A 58-year-old Ketchikan man has pleaded guilty to three federal charges of violating the Marine Mammal Protection Act. He is the fourth person sentenced following an undercover investigation by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
The charges against Sherman Roger Alexander stem from the illegal harvest of 87 sea otters, failure to tag the hides and illegally selling parts of the animals.
According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Anchorage, other people sentenced following the investigation were Christopher Rowland and Douglas Smith, both of Craig, and Michael Smith of Sitka. The investigation showed that Rowland led frequent otter hunting trips in 2008 with the intention of selling the pelts.
In 2009, Rowland was sentenced to 37 months in prison and a $5,000 fine.
In 2010, Douglas Smith was sentenced to one year; and in 2011, Michael Smith was sentenced to six months.
Following his recent guilty plea, Alexander received six months house arrest and a $10,000 fine, and must forfeit 144 sea otter hides. He also is prohibited from hunting or participating in any business involving sea otters for a year. However, he is allowed to teach tanning skills to other Alaska Natives.
- Concerns focus on how the recent primary election was handled in some precincts.
- The actor and writer who brought his signature manic energy to comedy classics died at his home in Stamford, Conn., of complications from Alzheimer's disease. He was 83.
- The Crystal Serenity cruise ship is making a 32-day voyage from Anchorage to New York City. Meanwhile, the potential environmental impact of a journey of that scope has some worried.
- For the first time in years, Alaska is seriously talking about putting a kind of referee in charge of how electricity moves from point A to point B in Alaska's Railbelt. That could lower Alaskans' electric bills. The Railbelt's power companies are working on making this happen, but they're also nervous about handing over the keys to just anyone.