Judge refuses bail reduction for former hunting guide

Posted: Wednesday, September 06, 2000

ANCHORAGE (AP) -- A hunting guide who eluded Alaska State Troopers for more than six months will not have his bail reduced.

Michael ''Tony'' Roberts was arrested in Trapper Creek in May on 16 misdemeanor charges that include guiding without a license, same-day airborne hunting and unlawful possession of game.

He was in Anchorage Superior Court on Tuesday on unrelated charges of failing to pay child support and providing false Social Security information.

His lawyer, Eugene Cyrus, had sought to have his bail reduced to $10,000. But Judge Elaine Andrews left bail at $60,000.

Roberts also has to post $10,000 bail for the hunting and guiding-related charges.

Prosecutors had argued that Roberts was a flight risk because he evaded troopers last September.

Troopers had said Roberts was baiting grizzly bears, selling bear gall bladders, driving without a valid license and flying a plane without a license.

Roberts, 38, sat quietly as Cyrus told Andrews that the $65,000 of unpaid child support was ''marginal'' because the child was with Roberts for a majority of the time.

The Social Security misinformation resulted when one digit was reversed, he said.

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