Posted: Thursday, January 11, 2001

Former Juneau resident helps save ship

MOBILE, Ala. - Thanks to a leaking, cockroach-infested ship and a bunch of old sailors long past their prime, 74-year-old Joe Sadlier got to be a kid again.

A bus driver in Ketchikan who grew up in Juneau, Sadlier was one of 29 veterans, average age 72, who completed an improbable journey Wednesday with a hero's homecoming at the state docks in Mobile. Sadlier was the ship's cook on the voyage of a World War II relic from the Greek island of Crete to Alabama.

The ship will become a museum and memorial for the thousands of American soldiers who served on the landing ships that were key players in the Atlantic and Pacific in World War II.

The Juneau Empire will publish articles in Sunday's edition about the ship and the men who saved it.

Man sentenced for not paying child support

ANCHORAGE - A 39-year-old Craig man was sentenced to five years probation this week after pleading guilty to two misdemeanor counts of criminal nonsupport.

The Attorney General's office, working with the Child Support Enforcement Division, has filed criminal charges against a dozen Alaskans in the last year on behalf of children who do not receive support payments.

The latest was John M. Clark, who was sentenced by Craig District Court Judge Kevin Miller to one year in jail and a $3,000 fine on each count. The jail time and fine will be suspended if Clark does not violate terms of his probation.

Clark was ordered to start making child support payments of $1,000 a month if he is self-employed or 45 percent of his net income if he is employed by others. According to the state, Clark owes $70,379 in child support for his two children, ages 7 and 13.

Governor appoints mental health director

ANCHORAGE - The executive director of the Alaska Mental Health Board was named Wednesday to be director of the state Division of Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities.

Walter Majoros, 50, is a veteran of mental health treatment in Alaska.

Majoros directed a batterers and sex offender treatment program in Juneau from 1980 to 1987 and spent three years managing rehabilitation and mental health programs for the state Department of Corrections.

He will earn about $73,000 annually in his new job.

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