Police work to identify man suspected of enticing student
Juneau police say they are still working on confirming the identify of a man who may have had unlawful contact with an underage boy last week.
A man in a black Jeep reportedly contacted a 14-year-old student near Thunder Mountain High School and offered him a ride home, police said.
The boy reported the incident to his mother after it happened two days in a row, Juneau Police Department spokesman Erann Kalwara said Monday by phone. The mother promptly reported it to authorities Friday morning.
Kalwara said responding officers traced the vehicle, based on the boy’s description, back to a residence in the Mendenhall Valley. Police consider the 48-year-old man they contacted there to be a “person of interest” in the case, Kalwara said.
The man’s name is not being released because police have not “100 percent” verified that he is the suspect, Kalwara said, and investigators are searching for additional witnesses who can identity him as the man who contacted the student.
Citing the ongoing investigation, Kalwara said she could not reveal what the man told police during their interview with him at the residence. Police did not speculate as to what the man’s motivation may have been.
If the case is forwarded to the City Attorney’s Office, City Attorney Amy Mead said prosecutors will determine whether the alleged contact in the case amounts to criminal child enticement.
That’s a misdemeanor offense that encompasses an attempt by an adult to knowingly coax or entice a child under 15 years old to enter “any vehicle, bushes, wooded area, private place or public place” that is not in plain view, according to city ordinances.
Kalwara specified in the phone interview that the contact did not take place on school grounds; rather, it occurred near the area, which is in the 3100 block of Riverside Drive. She said she could not provide a more precise location, based on police reports that have been filed so far.
Police request autopsy for man’s death
Juneau police say they have requested an autopsy for a 31-year-old man who was found deceased on a boat in Harris Harbor, although police do not consider his death to be suspicious.
Police said Marc Alan Maki was alone at the time of his death and was found by one of his friends. The friend reported it to the Juneau Police Department at about 9:51 p.m. Friday. Next of kin have been notified.
All unattended deaths are investigated by police. JPD spokeswoman Erann Kalwara said police do not know the cause of Maki’s death, but have reason to believe it may have been due to physical health or medical issues.
The investigation is ongoing, pending the autopsy results.
No injuries reported in Switzer trailer collision
Police say no one was injured in a car crash Saturday night wherein a vehicle drove off the roadway, skidded on wet grass and struck a trailer in Switzer Village in the 6500 block of Glacier Highway.
Juneau Police Department spokeswoman Erann Kalwara said it appears the damage was limited to outside siding of the trailer and to the vehicle. The trailer sustained $2,000 worth of damage, and the 1997 Honda Civic sustained about $1,000 worth of damage.
Kalwara said a 16-year-old boy was operating the vehicle. He was not issued a citation, possibly because it occurred on private property, she said.
The person inside the residence reported the collision to police at about 9:45 p.m. A tow truck was called to the scene.
Injury reported in ATV accident Saturday
A 24-year-old man was injured while loading a three-wheeler ATV on a ramp at Aurora Harbor Saturday afternoon.
Capital City Fire and Rescue Chief Richard Etheridge said the throttle became stuck, and the ATV rolled back onto the man as he tried to load it.
CCFR paramedics responded to the scene at about 4:25 p.m. and took the man to the hospital for treatment of injuries. The extent of his injuries is unknown at this time.
His name was not released.
CCFR extinguish burn near elementary school
Capital City Fire and Rescue responded to a burn complaint on Hayes Way near Glacier Valley Elementary School on Monday around noon and extinguished an open burn due to excessive black heavy smoke.
Fire Chief Richard Etheridge said it was an open burn, and “a lot of smoke” was created from green trees that were being burned. “The fire was ordered to be extinguished,” he said.
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