State Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, September 05, 2001

North Pole man mauled by bear

ANCHORAGE - A 52-year-old North Pole man was mauled by a bear Tuesday morning while hunting in Alaska's Interior.

Alaska State Troopers said Johnny L. McCoy was attacked by a grizzly sow near the junction of the Little Delta River and Buchanan Creek, southwest of Delta Junction.

McCoy's hunting partner, Gary R. Corle of North Pole, told troopers the sow was with two cubs. Corle, 59, was knocked to the ground in the attack but was able to fire a shot. Troopers said the shot apparently missed the sow.

About 12:45 p.m., an Army helicopter transported McCoy to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital. Tuesday evening, a nursing supervisor at the hospital said McCoy was undergoing surgery but had no other information regarding his condition.

Pennsylvania hunter dies in boat accident

ANCHORAGE - A Pennsylvania hunter died over the weekend when he fell out of a boat on the Hoholitna River in southwestern Alaska.

The guide who was with him said Louis Tracy stood up in the boat Saturday to see a moose better, lost his balance, and fell into the water, Alaska State Troopers said. Tracy, 73, had refused to wear a life jacket, according to the guide, Gregory McElveen.

Troopers said the guide also went into the river. He was able to get Tracy to shore, but not before he drowned. The river is near the village of Sleetmute, 243 miles west of Anchorage.

Family members told troopers Tracy was in poor health and had been discouraged from coming to Alaska.

Teen charged with shooting brother

UNALASKA - A 16-year-old has been charged with the shooting death of his brother Saturday on board a boat anchored near Unalaska.

Grigori Zuboff was charged Sunday with first-degree murder in the death of Elisei "Alex" Zuboff, said Unalaska Public Safety Sgt. Matt Betzen. The brothers are from the Kenai Peninsula village of Nikolaevsk.

Police were notified of trouble aboard the vessel Ambition shortly after 10 p.m. Saturday when a harbor officer reported a radio distress call from the vessel. Police found Elisei Zuboff's body on the boat, shot through the chest. Next to the body was a Russian-style assault rifle.

According to charging documents, Grigori Zuboff admitted shooting his brother but said it was unintentional. He told police he didn't know the gun was loaded.

Privacy summit meets in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE - A three-day summit on privacy issues convenes today at a downtown hotel in Anchorage.

A privacy expert from Microsoft, an FBI agent, the state corrections commissioner, a technology specialist with the University of Alaska and attorneys for British Petroleum and AT&T were among those participating in the Privacy Summit for Alaskans.

Lt. Gov. Fran Ulmer, one of the conference's moderators, said one of the main purposes is to discuss what kinds of information and how much should be shared over the Internet.

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