State and local briefly

Posted: Thursday, April 27, 2000

Fatal crash investigation nears end

JUNEAU - The investigation of the driver who allegedly caused the April 19 Seward Highway crash that killed two Juneau men is coming to a close.

Michael J. Glaser, 43, of Crown Point, was driving a pickup southbound when it crossed the center line 37.5 miles north of Seward and hit a rental car head-on, troopers said. The occupants of the rental car were Ladd Macaulay, 57, Martin John Richard, 50, and Steven G. McGee, 49, all of Juneau. Macaulay and Richard were killed; McGee was injured.

Glaser was hospitalized at Central Peninsula General Hospital in Soldotna for his injuries.

``Sometime before Friday, our self-imposed deadline, we are getting all the information from the case to the district attorney in Soldotna,'' said Alaska State Trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson of Anchorage. ``And the district attorney will release his decision (about charges in the accident) soon.''

Troopers said they were investigating the possibility Glaser was under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash.

Search for teen unsuccessful

JUNEAU - The search for missing Juneau teen-ager Travis Mason, who fell off a personal watercraft shortly before midnight Friday, continues.

Nothing was found in Wednesday's search of the shoreline of Spuhn Island, said Greg Wilkinson, spokesman for the Alaska State Troopers in Anchorage.

``Plans are today to make another shore search, and try to get a search and rescue dog to walk the beach,'' Wilkinson said.

Transportation planning session starts

JUNEAU - The Juneau Community Development Department is holding a ``visioning'' process Friday and Saturday concerning a 20-year transportation plan.

Dan Burden, a former Florida state official, will be holding workshops with local residents to determine a community vision for street design, parking and other transportation issues. Burden is the founder of Walkable Communities, a nonprofit corporation that specializes in ``people-friendly streets.''

The events begin with an overview at 6 p.m. Friday at the Vocational Training & Resource Center Auditorium, 3239 Hospital Drive. A slide show and brainstorming session will be held 9 a.m.-noon Saturday at Centennial Hall, followed by a children's design workshop an hour later, which lasts until 5:30 p.m.

A transportation ``vision'' will be unveiled during the final session at 6 p.m. Monday in Centennial Hall.

``We know it's a large commitment of time,'' said Community Development Director Cheryl Easterwood. ``People we've talked to who've participated in these events say that the day flies by.''

A 20-year transportation plan is scheduled for assembly adoption this fall, Easterwood said.



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