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Judge rejects 'custodian' option for abuse suspect

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) A Fairbanks judge shut down a hearing for a high school counselor whose aunt offered to keep an eye on him while he awaits trial on sex abuse charges.

Superior Court Judge Michael MacDonald cut the custodial hearing short when he heard that the aunt's home had 10 children living in it.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that Claude Fowlkes III remains in Fairbanks Correctional Center without bail pending trial.

A third-party custodian is someone who agrees to keep tabs on a suspect full time while they await trial.

Fowlkes' attorney argued that he has not been convicted of any sexual abuse charges and cannot be judged to be a danger to children.


Police: 3 shot in fight at Anchorage nightclub

(Information in the following story is from: Anchorage (Alaska) Daily News,

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Police say three people were shot during a large fight outside an Anchorage nightclub early Saturday.

The Anchorage Daily News reports someone called police around 2:34 a.m. to report the shooting outside the Soraya Club.

Police spokeswoman Anita Shell reports witnesses say about 60 people were involved in the brawl that began inside and spilled out into the Sunshine Mall parking lot. Club security turned on the lights and ordered everyone out of the club after the fight began.

Shell says a 22-year-old woman and two 21-year-old men were shot and taken to a hospital. The victims' names were not released and the investigation is ongoing.


Groups ask EPA to enforce pollution plan deadline

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) A coalition of Fairbanks residents and community groups in Alaska's two biggest cities has filed a civil lawsuit against the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The groups call on the EPA to force the state to produce a plan addressing pollution in the Fairbanks North Star Borough.

The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports that the groups are asking the U.S. District Court in Seattle to declare EPA administrator Gina McCarthy in violation of the Clean Air Act because the state has failed to submit the plan.

A deadline for an improvement plan was due in December 2012, but it has been repeatedly pushed back.

The groups want the EPA to publish an official finding that the state has failed to submit the plan, which triggers a firm, two-year deadline.


2 national retailers plan Anchorage stores

(Information in the following story is from: KTVA-TV,

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) Two national retailers will be opening up stores in Anchorage.

KTVA reports both the Buckle and LUSH Handmade Cosmetics will open locations in the downtown Fifth Avenue Mall.

Exact opening dates for both the Buckle, a Kearney (CARN'-ee), Nebraska-based men's and women's clothing store, and the cosmetics company will be announced later.


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