Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, March 25, 2007

Man arrested after walking into traffic

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A 34-year-old was arrested Friday morning after drivers reported a man purposely walking in front of vehicles in the 3000 block of Douglas Highway.

Juneau police responded at 8:52 a.m. and tried to take the man into custody. He refused to cooperate and attempted to flee on foot, police said.

Officers chased him and took him into custody, causing the northbound lane of Douglas Highway to be temporarily shut down.

The man was arrested on misdemeanor charges of disorderly conduct, resisting or interfering with an officer and violating the conditions of his release.

He was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Longtime Anchorage TV host dies of cancer

ANCHORAGE - Norma Goodman, an Anchorage TV personality for almost 50 years, has died, three weeks after she was diagnosed with cancer. She was 76.

Goodman, who died Wednesday, began the "Hostess House" on KTVA TV in 1953. She is best known for giving air time to community organizations.

"Nobody has really matched her sense of community," said longtime friend Connie Godwin, once women's editor of the Anchorage Times.

Goodman's 30-minute show ended in 2001, but she continued to do five-minute daily segments.

A funeral is planned for April 13 at All Saints Episcopal Church, with an event afterward at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel, said Goodman's daughter, Kelly Jelich.

Fire causes minor damage to Taku ferry

KETCHIKAN - A small fire caused minor smoke and water damage to a stateroom aboard the state ferry Taku, which is being refurbished in Washington state.

There were no injuries in the Thursday fire, which was confined to an interior cabin deck, said Alaska Department of Transportation spokesman Mike Chambers.

A cutting operation above the stateroom caused the fire in the empty stateroom, Chambers said. Sprinklers activated in the stateroom and extinguished the fire.

"The fire was out before the fire department arrived," Chambers said. "It was primarily smoke and water damage."

The Taku is in the Todd Shipyard in Seattle as part of a federal refurbishment project, Chambers said.

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