Samaritans rescue man from burning van
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JUNEAU - A 55-year-old Juneau man was pulled from a burning van Friday night by Samaritans - who then used snow to extinguish the flames on his legs, Juneau police said.
The man, whose identity was not released, had been using a propane heater inside his van in the 500 block of South Franklin Street when material inside caught fire at about 11:20 p.m. He was unable to exit and was yelling for help, police said.
He suffered burns to his legs and smoke inhalation and was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for treatment. One of the Samaritans was also hospitalized for what police described as a "cautionary evaluation" due to smoke inhalation.
Teens in car accident on Thane Road
JUNEAU - A 17-year-old Juneau girl was cited on a charge of careless driving Friday night after a car packed with four teenagers slid off the side of Thane Road.
The driver said she was southbound on Thane Road when the 2005 Toyota hit a patch of black ice. She overcorrected and crashed into a ditch. Two passengers in the back seat complained of pain to their backs, and one of them, a 17-year-old boy, was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for an evaluation. The other, a 17-year-old girl, was later taken to the hospital by a family member.
The four teens had been passing time before the start of a hockey game, police said.
Committee to organize anniversary events
JUNEAU - A group of citizens has formally organized to help coordinate events in Juneau to coincide with the 50th anniversary of Alaska statehood.
The group chose the name Capital City Celebrations at its board of directors meeting on Friday. A volunteer and strategic planning meeting is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Monday at the downtown library's main conference room.
Capital City Celebrations welcomes participation by all community members interested in planning and volunteering for events to take place throughout 2008 and into 2009. Alaska's 50th anniversary of statehood will be Jan. 3, 2009.
The newly formed eight-person board consists of Cathie Roemmich, Jane Lindsey, Romer Derr, Kathy Kolkhorst Ruddy, Kirby Day, Bob Hale, Secretary Treasurer Kaysa Korpela, and Chairwoman Kathy Hildre.
Couple arrested in bank robberies
ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage couple was arrested on suspicion of robbing two banks.
FBI agents were tailing Bernard Kalilikane, 39, and Cynthia Taranto, 24, when Kalilikane ran into a cigarette shop Thursday and allegedly robbed it, FBI spokesman Eric Gonzalez said.
The FBI alleges Kalilikane and Taranto are responsible for the armed robberies of two South Anchorage banks: The Alaska USA Federal Credit Union on Dec. 17 and the Northrim Bank 10 days later. Both branches were in grocery stores.
Officials are not releasing how much money was taken.
Red-light runner hits Anchorage police car
ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police say a truck ran a red light and slammed into a patrol car.
Police say Sgt. Paul Padgett was driving his marked vehicle south on Cordova Street at about 5:30 p.m. Tuesday when the westbound truck T-boned the cruiser.
The patrol car was totaled.
Lt. Paul Honeman says Padgett got cuts on his leg that required stitches.
The driver of the truck, 22-year-old Michael Bailey, was cited on a charge of failing to stop for a red light.