Briefs: March 18-24
Police ID 2 Anchorage officers in shooting
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police have identified the two officers involved in a shooting earlier this week.
Police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers says the officers are Lars Tulip and Scott Huston.
Both fired their weapons when the driver of a vehicle suspected in two early morning robberies attempted to flee, striking several citizens and police cars.
The man shot early Tuesday morning is still hospitalized. Lammers says in a release that another man was injured during the ramming, and was treated and released.
Police say an arrest warrant was issued for Aaron Robert Woods, charging him with two counts of robbery.
Lammers says he’ll be arrested once he is released from the hospital.
Body found in Alaska not missing barista
A body found near a lake north of Anchorage is not that of a barista missing for nearly two months after being kidnapped from a coffee stand, police said Wednesday.
The body found by a person snowshoeing in a state park Tuesday evening is male, police spokesman Dave Parker said Wednesday.
The discovery of the remains led to speculation that it was 18-year-old Samantha Koenig. The young woman has not been seen since Feb. 1, when a surveillance camera captured images of her being led away from the coffee shack by a man who police believe was armed.
The case of the missing barista has galvanized the city in recent weeks with dozens of volunteers plastering the city with posters of the young woman’s smiling face in hopes of aiding her safe return. Earlier this month, a 34-year-old Anchorage man was arrested in Texas for using her credit card or bank card, and Parker said he’s a “person of interest” in her disappearance.
Israel Keyes’ arrest in Lufkin was the result of a combined effort of Anchorage police, the FBI and Texas authorities.
Parker said it had not yet been determined if the body found at Eklutna Lake is connected to any other missing persons cases in Anchorage.
The body was of an adult male. Parker said investigators could not determine the victim’s sex at the time the body was discovered.
The victim hasn’t been identified. A post-mortem examination to determine the cause of death and identity may take a few days, Parker said.
Documents show NYPD infiltrated liberal groups
New York Police Department documents show that undercover officers attended meetings of liberal political groups and kept intelligence files on activists.
The records show how, since the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, counterterrorism tactics have been used to monitor even lawful activities.
In April 2008, an undercover officer attended the People’s Summit in New Orleans, a gathering of liberal groups opposed to U.S. economic policies. Documents obtained by The Associated Press show police noted groups and activists in attendance. No crimes were alleged.
The infiltration echoes tactics used before New York’s 2004 Republican National Convention. Police said they had to keep tabs on groups that might get violent, as they have in other cities.
Police say they can go wherever the public can go to look for signs of crimes.
French spymaster: Gunman didn’t plan school attack
French President Nicolas Sarkozy’s spy chief says a gunman who killed three young children and a rabbi at a Jewish school only attacked the school after missing his original target — a French soldier.
Ange Mancini, Sarkozy’s intelligence adviser, said on French TV that Mohamed Merah had wanted to kill a soldier he had targeted Monday in Toulouse, but arrived too late and instead besieged a nearby Jewish school.
Mancini told France-24 TV on Friday that “it wasn’t the school that he wanted to attack,” calling school shooting “opportunistic.”
Merah, a 23-year-old Frenchman of Algerian descent, was killed Thursday in a shootout after police raided the Toulouse apartment where he had been holed up for 32 hours in a standoff with authorities.