Friday, July 20, 2012

Seward Highway Reopens as Police Seek Armed Kidnapper

By Chris Klint, Channel 2 News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska— The Seward Highway has reopened after a Friday closure near Mile 70, as Anchorage police and Alaska State Troopers look for an armed kidnapper.

APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker says the incident began earlier Friday near 88th Avenue and Lake Otis Parkway, where an 18-year-old man saw a male suspect -- described by troopers as a white man in his forties, about 6 feet tall with a shaved head and a black-and-red tattoo on his left shoulder -- snooping around the back yard of his grandmother's home. The home was taped off as a crime scene by APD Friday afternoon, as police searched for more clues about the suspect.

The man reportedly confronted the suspect, at which point the suspect forced the man into his red 2000 Chevrolet pickup truck and made him drive south along the Seward at gunpoint. Parker says the suspect needed to relieve himself at the Turnagain Pass rest area and took the pickup’s key, but the victim had a spare key and drove off.

According to police, the victim sent a text message to family members, who then alerted APD and AST about the incident. As of Friday afternoon, the victim was headed back to Anchorage, but was stuck in traffic from the Seward's closure.

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Recalls For Friday, July 20

Panline USA Recalls Trampolines

Breaking of handlebar could pose a fall hazard

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Samuel Lawrence Furniture Expands Recall of Sleigh Beds

Hardware problems pose a fall hazard

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Gills Onions Recalled

Gills Onions Voluntarily Recalls Diced and Slivered Red and Yellow Onions, and Diced Onion and Celery Mix Because of Possible Health Risk


Gills Onions, LLC of Oxnard, CA is initiating a voluntary recall of a single day’s production of diced and slivered red and yellow onions and diced celery and onion mix because they may be contaminated by Listeria monocytogenes. No illnesses have been reported in connection with this recall, and no other Gills Onions products are affected by this recall. A list of recalled products is provided at the end of this release.

Listeria monocytogenes is an organism that can cause serious and sometimes fatal infections in young children, frail or elderly people, and others with weakened immune systems. Healthy individuals may suffer only short-term symptoms such as high fever, severe headache, stiffness, nausea, abdominal pain and diarrhea. Listeria infection can cause miscarriages and stillbirths among pregnant women.

The recalled products, which are packaged under the brand "Gill's Onions," were shipped between July 2-4, 2012 directly from Gills Onions to retailers in Canada and the following U.S. states: California, Montana, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah and Washington.

This voluntary recall was initiated when the company was notified by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that a random sample of diced yellow onions taken at retail tested positive for Listeria monocytogenes. As a precautionary measure, Gills Onions is recalling all products processed on the same day and on the same line as the sample that tested positive.

Gills Onions is notifying all customers who received the recalled product directly from the company and requesting that they remove it from commerce. We are also asking our direct customers to notify their customers of this recall. Gills Onions is keeping the U.S. Food and Drug Administration informed of its recall process to assure that consumers are properly alerted.

“Gills Onions is committed to protecting public health and to executing this voluntary recall effectively and efficiently,” said Steve Gill, president of the company. “We are a multi generational family business, and we work hard every day to earn the trust and confidence of customers and consumers who enjoy our high quality, healthy products.”

Anyone who has the recalled product in their possession should not consume it and should destroy or discard it. Consumers with questions may contact Gills Onions at 1-800-348-2255, M-F 8am-5pm PDT. Please visit our website at for a copy of this release.

See the complete list of recalled items and the entire article here.