Posted: Monday, July 30, 2001

High water closes road to Northway

FAIRBANKS - The Chisana River crested Sunday after it flooded the nine-mile road to Northway in several places, stranding about 200 residents, the National Weather Service reported.

Water remained on the road this morning but was beginning to recede.

The agency has extended a flood warning for the Chisana River through Wednesday. The river has risen to almost two feet past its normal mark because of heavy rains and warm weather that melted snowpack in the northern Wrangell Mountains.

Northway is just off the Alaska Highway about 220 miles southeast of Fairbanks.

Eight homes along the access road were in danger of flooding. The main village is at the end of the road.

Infant dies in accident outside Homer

ANCHORAGE - A 9-month-old girl died Sunday in a single-car accident near Homer.

Stephanida Erofeeff of Vosnesenka, a community about 22 miles northeast of Homer, died of injuries suffered in a morning rollover, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers received a call on the accident at 7:07 a.m.

Troopers said the driver, Efrem Erofeeff, 25, crossed the oncoming lane at Mile 13 East End Road and began going into the ditch. The 2000 Kia Sportage hit a side road and went airborne.

When it landed, the car traveled another 140 feet, flipping several times.

Erofeeff was thrown from the vehicle.

Ustina Erofeeff, 22, and Ionia Erofeeff, 2, were injured. Dimitry Erofeeff, 5, was ejected, and the car came to rest on top of his legs. The injured were transported to a Homer hospital.

Troopers said no child restraints were used in the car and alcohol was involved in the accident.

No charges had been filed as of early this morning.

Police charge 23-year-old with murder

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police continued to search Sunday for a man wanted in connection with the murder of a man outside an Eagle River home over the weekend.

Police have charged Gabriel Leon, 23, with first-degree murder in the death of Leneal Waters, 31, killed early Saturday. Waters was shot several times, including once in the head.

Several people in the house told police they heard Waters having a loud argument with another man before the shots were fired about 5:15 a.m.

Leon allegedly fled in a white car with tan top that later was found by police.

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