State Briefs

Posted: Wednesday, January 16, 2002

Mom pleads innocent in assault on her daughter's teacher

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage mother who police say attacked her daughter's teacher pleaded innocent Tuesday in Anchorage District Court to charges of assault.

Angel S. Carter, 36, faces two counts of fourth-degree misdemeanor assault and one count of malicious destruction of property. Her trial is set for March 11.

Carter is free on her own recognizance and has been ordered by a judge to stay away from the teacher and Anchorage School District property.

Anchorage police say Carter walked into the fifth-grade classroom at Taku Elementary School on Dec. 13 and asked teacher Bonnie Lucca for documented daily reports on her daughter's behavior. At the time, the teacher was working on an assignment with students. Lucca told Carter she couldn't speak with her until class ended and asked her to leave, police said. Carter became furious and pushed Lucca and pulled her hair, police said.

Lucca tried to call for help, but Carter grabbed the classroom telephone and tore it off the wall, police said. Other teachers separated the two. Lucca suffered minor injuries, including a scratch and bruises.

Wilderness Society names Huffines as Alaska director

JUNEAU - Eleanor Huffines has been appointed the new Alaska regional director for The Wilderness Society. She will oversee the society's work protecting the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, Denali National Park, Chugach and Tongass national forests and other public lands in the state, the organization said.

Huffines succeeds Allen Smith, who spent 13 years in the position.

Huffines' Alaska career began in 1989 when she moved to Palmer to take the first of a series of jobs with the National Outdoor Leadership School.

The Wilderness Society is a 175,000-member organization decided to protecting America's wilderness and to developing a nationwide network of wild lands.

State troopers bust marijuana operations in two towns

ANCHORAGE - Narcotics agents served warrants on homes in Willow and Talkeetna over the weekend, seizing marijuana plants at both homes.

The search Saturday at the home in Wasilla turned up 38 marijuana plants, growing equipment and supplies.

The search Sunday at a home in Talkeetna yielded 28 plants, lighting systems, growing equipment, prescription medication and processed marijuana. The warrant was issued after troopers found evidence of a marijuana growing operation while investigating a domestic violence assault.

Charges against the residents of both homes have been forwarded to the district attorney's office, troopers said.

The Mat-Su narcotics unit includes investigators from the Alaska State Troopers and police from Palmer and Wasilla.

Fairbanks school superintendent Holt to retire at end of June

FAIRBANKS - School Superintendent Jim Holt is retiring after 31 years with the Fairbanks district.

Holt told the School Board on Tuesday that he would retire at the end of June after three years as superintendent.

"It's huge when you consider the fact that when you combine 31 years as an employee of this district along with 11 years as a student in this district, 42 of my 53 years have been in some way tied to this school district," Holt said. "It is a huge change for me."

Hold said he has no immediate plans to leave Fairbanks. Holt said he is not retiring for any particular reason and said he will be busy after leaving the district.

Holt said he has been proud of giving the district some stability during his tenure. Before Holt took over, the district had lost two superintendents in as many years.

But Holt, who has held more positions in the district than he can name readily, misses the one thing the superintendent doesn't get to do very often.

"The worst thing about it is you don't get to work with kids," he said. "If I stay in education it is going to be as a high school principal. If I stay in education I want to work with kids."

Compiled from wire service and staff reports.



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