Local board looks to catch cookhouse culprits

Posted: Wednesday, January 08, 2003

JUNEAU - The board of directors for Gold Rush Days is offering a $500 reward to help catch the culprits who burned down the cookhouse at Dimond Park.

Juneau Crime Line, a nonprofit organization designed as a tip line to help local law enforcement agencies, also is offering a reward of up to $1,000 for anyone who has information that leads to the arrest of whoever set the fire.

The cookhouse, a 20-by-40 foot shed that also acted as a storage facility for tables, chairs and equipment for the organization, was burned to the ground on the morning of Dec. 27. It will cost an estimated $20, 000 to $30,000 to replace, said Arlene Crumrine, a Gold Rush board member and Crime Line secretary.

Gold Rush Days is an annual fair held at the end of June at which miners and loggers participate in competitions and exhibitions.

The cause of fire is under investigation. Fire Marshal Randy Waters did not return calls to the Empire.

If you have information on this or any crime, call Crime Line at 586-4243. Callers are guaranteed anonymity and given a number to use when claiming a reward.

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