Alaska Digest

Posted: Friday, November 14, 2003

Man arrested for threats

JUNEAU - Police lodged a 34-year-old man in the Lemon Creek Correctional Center Thursday after the man fought with officers in a downtown hotel and threatened to kill a man and his family.

The man was being held in lieu of $5,000 bail. He was accused of five misdemeanor charges - disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and three counts of assaulting a police officer. None of the officers required medical attention.

Early in the day, a 25-year-old woman called police and requested that an officer meet with her husband about the alleged threats at his job site in the Montana Creek area. Her husband said he did not wish to press charges, police reported.

However, a 51-year-old man at the job site told police that the suspect challenged him to a fight. The 51-year-old signed a citizen's-arrest complaint form alleging disorderly conduct.

At about 2:40 p.m., police contacted the suspect in a downtown hotel. He denied the allegations, police reported. When he was told he was being placed under arrest, he began fighting with the officers, according to police.

The suspect was treated for minor injuries at Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Blood donors sought

JUNEAU - A blood drive will be held in Juneau next week.

To donate blood, you must be at least 17, weigh 110 pounds and be in overall good health. It must be at least 56 days since your last donation. Seventeen-year-olds need parental permission.

The times and locations are:

• Wednesday, Nov. 19, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at the University of Alaska Southeast. For an appointment, call 465-6528.

• Thursday, Nov. 20, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. at Alaska Electric Light & Power at 5601 Tonsgard Court. For an appointment, call 463-6340.

• Friday and Saturday, Nov. 21 and 22, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Centennial Hall. For an appointment, call 463-5713.

The blood drive is sponsored by the Blood Bank of Alaska. Its Web site is www.bloodbankofalaska.org.

Veteran sentenced

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man was sentenced Thursday to 18 months in prison for defrauding a Veterans Affairs program of $450,000.

Ronald Lee Phillips, a veteran, pleaded guilty in August to wire fraud and conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud. He was accused of charging the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs for bus repairs that were never done.

Phillips claimed a disability and then qualified for financial assistance under the Veterans Affairs vocational rehabilitation self-employment program, according to the indictment.

Judge denies new trial

FAIRBANKS - A Superior Court judge denied a new trial for one of two men convicted of participating in the 1997 fatal beating of a teenager in downtown Fairbanks.

Judge Ben Esch dismissed Marvin Roberts' application in an order issued Monday. But he said he will consider the merits of Kevin Pease's request for a new trial.

Roberts, 26, was tried along with Pease, 25, and both men were found guilty of murder and other crimes in the death of 15-year-old John Hartman.



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