Statewide Briefs

While the economy sinks, bank robberies rise

The Wells Fargo Bank on East 5th Avenue in Anchorage was robbed last Friday. The subject was described as a white male in his late 30s, about 5’8, slender build, with short brown hair.

The subject entered the bank and demanded money from the teller, but did not show or threaten to have a weapon. After the teller gave him an undisclosed amount of money, he fled the scene on foot.

This is the thirteenth bank robber in Alaska this year.

Skipper from fishing show “Deadliest Catch” sued

A man has sued the captain of the fishing crew that stars in the Discovery Channel’s popular program “Deadliest Catch” after suffering injuries on the skipper’s boat during a Seattle summertime festival.

The Seattle Post-Intelligencer reported that Jon Moreno, the man suing skipper Sig Hansen, was like many thousands of others, partying during Seattle’s Seafair festival – an annual summertime celebration of the city’s ties to the sea.

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According to the lawsuit, Moreno boarded Hansen’s boat with other partygoers. There, he and a friend were hoisted above the water by a crane on the crabbing boat and dropped into the water – an activity other people were doing.

Moreno says he was hurt in the fall, breaking his pelvis and other injuries, according to the lawsuit filed late last month in King County Superior Court.

The lawsuit seeks an undisclosed amount of money to cover medical and legal expenses and loss of work. Hansen and his company, Hansen Enterprises Inc., are named in the lawsuit.

Last officer leaves Houston police department

WASILLA – The Houston Police Department has been reduced from one to none.

Alaska State Troopers will take calls for now after the last officer in the Parks Highway community resigned as of Nov. 13.
Houston is a city of nearly 1,600 north of Wasilla.

Mayor Roger Purcell says the department should be back taking calls by the end of the year.

Purcell says the department has several applicants, including some with up to six years’ experience.

Jason Holmgren was the last officer on the job. He left to work for the Wasilla Police Department.

He says benefits and a retirement considerations that could help his family were the main reason for leaving.