Grand jury indicts 2 in lodge assault case

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Updated: 7/23/2014 1:19 pm

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — A grand jury has returned indictments against two workers at a remote Alaska lodge after they allegedly threatened two guests with firearms.

The Juneau Empire reports the jury handed down assault and weapons misconduct charges Friday against 26-year-old Michael G. York of Denver and Devon G. Fernandez of Yakutat.

The two Icy Bay Lodge employees are accused of being intoxicated and brandishing a weapon June 27 when they confronted two people staying at the lodge and connected to a Diablo, California, gold exploration and mining company.

The Yakutat police chief had previously said the employees were upset over mining and its effects on Alaska, but court documents didn't list a reason for the confrontation.

An arraignment hearing was scheduled later Wednesday in Juneau for both men.

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