An Alaska Anthology of Corruption

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Linda Lingle - William Crockett

Lingle has been divorced twice she was married to Charles Lingle from 1972 to 1975 while in college, and to Maui attorney William Crockett from 1986 to 1997

AK Int. Air buys Great Northern Air

In 1982 Alaska International Air bought a regional passenger/cargo airline named Great Northern.

Tyree's Testimony Rewarded:Boehm

Witness receives 3 years - BOEHM: Tyree 's testimony is rewarded with lighter sentence. Anchorage Daily News (AK) - Wednesday, May 18, 2005 Author: TATABOLINE BRANT Anchorage Daily News ; Staff Bambi Tyree , whose lurid testimony about a drug and sex ring involving teens helped put a local businessman behind bars for 11 years, was given a reduced sentence Tuesday of three years in prison. The 24-year-old former junkie was facing at least 10 years for conspiring to distribute crack or cocaine to minors, but federal prosecutors asked U.S. District Judge John Sedwick to go easy on Tyree because she testified against Josef Boehm. Boehm, 61, president of Alaska Industrial Hardware, was sentenced last week for his part in the ring. The 11 years was the maximum allowed under a plea deal that also required him to pay $1.2 million into a trust fund to help educate and rehabilitate his teenage victims. Tyree was a key witness in the government's case against Boehm. For two days during his sentencing hearing, she described from the witness stand the crack-addled world in which she and Boehm lived -- a world where Boehm's Oceanview home was turned into a crack house, where troubled teens came for free drugs and then, once addicted, traded their bodies to Boehm and other drug dealers for more dope. Tyree 's attorney, Assistant Federal Defender Sue Ellen Tatter, said Tyree did a great job on the stand. "I've never seen anyone testify so dynamically," she said. Prosecutors asked Sedwick to reduce Tyree 's sentence by 50 percent -- to five years, roughly. Sedwick did that, and shaved another two years off as well. The judge called the nature of Tyree 's offenses "horrific," according to attorneys for both sides, but he also took into account her history: Tyree says she first smoked crack with Boehm at his home when she was 13, and had sex with him when she was 14. Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Russo, who prosecuted the case, said he was satisfied with Tyree 's sentence. He said her testimony helped avoid having to put some of the young victims on the stand. Tatter said she had hoped for less time for Tyree , but that she thought three years was fair. Tyree has already served 17 months in prison and, with good behavior, could be out in a year, Tatter said. During Boehm's nine-day sentencing hearing, which ended last week, his attorneys portrayed Tyree as a ringleader and master manipulator who was lying to get off easy. Their pitch was that Boehm was a pawn in Tyree 's hands. Tatter on Tuesday called that image "nonsense." "She was a child when she went there," she said. "She admitted every single thing she did." Tyree is trying to turn her life around, Tatter said. "She's very different than when she went in."

Dankworth Joins AK State Police

Storied Alaska lawman, lawmaker dies - ED DANKWORTH: Texan, whose career was linked to Alaska's growth, died of a chronic lung ailment at 80. Anchorage Daily News (AK) - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Author: RICHARD MAUER ; Staff Dankworth joined the territorial police, which sent him to Fairbanks , where he met the young U.S. Attorney there, Ted Stevens. When Alaska became a state in 1959, Dankworth joined the Alaska State Troopers. He rose to the rank of colonel and director before retiring in 1975. "I first knew him as the Trooper commander," Weaver said. "All the juice was on his side but he treated me like somebody who ought to be dealing with him." Even then, before he entered politics, he understood that information was like currency. "His stock in trade was inside information," Weaver said. "If you were talking to Ed, you were probably getting some kind of inside information -- that he wanted you to have. I'd say he was playing me a lot more than I was playing him, but I had a good time along the way." He was elected to the state House from Anchorage in 1976 and the State Senate two years later. Vic Fischer, a prominent Democrat from that time, remembered deciding to run for the Senate against Republican Bill Sumner in 1980. "I was so upset about (Sumner's) transgressions in corrupting the Legislature," Fischer said. He was surprised by a call from Dankworth, who said he was likewise concerned about Sumner and asked to meet. "We did get together and we had, as they say, a 'frank exchange of views.' I made some remark like, 'I've always considered you a fascist,' and he said to me, 'You've always been a commie,' so we laughed a little bit and shook hands to make common cause of getting rid of the corrupting influence of Bill Sumner."

Ed Dankworth elected to State House

Storied Alaska lawman, lawmaker dies - ED DANKWORTH : Texan, whose career was linked to Alaska's growth, died of a chronic lung ailment at 80. Anchorage Daily News (AK) - Wednesday, December 10, 2008 Author: RICHARD MAUER ; Staff He was elected to the state House from Anchorage in 1976 and the State Senate two years later.

Charlie Cole & Neil Bergt meet - 1957

THE DEAL MAKER TOUGH BARGAINER COLE USES CHARM AND GRIT TO FORGE LEGAL SUCCESS Anchorage Daily News (AK) - Sunday, May 16, 1993 Author: SHEILA TOOMEY Daily News reporter ; Staff Cole and Bergt met in the summer of 1957, when they both showed up as strike breakers at Interior Airways , a busy cargo carrier with Teamster trouble. Jim McGoffin, Interior president at the time, says he had never heard of Cole, but hired him on the recommendation of his first-choice lawyer, who was too busy to take the assignment. Cole's job was to defend the summary firing of union activists. The lawsuit dragged on for five years, by which time the cargo business was booming and Charlie was working almost exclusively for Interior. "When the oil exploration crews started in earnest on the North Slope," McGoffin said, "Charlie was spending more time at our office than at his own." By 1968, Cole had learned to fly and had become vice president of Interior. McGoffin said he needed someone "who had good sense, someone who could handle leases and contracts, someone who could meet with our customers." Bergt stayed too. He had come out of Anchorage, a brand-new pilot in love with flying and looking for a job during the 1957 strike. "They called him a scab, but we were glad to have him," McGoffin said. "He just had 200 hours flying time and usually we wouldn't hire him. We usually required 2,000 hours." Said Bergt of his start in the business that made him rich and famous: "They needed a pilot in the worst way, and I was the worst."

Marvin Mangus hired by USGS/Alaska

Mangus was hired by the USGS Alaska Branch based in Washington DC in 1946. His typical work year consisted of field geology in the Brooks Range from after Memorial Day to before Labor Day, because collection of rock samples was best accomplished when the ground was free of snow. Mangus co-authored several USGS Publications detailing the team's findings in Alaska.

Alaskans report finances

Alaskans report finances - CONGRESS : A yearly investment filing shows very few changes . Anchorage Daily News (AK) - Thursday, June 15, 2006 Author: LIZ RUSKIN Anchorage Daily News ; Staff Alaska's members of Congress made a few changes in their financial investments last year, but nothing drastic, according to the annual personal disclosure reports released Wednesday. Sen. Lisa Murkowski and her husband sold a rental house on Government Hill in May of last year for more than $100,000 and less than $250,000, according to her report. Sen. Ted Stevens reported a drop in the value of his blind trust, but whether it was a plunge or a mere dip is impossible to say because members of Congress aren't required to report the exact value of their assets. He reported that his trust was worth $500,000 to $1 million and produced income of $50,000 to $100,000 last year. Stevens started the blind trust in 2004 with a bit more than $1 million from the sale of his interest in Alaska real estate, investments he bought into for $50,000. He said last year that "the wrath of the media" forced him to give up his lucrative partnership with Anchorage developers John Rubini and Leonard Hyde. Rep. Don Young, as he did last year, listed his most valuable asset as his shares in a Putnam mutual fund, worth between $100,000 and $250,000. He also owns a home in an affluent neighborhood in Northern Virginia, but lawmakers don't have to disclose the value of the homes they live in. He remains a board member of the National Rifle Association, he reported. Perhaps the most colorful investment in the reports is Stevens' stake in race horses, which he owns through partnerships called Alaska's Great Eagle and Alaska's Great Eagle As Well. The roster of his partners sounds like a Who's Who of Alaska's rich and influential: Bill Allen, Leonard Hyde, Carl Marrs, David McGuire, Ed Rasmuson. The managing partner is Girdwood restaurateur Bob Persons. He told the magazine Blood-Horse that Alaska's Great Eagle refers to Stevens, who flew cargo planes in World War II. The group's most illustrious horse, So Long Birdie, raced well enough to qualify for the Triple Crown last year but suffered an ankle injury and was put out to stud in New Mexico. His stud fee, according to Thoroughbred Times, is $2,000. Stevens' horse investment totals no more than $30,000. He reported that he lost money on it last year.

Boehm hints to police he knows about torsos found in Cook Inlet.

Drug probe turns up possible clue to women's deaths - BOEHM : AIH co-owner hints to police he knows something about torsos found in Cook Inlet. Anchorage Daily News (AK) - Tuesday, February 10, 2004 Author: TATABOLINE BRANT Anchorage Daily News ; Staff In a police station restroom in December after his arrest on a crack cocaine charge, Anchorage businessman Josef F. Boehm teased an officer with a remarkable comment: He could, he suggested, tell police something about missing women in Anchorage. According to transcripts of court proceedings, the officer, after hearing the remark, took Boehm to FBI headquarters downtown to talk to federal authorities, where Boehm went further: He said he might have information on two female torsos that washed up on Turnagain Arm shores last year. Whether his claim was genuine or a bargaining ploy is not known. Police say they have not found a link between Boehm and the two dead women. But in addition to revealing the possible lead in the torso cases, the transcripts -- which are primarily the unchallenged testimony of law enforcement officers at a bail hearing that spanned three days beginning Dec. 29 -- reveal parts of a police investigation of Boehm that has turned up an array of drugs, pornography and sex with young girls. According to police testimony, Boehm 's 4,000-square-foot Oceanview Drive home had a reputation among some teenagers and adults as a crack house, a place filled with pornography where runaway teenage girls from Anchorage and the Valley could go for drugs and a place to stay, if they were willing to have sex with Boehm and other people. One woman even claims Boehm offered to buy her two daughters, police said. Boehm , longtime president of the locally based Alaska Industrial Hardware chain, was indicted by a federal grand jury on Jan. 22 on drug and firearms charges. He and three other people -- Allen K. Bolling, 39; Leslie J. Williams Jr., 39; and Bambi Tyree, 23 -- are accused of giving cocaine or crack to about a dozen people age 13 to 21 between 2001 and 2003. All four are in custody. Charges say Williams and Bolling would provide the drugs, Boehm would pay for them, and Tyree and other unnamed people would be given drugs and money in exchange for bringing young women over to party with the group. Boehm 's attorneys, Phillip Weidner and Kevin Fitzgerald, say their client is a victim of drug dealers and now of the government. They say Boehm never had sex with juveniles and is in no way involved in the deaths of the two women whose remains washed up last year. They also say they have serious concerns about how law enforcement officials have handled Boehm 's case. "There is substantial evidence of record of numerous constitutional violations of Mr. Boehm 's rights," Weidner said. "We are obviously going to ask the court to suppress the fruits of unconstitutional activity as well as continuing to seek the names and backgrounds of any complaining witnesses to demonstrate their lack of credibility and the baseless nature of the charges against Mr. Boehm ." Generous businessman or dangerous felon? Boehm , a divorced father and successful businessman, has lived in Alaska for about four decades, according to business associates and attorneys. President of Alaska Industrial Hardware since 1974, he's now semiretired. His Alaska-based company has stores in Anchorage, Fairbanks, Wasilla, Eagle River, Kenai and Juneau, as well as two in the Pacific Northwest called Cascade Contractors Supply. Boehm 's company has over the years sponsored local sporting events, vocational clubs, Boy Scout projects, senior center fund-raisers and neighborhood cleanups, according to newspaper articles. His lawyers say he has been generous to his 240 employees, who own 49 percent of AIH. Prosecutors, however, say Boehm has a rape conviction from 1965, and court records show he has also been convicted of drunken driving three times, as well as for a misdemeanor drug charge in 1992. The case file for the 1965 sexual assault was not immediately available, a court clerk said. Last May, police were called to Boehm 's green two-story, five-bedroom home at 300 Oceanview Drive, in a quiet subdivision with a view of Turnagain Arm. Detective Kevin Vandegriff testified at the bail hearing that a hysterical woman police believed to be on drugs called, saying someone in Boehm 's house wanted to hurt her. When police showed up, Boehm told them he knew the woman but she was crazy, according to Vandegriff. Police found a man hiding in a dark bathroom of Boehm 's home, clutching a screwdriver. He was wanted on a misdemeanor warrant, Vandegriff told the court. Police got a search warrant for Boehm 's house and seized hundreds of pornographic images and a gun from the master bedroom closet, among other things, Vandegriff said. One of Boehm 's attorneys, Fitzgerald, said police never found any evidence of juveniles in the pornography. Boehm has not been charged with a sex crime stemming from the search. investigation expands In September, Anchorage police detectives were working a case that involved the sexual assault of a 14-year-old girl. The case did not involve Boehm , but his name came up. "Essentially, what this child's mother told us was that Mr. Boehm had offered to buy two of her daughters," Vandegriff told the court. No money was ever discussed and the deal was not consummated, Vandegriff said on cross-examination. The name of the mother was not revealed. Police started investigating the claim about Boehm . Meanwhile, on Dec. 13, an employee of a Marriott hotel in Spenard called police about some guests who were overdue checking out and giving the staff a hard time. Boehm and two other people were arrested on drug charges. Police and court records say Boehm had about 15 grams of crack in his jacket, about $3,000 on his person and crack pipes in his Cadillac. Federal authorities usually don't get involved in cases with less than 5 grams. Boehm 's attorneys contend the jacket their client was wearing was not his. Boehm was arraigned in state court and released on bail to a third-party custodian. A few days later, information from the Marriott bust was used to get a federal warrant for Boehm 's arrest for possession of crack. Sentences are often harsher in federal court than at the state level, and the discovery process in federal court is also far more limited in regard to what is handed over to the defense. The state case was dismissed after the move to federal court. Police served the federal warrant at Boehm 's home on Dec. 22. For reasons not explained in court documents, they lied when they knocked on the door, saying they were there for a third-party custodian check, the transcripts show. The deliberate misrepresentation "doesn't reflect well on police conduct," Fitzgerald said. Wiedner added that he has serious concerns about violations of Boehm 's constitutional rights, including the circumstances of his arrest and searches at the Marriott and his home. Boehm 's custodian let the officers in. Boehm and six adults, some with prostitution and drug convictions, were inside. Police arrested Boehm . They also seized crack, tools used to smoke it, ammunition and a large amount of homemade pornography, court records say. Back at the station, Boehm invoked his right to counsel, and Fitzgerald told police over the telephone that his client did not want to talk to them without a lawyer present. A short time later, during a trip to the bathroom in which he was accompanied by an officer, Boehm suggested he might have information about missing women in Anchorage, police say. Police say they did not question Boehm but instead took him to FBI headquarters. "At that point, Agent (John) Eckstein had told him the seriousness of the charges which he was facing and ( Boehm ) stated that he might have some information on the torso murders here in Anchorage," Vandegriff testified in court. Police have identified only one of the torsos . The remains of Michelle T. Rothe, 32, were found on Sept. 6 on mud flats about a mile from Boehm 's home. The other torso was discovered in June near Beluga Point. Police do not know when Rothe died or how. The last time her family spoke with her was in late June. Rothe had a history of drug abuse and had been busted for crack, according to court records and her family. Rothe's mother, Ruth MacMullen, said she never heard her daughter mention Boehm or the three other people indicted. Then too, she said, her daughter kept some parts of her life secret. When Rothe was doing drugs, MacMullen said, she didn't come around. "Drugs are the destruction of everybody who does them," she said. She didn't know what to make of the new information and said this week that police had not yet contacted her about it. Vandegriff said in an interview last week that Boehm did not offer detectives any useful information about the torsos . "Guess he's holding out on us to see what kind of deal he can get," he said. Police homicide Sgt. Scott Jessen said detectives have not found any evidence linking Boehm to Rothe. Fitzgerald and Weidner say that's because there isn't any. "Mr. Boehm has never had any involvement whatsoever in any violent activity and no connection with any matters in any way relating to violence or homicide," Weidner said. Fitzgerald added: "It's disconcerting that it appears that the police and FBI failed to scrupulously honor Mr. Boehm 's request for an attorney." No bail Assistant U.S. Attorney Frank Russo told the court during the bail hearing that police interviewed two 14-year-olds who claimed to have had sex with Boehm in exchange for cocaine and that there was one case in which "a mother of one of these girls was held inside the apartment, kept on drugs, while they had sex with the daughter," according to a transcript of the proceedings. Vandegriff told the court he has interviewed a number of juveniles and other individuals who have been to Boehm 's house. "To a T," he said, "every individual that I spoke with regardless of whether they lived in Anchorage or the Mat-Su Valley told me that Mr. Boehm 's home was a known crack house and if you're a runaway kid, all you had to do was go there and provide Mr. Boehm with sex, he'd provide you with all the cocaine that you wanted as well as money." Police are still reviewing the pornographic images seized from Boehm 's house in December. Prosecutors say more charges are possible. Police declined to comment last week on whether they had found any images of juveniles in the pornography. Boehm 's attorneys say Boehm "absolutely denies sex with juveniles." Weidner said Friday that Boehm "is simply a victim himself of unsavory elements of the community." Testimony from police reveals some signs that Boehm was not in control of his home. For instance, when he was arrested there Dec. 22, he asked police to kick out four of the six people inside because people had stolen from him the last time he'd been arrested. Four of the eight charges Boehm is indicted on relate to his being a felon in possession of a firearm or ammunition. Fitzgerald said Thursday that Boehm is being unfairly painted as a dangerous person. The rape conviction, he said, is nearly 40 years old. Further, he said, the 9 mm gun was taken from Boehm 's house last May. If Boehm is so dangerous, Fitzgerald wondered, why did authorities wait until now to charge him with being a felon in possession of a gun? Arguing for bail for his client, Weidner told the court that Boehm has extensive ties to the community, has made all of his court appearances, did not try to flee when he was out on bail on the state charges from the Marriott bust and would be willing to put up $150,000 cash bail. He said he also wanted to get Boehm to an out-of-state, semisecure treatment center. "We want to do it out of Alaska because there are some pretty nasty, evil people that have been after him. ... We want to cut off that contact," Weidner told the court. U.S. Magistrate Judge Harry Branson refused to let Boehm out on bail. He told the court at the end of the hearing: "There are too many allegations with some substance. ... We've got juveniles who are, apparently, telling the authorities that they have performed fellatio with this man or he has performed it on them -- juveniles. We have a treasure trove of photographs involving the defendant and various women. When you combine that with the drug crack cocaine and the resources that the defendant has, while he may himself be a victim of this drug, he is involving others and making victims of others and encouraging its use and there are children involved." "I think Mr. Boehm has engaged the A team," Branson continued later. "He has excellent counsel. I think they have presented absolutely the best argument they could make, but I don't think they're good enough and that's not their fault, and it may be right that Mr. Weidner is right in his confident assertion that he expects good results from this case, either at a suppression hearing or a trial, but that's not what I'm deciding today. What I'm deciding today is whether today this man represents a danger to the community and a flight risk, and my decision is that he does." Boehm 's attorneys tried to get their client out on bail a second time at a hearing Friday. The hearing was closed to the public, but prosecutors said afterward that the motion for bail was denied. "I think it's frightening when the government can deny a man who has served this community for almost 50 years any bail without us even having an opportunity to hear one sworn word from an accuser except police," Weidner said. "We are confident that if the witnesses have to come to court it will be evident that Mr. Boehm is not guilty."

Police identify torso : Desiree Lekanoff

Police identify torso found last year - MUCH UNKNOWN: Cause, time of Desiree Lekanoff's death remains a mystery. Anchorage Daily News (AK) - Wednesday, July 7, 2004 Author: PETER PORCO Anchorage Daily News ; Staff Anchorage police said Tuesday that they have identified the homicide victim whose torso was found a little over a year ago on the shore at Beluga Point. The body, missing its head and legs, was that of Desiree Michelle Lekanoff, an Anchorage woman who had been reported missing in December 2001, police said. Lekanoff, 5 feet tall and weighing 100 pounds, would have been 23 in April 2002, said her mother, Antonina Lekanoff, who lives in Maine. Police do not know how Desiree Lekanoff died, how long she may have been in Turnagain Arm, or whether she was dismembered intentionally or by some natural process, said Capt. Tom Nelson, a department spokesman. Nor do investigators know whether Lekanoff's homicide is linked to the killing of Michelle T. Rothe, a 32-year-old Anchorage woman whose torso also was discovered on the Turn- again Arm mud flats, 21/2 months later, Nelson said. Rothe's body, also missing head and legs, was found by duck hunters on Sept. 6, on the flats beyond Ocean View, roughly 10 miles northwest of Beluga Point. Rothe had not been reported missing. She had a minor police record and was identified through her fingerprints. Like Lekanoff's, the Rothe case is still open. Lekanoff's torso was found half embedded in the mud on the evening of June 18, 2003, by a man and three children playing on the shore of Turnagain Arm. The identification was made by matching the body's DNA with a relative's kept in a new national database, Nelson said. Police are asking anyone who knew Lekanoff or who may have seen her before she disappeared to contact them. "That would help us and let us get a time line better," Nelson said. "We'd like to hear where she liked to go, who she liked to go with." Lekanoff lived dangerously, he said. "I would venture to say that she was possibly engaged in a high-risk lifestyle," he said. He declined to be more specific. Lekanoff led a troubled life, her mother said. She left home as a teenager, when her family, including a younger brother and sister, was living in Anchorage, and did not go to high school. "I had to kick her out when she was 14 because her and her stepdad, the one I'm living with now, couldn't get along," Antonina Lekanoff said. "She grew up way fast." Her daughter seemed bright and energetic but was trapped by drugs, she said. "She had a lot of mix-ups. She was supposed to be going to drug rehab ... but she couldn't stand it, not being with the people she knew," Antonina Lekanoff said. "She was freaking out. She couldn't stay still. She was hyper." She also had several run-ins with the police, her mother said. According to an online database of state records, Desiree Lekanoff had been charged with underage drinking, drunken driving, assault, forgery and prostitution. "She always told me she had to go do things to get some money, for things she needed for herself, for her habits, to eat, to sleep at a hotel," her mother said. Desiree Lekanoff worked as a dancer for a spell, but her mother said she was unsure what kind. "She just told me she was a dancer," she said. "I didn't ask because I didn't want to know." Antonina Lekanoff last saw her daughter was when the family moved to Maine in October 2001, she said. Thanksgiving of that year, Nov. 22, was the last time she spoke on the phone with her daughter. A friend reported Lekanoff missing about two weeks later, on Dec. 4, according to police. The friend said the last time Lekanoff was seen was Nov. 24. Nelson declined to identify the friend or say what Lekanoff was doing that day. A tantalizing potential clue about the Lekanoff and Rothe cases emerged late last year out of an unrelated case. Anchorage businessman Josef F. Boehm , charged in federal court with child sex trafficking and drug and weapons offenses, told FBI agents that he knew something about the female torsos that had come ashore over the summer.

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