Circle woman accused of shooting at rafters

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2008

FAIRBANKS - A 60-year-old Circle woman faces two felony assault charges after being accused of shooting at 14 rafters who had set up camp on public land adjacent to her home.

Fronzie Straub was charged following the Sept. 5 incident on the Yukon River.

The rafters told Alaska State Troopers it was too dark to continue rafting and set up camp.

According to court documents, they heard two shots followed by someone yelling at them to get off the property.

One rafter tried to tell Straub that they could not continue rafting that night but would leave in the morning. Court papers say another shot was allegedly fired in response.

Troopers said Straub and her husband acknowledged the rafters were on public land, but it was standard practice over the last 40 years for them to shoot in the air at trespassers, according to the complaint.

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