One person arrested, one sought in attempted drowning

Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2003

KOBUK (AP) A woman was in jail Wednesday and a man was being sought in an attempted drowning of a 31-year-old man whose face was held down in a puddle, Alaska State Troopers said.

Harold Horner, 27, and Johnetta Cleveland, 30, both of Kobuk, had gotten into an argument with Allen Ward, also of Kobuk, early Sunday, trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson said.

Two witnesses saw Ward being held face down in a puddle and intervened before he was seriously hurt, troopers said.

Horner then got into his truck and tried to ram the home of the witnesses, but his truck stalled, troopers said.

Both Horner and Cleveland were reported to have been drinking, troopers said.

Arrest warrants were issued for Cleveland and Horner.

Cleveland was arrested Tuesday night and remained in the Kotzebue jail Wednesday, Wilkinson said. Horner remained at large.

Both are facing possible attempted murder charges, and Horner also could be charged with driving while intoxicated, troopers said.

Kobuk is an Inupiat Eskimo village 128 air miles northeast of Kotzebue.

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