Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, May 20, 2007

Man's body found on Douglas Island beach

JUNEAU - A man's body was found on the beach at the southern end of Douglas Island on Saturday morning, the Juneau Police Department announced.

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Police did not immediately say if foul play was suspected. An autopsy was scheduled to determine the cause of death and "substantiate identity," police said.

Police and U.S. Coast Guard personnel responded at about 10:30 a.m. after a boater near Marmian Island reported seeing what appeared to be a body at the tide line. Officers found an adult man and some belongings.

Additional information was unavailable Saturday evening.

Bartlett hospital names new CEO

JUNEAU - Bartlett Regional Hospital will have a new cheif executive officer on July 9, having hired Shawn Morrow, currently CEO of Logan Medical Center in Guthrie, Okla.

Morrow, a father of four children ranging in ages from 2 to 11, is from Utah. He was chosen after the field of candidates was narrowed down to three.

Morrow will replace interim CEO James Richardson. Richardson took the temporary position in November 2006, when Robert Valliant took medical leave because of ill health, a hospital spokesman said.

Survey finds more adults unwilling to buy alcohol for teens

JUNEAU - It's not as easy as it used to be for kids to find adult strangers who will buy booze for them.

That's the finding of a survey last weekend conducted by teens working with National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence's Teens In Action and the state Alcohol Beverage Control.

Ranging in age from 14 to 17, the teens stood downtown near liquor stores in Juneau, Sitka and Craig, asking passing strangers to buy alcohol for them while admitting to be underage.

Whether the adult answered yes or no, the teens then presented him with a card that explained this was only a survey and the legal consequences of actually buying for someone underage.

An officer stood nearby to ensure the teens' safety and to assure people of the legality of the survey.

In past years, it has seldom taken more than eight minutes before an adult agreed to buy for the teens. This year, in a three-hour period over two days, in front of four liquor stores, only one person of the 30 asked would agree to buy.

Suspect in shooting turns himself in

FAIRBANKS - The second of two suspects charged in a fatal Fairbanks shooting turned himself in.

Curtis Johnson, 22, gave himself up at the Alaska State Trooper post in Fairbanks. He appeared at about 1:30 a.m. Friday and was arrested and taken to Fairbanks Correctional Center, where he was held on $250,000 bail, troopers said.

Troopers arrested his suspected accomplice, Garry G. Lawrence Jr., on Wednesday near Harding Lake.

They were indicted two weeks ago on charges of first-degree murder and evidence tampering in the shooting death of Brandon Steward, 23, on Jan. 14 at a trailer park in south Fairbanks.

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