State Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, November 06, 2002

3 indicted on kidnapping charge

FAIRBANKS - Three Fairbanks residents have been indicted by a grand jury on charges they tried to kidnap a woman they claim stole money from their home.

Robert Lajiness, 31, Troy L. Linnear, 29, and Rosemarie J. Tieman, 23, are accused of threatening the 34-year-old woman at gunpoint and trying to get her into their car Oct. 12.

Fairbanks Police Detective Randy Coffey said the suspects believed the victim had taken money cashed from a permanent fund dividend check.

All three were indicted last week on charges of attempted kidnapping and third-degree assault. Linnear also faces two counts of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

Homer City Manager Drathman resigns

HOMER - City Manager Ron Drathman has resigned, but he will remain on the job for three months to tie up loose ends.

"Since the last municipal election, it has become apparent to me that the newly elected council intends to go in a different direction," Drathman said in his resignation letter last week.

Drathman was hired as manager in 1999 after serving two terms on the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly representing Homer.

He became the target of bitter protest when the Homer City Council sought to annex 25 square miles of surrounding territory. Eventually, the state approved adding about 4 square miles.

National Guardsmen rescued by Coast Guard

ANCHORAGE - Four Alaska National Guard soldiers were rescued Monday by the Coast Guard after running into trouble during a weekend training exercise near Valdez.

The names of the four guardsmen, all from Valdez, were not available. No one suffered serious injuries, said Alaska National Guard spokesman Maj. Mike Haller.

The Alaska National Guard requires most of its soldiers to train one weekend a month and 15 additional days a year. In this case, the four guardsmen were dropped off at Jack Bay, 20 miles south of Valdez. Their mission was to hike to Anderson Bay, at least 2 1/2 miles away.

During the trek, one guardsman sprained his ankle and hit his head, Haller said, so the group decided to split up. They set up camp, and two uninjured members pushed on to Anderson Bay to get help.

It was cold, windy and raining, Haller said, and the two members who pushed ahead left most of their survival gear behind for the injured man. On the way to Anderson Bay, one man fell, hit his head and hurt his shoulder. The pair kept on, suffering from mild hypothermia as the night wore on.

"They had radio equipment, but at some point it failed," Haller said.

One man had a cell phone and was able to call for help. The Rescue Coordination Center in Anchorage contacted the Coast Guard at 8:20 p.m. Sunday. The Coast Guard launched a helicopter from Kodiak early Monday morning.

All four soldiers were rescued early Monday and flown to Valdez. None of the soldiers had to be hospitalized, Haller said.

The four soldiers involved probably will have to undergo additional safety training before doing a similar exercise, Haller said.

"Weather played a factor here, and the weather could have been worse than it was. We're very fortunate," he said.

Compiled from wire service reports.



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