AlaskaDigest

Posted: Sunday, February 22, 2004

JDHS Band Boosters raise funds

JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Band Boosters will hold a spaghetti dinner and dessert auction fund-raiser - featuring a JDHS jazz band performance - on Thursday, Feb. 26.

The event, organized to raise funds for the JDHS Festival Band's upcoming trip to Chicago, is scheduled from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the JDHS commons.

Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids under 10, and free for kids under 2. A family ticket costs $30. Tickets will be sold at the door, or can be purchased in advance from Band Booster parents.

The Festival Band will leave Juneau on April 1 to perform at the Heritage Festival of Gold in Chicago. They were invited to participate based on their award-winning performance on last year's trip to a music festival in Orlando, Fla.

Most of the funds raised at Thursday's dinner will go toward the trip, while the remainder will go to the Jazz Band and Band Boosters.

For more information, contact Wilma Cooper at 790-5513.

Arrests possible after Valley drug raid

JUNEAU - Drug-enforcement officers were preparing information Friday on people who could face charges stemming from seizures of marijuana plants and prescription drugs last week in the Mendenhall Valley.

A warrant served Thursday morning on a Sesame Street residence led to the seizure of 36 marijuana plants, equipment to grow them, prescription medications, and evidence of methamphetamine production, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Trooper Sgt. Tim Birt of SEANET, a multiagency drug-enforcement task force, said the residence was occupied at the time of the search but no one was arrested. He said the Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team was putting together information for the Juneau district attorney.

Birt could not say if the people in the residence when the warrant was served were considered suspects.

He said the search had "an immediate effect on the quality of the neighborhood."

The prescription drugs included clonazepan, a drug used to treat seizures, and pain relievers hydromorhpone and oxycodone.

The search also revealed a small amount of a substance believed to be red phosphorus, which can be used in the manufacture of methamphetamine, Birt said.

SEANET is composed of state troopers and police from Juneau, Petersburg, Haines, Sitka, Ketchikan, Skagway and Wrangell. Southeast Alaska Cities Against Drugs, which also includes officers from Hoonah and Craig, assisted with serving Thursday's warrant.

Douglas Indians elect association officers

JUNEAU - The Douglas Indian Association, a federally recognized tribe, announced last week that it elected its officers earlier this month.

Elected were President Norman Sarabia, Vice President Clarence "Butch" Laiti, Treasurer Frank Miyasato, and Secretary Gloria Sarabia.

Other council seats were filled by Darryl Williams, Henry Howard, Jim Marks, Andrew Ebona and Charles Williams.

The new council earlier this month passed a resolution promoting zero tolerance of racial discrimination at Juneau-Douglas High School, and asking that the school review its policy toward victims of discrimination for sensitivity and fairness.

Police still looking for Auke Bay man

JUNEAU - Police this weekend were still looking for Charles Jacobs, a man reportedly missing since Feb. 13.

Jacobs, 45, lived on a boat at Auke Bay with his wife, who reported him missing shortly after 5 p.m. on Feb. 14.

Divers from Southeast Aquatic Safety Inc. completed their five-day search efforts in Auke Bay Thursday, Juneau police reported. Police also reported that city harbors staff also searched the surrounding mainland and island shores in the area.

According to police reports, the investigation determined that Jacobs was last seen at about 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 13. He is described as a white man, about 6 feet tall and 175 pounds with light brown hair. He was reported last seen wearing a sweatshirt and blue jeans.

The police can be reached at 586-0600.



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