State Briefs

Staff and Wire reports

Posted: Monday, June 09, 2003

Man arrested after firing gun in argument

JUNEAU - A 39-year-old Juneau man was arrested Sunday morning for third-degree assault and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons after allegedly pointing a loaded gun at a man and later firing the weapon, according to a police press release.

Eric Boone was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center Sunday and held on no bail, Juneau police said.

Police received a complaint about a fight outside an apartment at 3:22 a.m. Sunday near Renninger Drive. The complainant said two men were fighting and one of the men had fired a gun, police said.

At 3:25 a.m., one of the men reported he had been assaulted, according to the release. The man said Boone had pointed a loaded gun at him. The man also said that Boone put the gun back in his pants and then gun went off.

Juneau police were not able to find Boone at the apartment. At 4:50 a.m., Boone contacted police and said he would like to speak with an officer.

He arrived at the police department and refused to answer any questions. He was intoxicated and had an injury to his buttocks. Boone was treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital, then arrested.

More dogs signed over by collector euthanized

FAIRBANKS - The last group of 25 dogs signed over to the Humane Society of the United States by dog collector Richard Hall was euthanized last week.

Six weeks have passed since the Humane Society sent veterinarians to Fairbanks to sterilize and treat many of Hall's nearly 400 dogs. In all, about 125 have been euthanized and 90 have been put in foster care or adopted, one as far away as New York.

"It's the end of a chapter but there's an epilogue coming. There's still a lot of dogs out in foster care," said Jeanne Olson, Fairbanks North Star Borough veterinarian and acting animal shelter manager.

The adoption rate for Hall's dogs was at or higher than the rate of adoption at the borough animal shelter, Olson said. "We did beyond what we do at the shelter. ... We really, really, tried."

The condition of the almost 200 dogs that remain in Hall's dog yard has improved, but dog food is still needed, Olson said.

Mother sentenced to life for daughter's murder

ANCHORAGE - A California judge handed a mother a life sentence for her involvement in the South Lake Tahoe murder of her 9-year-old daughter.

El Dorado County Superior Court Judge Jerald Lasarow sentenced Lisa Ann Platz on Friday, according to the Tahoe Daily Tribune. The maximum sentence includes no chance of parole. Platz also was ordered to pay $12,000 in restitution.

A six-week trial led to a jury conviction in March.

Rebbeca Aramburo's throat was slashed in September 2001 in a tent at Campground by the Lake. The killing was the apparent ending of a child-custody dispute.

Officers found the body when they stormed the tent, ending a nine-hour standoff with Platz, 33, and her companion, James Csucsai. The 35-year-old man later hanged himself with a bed sheet in jail.

Agrium, union workers agree on layoff solution

KENAI - A restructuring plan at the Kenai Agrium Nitrogen Plant in Nikiski will result in as many as 65 layoffs at the plant, Agrium officials said.

The layoffs would be involuntary for many of the workers, but talks are under way between labor and company officials that would switch job losses from those most recently hired to more seasoned workers willing to accept a severance package.

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