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Guide Skips Out On Sentencing

Associated Press

A river guide who blew up the wildest rapid on the Salt River didn’t show up for sentencing and is believed to have fled the country.

William K. Stoner, 34, was one of five men who had been scheduled to be sentenced in the case Monday.

The men used explosives in 1993 to reduce a 6-foot quartz ledge. They said the falls were too dangerous and it was too much trouble for rafters to walk around the rapids.

“Mr. Stoner has cleared out his house and his girlfriend does not know his whereabouts,” said Assistant U.S. Attorney Paul K. Charlton. “We believe he has fled the country.”

“I can’t believe he skipped this,” said Gail Peters, an environmentalist formerly with American Rivers. “Well, he was stupid enough to blow this up, I guess he’s stupid enough to skip the country.”

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