Local Briefs

Posted: Monday, February 18, 2002

Crash victim in stable condition

JUNEAU - A Juneau man medevaced to a Seattle hospital following a two-vehicle accident Saturday afternoon was listed in stable condition this morning.

The name of the 38-year-old man is not being released.

A nursing supervisor at Seattle's Harborview Medical Center said the man was expected to be moved from the Intensive Care Unit by this afternoon. Marijo Toner, a spokeswoman for Juneau's Bartlett Regional Hospital, said the man sustained chest trauma with multiple fractures to one rib.

A 1990 Subaru carrying the man, his wife, 45, and children ages 3 and 6, collided with a 1994 Ford Bronco while the Subaru was attempting to make a U-turn on Egan Drive at the intersection of Glacier Highway and Channel Vista Drive. The man's wife and children were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital where they were treated for minor injuries and released. The 37-year-old driver of the Bronco and his 2-year-old son were treated at the scene of the accident and released.

Police were unavailable for comment today on citations issued as a result of the accident.

Assembly reviews applicants for Planning Commission

JUNEAU - Juneau Assembly members will meet Tuesday to consider an appointment to the Planning Commission.

The Assembly reappointed three incumbent Planning Commission members in December, but has yet to make a fourth appointment caused by the resignation of Roger Allington last year.

Jim Scholz, Nancy Waterman, John Cooper and Richard Monkman have applied for the open seat. The Assembly, sitting as the Human Resources Committee, has scheduled a closed-door session to interview the candidates Tuesday.

The board of directors of the League of Women voters in Juneau is urging the committee to conduct the interviews in public, according to League President Angela Salerno. Based on legal advice from the city, the committee will conduct individual interviews in public if an applicant makes that request, committee chairman Don Etheridge said.

The committee will forward a recommendation to the full Assembly, Etheridge said. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. in Assembly chambers.

Man convicted of sexual assault

JUNEAU - A Juneau man accused of having sex with a woman after she passed out at a party awaits sentencing today after pleading guilty to felony sexual assault Friday in Juneau Superior Court.

Saul Toribio, 21, originally was charged with third-degree sexual assault, a felony, but pleaded guilty to second-degree sexual assault, a lesser felony.

A sentencing hearing for this charge as well as a sexual abuse of a minor charge, stemming from an unrelated incident, is scheduled for April 9. Toribio could receive up to five years in prison for each crime.

Toribio and Marcus Willard, 24, were arrested in November after witnesses allegedly saw the two taking turns fondling and having sex with a woman who was partially naked and unconscious from drinking after a party, according to court documents. Willard is being tried separately.

Toribio also pleaded guilty Friday to third-degree sexual abuse of a minor. Court records said he is accused of having sex with a girl he knew was 15.

Neighborhood hosts golf course meeting

JUNEAU - The North Douglas Neighborhood Association is sponsoring a meeting Tuesday about a proposal from Totem Creek Inc. to build a golf course in the area.

Representatives from the city's Community Development Department, the state and Totem Creek have been invited to speak, according to neighborhood association board member Ellen Ferguson.

The meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the Douglas Library. The discussion about the golf course should start at about 7 p.m.

Fish plan generates debate before board

KENAI - A proposal before the Alaska Board of Fisheries would limit the early run king salmon fishery on the Kenai River.

The measure, on the agenda at the board's current two-week meeting in Anchorage, would limit the river's king salmon fishery to catch and release only during the months of May and June.

The proposal would allow trophy king salmon measuring 55 inches or more in length to be kept and would also allow bait to be used. Currently, bait is allowed only when the early run of king salmon is projected to reach 14,000 fish.

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