Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, April 22, 2004

Bail set for man accused of having sex with girl, 15

JUNEAU - A downtown resident faces three felony charges alleging he had sexual relations with a 15-year-old girl Monday.

Harold J. Lange III, 26, was charged with two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, alleging sexual conduct. A charge of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor alleges touching in a sexual manner. The incidents allegedly occurred at Lange's home.

Juneau District Court Judge Peter B. Froehlich set bail for Lange at $10,000 Tuesday.

According to court records, the victim's mother told police that her daughter said she found Lange attractive and had consensual sex with him.

Police also interviewed others who knew Lange and the girl, who had worked out with him. Friends told police that Lange had been told the girl was 15, according to court records.

Senate approves reform of appointments

JUNEAU - A voter initiative sparked by Lisa Murkowski's appointment to her father's unexpired U.S. Senate seat is poised to be jettisoned from the November ballot.

Republicans in the state Senate approved a bill Wednesday that largely mirrors the ballot initiative changing the way Alaska fills its U.S. Senate vacancies.

It would remove the governor's power to appoint a vacancy and would establish special elections similar to those required to replace congressmen.

If the bill is approved by the GOP-controlled House and signed by the governor, it would remove the ballot initiative, which has been certified for the November 2004 election.

The new law would be a setback for Democrats who were pushing the initiative to highlight the issue of nepotism in the November election.

Time is running out to register for election

JUNEAU - Residents who want to cast ballots in the upcoming special election about the Dimond Park high school must be registered to vote in Juneau by Sunday, April 25, City Clerk Laurie Sica said.

The election is tentatively scheduled for May 25. The city requires voters to register locally at least 30 days before an election.

The U.S. Department of Justice on Wednesday was still reviewing the election date to be sure it isn't unfair to Natives, such as by coinciding with a subsistence season. But Sica said for now she is preparing for a May 25 election.

Voters will be asked whether they support a citizens' initiative that would block using 1999 bond funds to build a high school at Dimond Park until certain conditions of enrollment, operating budget and building size are met.

Residents can register in person on weekdays at the city clerk's office in City Hall downtown between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m.

Voters also can register in person at city libraries during normal operating hours, including weekends.

Voters can register in person on weekdays at state Division of Elections offices on the fourth floor of the Spam Can downtown and in the Mendenhall Mall annex (near Henry's Food and Spirits) between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m.

Voters also can register by filling out an online form, printing it, and faxing or mailing it to the state Division of Elections. For the upcoming election, the forms must be faxed or postmarked by Sunday. The Web site is at www.elections.state.ak.us.

Residents who are registering for the first time in Alaska must bring a piece of identification - a driver's license, state ID, hunting and fishing license, birth certificate or passport - if they are registering in person. If they are registering by fax or mail, they must send a copy of one of the above-mentioned pieces of identification.



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