Public meeting to discuss brown bear hunting closure scheduled

The United States Fish & Wildlife Service will hold a public meeting on Wednesday at the Soldotna Sports Center on Kalifornsky Beach Road from 6-9 p.m. The Service will be accepting verbal and written testimony regarding the Proposed Temporary Closure of Sport Hunting for Brown Bears on the Kenai National Wildlife Refuge. The closure would be effective September 1, 2014 through May 31, 2015. Comments may also be submitted by mail, fax, and e-mail.  

For more information, call the Refuge at 907-262-7021.

— Staff report

BETHEL (AP) — A 31-year-old Bethel man who was shot by police faces assault and criminal mischief charges after striking an officer with a baseball bat.

KYUK reports Aaron Moses went to his brother’s home, and court documents say he was combative. He later took the bat outside and broke the window out of his brother’s vehicle.

Responding officers Joseph Corbett and Sammie Hendrix struggled with Moses in the street and tried to subdue him with stun guns. Hendrix told investigators he was hit twice with the bat. He was on his back, on the ground, when he fired, hitting Moses in the chest.

Bail was set at $15,000 and no arraignment date had been set. Moses has been at an Anchorage hospital. Online court records didn’t indicate he had an attorney.

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