medford office, although officials won't say how many new agents will be added to the focused effort in the two states. Nationally, the number is expected to be in the hundreds.

"Aliens that are criminals will be arrested and convicted, and if they're subject to removal, we're going to get to them before they get back on the street," Neil Clark, field office director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement's detention and removal operations in Seattle, told The Oregonian newspaper.

Agents checking records at jails and prisons can consider the gravity of crimes they encounter, Clark said, but the law gives agents the right to take in any illegal immigrant in the criminal justice system.

"I'm going to accomplish as much as I can," he said. "If I can do the complete workload, I will. If I can't, then I'm going to get to the worst criminals first."

Immigration attorneys agree that high-risk criminals should be deported, but they say the agency should zero in on violent criminals rather than spend resources on shoplifters and identity thieves.

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