State Briefs

Posted: Thursday, January 23, 2003

Baby delivered with phone advice

JUNEAU - Juneau police dispatchers helped deliver more than an ambulance to a Juneau couple today.

Around 4:43 a.m. dispatchers received a 911 call from Scott Grimmett, a Coast Guard reservist stationed in Juneau who said his wife, Jay Dee Grimmett, was going into labor, police said.

An ambulance was sent to the couple's Sunset Street home while dispatchers waited on the line. But the baby didn't want to wait. So dispatchers Jennifer Etheridge and Nick Meacher, trained in childbirth procedures, instructed the father over the phone how to deliver his baby, police said.

Only three minutes after the couple placed the 911 call, the man successfully delivered his baby boy.

The ambulance arrived around 5 a.m. and took parents and the baby to Bartlett Regional Hospital, said Capital City Fire & Rescue Capt. Beth Weldon. Parents and the boy are in good condition, she said.

Grand jury indicts pair on drug charges

ANCHORAGE - A Juneau couple faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of federal drug charges.

An Anchorage grand jury recently indicted Michael R. Stein, 53, and Karey Ellen Armstrong, 50, on one count each of conspiracy to posses with intent to distribute more than 500 grams - or slightly more than a pound - of cocaine.

Stein also was indicted on one federal charge of unlawfully mailing a firearm. Stein allegedly mailed himself a handgun from Las Vegas to Juneau.

The couple is accused of conspiring with each other and at least one other unknown person to distribute cocaine in Juneau.

The case was investigated by the federal Drug Enforcement Administration and is being prosecuted by the U.S. Attorney's Office.

If convicted, each defendant faces five to 40 years in federal prison and a $2 million fine. Stein also faces two years in prison and a $250,000 fine for the firearms charge.

Assembly to consider school design Monday

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly, meeting as a Committee of a Whole on Wednesday night, approved a recommendation to consider the school district's plan for a $62 million high school in the Mendenhall Valley.

City staff presented the case for building a smaller and less expensive school, and school district staff argued in favor of the larger school, which would suit 1,050 students.

The Assembly is expected to take up the issue at its meeting Monday.

The Committee of the Whole also recommended that city staff draft an ordinance to appropriate $837,000 for the cost of continuing to design the school.

Dyson introduces abortion-consent bill

JUNEAU - Women would have to certify that they've been informed of the risks of abortion before having the procedure under a bill introduced by state Sen. Fred Dyson, an Eagle River Republican.

The measure would require the state to prepare a pamphlet describing risks of abortion as well as risks of giving birth and describing fetal development, including photographs.

The pamphlet also would include information on agencies that assist pregnant women, including adoption agencies.

Senate Bill 30 has been referred to the Health Education and Social Services, Judiciary and Finance committees. No hearings have been scheduled yet.

Gov. Murkowski names Fradley director

JUNEAU - Gov. Frank Murkowski, an Alaska Republican, has named Dennis Fradley to be his communications director, a position he held for Murkowski 12 years ago.

Fradley is external affairs director for Anchorage Mayor George Wuerch.

He worked with Murkowski while he was in the U.S. Senate between 1984 and 1991. Fradley is a former editor of the Anchorage Times and the Voice of the Times.

New senator picks chief of staff

WASHINGTON - Alaska's new U.S. senator, Lisa Murkowski, has picked a new chief of staff for her Washington, D.C., office.

Justin Stiefel is a graduate of Dimond High School in Anchorage, the University of Idaho at Moscow and the Columbus School of Law at Catholic University in Washington, D.C.

Stiefel recently served as legislative counsel for U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens, an Alaska Republican. Before that, he was a legislative aide and deputy press secretary for Stevens. Prior to working for Stevens, he worked in the Anchorage office of U.S. Rep. Don Young, an Alaska Republican.

Ketchikan man indicted on child porn charge

ANCHORAGE - A Ketchikan man has been indicted on charges of possessing child pornography and fraudulent use of a credit card.

The federal indictment handed down Wednesday alleges that Nicolai Jeroen Caymen, 29, used a stolen credit card number to buy a laptop computer last August. The indictment also alleges that Caymen possessed images of child pornography on a personal computer last September.

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