State Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, September 04, 2001

Police find body of missing woman

ANCHORAGE - The body of an Anchorage woman, missing since mid-May, was found in a shallow grave near Wasilla, police said.

Tawni Williams disappeared May 18, the same day she received a $22,500 distribution paid out to shareholders of Cook Inlet Region Inc. The money was drained from Williams' bank account in the weeks following her disappearance.

Police are investigating Williams' death as a homicide. Detectives acting on a tip found her body last week under about 2 feet of dirt in "a wooded area that was not too remote," spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

Williams, 50, was last seen at a gas station with her boyfriend, Antonio Garrison, who has since been jailed on a murder charge in an unrelated case. No charges have been filed in Williams' death.

Man sentenced in paint-ball attack

ANCHORAGE - A man who videotaped his brother and another boy shooting paint balls at Alaska Natives was sentenced Friday to six months in jail, a $6,000 fine and 300 hours of community service.

District Court Judge Peter Ashman sentenced Charles Deane Wiseman, 20, during a hearing that included testimony from Wiseman's mother, father, boss and people hit with paint balls.

"To each of my victims, I want to make a personal apology," Wiseman said.

Five men and two women were hit by marble-size paint balls as they walked in the downtown or Mountain View sections of Anchorage on Jan. 14. Police traced the car to Eagle River, 15 miles north of downtown Anchorage, and seized a paint-ball gun and a 25-minute videotape.

The tape depicted the three announcing their intention to "nail some Eskimos." Wiseman, 19 at the time, was identified as the rider in the back seat with the video camera.

Chief Assistant District Attorney John Novak recommended Wiseman spend time in jail and perform 1,500 hours of community service in four rural regions of the state. Defense attorney Robert Herz argued for community service but no jail time, saying Wiseman already had suffered public humiliation.

Judge Ashman rejected the argument that Wiseman was not as culpable because he did not pull a trigger. The incident had racist overtones from the moment it began, Ashman said.

Two boys in the car, both 17, faced proceedings in juvenile court and their names have not been made public.

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