Three men arrested for shooting in state park

Posted: Thursday, January 30, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- Three Anchorage men have been arrested for shooting firearms in Chugach State Park.

Jerry Lewanski, superintendent of the park, heard the shooting of large-caliber firearms Sunday night and called police.

Increasing firearm vandalism in the big park on the east side of Anchorage has caused up to $3,000 in damage to signs and other facilities over the last couple of months, park managers said.

The three suspects have not been connected to other park shootings, authorities said.

Justin A. Sparango, a 27-year-old hotel worker, remained in the Anchorage jail Wednesday in lieu of $5,000 bail, charged with two counts of weapons misconduct and with resisting arrest.

A previous conviction for second-degree assault has prompted the state to ask that Sparango's probation be revoked and his bail be raised by $5,000, the officer said.

Vsevolod V. Seletsky and Geoffrey R. Riley, both 21, were each charged with discharging a firearm. They were released on Monday.

Police confiscated a Mossberg 12- gauge shotgun, a Saiga .308-caliber rifle and ammunition for several weapons, McGee said.

The last few months have brought a spree of firearm vandalism to Chugach State Park, chief ranger Mike Goodwin said.

''We've seen at least half-a-dozen attacks on facilities,'' Goodwin said.

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