State Briefs

Posted: Thursday, July 24, 2003

Police seek witnesses to fatal accident

JUNEAU - Juneau police are looking for anyone who may have seen the fatal accident at Mendenhall Loop Road and Stephen Richards Memorial Drive.

The accident occurred at the intersection at about 1 p.m. The driver of a 1991 Ford Escort, 49-year-old Paulette Alden, was extricated from the car by a Capital City Fire and Rescue crew. She was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital where she was pronounced dead on arrival.

Alden's car collided with a dump truck. The name of the 38-year-old truck driver was not released.

Police are asking any possible witnesses to call their office at 586-0600 and leave their name and telephone number so they may be contacted by an officer.

Rosalee Walker leaves Johns Hopkins hospital

JUNEAU - Juneau activist and former Assembly member Rosalee Walker has left Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore, Md., and will be starting outpatient physical therapy, Juneau resident Claudia Brown-Paige said Tuesday.

Brown-Paige receives daily updates from Diane Randall, Walker's daughter.

Walker, who lives in Juneau, arrived in Baltimore on May 10 to visit her daughters and attend a college reunion. She had trouble breathing May 19 and was hospitalized with complications from pneumonia and congestive heart failure.

She was released from the hospital Monday, Brown-Paige said.

"She's going to come back to Juneau, it's just that they don't know when. Her doctor's got to release her to travel. It's my understand that's still a long ways off," she said.

To send a message to Walker, e-mail Randall at

North Slope mayor charged with DUI

FAIRBANKS - North Slope Borough Mayor George Ahmaogak pleaded not guilty in Fairbanks on Tuesday to a charge he was driving while intoxicated early Saturday morning.

Ahmaogak, 54, of Barrow was stopped at about 4 a.m. Saturday at Airport Way and University Avenue on the west side of Fairbanks. Ahmaogak has been borough mayor for four terms since 1984.

Alaska State Trooper Joseph Hazelaar and a recruit were pulling up to the intersection to stop another vehicle for speeding when Hazelaar saw a 2002 Mercury Sable turn into the wrong lanes on Airport Way.

Hazelaar said the car struck the left side of the median, stopped, backed into the intersection, then drove down the correct lanes.

Following a traffic stop, Hazelaar said, Ahmaogak smelled of alcohol.

He also failed field sobriety tests, refused to blow into the preliminary Breathalyzer and later blew a .16 breath-alcohol content, which is twice the legal limit, Hazelaar said.

"He swore he was not drunk," Hazelaar said. "He basically stated that, 'You shouldn't be doing this. You don't understand the importance of this.' "

Troopers nab suspect in Seward slaying

ANCHORAGE - The hunt for the man suspected of killing his friend near Seward over the weekend came to an end Tuesday night with an arrest along the railroad tracks near Crown Point.

Alaska State Troopers said they found Bill Conger, 31, just before 9 p.m. walking along tracks near Mile 22.5 Seward Highway. Troopers had been searching for Conger around the clock for three days in the densely wooded area north of Seward.

Conger was taken into custody without incident, said Capt. Tom Bowman. He said Conger knew he was being pursued and had been on the move since the slaying.

"He looked really tired," he said.

Bowman said Conger had planned to walk the railroad tracks to Talkeetna, where he owns land.

He is suspected of shooting to death his friend and co-worker John Tulin, 43, with a large-caliber rifle Saturday night.

Bowman said troopers canvassed campgrounds in the Crown Point area during the manhunt and handed out color photos of Conger. On Tuesday, three or four people, some of them campers who had seen the photos, reported seeing a man matching Conger's description, said trooper investigator James Truesdell.

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