Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, September 28, 2003

Counterfeit bills turn up in Juneau

JUNEAU - Police have asked local businesses to check paper currency carefully. At least three businesses took in counterfeit bills last week, police said.

The first report of the bogus bills came in Tuesday morning, police said Friday. A Lemon Creek business reported accepting a counterfeit $100 bill.

Police later received complaints from businesses accepting counterfeit $50 bills, police reported. The counterfeit currency police had identified late last week represented $300 in cash.

Police are investigating.

Downtown business burglarized

JUNEAU - Police, responding to a burglary alarm at 1:40 a.m. Saturday at a Willoughby Avenue business, found a broken front window, damaged items and evidence of stolen items.

Police estimated the value of the damaged and stolen property at $1,000. Police would not identify the business.

Police on Saturday arrested Shaun McMahon, 31, on charges of second-degree burglary and second-degree theft, both felonies, and third-degree criminal mischief, a misdemeanor.

Shungnak woman charged in toddler's death

ANCHORAGE - A Shungnak woman was charged with manslaughter on Friday in the asphyxiation death of her 2-month-old son in May.

Gail Sheldon, 23, was arraigned in Kotzebue District Court after being arrested by village public safety officers from Kobuk.

Sheldon told the Shungnak health aide that after drinking alcohol she had gone to sleep with her son on the same mattress and later woke up to find the child dead, troopers said.

An autopsy by the State Medical Examiner's office revealed that the child died of asphyxiation. During the investigation, police learned that Sheldon's 1-month-old daughter, Tia Tickett, died in August 2000 under similar circumstances.

Police charged her with manslaughter, a class A felony, for the death of Trevor Tickett.

Her bail was set at $25,000 cash and third-party custody. She will be transported to the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome if bail is not posted, police said.

Teen killed in crash on Parks Highway

FAIRBANKS - A Fairbanks teen was killed and his brother injured when the Jeep they were traveling to school in struck a parked car on the Parks Highway on Friday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Joshua A. Boycott, 18, was pronounced dead at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, troopers said. His 15-year-old brother, Benjamin A. Boycott, remained hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries, troopers said.

The teens were southbound on the Parks near the Airport Way overpass when their Jeep swerved into the center median and struck a disabled car and rolled over, troopers said. The crash happened at about 7:30 p.m., troopers said.

Fairbanks approves library porn filters

FAIRBANKS - The Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly has approved an ordinance to put pornography filters on computers in public libraries, but the filters can be temporarily disabled at an adult's request.

The Assembly approved the ordinance 6-4 on Thursday.

In the months of debate that preceded the decision, the Alaska Civil Liberties Union and others argued that filters tend to block more than pornography. Allowing the government to decide what information adults can and cannot access is a dangerous precedent, said opponents of the measure.

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