Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, December 10, 2006

Icy conditions cause 14-car pileup Friday

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JUNEAU - Police are investigating the cause of a 14 car pile-up that caused approximately $90,000 in damage, officials said Saturday.

At 10:10 p.m. Friday on the outbound lane of Egan Drive close to downtown, 14 cars collided on the icy road, one after another, in the thick fog. Four Juneau residents were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment of injuries, none believed to be serious.

The outbound lanes of Egan Drive were closed for an hour and a half while officers from the police department and Capital City Fire and Rescue processed the scene. The road was later sprayed to melt the ice.

No citations were issued. Officials at the Juneau Police Department declined to give any other information about the incident, pending completion of an accident investigation.

Two Alaska-based paratroopers killed

ANCHORAGE - Two paratroopers based at Fort Richardson were killed by a roadside bomb in Iraq, military officials said Saturday.

Two other paratroopers were seriously hurt in the same blast Thursday night while conducting a dismounted patrol in Baghdad.

All four soldiers were assigned to the 4th Airborne Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division based at Fort Richardson in Anchorage, spokesman Maj. Kirk Gohlke said.

None of the names were immediately released.

The injured paratroopers were taken to the 28th Combat Support Hospital in Iraq for treatment.

Gohlke said the deaths and injuries are the first causalities involving the airborne brigade, whose 3,500 paratroopers left Alaska in the fall for a yearlong tour in Iraq.

Man charged with pulling gun at store

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been charged with pulling a gun and demanding money at a gun store in Wasilla.

Wasilla police on Tuesday arrested Christopher G. Irick, 21. He is charged with two counts of assault plus robbery and resisting arrest.

Wasilla police said Irick had demanded a refund at gunpoint over the weekend from Chimo Guns in Wasilla.

"I can't imagine going into a gun store with a gun to try and rob the place," said Wasilla deputy police chief Angella Long. "Most of the time, people in the gun store own or use firearms and have the potential to be armed."

Long said Irick purchased a gun over the weekend but wanted a refund.

Long said store employees had offered Irick another item in exchange for the one he wanted to return, but federal laws prohibit cash refunds for guns and ammunition.

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