Local Briefs

Posted: Monday, August 13, 2001

Clear skies reveal meteor shower

JUNEAU The annual Perseid meteor shower probably peaked Sunday but the tail end of the sky show is expected to continue tonight.

The shooting stars are visible every year as earth passes through a debris field from the comet Swift-Tuttle. The space rocks arc across the sky but do not hit earth, according to Craig Bauer, an Anchorage meteorologist for the National Weather Service.

"They burn up in the upper atmosphere," Bauer said. "They're just very small grains of rock and things like that - whatever comes off a comet."

Local weather watchers expect some clouds by tonight, but meteorologist Laura Furgione said the shooting stars still should be visible.

"We have a little trough moving through the area and we're expecting some partly cloudy skies tonight," Furgione said. "I don't expect it to be clear but you should be able to see them still."

NASA has posted information about the Perseid meteor shower on the Internet at http://www.spaceweather.com.

Diver's body recovered near Ketchikan

KETCHIKAN - A professional diver from Craig died after he apparently got trapped in the outflow pipe from a power station pond south of Ketchikan, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The body of Craig E. Sempert, 44, was recovered from the outflow pipe after his wife reported Friday afternoon that he hadn't come back from the dive.

Sempert, who owned Craig's Dive Shop in Craig, was diving in the area for a survey by Cape Fox Corp.

Man indicted on two murder charges

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been indicted in the killing of his ex-wife and her roommate three years ago.

Mark Edwards suffered a gunshot wound to the head at the time of the deaths of the two women. Police say he turned the gun on himself after shooting them.

Edwards suffered brain damage from the wound, and his lawyers said he wasn't competent to stand trial.

But a judge ruled recently that Edwards had recovered enough to stand trial, and he was arraigned last week on two counts of first-degree murder. He pleaded innocent.

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