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Alaska Digest

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Posted: Friday, May 21, 2004

19-year-old charged with auto theft

JUNEAU - A Mendenhall Valley teenager appeared in Juneau District Court on Thursday, less than 14 hours after he allegedly escaped a rollover accident in a stolen car.

Alexander Kyle Bearden, 19, was charged with first-degree vehicle theft. Juneau District Magistrate John W. Sivertsen Jr. set his bail at $5,000.

In reviewing the charge, Sivertsen noted that Bearden was accused of taking a neighbor's car.

Police reported that officers responded to a report of a single-vehicle rollover accident at 3:54 a.m. Thursday on inbound Egan Drive near Yandukin Drive. They found a 2002 Subaru Legacy unoccupied, on the side of the rod with substantial damage.

Witnesses told officers they saw a man run into the wooded area between Yandukin Drive and a nearby helicopter hangar. In searching the area, police found Bearden, who was not injured, they reported.

The investigation revealed that the damaged car had been stolen from a Mendenhall Valley residence. Police said the driver lost control on Egan at a high rate of speed, striking a light pole, which was severed at its base.

Bearden was arrested and lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. The Subaru was listed as being totaled. Damage was estimated at $20,000. Police reported damage to the light pole at $10,000.

Transit center switch to affect bus routes

JUNEAU - Bus route changes will begin Thursday, May 24, due to the city changing the location of its downtown transit center.

Buses will run from 7:05 a.m. to 10:35 p.m. Buses run at 5 and 35 minutes after the hour.

The city is closing the downtown transit center at the cruiseship terminal to reduce traffic during the tourism season. It has set up a temporary location at the Goldstein Annex building on Front Street where bus drivers can take breaks.

The new transit center will be built next year at the bus stop near Front and Main Streets. Bus drivers will be able to take breaks and load and unload passengers at the new transit center.

Passengers who use the bus stops at Franklin Street and Ferry Way, Front Street and Franklin Street and Fourth and Seward Streets will have to walk to Front and Main Streets to board a bus. They can get off at those locations. They will no longer be able to use the cruiseship terminal for transit service.

Castro concert switched to ANB Hall

JUNEAU - Tonight's Tommy Castro Band concert, the opening show in the 18th Annual Juneau Jazz & Classics festival, has been moved to ANB Hall on West Willoughby Avenue.

The show begins at 8 p.m. Admisison is $20 for adults, $16 for students and seniors.

Tickets are available at Hearthside Books or www.jazzandclassics.org.

For more info, call 463-3378.

Street cleaning to conclude today

JUNEAU - The city will complete street cleaning today, starting at 6 a.m.

The following streets will be cleaned: 11th Street from Capital Avenue to Glacier Avenue; C Street from 9th to 12th Streets, Kennedy Street from 4th to 6th Streets; Parks and Nelson Streets from 5th to 6th Streets, and 5th Street from Kennedy to Nelson Streets.

Yellow "No parking" signs will be posted. The city will not relocate vehicles, but if too many vehicles are left in an area they will be removed.

JAHC announces scholarship winners

JUNEAU - The Juneau Arts & Humanities Council announced the winners of its 2004-2005 scholarships on Wednesday.

The winners are: drama, Adrienne Bosworth, $400, Kelly Thomson, $300; visual art, Lauren Hopson, $400, Jamie Burrous, $100; literary, Kyle Elliott, $400, Cassie Lutz, $50; voice, Justin McCown, $300; dance, Amanda Endicott, $400, Cailey Neary, $350, Meghan Stangeland, $300; music, Tim Peterson, trombone, $200, Jon Pasillas, piano, $200; Megan Wiley, violin, $50; Abe Levy, piano, $600; Leticia Iniguez, violin, $150; Rose Stanley, piano, $200; Nina Schwinghammer, violin, $100; Katie Pollard, piano, $400; Franz Felkl, violin, $300; Elanor Watts, piano, $350; Travis Blair, violin, $300; Hani Siddek, piano, $650; Andrew Sigler, violin, $400; Joe Funk, string bass, $250; Ann Robertson, violin, $250; Lisa Imamura, oboe, $300; Austin Tagaban, violin, $400; Megan Buish, violin, $650; Hope Aldrighette, guitar, $100; Paul Christian, violin, $50.

The winners of the Advanced Art Achievement Award for graduating seniors are Taimhyr Reece, drama, $1,000; Donna Griffin, visual arts, $1,000; Stacy Montag, visual arts, $400, Sarah Elliott, visual arts, $400.

The $11,700 in scholarships included $200 from the Juneau Symphony to Abe Levy and $500 from the Jane Stewart Memorial Music Scholarship, $250 each to Hani Siddek and Megan Bush.

Advocacy group flunks Alaska delegates

ANCHORAGE - An environmental advocacy group has given Alaska's congressional delegation low marks for its voting record, accusing the three Republicans of putting corporate interests ahead of the public interest.

The U.S. Public Interest Research Group says Sens. Ted Stevens and Lisa Murkowski and Rep. Don Young habitually go against the public interest on issues dealing with the environment, consumer protection and corporate responsibility.

PIRG looked at votes on various issues from Jan. 22 through Nov. 21, 2003. Murkowski and Stevens took what PIRG deemed the "public interest position" in zero of 20 instances. Young took the public interest position once.

A spokesman for Murkowski called the report biased in favor of Democrats and against Republicans. "This year's vote scores are utter nonsense," Chuck Kleeschulte said Thursday. Kleeschulte said the bias was reflected in the votes PIRG chose to look at.



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