Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, June 03, 2007

Woman found in Gustavus after search

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JUNEAU- After disappearing for a day-and-a-half and provoking a search effort, a 45-year-old woman was found by rescuers Saturday in a Bayliner boat on blocks on a beach in Gustavus.

The Gustavus resident, whose identity was not immediately released, was taken involuntarily to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment.

Her disappearance was reported to the U.S. Coast Guard on Saturday, prompting it to join state troopers and volunteers in a search of the waters and shores of the town. The woman's roommates had last seen her at 10 a.m. Friday and contacted officials when she did not return. One person reported seeing her walking on the beach on Friday.

The woman was found at about 7 p.m. Saturday, according to Trooper Josh Bentz.

Woman found guilty in Houston homicide

PALMER - A jury in Palmer has found an 18-year-old Anchorage woman guilty of first-degree murder and kidnapping.

The jury on Friday took just over two hours to convict Kira Gray in the shooting death of 23-year-old Terrell Houngues of Anchorage in 2005.

Gray looked at her stepfather in the gallery and began to weep after Superior Court Judge Eric Smith read the verdict. She faces up to 198 years in prison.

Gray is the second of four people charged in the murder to stand trial. District Attorney Roman Kalytiak told the jury she lured Houngues to Houston with promises of drugs and money. She then shot him several times in the head, Kalytiak said.

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