Northwest Digest

Posted: Sunday, May 15, 2005

Bone-marrow donors needed

JUNEAU - Drives to gather blood samples for potential bone-marrow donors will be held at two locations Tuesday in Juneau. A drive also is scheduled for Hoonah on Wednesday.

A bone marrow transplant is a potentially life-saving treatment for patients with leukemia, lymphoma, and other blood diseases. A transplant replaces a patient's unhealthy blood cells with healthy blood-forming cells from a donor.

Blood samples from adult donors are tested, and the tissue type is added to a national registry.

Because tissue type is inherited, patients are most likely to match someone of their own race and ethnicity.

Needed are more donors who identify themselves as American Indian or Alaska Native, African-American, Asian, Hawaiian or other Pacific Islander, and Hispanic or Latino, national donor registries have said.

The Juneau drives will be held 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. May 17 at the Goldbelt Hotel conference room and at St. Paul's Catholic Church, said Robert Cesar, an organizer.

A drive is scheduled for May 18 in Hoonah at the Presbyterian church, Cesar said.

Donors on Tuesday and Wednesday will be giving only blood samples, not bone marrow. Marrow donation is a surgical procedure performed in a hospital.

Teen charged with vehicle theft

JUNEAU - Juneau police early Saturday charged a 16-year-old boy with first-degree vehicle theft following a rollover accident at the intersection of 10th Street and Egan Drive.

Police did not name the teen.

Police said the 1994 Ford Explorer rolled as the teen was making a left turn off the Douglas Bridge and onto Egan Drive at a high rate of speed.

The teen was treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital for minor injuries and released, police said. Then he was arrested. Police said the Explorer was stolen from a North Douglas residence.

The teen also was charged with third-degree criminal mischief and driving without a license. He was lodged at the Johnson Youth Center, the state juvenile jail.

The Explorer had about $3,000 in damage.

Police said they are continuing to investigate the incident.

Two drown in Selawik River; teen missing

SELAWIK - Two people likely drowned in the Selawik River and a teenage girl was missing, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Troopers in Kotzebue received a report Thursday that Lloyd Ballot, 45; Effie Ballot, 19; and Danica Cleveland, 15, were overdue from a hunting trip down the Selawik River.

Selawik, with about 800 people, is 90 miles east of Kotzebue.

Selawik Search and Rescue found clothing and what appeared to be snowmachine tracks leading toward open water on the river, about 2 1/2 miles downriver from the village. Searchers pulled the snowmachine and a sled from the river.

Lloyd Ballot's body was recovered Thursday night, troopers said. They were notified Friday morning that Effie Ballot's body also had been found.

Searchers from Kiana and Noorvik were helping in the search for the girl. Boats also were dragging the river.

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