Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, January 25, 2007

City's adult ed center changes its name

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JUNEAU - The Juneau Adult Education Center is changing its name to The Learning Connection, the nonprofit announced Wednesday.

The new name better reflects the variety of programs offered by the Southeast Regional Resource Center, the organization said.

The name change takes effect Monday. The organization provides free GED and adult education services, computer training, family education programs and job assistance programs at four locations in Juneau.

Man hospitalized after stabbing on Douglas

JUNEAU - Police are investigating a stabbing that took place Wednesday on Douglas Island and left a man hospitalized.

A 19-year-old with multiple stab wounds to the torso was taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital for emergency surgery, police said. A 21-year-old woman with minor injuries also was taken to the hospital, treated and released.

The man was reported to be in stable condition later Wednesday in the hospital's intensive care unit.

The stabbing happened about 4:38 a.m. at a home on the 1300 block of Fourth Street.

According to Sgt. David Campbell of the Juneau Police Department, the investigation at the home was complete.

"Several edged items were recovered," he said. "We found blood in several locations. It (the fight) definitely wasn't contained to one room."

Police interviewed people who remained at the scene after the stabbing. More people were interviewed later in the day.

No charges have been filed. Police said the victim and the assailant knew each other, but they declined to release their names.

Wearable Art tickets go on sale Saturday

JUNEAU - Tickets for the 2007 Wearable Art Extravangza, "Solstice to Solstice," will go on sale Saturday.

They may be purchased at the Hearthside Books in the Nugget Mall or the Juneau Arts & Humanities office, at 206 North Franklin St.

It costs $45 for a premium seat, or $25 for regular admission. Tickets usually sell out well in advance.

"Solstice" starts at 8 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10, at Centennial Hall.

The fashion show is a fundraiser for the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council's artist grant and student scholarship funds.

For more information, visit or call 586-ARTS.

Ketchikan man found guilty of killing wife

KETCHIKAN - A local man was found guilty of murdering his wife and tampering with evidence of her death.

After deliberating about five hours Tuesday, the jury found Earl Pickering Jr. guilty in the November 2005 shooting of his 50-year-old wife, Carolyn Frisby Pickering.

Jury foreman Charles Hanas pronounced the verdicts, with Superior Court Judge Michael Thompson presiding by telephone from Petersburg.

Hanas declined to comment following the reading of the verdicts.

Pickering shot his wife in the head with a .44-caliber rifle on Nov. 30, 2005, at her Bostwick Road home. He testified that it was an accident.

Ketchikan police and state prosecutors, however, accused Pickering of attempting to mislead investigators by moving evidence around and altering the crime scene.

Assistant District Attorney James Scott, who argued the state's case, said Pickering executed his wife.

Thompson scheduled a sentencing hearing for April 2. Pickering faces up to 99 years for the murder conviction and up to five years for tampering with evidence.

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