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Posted: Tuesday, July 17, 2001

Man charged in roommate's killing

KETCHIKAN - A 29-year-old Ketchikan man has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of his roommate.

Manuel Ortega is charged in the death Sunday of Ruben D. Cabrera in the men's home.

Ketchikan police learned of Cabrera's death when an emergency call came through at about 3 a.m. Sunday, police reported. Ortega was taken into custody about four hours later. Officers believe Ortega and Cabrera had a fight early Sunday morning, which police said led to Cabrera's death.

Deputy Chief David Guzman said the victim's injuries were consistent with a fight, and that no weapons were used. According to police, Ortega admitted fighting with his roommate. An autopsy has been ordered.

Guzman said the men recently moved to Ketchikan from California.

Shipyard union election delayed

KETCHIKAN - A planned election on whether workers at Alaska Ship and Dry Dock should unionize has been postponed.

The National Labor Relations Board stopped the July 26 election after Piledrivers and Divers Local 2520 filed allegations of unfair labor practices against the shipyard and asked that the vote be delayed, said Jim Strassburg, a union organizer.

"They are tampering with the election and they are trying to sway the vote," Strassburg told the Ketchikan Daily News.

The union and shipyard each compile a list of people they believe are eligible to vote in the election. Strassburg claims the company left about 75 names off its list of workers and has unfairly fired union organizers.

Doug Ward, director of shipyard development, said the union's list of workers is flawed.

"A lot of the people on that list haven't worked for the shipyard for a long time or are temporary employees," he said.

Ward has said that rejecting the union would be best for the employees and the long-term future of the shipyard, which the company has operated since 1994.

Murder suspect enters plea

ANCHORAGE - The man accused of murdering longtime Anchorage car salesman Paul Clinton last November entered not guilty pleas Monday in Anchorage Superior Court.

Antonio Garrison, 37, was arraigned four days after a grand jury indicted him, charging first-degree murder, two counts of evidence tampering, misconduct involving weapons, robbery, theft and vehicle theft.

Clinton, 40, owned Clinton Auto Sales. He was found shot to death on Nov. 1 inside his office.

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