State Briefs

Posted: Friday, February 08, 2002

Shed intruder sentenced to 30 days

JUNEAU - An 18-year-old man was sentenced to 30 days in prison for breaking into a Juneau resident's shed, a judge ruled earlier this week.

Aaron St. Clair was captured Nov. 13 when the woman who owned the shed trapped him inside and called the police.

He pleaded guilty in Juneau Superior Court this week to misdemeanor criminal trespass and misdemeanor assault. The original charges were felony assault and felony burglary.

Assistant District Attorney Sue McLean said St. Clair, with two other boys, who were minors, went to the shed to steal marijuana they thought was stored in it.

The other boys left when they heard the shed's 44-year-old owner come out of her house, but St. Clair was stuck inside. He tried to get out of the shed by throwing himself against the door, injuring the woman, who was blocking him in. No marijuana was found in the shed.

Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks sentenced St. Clair to one year in jail with all but 30 days suspended. He also put St. Clair on probation for two years and ordered drug treatment.

St. Clair's attorney, David Seid, said the sentence was fair because his client didn't need jail time, but treatment for substance-abuse issues. St. Clair is lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Man indicted for distress call

JUNEAU - A federal grand jury has indicted Arnold Williams, 39, of Yakutat on one count of making a false distress call, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

The Coast Guard in Juneau received a distress call via radio at 4:40 p.m. July 24, 2001, reporting a boat was sinking with three people in distress southwest of Yakutat, the U.S. Attorney's office in Anchorage said. But a helicopter crew pinpointed the position of the radio call as coming from near the town area of Yakutat.

Williams has pleaded innocent. Trial is set for April 2 in Anchorage, If convicted, he faces up to six years in prison, a $250,000 fine and restitution to the Coast Guard.

Legislature hires law firm for pipeline

JUNEAU - A Joint Committee on Natural Gas Pipelines has hired a Washington, D.C., law firm to represent it on pipeline issues.

Hogan & Hartson was hired under a $150,000 contract to represent the Legislature on natural gas pipeline issues, said Sen. John Torgerson, a Kasilof Republican who chairs the pipeline committee.

The law firm will represent the Legislature before the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission and advise lawmakers on federal pipeline issues, Torgerson said.

The contract will run through the current legislative session, which ends this year.

Calling all nursing assistants

JUNEAU - Sandra Woods, director of the state's Nurse Aide Registry Program, will be in Juneau on Tuesday, Feb. 12 to observe nursing assistant classes at the University of Alaska Southeast and to visit the facilities in which they practice.

A reception will be held at Wildflower Court at 4 p.m.

Her visit coincides with the kick-off event for free continuing education for certified nursing assistants through a collaboration between Bartlett Regional Hospital and UAS. Woods will present the first session at 6 p.m.

She will discuss CNA scope and practice, as well as the certification process for nursing assistants in Alaska.

Free monthly continuing education sessions will follow for local nursing assistants.

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