Drinking bout ends with one stabbed, one in jail

Two friends drinking together at a home in Tazlina began arguing, then one stabbed the other in the head, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday. One man now is in custody and the other is recovering from knife wounds.

The incident in the village near Glennallen started Thursday night. Information was just released about it Sunday.

The victim, Edward "Doug" Leblanc, 42, thought he had been punched and didn't realize he was stabbed until he saw all the blood, trooper spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said. He was cut right below the hairline and needed 30-some stitches to repair the damage, she said.

He told troopers he didn't remember what they were arguing about. Another friend drove him to Crossroads Medical Center in Glennallen and along the way, they called 911.

The suspect, whom troopers identified as Kevin Charley, 32, took off on foot, and ended up at an apartment complex trying to get into one of the units, Ipsen said. A village public safety officer found him there and arrested him on a charge of first-degree assault.

Charley is being held at the Mat-Su Pretrial facility on $50,000 bond, Ipsen said.