Police report relatively quiet New Year's Eve

Posted: Sunday, January 02, 2000

Other than parties, Juneau was reasonably quiet on New Year's Eve 1999. The exceptions were accidents due to icy pavement, a rash of driving while intoxicated incidents, two rescues and a pair of fire alarms.

One two-vehicle accident took place about 7:30 p.m. Friday near the intersection of Lawson Creek Road and Douglas Highway. Icy pavement was apparently the cause. Two people were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital, but no one was admitted.

``The vehicle just slid off Crow Hill; there were only minor injuries,'' said police Sgt. Ben Coronell.

Ryan Blackwell, 19, of Juneau, contacted Capital City Fire & Rescue via VHF radio about 11 p.m. Friday.

``He called because he thought he had internal bleeding,'' said Kevin Dunn of the Coast Guard's Command Center.

Blackwell was staying at a cabin at Young Bay, west of Juneau on Admiralty Island, when he made his call for help. He was running a trapline, Dunn said.

``We went down there with our small boat, a 41-footer, with a Capital City paramedic aboard,'' Dunn said.

The crew picked up Blackwell and delivered him to an ambulance. He was treated and released at the Bartlett emergency room.

On Friday about 8 a.m., the Coast Guard retrieved a pair of hunters who were stranded on Shelter Island. Dennis and Brian Jones became stuck when their 35-foot boat, the Tombstone, grounded and sank on the northwest side of the island at 4 p.m. Thursday. The pair made it safely to shore in their 9-foot raft, but rough seas prevented an immediate rescue.

A fire alarm shortly after midnight at Juneau-Douglas High School was apparently a case of vandalism. When they responded, firefighters found one door unlocked, and that vandals had triggered a dry-chemical extinguisher, which triggered the alarm. Police were summoned to comb the building for suspects and clues.

A fire alarm at 6:13 a.m. Saturday at the Mountainview Senior Center turned out to be a false alarm.

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