Posted: Wednesday, September 13, 2000

Police search for murder suspect

CRAIG - A Craig man was killed this week with a chopping tool, and his sometime-roommate is the suspect, police said.

Michael Skrzynski, 46, died Monday night after being struck in the back of the neck with a maul, according to police Sgt. Mark Habib.

The slaying took place in Skrzynski's floathouse in the Prince of Wales Island community.

Habib identified the suspect as Clinton Baker, 29, who was at large as of Tuesday afternoon. Witnesses reportedly told police Baker had been at the floathouse with Skrzynski and later fled the scene. Police said Tuesday that an arrest warrant has been issued for Baker, and that they have alerted airports and ferry terminals in the region to be on the lookout.

Habib wouldn't comment on why the killing may have occurred, or whether drugs or alcohol were involved.

State Office Building needs more repairs

JUNEAU - Repairs on a loose water pipe in the State Office Building were scheduled again tonight.

Some water was released on the eighth floor of the building this week, said George McCurry, Southeast building maintenance manager for the state. "It develops leaks from time to time."

Most of the water was intercepted by a ceiling tile, and some ended up on the floor, McCurry said. It was above the state library, but no books were damaged, he said. Some work was done Tuesday night and repairs will continue later today.

Replacing that section of pipe requires special procedures because of the presence of asbestos, which means the project could cost about $2,000, McCurry said.

Preliminary design work has begun on a new piping system to replace the 25-year-old galvanized steel in the building, but it will have to be part of a capital projects bill in the Legislature, he said.

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