State Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, June 26, 2002

Ambler man dies after scuffling with VPO

AMBLER - An Ambler man died Tuesday after scuffling with the village police officer who was responding to a domestic violence call.

VPO Brian Jones called state troopers in Kotzebue to tell them he'd arrested Albert Sheldon, 21, for assault, domestic violence, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct, after finding that the man had his girlfriend in a head lock.

Jones also told troopers that during the arrest he had grabbed Sheldon in a "bear hug" and threw him on the ground and that Sheldon had struck his head and it was bleeding. Sheldon later collapsed while walking toward the VPO office.

Troopers in Kotzebue advised Jones to take Sheldon to the village health aide. The health aide found that Sheldon had no vital signs and did not respond to CPR. He was pronounced dead at 7:55 a.m.

Troopers from Kotzebue have determined that the death was accidental. They say Sheldon also had been injured in a fight earlier that morning.

Sheldon's body will be transported to the state medical examiner's office in Anchorage for an autopsy.

Teacher rescues child from Kuskokwim River

NAPASKIAK - A 3-year-old boy who fell into the Kuskokwim River near the western Alaska village of Napaskiak was revived after being pulled out by a teacher, Alaska State Troopers said.

Bernard Williams was playing with his 4-year-old cousin Monday afternoon when he fell into the river. The cousin sought help from school teacher Mike Husa but was unable to communicate what happened. The child just kept pointing to the water, saying "coat," troopers said.

Husa saw something that looked like a coat floating in the water and decided to use his boat to retrieve it for the child. When he got close, he saw the 3-year-old floating in the water.

Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said Husa jumped into the waist-deep water and brought the boy to shore, where CPR was performed.

The boy was revived and taken to Yukon Kuskokwim Health Center in Bethel. Troopers said he was doing well but would be taken to Anchorage for further tests.

Anchorage Aces offered for sale on eBay

ANCHORAGE - There amid the vintage comic books and pop-star memorabilia for sale on eBay sit the Anchorage Aces, Alaska's only professional sports franchise.

The West Coast Hockey League franchise is listed for sale on the Web site, with a minimum bid of $1.5 million.

"I just wanted the public to know that the team is for sale," said Aces owner Mike Cusack Jr. "It's just another marketing source to get it out to the public."

The Aces, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection last month and carry a debt of more than $2 million, are listed in the category of businesses for sale.

A four-sentence description accompanies the team's sale page. It closes by listing Cusack's e-mail address as a contact for serious inquiries.

A bid of $2.3 million allows the interested party to use eBay's Buy It Now feature, essentially skipping the timed formalities and instantly ending the auction.

Cusack said that within four hours of listing the team, he received a $2 million offer via e-mail from a group in California. "We're talking to them," he said.

WCHL officials don't have a problem with Cusack's effort to sell the team on eBay.

"This is an unusual way of doing it," said Barry Kemp, chairman of the WCHL's board of governors. "If it works, you may see NHL teams on eBay."

Kemp said any sale of the Aces would not become official until the new owners are approved by the league.

Cusack said an ideal selling price is $2.2 million, which would allow him to pay off team debts owed to more than 100 creditors. Last week, Cusack was in negotiations to sell the team to a local group, but the offer was rejected by a creditor with a lien against the team.

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