Alaska Digest

Posted: Friday, November 03, 2006

Juneau men arrested for shooting at trailer

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JUNEAU - Two Juneau men were arrested Wednesday and charged in connection with shooting at a mobile home earlier that morning in the Kodzoff Trailer Park.

Chaz Allen Izatt, 19, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and tampering with evidence, both felonies.

Tyrone Greg Beverly, 18, was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree misconduct involving a weapon, both felonies.

Izatt and Beverly were lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center with no bail.

Three other men were released after being interviewed.

Izatt, Beverly and two other men allegedly drove to Kodzoff just after 1 a.m. Wednesday to confront a man who was allegedly involved in a fight with one of the suspect's family members, police said.

Beverly allegedly fired multiple shots into a trailer's bay window with a .22-caliber revolver. But the person involved in the fight was not in the trailer, police said.

The trailer had been rented to a new party - a couple and a child. They were inside and uninjured.

Izatt vandalized the trailer during the incident, police said.

Coast Guard rescues lost hunters

JUNEAU - A Coast Guard helicopter using a basket and winch Thursday rescued two hunters who got lost and spent a night outdoors on Prince of Wales Island, the agency said in a press release. The two weren't injured.

The man and a boy, both from Petersburg, got separated from companions, became disoriented in the dark and contacted the Coast Guard by radio at dusk Wednesday.

The command center in Juneau told them to stay in the area and kept in radio contact to monitor their condition. They weren't able to start a fire, the release said. The hunters spent the night in muskeg, bedding down on pine boughs.

An HH-60 Jayhawk helicopter and crew from Air Station Sitka found the pair Tuesday morning and flew them back to Petersburg.

Military: Soldier killed in Baghdad, not Mosul

LAPORTE, Ind. - An Alaska-based Army sergeant whose family lives in northern Indiana was killed by small arms fire in Baghdad, Iraq, not Mosul, the military said.

Kraig D. Foyteck, 26, whose family lives in LaPorte after moving from Skokie, Ill., last year, died Monday from injuries suffered when his unit came in contact with enemy forces, a Department of Defense news release said.

Foyteck was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, 1st Infantry Regiment, 172nd Stryker Brigade Combat Team, Fort Wainwright, Alaska.

Authorities notified his mother, Connie Foyteck, Tuesday of his death. His family previously reported he was killed in Mosul in northern Iraq.

Gray whale skeleton takes shape in Kodiak

KODIAK - The 165 bones of a California gray whale are slowly being reassembled for a new Kodiak museum set to open next year.

Conservationist Stacy Studebaker, photographer Hank Pennington and expert bone restorer Lee Post of Homer were working on the whale bones with volunteers.

The whale's journey was a long one. The 38-foot animal washed up on a beach more than five years ago in Pasagshak on Kodiak Island's northeast side.

Studebaker spotted the drifting dead whale while kayaking in a bay near Pasagshak Beach with husband Mike Sirofchuck in May 2000.

When it beached, Studebaker saw an opportunity. After teaching biology for 20 years in Kodiak, she said, "This could be the ultimate science project."

At one time, gray whales were near extinction. There are an estimated 20,000 grays in oceans today.

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