State Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 01, 2002

Gun club sponsors campaign event

JUNEAU - The Juneau Gun Club is sponsoring a shooting event and barbecue Saturday to raise money for the campaign against a legislative session move.

Proceeds from the day-long event will go to the FRANK Committee and its efforts to educate Alaskans about the cost of moving state government, according to event coordinator Tom Boutin.

Alaska voters will consider a ballot measure this fall that would move legislative sessions from Juneau to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough if facilities are available, or to Anchorage first if they are not.

Saturday's events will include trap and card shoots for all ages and abilities. Instruction, ammunition, shotguns and ear and eye protection will be provided, although people who own a shotgun are encouraged to bring it, Boutin said. Local businesses have donated prizes for the events.

The FRANK Committee and the Alaska Committee are scheduled to make a brief presentation at noon that will be followed by a Old West-style cowboy action shooting demonstration. A gun-dog demonstration is scheduled for 4 p.m. as waterfowl hunters and their dogs take part in a mini-field trial.

"It will be a fun event and all of us in Juneau have a a concern in this legislative vote," Boutin said.

The event is from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Juneau Gun Club on Montana Creek Road.

Canadian man gets two years for smuggling drugs

KETCHIKAN - A Canadian pilot was sentenced to two years in prison by a Ketchikan judge for attempting to smuggle 42 pounds of marijuana into the country via a small floatplane.

Peter J. Drewry, 46, of Nanoose Bay, British Columbia, was arrested in March following an investigation into his plane crash near Duke Island south of Metlakatla.

Drewry had raised suspicion after trying to charter a boat to the island several days after the airplane had been recovered.

Alaska State Troopers returned to the island and found duffel bags filled with marijuana. Drewry was arrested while returning from the island in a chartered boat.

Ketchikan Superior Judge Trevor Stephens on Tuesday sentenced Drewry to two years in prison after the man pleaded guilty to fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Drewry could have received up to five years in prison.

Fairbanks man sentenced to 20 years for manslaughter

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to 20 years in prison for killing his girlfriend last year.

Oliver Lemon, 59, was found guilty of manslaughter earlier this year in the death of Nancy Tegoseak, 39.

Police found Tegoseak dead April 23, 2001, in an apartment where she and Lemon were staying. Police said the two had been drinking after returning from their night janitorial jobs. Friends told investigators that Lemon slapped Tegoseak, knocking her from her chair onto the floor.

Tegoseak was later found dead in a bedroom. The state medical examiner's office said she died of blunt force trauma.

In handing down the sentence Tuesday, Superior Court Judge Charles Pengilly said Lemon had a long criminal history with no prospects for rehabilitation.

Compiled from staff and wire service reports.

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