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Cotton candy thieves caught pink-handed

Three boys – ages 12, 13 and 15 – were charged with second-degree burglary in connection with a break-in at a Golden Wheel Amusements concession stand.

According to Anchorage Police, a detective spotted the three standing inside a trailer inside the Bear Paw Festival at around 12:15 a.m., eating cotton candy.

The boys were released to their parents.

 

Illegal fireworks reported

Police responded to a call that occupants of a vehicle near Carrs had thrown fireworks from the window of the car, then gotten into a verbal altercation with a store employee behind the store.

 

Bear Paw dispute

Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce officials were angry after several renegade vendors set up booths during the 2001 Bear Paw Festival without official sanction.

Instead of leasing space in the Valley River Center parking lot, the vendors instead leased space from a California man on property near Blockbuster Videop.

Palmer-based vendor John Harkey and others at the non-sanctioned site set up signs saying they weren’t part of the festival – which chamber attorney Jim Gorski said was untrue.

Both sides said they were considering legal action, though Gorski said the easiest option might be to lease the space in question before the festival.

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