NM man owes $20,000 in AK hunting penalties

Posted: Sunday, August 02, 2009

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions says a New Mexico man has been penalized nearly $20,000 and put on five years' probation for multiple hunting violations.

The Anchorage Daily News reported 39-year-old Jimmy Todd Hackney of Quemado, N.M., pleaded guilty Wednesday to misdemeanor counts of guiding without proper supervision, making a false statement on hunting license applications and hunting brown bear without a guide.

Prosecutors said Hackney, described as an assistant big game guide, took two nonresident moose hunters on a guided tour last fall, though there was no registered guide supervising. He also claimed to be an Alaska resident on Fish and Game license applications in 2006 and 2007.

Prosecutors said Hackney's sentence includes a fine of $10,000 and restitution totaling $9,100.

A co-defendant, 57-year-old Dennis West, pleaded guilty July 23 to one count of transporting without a license and was given a $2,000 fine.

Fort Richardson soldier death apparently suicide

ANCHORAGE - The mother of a Fort Richardson soldier found dead in his Anchorage home told The Anchorage Daily News the death is apparently a suicide.

The woman, who lives in Ohio, said two soldiers who went to look for Anthony S. Schmachtenberger when he didn't show up for work Wednesday found him in his garage with a vehicle running.

The 30-year-old staff sergeant was an artilleryman from Minerva, Ohio. He was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 377th Parachute Field Artillery Regiment, 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division.

Robin Scalero in Alliance, Ohio, said her son had separated from his wife and had stress from combat in Iraq. He leaves three daughters.

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