Posted: Sunday, September 17, 2000

Beating death still unsolved

JUNEAU -- The murderer of Daniel Brux-Brown remains at large, according to the Juneau Police Department.

"Our investigations team has interviewed numerous witnesses and taken information from a number of sources," said Lt. Ron Forneris on Friday afternoon. "But we don't have enough yet to make a criminal charge."

In order to elicit more details about Brux-Brown and his possible enemies, police will be re-running an award notice in a Crime Line column Wednesday in the Empire, Forneris said. Up to $1,000 is offered to an anonymous informant who furnishes information leading to the arrest and conviction of the murderer.

Brux-Brown, 36, died after a severe beating May 21 in his downtown apartment. His body was discovered May 22. He had been a resident of Juneau for more then 10 years, working at various jobs in fisheries, logging and mines and as a casual laborer. Because of blindness in one eye, Brux-Brown sometimes wore a black eye patch.

Information should be phoned to police at 586-0600 or to Crime Line at 586-4243.

Teen boaters rescued; three still missing

PRINCE RUPERT, British Columbia -- The crew of a ferry rescued four teenage boaters after receiving a distress signal Saturday, but three were still missing later after an extensive search.

The Queen of Prince Rupert was preparing to enter the terminal in this northern British Columbia town when it received a distress signal.

The crew responded and found a capsized boat in the harbor.

Four teens were rescued and the coast guard began a search for three others with a cutter and helicopters.

The search for the three, all 18 years old, was suspended hours later and the case handed over to Prince Rupert detachment of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police as a recovery operation.

Divers were expected to begin a search today.

The rescued teens were treated for hypothermia and released.

Fairbanks man accused in truck theft

FAIRBANKS -- A Fairbanks man apparently decided he didn't need to buy a vehicle, just make a copy of the key and drive off the lot with it.

Fairbanks Police Lt. Dusty Johnson said Roger Bouling, 18, allegedly had a key made during a 40-minute test drive from a used car lot Wednesday, then returned later and drove off with the truck without permission.

Bouling, 18, and Ryan Stratton, 19, both of Fairbanks, were arrested Thursday night after a day-long search for a stolen blue 1996 Dodge truck and a short foot chase.

Both Stratton and Bouling were charged with first-degree vehicle theft. Stratton, who was driving the truck when police stopped it, was also charged with felony eluding, evading police and probation violation.

Alternative to halibut charters offered

KENAI -- A Soldotna man who thinks halibut charters are out of the price range of most Alaskans will be offering another option next summer -- a barge anchored off Anchor Point.

W.A. Jeep Hann is calling his venture "Alaska's Halibut Island." The 70-foot barge would be staged more than three miles out in Cook Inlet, with fishermen shuttled out by boat.

"My target market is the local people that can't afford $150 a day to go halibut fishing," said Hann, who has worked as a Kenai River fishing guide.

"I plan to market this at about $80 per day to go fishing. This is walk on, no reservations, show up at the shuttle, come aboard and bring your own tackle."

Hann bought the barge last year from the Scripps Institution of Oceanography in California. He plans to refurbish the vessel over the winter and bring it to Cook Inlet in the spring.

The renovation is estimated at $350,000. Hann said he is applying for a loan and looking for investors.

The barge has electrical generators, a full galley and sleeping quarters for 20 people. It also has a "moon pool," a portal through the hull 15 feet wide and 20 feet long that would allow clients to fish indoors. It was designed for the open ocean and has six ballast tanks Hann can flood to add weight and stability.

"The naval captain who used to be in charge said it's built to take a wave over the top," he said.

Hann said he hopes to convert at least part of the sleeping quarters to a tackle shop and restaurant.

Lt. Cmdr. Eric Walters, chief of inspecting for the Coast Guard Marine Safety Office in Anchorage, said he has talked to Hann, but does not yet know exactly where the barge would be anchored.

Once the Coast Guard knows the site, the agency must determine whether the anchoring would pose a hazard to navigation.

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