Alaska Digest

Posted: Tuesday, September 09, 2003

HAINES - A 6-year-old boy suffered two broken bones in his leg after being trampled by a moose near his home.

Kai Hays, his brother, Mori, and his mother, Yuko, had visited neighbors and were returning home last week when Kai ran ahead of the others.

Rounding a curve in the driveway to their house, Kai disappeared from sight, Yuko Hays said.

"He saw a moose coming from the right side, in the woods, but was running so fast he couldn't stop," she said. "He did try to stop. The moose came out and they met on the driveway."

Kai fell in the middle of the road, probably the result of his speed and being startled, Hays said. She watched as the moose stepped onto her son.

"The moose crossed the road over Kai," she said. "I don't think she kicked him, but she stepped on his left leg."

Kai screamed. A moose calf followed the cow across the driveway.

Hayes carried Kai some 800 feet home and noticed that, besides the scrapes and scratches he incurred from the fall, his ankle was swelling. She called 911, arranged for a doctor and hurried her son to the medical clinic.

Kai was given a splint to support two broken bones in his left leg, and later, a cast.

He told the Chilkat Valley News he's not afraid of moose.

"But now I know how powerful they are. It's like, real powerful. If it steps on wood, probably it would make a crack on it."

Man charged with injuring federal land by dumping rubbish

ANCHORAGE - An elderly man has been charged with strewing junk cars, 55-gallon drums and other refuse across nine acres of federal property.

Ernest L. Dennis was charged by the U.S. attorney's office with one felony charge of injury to government property. Dennis faces a maximum of 10 years in prison and a $250,000 fine if convicted.

Dennis, a longtime Alaska resident, is now in Texas with his sister, said his attorney, Jim Gilmore. His arraignment was originally set for the beginning of September, but the man, who is in his 70s, has health problems, so it was delayed until October, Gilmore said.

Gilmore said he had no comment on the charges.

Bureau of Land Management officials told the Anchorage Daily News that sometime at the end of August 2001, dozens of 55-gallon drums, junked cars, wrecked snowmobiles and motorcycles, and leftovers from a honey bucket were strewn across nine acres of federal land off the Glenn Highway near Eureka summit.

Dave Mushovic, a realty specialist for BLM, called it "a big mess."

BLM obtained special funding for the more than $100,000 needed to haul away everything scattered in the open area used mostly for snowmobiling. The government wants to be paid back for that expense.

Dennis lived on a one- or two-acre parcel about a mile from the Glenn Highway across from Tahneta Lake, about 123 miles east of Anchorage, BLM officials said. His property, purchased in 1987, is surrounded on three sides by federal land, Mushovic said.

For years, junk has piled up on Dennis' property, where he lived in a cabin with no outhouse, Mushovic said.

Man killed by North Slope police officer

ANCHORAGE - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the shooting death of a 19-year-old Wainwright man who authorities say pointed a rifle at a North Slope Borough police officer.

Troopers identified the man Monday as Jason Tagarook.

According to their initial investigation, troopers said the officer was called to attend to a disturbance at a home in the village about 5 a.m. where Tagarook was reportedly pointing a .22-caliber rifle at family members.

The officer arrived to find Tagarook outside the home.

The 19-year-old raised the rifle and pointed it at the officer. The officer believed he was in mortal danger and fired, troopers said.

Tagarook's body was taken to the village clinic after the shooting incident. Investigators say they will not release the name of the officer involved until Tuesday.

Autopsy scheduled on remains found along Turnagain Arm

ANCHORAGE - The state medical examiner planned an autopsy Monday on human remains found by duck hunters along Turnagain Arm.

Police have described the remains as the torso and arms of someone who appeared to be a woman. They have not identified the woman or given any information on what may have killed her.

Dr. Franc Fallico said that he inspected the remains Sunday and would do an autopsy with police present. He also will try to collect fingerprints but said that can be difficult given the condition of the remains.

Fingerprints can identify only a person whose prints are on file.

Fallico declined to discuss any initial observations because police had directed that all information come from them

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