Eagle electrocuted on Klondike
An eagle died after a run-in with a Homer Electric power line on Klondike Avenue last Wednesday that fortunately did not cause a power outage. A caller reported hearing a gunshot go off at about 11 a.m. that day. Police arrived and found the eagle nearby.
They examined the eagle for gunshot wounds and quickly determined it dies by electric shock.
“It happens from time to time, a couple of times a year,” said Homer Police Chief Mark Robl. It’s fairly easy to discern. An eagle wing or a foot is generally still attached to the electrical line. The eagle was turned over to U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and HEA was notified.
Suspect sought for shooting up Wasabi’s
On June 11, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of criminal mischief at Wasabi’s Restaurant on East End Avenue in Homer that was reported to have occurred on May 31. Investigation showed that a suspect had shot the front of the building several times with a firearm. The owners of Wasabi’s Restaurant have been previous victims of criminal mischief to their property that appears to be racially motivated.
If you have any information reference a felony crime you are encouraged to submit an anonymous tip through Crime Stoppers at www.peninsulacrimestoppers.com. Or you can call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-478-HALT to provide a completely anonymous tip. Crime Stoppers pays cash rewards up to $1,000 for information that leads to the arrest of felony suspects. The owner’s could not be reached before press time.
Insurance rebates due by Aug. 1
Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced that 2,700 Alaska residents will benefit from $1.3 million in rebates from insurance companies this summer, because of the Affordable Care Act’s 80/20 rule. These rebates will average $622 for 2,100 Alaska families covered by a policy.
The health care law generally requires insurance companies to spend at least 80 percent of consumers’ premium dollars on medical care and quality improvement. Beginning this year, insurers must notify customers how much of their premiums have been spent on medical care and quality improvement.
Discovery Labs return
The Kachemak Bay Research Reserve’s Discovery Lab programs begin July 4. These free, 2-hour public labs happen every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday at the Alaska Islands and Ocean Visitor Center from 1 – 3 p.m. until Aug. 4.
Airport shooting settlement still in court
A three-judge appeals court panel is taking a look at what happened six years ago when a toddler was shot in a shootout with police at the Homer Airport. The panel is being asked to determine whether police are liable in the severe injury to the child, Jason Anderson Jr. The boy’s mother, Cherry Dietzmann, sued the U.S. Marshal’s Service in 2009 and later added the city of Homer, the police department and several officers to the federal suit. Last year, the Marshal’s Service settled the case for almost $3.5 million. Dietzmann was the girlfriend of Jason Anderson, a violent drug dealer from Minnesota. He killed himself when marshal’s attempted to capture him. The child was shot, though who shot him remains in dispute.
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