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Stowaway sentenced to community service

Posted: Thursday, May 08, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) An Oregon man has been sentenced to 100 hours of community service for stowing away on an Alaska state ferry.

Douglas J. Scott, 20, was charged with theft and criminal trespassing.

He pleaded guilty and was sentenced on Wednesday, not long after he was discovered aboard the ferry by Alaska State Troopers.

The Columbia was docked at Ketchikan and troopers went aboard to investigate a cash-box break-in at the ferry's snack bar.

Scott boarded the ferry Columbia in a van belonging to James Binder, 22, also from Oregon. Binder had a ticket for the ferry, troopers said, good for passage to Bellingham, Wash.

Binder and Scott stole potato chips from the ferry's kitchen and stayed in a room without paying for it, troopers said.

The two men, their van, and two dogs were taken off the ferry in Ketchikan, troopers said. Scott had his day in court a short time later.

Scott will complete his community service when he returns to Oregon.



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