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Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Police catch fleeing teen-ager on foot

JUNEAU - A teen-ager who led police on a foot-chase Tuesday through Tonsgard Court is cooling his heels at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center today.

William Ratliff, 19, was arrested for resisting arrest and criminal mischief after he tried to outrun police who were trying to take him to the state prison anyway.

The state probation office contacted Juneau police around 1 p.m., police said, to assist them in remanding Ratliff to Lemon Creek on a probation violation charge. Ratliff had been lodged at Gastineau Human Services, a half-way house near Lemon Creek.

Police said a few minutes later they received a report from probation officers that Ratliff had fled the half-way house on foot.

Officers on their way to get Ratliff at GHS saw him running across Glacier Highway toward Tonsgard Court, police said. When the officers pursued him, he ran into the AEL&P building. Employees directed the police to the second floor, where they arrested Ratliff.

Child recovering from injuries

JUNEAU - Charlotte Brown, the 7-year-old seriously injured in a vehicle accident last month, is on the mend and may be home soon.

Brown suffered multiple broken bones, internal injuries and a spinal cord injury when she was struck by a vehicle following an accident on Egan Drive on Dec. 8.

Jason Brown, Charlotte's father, said his daughter recently received more than 175 stitches in her head due to bed sores she developed during her stay in Seattle's Harborview Medical Center. However, he said she is in "good spirits" and is eating without the aid of a feeding tube.

Further, he said she has been learning to move around in her wheelchair and began rehabilitation Friday.

While in the hospital, Charlotte has received visitors from several Seattle sports teams including Seattle Mariner outfielder Ichiro Suzuki, her father said.

Brown said Charlotte may be able to come back to Juneau in early March.



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