Posted: Tuesday, January 30, 2001

Student jailed for assaulting teacher

JUNEAU - A girl, 15, who allegedly punched a teacher at Juneau-Douglas High School on Friday, remains in custody on an assault charge.

Capt. Tom Porter of the Juneau Police Department confirmed Monday that the school reported the student punched a teacher at 8:10 a.m. Friday. The teacher, a substitute, was treated by a school nurse for minor abrasions to his face. The girl was taken to and detained at the Johnson Youth Center.

Joe Adelmeyer of JYC said the girl has been charged with fourth-degree assault. "She has an assaultive history; hopefully, this will be her last assault," Adelmeyer said.

Assault of teachers is rare at JDHS, said Juneau School District Superintendent Gary Bader.

"We are still in the middle of investigating the incident," JDHS Principal Deb Morse said. Morse said she did not know if any follow-up would be done with the student body in general.

Cellist and pianist to perform Wednesday

JUNEAU - Cellist Evan Drachman and pianist Richard Dowling will perform the music of Beethoven, Brahams and Chopin at 8 p.m. Wednesday at Northern Light United Church.

The two New York-based musicians are regular performers at the Sitka Summer Music Festival, and the winter concert is sponsored by the Sitka festival and the Juneau Oratorio Choir.

Drachman has performed in North America, Europe, India and Asia. He is the grandson of Russian cellist Gregor Piatigorsky, and will also perform music for piano and cello written by his grandmother, composer Jaqueline Piatigorsky.

Award-winning pianist Richard Dowling has performed throughout the world in solo recitals and as a soloist with symphonies.

Tickets are $14 and $12 for students and seniors, available at both locations of Hearthside Books.

Salvation Army seeks support for India relief

JUNEAU - The Salvation Army in Alaska is accepting financial contributions to assist with emergency response activities in India.

Donations, earmarked India Earthquake Relief Fund, can be mailed to The Salvation Army, P. O. Box 101459, Anchorage, AK, 99510, or will be accepted at Juneau's Salvation Army office at 439 W. Willoughby Avenue. Credit card donations may be made by calling 1 800 SAL ARMY or going online at

The Salvation Army community center in Ahmedabad, India, is being used as a temporary shelter. A medical team of 16 from the group's hospital in Anand, 50 miles south of Ahmadebad, is en route to Rajkot, near Bhuj, to provide emergency medical care to eight surrounding villages.

For additional updates and information, contact Jenni Ragland at (907) 276-2515.

Flags lowered for former commandant

JUNEAU - Gov. Tony Knowles ordered state flags fly at half-staff today and Wednesday to honor Coast Guard Admiral John Hayes, who died Jan. 17. He was 76.

Hayes was the former commander of the 17th Coast Guard District in Juneau and commandant of the U.S. Coast Guard. Hayes was born in Jamestown, N.Y., in 1924 and graduated from the Coast Guard Academy in 1946.

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