Posted: Monday, December 30, 2002

Two Alaskans killed in Missouri crash

DIXON, Mo. - Two Alaskans were killed Sunday evening when the car they were traveling in left a road in central Missouri, headed down an embankment and struck a large rock and several trees, police said.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said Troy L. Barnett, 41, and Jodi Michaud, 40, both of Anchorage, died Sunday night at Phelps County Regional Medical Center.

The patrol said the pair drove off a county road around 6:15 p.m. Sunday, five miles northwest of Dixon. Barnett was driving the Dodge Intrepid, which came to rest upside down in a creek. Barnett and Michaud were taken to the Phelps County hospital and died about two hours after the accident.

Grizzly killed

FAIRBANKS - A grizzly bear seen scavenging last week in a suburb north of Fairbanks has been shot.

Kurt Wold, a Goldstream Valley musher, killed the bear Saturday after observing the animal feeding on moose meat in an area just off a popular mushing trail.

Fish and Wildlife officials originally thought the grizzly was a juvenile male that had delayed hibernating because of warm weather. However, Wold says, based on an examination of the bear's worn teeth, the animal was an older male who had no fat reserves and was obviously starving.

After observing the bear for almost two days, as it snacked on dog food that the musher had stored in a caged pen, Wold shot the animal because it showed no fear of people and had bedded down within 150 feet of his front door.

Anchorage police identify body

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage Police have identified the man found dead Saturday in his Lake Otis Parkway apartment as Thomas D. Reynaud, 46.

Police spokesman Ron McGee said Sunday that Reynaud's death is considered suspicious because it is unclear how he died. An autopsy is expected early this week, McGee said.

Reynaud lived in an apartment complex at 5700 Lake Otis Parkway. His neighbors described him as quiet.

Police found his body when they checked on him at the request of family members.

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