Julia O'Malley

An Eagle River commercial fisherman was killed a three-car accident on the Seward Highway on Thursday night near Summit Lake, Alaska State Troopers said. Donald Setters, 61, died after his gold 1998 Jeep Cherokee, heading north, crossed into oncoming traffic and collided with a minivan heading the opposite direction. The van, a 1993 Ford Aerostar, was driven by JoeAnna Hoogland, 26, of Chugiak. She was forced into a ditch, where her van rolled several times. She had to be extracted and was taken to a hospital, according to a trooper report. Setters' Jeep spun sideways on the road and was hit by a 2004 Dodge Ram, driven by Paul Popovich, 21, of Anchorage. Popovich was also taken to the hospital with injuries, troopers said. The van was smashed and the Jeep was damaged beyond recognition...Julia O'Malley
Fred Meyer is recalling ground beef because of a possible E. coli contamination. Customers should carefully check recently purchased ground beef and to return it to the store for a refund or replacement if it is included under the recall, according to a news release from Kroger, the company that owns Fred Meyer and other grocery stores. The recalled meat includes: -- Private Selection Natural ground beef sold in 16-ounce packages in the self-service meat case, with "sell by" dates between July 11 and July 21. -- Ground beef products in foam tray packages wrapped in clear cellophane or purchased from an in-store service counter with "sell by" dates between May 21 and July 5. The Department of Agriculture informed Kroger that one of its suppliers, Nebraska Beef, has been linked to E.coli...Julia O'Malley
Two men were rescued from a beach in Porcupine Cove near Resurrection Bay early this morning after being stranded for a day, according to the U.S. Coast Guard. Fred Ferrieoa of Anchorage and his passenger Richard Willard ended up on the beach after their 17-foot skiff ran aground and was swamped by waves Wednesday. The men had a hand-held radio, but the batteries were low and they weren't able to call for help. A fishing vessel, the Natoa, radioed the Coast Guard for them at about 5:30 a.m. this morning. The men were flown to Seward, where their journey originated. Both were in good condition. By JULIA O'MALLEY jomalley@adn.comJulia O'Malley
It will be at least a year before Joshua Wade faces a jury on charges he murdered psychiatric nurse practitioner Mindy Schloss, a judge said this morning in U.S. District Court. Although there is no death penalty in Alaska, that penalty is available in federal court, where Wade is charged. The decision whether to seek execution in any specific case involves a long evaluation process, starting with a recommendation by U.S. Attorney for Alaska Nelson Cohen, which is evaluated by the Department of Justice in Washington, D.C. A decision either way must be approved by the U.S. attorney general. That process means no decision will be made before January 2009, federal prosecutor Crandon Randell said today. Wade lived next door to Schloss in the Jewel Lake area of Anchorage. Police say he stole...Julia O'Malley
Two men and a woman are in custody and a police officer is at the hospital after a high-speed chase and standoff that shut down the Glenn Highway for over an hour this morning, according to Lt. Paul Honeman, Anchorage Police Department spokesman. The highway was reopened shortly after 10 a.m. The driver of the fleeing vehicle, identified as Terrence Jones, 38, was on probation. He was living with a court-approved third-party custodian on Brittany Place off Northern Lights Boulevard, according to an interview with the custodian. Jones took the SUV and a gun from the home just after 7 a.m., said the custodian, Tony Martin, who owns the vehicle. Martin called police as soon as he saw the SUV was gone, he said. The gun had been under lock and key, he said. Jones also took a phone from the...Julia O'Malley
The Coast Guard has been searching all day for two mariners missing between Juneau and Ketchikan. The men, identified as Mike Dunn, 45, and Vern McGee, 47, had recently moved between the two Southeast cities, and were making the trip to move the 35-foot wooden trawler, the Transition, the Coast Guard said today. The pair left Juneau Wednesday morning, telling family they would check in by cell phone. Dunn's wife contacted the Coast Guard Friday after being unable to reach them. The weather has been calm and mostly above freezing with fog in the mornings. A helicopter and civil air patrol searched all day by air. No emergency location signal has been detected, the Coast Guard said. By JULIA O'MALLEY Anchorage Daily NewsJulia O'Malley
About 95,000 Polaris ATVs are being recalled because of a defective part that can overheat, causing a fire or burning riders, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday. The ATVs were first recalled in June 2005, but since then the commission has received 372 additional reports of smoking and/or melted electronic control modules. There have also been 20 reports of fires, nine damaging property. No injuries have been reported. The recalled ATVs are from years 2005 and 2006, and their models are Polaris Sportsman and Scrambler 500. The model and serial numbers are printed on a decal attached to the front side of the radiator (Sportsman) or the top of the front cab cover (Scrambler 500). Consumers should disconnect the negative (black) battery cable from the battery when the...Julia O'Malley
About 95,000 Polaris ATVs are being recalled because of a defective part that can overheat causing a fire or burn riders, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said Thursday.The ATVs were first recalled in June of 2005, but since then the commission has received 372 additional reports of smoking and/or melted electronic control modules. There have also been 20 reports of fires, nine damaging property. No injuries have been reported. The recalled ATVS are from years 2005 through 2006 and their models are Polaris Sportsman and Scrambler 500. The model and serial numbers are printed on a decal attached to the front side of the radiator (Sportsman) or the top of the front cab cover (Scrambler 500). Consumers should disconnect the negative (black) battery cable from the battery when the...Julia O'Malley
Jake Metcalfe, former Anchorage School Board president and former head of the state Democratic Party, announced late Sunday that he plans to run against Don Young in the 2008 congressional election. "All this stuff has been coming out, there's been a barrage of new information about the corruption and the ethics violations, and I thought, 'You know, somebody's got to run against him,' " he said. "I just figured I'd do it." Metcalfe, an attorney for IBEW, grew up in Southeast Alaska in a large, well-known Juneau family. He worked previously as a prosecutor in Bethel. He said by cell phone from Washington, D.C., Sunday night that he plans to file the paperwork today. Young's campaign manger, Steve Dougherty, didn't immediately return a call for reaction. The Wall Street Journal reported...Julia O'Malley
Under indictment for bribery, state Rep. Vic Kohring announced his resignation on Tuesday, and Valley Republicans began work to replace him. "I expect there will be at least 10 people who apply," said Alaska Republican Party head Randy Ruedrich. Kohring told a ballroom packed with constituents that he'll resign from office in 30 days. "The media and the population in general does not know I'm innocent. This has left a cloud of doubt over me and my votes," he said at a Wasilla Chamber of Commerce luncheon. An hour after the luncheon, Steve Colligan, Republican party chairman for his Wasilla district, circulated a packet outlining how to apply for Kohring's job. But on possible replacements, both Ruedrich and Colligan were mum. Potential candidates can nominate themselves. Applications are...Julia O'Malley,Kyle Hopkins

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