Four charged with shooting highway signs, light

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2003

FAIRBANKS (AP) -- Four people were charged with shooting Steese Highway road signs from a moving vehicle Saturday.

Alaska State Troopers said they also shot out a street light at the Poker Flat Research Range.

Michael Petry, 19, and Matthew Riutta, 20, of Fort Wainwright and Lindsay McBride, 18, and Shawna Rosendahl, 18, of Fairbanks were booked into Fairbanks Correctional Center on felony and misdemeanor charges.

Alaska State Troopers spotted the suspects in a red Chevrolet Lumina driving past the weigh station outside Fox.

The occupants discarded a .22-caliber semiautomatic rifle before the vehicle pulled over, said Sgt. Dave Drvenkar. A passing motorist discovered the rifle.

Damage to the Poker Flats street light was estimated at $650. Drvenkar said troopers did not know how many signs were shot or the extent of the damage, and that their investigation was continuing.

Petry was charged with reckless endangerment and one count of criminal mischief, tampering with evidence, minor consuming alcohol and minor driving after consuming alcohol.

Riutta was charged with reckless endangerment, misconduct involving weapons, criminal mischief and tampering with evidence.

McBride and Rosendahl are charged with reckless endangerment, misconduct involving a weapon, criminal mischief, tampering with evidence and possession of alcohol as a minor.



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