June 18, 2012 in Nation/World

In brief: Alaska standoff ends with suicide

From Wire Reports
 

ANCHORAGE, Alaska – Authorities say a standoff in a remote Alaska town that left two state troopers injured has ended with the alleged gunman taking his own life.

Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Beth Ipsen said Arvid Nelson Jr., of Kotzebue, died Sunday evening of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Authorities said that in a shooting that touched off the hours-long standoff, one of the troopers was wounded seriously and was flown to Anchorage from the Arctic Circle town of Kotzebue. The other trooper suffered less serious injuries.

The standoff began Sunday morning after troopers responded to a report of shots possibly fired.

Man rescued after whale hits his boat

SAN FRANCISCO – A Northern California man was rescued Wednesday after his 50-foot boat was struck by a whale while he sailed alone about 40 miles off the western coast of Mexico, authorities said.

The impact from the collision knocked out the sailboat’s steering and the vessel began taking on water late Tuesday, U.S. Coast Guard Petty Officer 2nd Class Pamela Boehland said.

Max Young, of Sacramento, stuffed a mattress into the hole caused by the whale, turned on four bilge pumps and was “trying to bail out water as fast as he could, because he didn’t know how long it would take to be rescued,” his wife, Debra Young, told the Associated Press.

He also activated an emergency beacon, which alerted the Coast Guard.

“His EPIRB delivered an exact position to us, contact information that allowed us to quickly discern the sail plan of and number of persons on the vessel, and really took a lot of the search out of the search and rescue,” said Lt. Charles Kelly, of the Coast Guard’s command center in Alameda, Calif.

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