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Daily Sitka Sentinel from Sitka, Alaska • Page 7

Daily Sitka Sentinel from Sitka, Alaska • Page 7

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Neighbor Convicted of Wasilla Bomb Murder PALMER (AP)-A man who said he was in love with his neighbor's death The jury returned the veroict Jim Wheeler after two hours of deliberations and a seven-day trial Wheeler faces a prison term of up to 99 years at his Jan. 31 sentence hearing. Hank Dawson, a 50-year-old National Guardsman, died a year aco when his truck blew up as he oulied into work at a Wasilla armory Authorities said that Wheeler, a 62-year-old widower, paid a mining partner, Ronald Earl Geiger, $15 000 to build the bomb that killed Dawson Geiger is awaiting a separate trial on 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Dewey's Party Trix Noon to 11a.m, to 4 p.m. 11 3 p.m. Robertson Gallery Noon to 4 p.m. first-degree murder charges. Wheeler maintained he was innocent. He testified for nearly four hours on Wednesday, saying he had no reason to fall Dawson. He said he knew it he was patient, Dawson eventually would leave then-31 -year-old Terri Dawson, his eighth "He'd done it seven times before, there was no reason to believe he wouldn do it again," said Wheeler, who lived across the street from the Dawsons for a little more than a year wheeler told jurors he believed Oeiger acted on his own in order "to get more money from me" or "he figured probably he was doing me a favor. Wheeler said Hank Dawson and Tern Dawson both confided in him about their troubled relationship. "(Hank) told me numerous times he could care less about and he had no use for sex with her," Wheeler said. "The night Hank moved out Tem called and I went over. She needed a shoulder to cry on. I felt very sorry for her." Their intimate relationship began the next day, Wheeler said. Last week, Terri Dawson told jurors that they had sexual contact on four occasions, but that it was limited jo fondling. Contradicting her, Wheeler told jurors Wednesday there was sexual intercourse." Both testified that their intimacy ended the Labor Day weekend that Hank Dawson moved back home When District Attorney Ken Goldman asked Wheeler if he would like to get back together with her, Wheeler paused and said, "If she will have anything to do with me, yes." Earlier testimony indicated that Wheeler called Terri Dawson from jail a few months ago to see if she wanted to move into his house. He made the call shortly after she filed a $1.5 million civil lawsuit against him. Wheeler moved to Alaska in 1952 while serving in the military. In 1956 ne began serving as a law enforcement officer in the Alaska Territorial Guard. He was assigned primarily to enforce Fish and Game regulations before Alaska became a state He retired in 1972. After working as a security guard for a few years, he signed on as an expediter for the Anchorage street department. When he retired from that job in 1988, he and his wife moved to Sequim, Wash. His wife became ill and died three years later. Wheeler returned to Alaska, where his only son an Alaska State Trooper, lives Heir's Request to Seal Vogler's Will Approved Daily Sitka Sentinel, Sitka, Alaska, Friday, October 21,1994, Page 7 Fairbanks Jury Rejects Probe of Youth Agency WU4IAS VTUil court approval to keep Vogler's will under seal, saying details contained there could hinder a criminal investigation. Lynn Vogler, identified in court papers as sole heir to an estate valued at millions of dollars, said he believed more than one person was involved in his uncle's death. The estate includes Interior real estate and mining claims. The 80-year-old Joe Vogler, un der of the pro-development Alaskan Independence Party, ran unsuccessfully for governor three times. He maintained a deep mistrust of federal government and advocated Alaska secession from the union. A memorial service was planned Friday at Sacred Heart Cathedral in Fairbanks. Vogler, who said he loved Alaska but vowed never to be buried on U.S soil, will be interred beside his wife, Doris, in Dawson City, Yukon Territory. Fairbanks Daily News-Miner said Vogler's will was sealed by Superior Court Judge Ralph Beistline on yet. 14, one day after the body was found. rs say their lead sentence in Fairbanks "and awaiting trial for arson. Authorities say he ac- in self-de- West allegedly claimed he shot Vogler the back last year. He has since recanted any involvement in the death. JL ynn ler traveled Alaska his uncle disappearance and has worked closely with investigators. ''Disclosing of the contents of the will could, in my opinion, hinder or impede the criminal investigation," Vogler said. Troopers have not released a cause of death. No charges have been filed in the death. District Attorney Harry Davis said ne had not ruled out the chance that more than one person was involved in Vogler's death. Investigators say the gravesite at a remote gravel pit near Fairbanks matched a description provided by West in May. Vogler's body was found wrapped in a blue plastic tarn, vnn i I0una in a Lynn Vogler has managed his un- secured by duct tape cie estate since shortly after Joe Lynn Vogler also Vogler was reported missing in May uncle's belongings IWj trorn tnft PairKonlro tViofY IF rm cle estate since shortly after Joe was reported missing in May from the Fairbanks house where he lived alone. A final will was written Jan. 24 1992. Survivors also include two XrSV 1Sle a Uu hter wiin my uncle and may attempt to son all of whom live outside the state, remove property which properly be I am aware ol facts which infer longs to court statement said. "As long as the terms of the will are not known, I will be in a better position to protect the property of the estate, he said. Lynn Vogler also said he feared his uncles belongings would be subject to theft if the will's details were disclosed. have run across a number of people who claim to be good friends with my uncle and may attempt to jjuer the circumstances of my uncle's death may involve persons other than the one person identified as currently under suspicion," Lynn Vogler said an affidavit. Public to Review Regs for Concealed Handgun Law 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Raven Radio Ends Drive Raven Radio finished its weeklong fall membership and fund-raising drive Tuesday night with a drawing for its Hop Off the Rock Contest, donated by Alaska Airlines and Totem Travel. Pat Bower won first prize, two roundtrip airline tickets to Seatile. Six-year old Kevin Meyer won second prize, a weekend in Juneau including roundtrip airline tickets, two nights at the Blueberry Lodge, two ski lift tickets at Eagle Crest, and a dinner for two at the Fiddlehead Restaurant Juneau. Raven Radio raised $14,420 during the fall campaign, and signed up 205 new members. "It was a wonderful display of community support for the radio station," said Station Manager Barnabv Dow. Overalls Stonewashed denim Highest Quality Hardware Heavyweight Extra Wear comfort First Fit Triple Stitched Bar Tacked Extra Roomy Tool Pockets Over the years, has refined the fabric and tailoring to meet the changing needs of its customers. Your satisfaction is important to us. If you are not completely satisfied, please return this garment for a replacement, exchange or refund. OshKosh clothing is Quality Guaranteed. You have our word on it. Just stop by MacDonald's Work Rugged Gear Store for the fit for you. In The Bayview Trading Company Only ANCHORAGE (AP) The state Department of Public Safety has completed the proposed regulations needed to implement the concealed handgun law, which took effect earlier this month. The regulations are available for public review. The proposed regulations include the following: --A permit applicant must be at least 21 years old and must submit two sets of fingerprints and two frontal view color photographs, show a valid Alaska driver's license or state identification and proof of the required handgun training. --Permits will be valid for five years and will cost $25 for certified instructors $122 for everyone else. It will cost $25 to replace permits or upgrade them to a different gun. Instructors will pay $122 for a five-year instructor's certificate. It will cost S57 to renew a permit or instructor's certificate. --Certified handgun courses will comprise four hours of instruction in Alaska law relating to firearms and the use of deadly force, four hours in the basic concepts of the safe and responsible use of handguns, two hours in self-defense principles, and six hours in the physical handling, mechanics, carrying, transporting, storage, loading and unloading of handguns. --An instructor applying for an instructor's certificate must be eligible to possess a firearm under state laws. He or she must submit an application two sets of fingerprints, two frontal view color pictures, and show a valid driver's license and proof of having completed a department-approved handgun instructors training course. Other areas covered by the proposed regulations include permit upgrades and renewals; the processing of Abalone Fishery Will Not Reopen The Alaska Department of Fish and Game has announced thai the commercial abalone fishery in District 13 will not reopen for the remainder of the 1994-1995 fishing season. Preliminary catch figures indicate the 8- OGO-pound harvest guideline for the fishery has been reached. For more information concerning the commerical abalone fishery contact Bob DeJong or Bill Davidson in the Siika ADFG office, 747-6688 applications; the suspension and revocation of permits; proof of handgun training; what information will appear on the permits; and medical standards. A 30-day public review period for the regulations began last Friday. Written comments can be sent to- Department of Public Safety, Permits and Licensing Unit, 117 W. 4th Ave Anchorage 99501 by Nov. 16. Comments cannot be submitted via telephone, but the public can comment during public hearings scheduled for Nov. 2 in Juneau, Nov 8 in Fairbanks and Nov. 10 in Anchorage. A teleconference hearing is scheduled for Nov. 14 in Anchorage to collect testimony from Soldotna, Homer, Seward, Bethel, Kotzebue and Nome residents. To receive a copy of the proposed regulations and more information about scheduled hearings, contact Public Safety's permits and licensing unit 5 Contra Dance Set Oct. 22 the New England Contra Dance will be held from 7 to 10 p.m. Oct 22 at the ANB Hall. Sitka's own "Fishing for Cats" band will perform and callers will be Kari Lundgren and Fran Hallgren. Dances will include: circle, contra and waltzes. There is a $2 suggested donation and those attending are to take desserts for the dessert potluck. No partner is needed and all dances are taught and called. The dance is an alcohol- and smoke-free family event. Those with questions can call 7475749, 747-7821 and 747-6909. Amnesty to Meet The Sitka group of Amnesty International has been assigned a new prisoner of conscience. She is an 18- year-old Tibetan nun who was arrested along with 10 other nuns for peacefully protesting for independence in her country. Amnesty will hold its regular monthly meeting 7:30 p.m. Oct. 24 in the Centennial Building. The group will discuss her case and write letters on her behalf. The meeting is open to all those interested. For more information call NatMandel, 747-3170 Classifieds Get Results 112 Barracks Sitka Film Society presents: The Stardust Costume ll JLive music with '3 Legged Dog! CosLume Judging Prizes! Prizes! Microbrew Beer Bizaare Fashions Treats Tricks FAIRBANKS (AP) A Fairbanks grand jury has declined to cail for an investigation into the way a state agency handled reports of abuse against a boy later accused of killing his father. Also this week, prosecutors said they probably would not seek to try 14-year-old youth from Manley Hot Springs as an adult The boy has been held in Fairbanks Youth Facility since Sept. 27, when troopers arrested him near the Interior Alaska mining community on a charge of first-degree murder. His name has not been released because of his age. He is accused of shooting and killing his father, 39-year-old Mark Espy. Authorities say the boy then walked to a neighbor's house and confessed to the shooting. Manley residents have rallied around the boy, and said he was virtually held hostage by an abusive, mentally unstable and alcoholic father. They accuse child protection officials of failing to heed calls to help the boy. Manley resident Charles Dart appeared before a Fairbanks grand jury last week asking them to order an investigation into the state Department of Family and Youth Service's handling of the case. The grand jury declined to order a probe after hearing information from agency officials, the district attorney's office said. Gene Shafer, acting director of the agency's northern region, said an in- ternal investigation has so far determined that social workers acted correctly. "Certainly at this point there is no indication that we did not respond appropriately to information that we had," Shafer said. But details about Espy's situation that have come out recently would likely have caused them to respond differently had they known them at the time, Shafer said. Shafer declined to elaborate, citing confidentiality laws. kfcmley school and health officials say Espy was reported at least seven umes to DFYS for mistreating his Residents say they were disturbed 16 pair lived in a roofless cabin because the father bragged about beating the boy, and that he sometimes forced his son to walk 20 miles into town in winter and to wait for him outside bars. Trooper Capt. John Myers said a trooper twice accompanied a social worker to talk to the Espys, in the summer and fall of 1993. The first time the state agents could not find them, Myers said. The second time the social worker talked at length to the Espy boy while the trooper talked to his father, Myers said. The social worker decided not to take the boy into custody, Myers said Myers said unless officials catch a parent abusing a child or the child appears imminent danger, authorities cannot remove a youth from the nome. Our lOW prices just got LOWER! Extra Value Meals: 1. Big Mac 2.2 Cheeseburgers 3. Quarter Pounder with cheese 4. McChicken Sandwich served with large fries medium drink -5. Bacon Double Cheesebutge 6. Double Quarter with cheese 7. McGriHed Chicken Classic with large fries medium drink now only Breakfast Extra Value Mais 1. Egg McMuffin 2. Sausage McMuffin with egg 3. Biscuit 4. Sausage Biscuit with egg served with hash browns any size Watch for the return of the Thursday Night Candlelight Prices effecJive Oct. 14,1994 Locally Owned Opwated by Fritz Suzanne Sabath 913 HPR 747-8709 Design your own holidays! Free -i-i Kubber Stamp Demonstration Noon to 4 p.m. Saturday 2nd Level of the Bayview Trading Company Kids welcome but please be accompanied by an adult. Presented 1 A I WalK Racfc' Second Level Bayview Trading

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