SISTER MARIE BRENT LEAVES VALDEZ
Sister Marie Brent left Valdez Thursday morning for California. After 20 years in Valdez and more than 30 in the State of Alaska, Brent moved back to the Bay Area to be with the religious order she started with as a young woman. "I've had many adventures in Alaska and I will miss the people", said Brent at an ice cream social to honor her Wednesday night at the Senior Center. "But I have dear friends waiting for me in California". Laurie Prax got a chance to interview Sister Marie Wednesday night and her story will air this Friday during our "Good News" segment during the 9am, Noon and 6pm news hours.
AUTHORITIES URGE RESIDENTS TO TAKE PRECAUTIONS AFTER MAN ARRESTED FOR STRING OF THEFTS AROUND VALDEZ
Thirty two year old Andrei Rugamas was arrested on nine separate charges including felony vehicle theft, after a string of crimes was reported around the city. Rugamas admitted to police that he remembers passing out behind the wheel of the stolen Subaru after drinking heavily at a local bar and on his way to eat breakfast. Police were able to make contact with the suspect after reviewing security footage taken around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning in City Hall. The footage reportedly shows a man appearing to be under the influence removing an electronic tablet device from the Fire Chief’s office. Rugamas is also being linked to a computer theft reported in July. Charges against the Missouri man also include DUI, driving without a license and felony misconduct including a controlled substance.