Police & Fire

Posted: Friday, May 27, 2005

Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Domestic disputes:

• Police arrested a man, 38, on a charge of domestic-violence assault at 12:57 a.m. Thursday downtown. They lodged him at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

• Police arrested a man, 22, on a charge of domestic-violence assault at 3:37 a.m. Thursday downtown. They lodged him at the state prison.

Drug activity:

• Police arrested a boy, 17, on a charge of sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance at 10:17 a.m. Thursday in Cope Park downtown. The boy and the vehicle he was driving were released to his mother. A passenger in the vehicle was released to the staff of Juneau-Douglas High School.


• Police arrested a woman, 42, at 9:23 a.m. Thursday downtown on a warrant charging her with assault.


• A woman's underwear and a man's T-shirts were reported stolen at 5:39 p.m. Wednesday from an apartment complex laundry area in the 1700 block of Douglas Highway.

• At 6:54 p.m. Wednesday, a yellow bicycle was reported stolen from a home in the 5900 block of Churchill Way in the Lemon Creek area.

Vehicle accidents:

• Police cited a woman, 19, on a charge of failing to yield on a left turn after an accident at 2:57 p.m. Wednesday in the 8500 block of Old Dairy Road. She was driving a 1998 Ford pickup that sustained an estimated $3,000 in damage. Damage to the other vehicle, a 2005 Honda driven by a 60-year-old woman, was estimated at $5,000.

• At 3:30 p.m. Wednesday as 2001 Chevrolet Cavalier was reported to have driven into a ditch in the 5100 block of Thane Road. Damage was estimated at $2,000.

Traffic stop:

• Police impounded a motorcycle at 7:25 p.m. Wednesday after citing the man, 18, for driving without a license and failing to show proof of insurance.

Animal encounters:

• Bears were reported seen at 9:07 a.m. Thursday in the 300 block of Gastineau Avenue downtown and at 9:32 a.m. near Front and Franklin streets downtown.

Calls related to alcohol: 3.

Calls related to domestic violence: 2.

Charles R. Hirsch

Lifelong Juneau resident Charles Robert "Bob" Hirsch, 21, died May 24, 2005, in his home with family members by his side.

He was born May 14, 1984, in Juneau. He attended Harborview and Dzantik'i Heeni schools, graduating from Juneau-Douglas High School in 2002.

His life was partly identified with cancer, for he was both a survivor and a victim. He contracted acute lymphocytic leukemia just before entering middle school in fall 1995 at the age of 11. He relapsed before his high school track season during his senior year in spring 2002 and again for the last time in January 2005. Through the local Cancer Connection, he helped start a support group for families of children in Southeast and raised money for research. He received their Youth Inspiration Award for 2005 at their annual meeting at the Baranof Hotel on May 14, his 21st birthday. Throughout his years of treatment, he was supported by his mentor, Manny Chao, who used Lance Armstrong as a symbol of strength.

He loved being with people, and he reached out to all ages. He volunteered at Rally, coached youth basketball, was a member of Boy Scout troop 15 and enjoyed being a junior counselor for other cancer kids and their siblings at the American Cancer Society's Camp Goodtimes in Washington State. He enjoyed working at Copy Express/Works. He was a film and music buff with an impressive collection of new and classic DVDs and CDs. He was passionate about camping, basketball and cars; and he supported everything related to Oregon State University, his father's alma mater.

He was preceded in death by his father, Vern Hirsch.

He is survived by his mother, Sue Brock; his brother, Ken Hirsch; his step-father, Irv Brock; his close friend, Rose Evans, all of Juneau; his grandmothers, Anna-belle Hirsch and Pat Thaanum; his aunts and uncles, Charles Hirsch, John and Rachelle Szwarc, Dusty and Jane Rhodes and Bonnie Cochran; his cat, Sweetheart; and numerous cousins and other family members.

A viewing will be held from 5-8 p.m. May 27, at Alaskan Memorial Park and Mortuary. A memorial service will be 2 p.m. May 28, at the Juneau-Douglas High School commons. In lieu of flowers, donations in the name of "Bob Team" can be made to the American Cancer Society's "Relay for Life," July 16 and 17 at Dimond Park/Riverbend School. The contact person for that event is Pat Yearty, 586-4900.

Juan F. Munoz

Former Juneau resident Juan Francisco Munoz, 79, died May 23, 2005, peacefully in his sleep in Ketchikan.

He was born to Gonzalo Munoz and Vivian Watkins on July 9, 1925, in Media, Penn. His father's family came to the United States from Cuba after revolution resulted in the expropriation of family lands by the Cuban government. He grew up surrounded by Cuban family and their culture and stories of life on sugar plantations.

He was honorably discharged in 1944 from the U.S. Marine Corps. He graduated in 1949 with a degree in mining geology from the University of Arizona, School of Mines, and came in 1950 to Alaska as an employee with the U.S. Bureau of Mines. Over the years, he worked for several large mining companies throughout the Americas, and prospected independently from the Aleutian Islands to Punta Arenas in South America. As project leader with DuPont, his efforts led to the largest fluoride discovery in South America.

He met and married Rie Munoz in 1951. They had twin boys, Juan and Felipe. The couple traveled together to King Island in the Bering Sea to work as teachers with the Bureau of Indian Affairs. They prospected in Southeast Alaska and Mexico. Their young son, Felipe, died in 1958 after a brief illness .

He received an honorary professional degree in geological engineering from the University of Arizona in 1976.

He enjoyed cooking, Latin music, writing, photography and spending time with friends and family.

He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Pina Castellon Munoz; his son, Juan (Cathy); his granddaughter, Mercedes; and numerous cousins in North and South America.

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