Alaska Digest

Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2007

New emergency call system launched

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JUNEAU - The Juneau Police Department will switch today to a new 911 emergency calls system that eventually could allow for cellular phone mapping and wireless call processing.

Police said they expect a smooth transition and that residents do not need to test their phones. Extensive testing already has been completed.

The upgrade began in March and was funded with Homeland Security grants and Emergency 911 surcharge funds.

Police expect to receive call-back information from wireless providers within six months.

They also expect to be able to determine the location of a cell phone user, though it may take additional time.

11-year-old killed in Marshall shooting

MARSHALL - An 11-year-old boy was shot in the chest and killed by another youth following an argument, Alaska State Troopers said Monday.

A 12-year-old boy was arrested Monday on a first-degree murder warrant in the death of James Buster, and was being transported to a youth detention facility in Bethel, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

It was not immediately known if the 12-year-old would be charged as an adult, she said.

The two were alone at a fish camp while adults were upstream.

The two argued, and the older boy went into either a cabin or a tent, got a .22 caliber rifle, loaded it and shot Buster, Peters said.

Marshall, a Yup'ik Eskimo village of about 390 people, is about 80 miles north of Bethel.

Village holds funeral for drowned brothers

ANCHORAGE - A funeral was to be held Monday for two brothers from the village of Scammon Bay who drowned in the Kun River when the younger boy slipped and his older brother went in after him.

Eight-year-old Reaman and 10-year-old Reichel Uttereyuk went into the river Friday afternoon. Reaman fell in and Reichel plunged in after him, said Megan Peters, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman.

"And Reichel was also dragged into the water by the current," Peters said. "Both victims did not know how to swim."

On Sunday morning, the boys' open caskets sat in their home for viewing. The Rev. Jon Cardwell and the congregation came to the home for the morning church service.

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