Alaska Digest

staff and Wire reports

Posted: Wednesday, June 02, 2004

Juneau perfect on compliance checks

JUNEAU - Two teens trying to buy alcohol in Juneau on Friday night and Saturday afternoon came up empty in every attempt.

A man and woman, both 18, visited 12 liquor stores, eight bars and one brewery during undercover compliance checks conducted by the Alaska Alcoholic Beverage Control Board, Alaska State Troopers reported Tuesday.

"We're very pleased that all the establishments passed the test," state Director of Alcoholic Beverage Control Director Doug Griffin said. "We want every liquor store on the alert that they could be tested at any time. We're out to plug the holes that supply alcohol to minors."

State law prohibits the sale of alcoholic beverages to people younger than 21.

Statewide this year, authorities have run undercover compliance tests in Juneau and Anchorage. Underage customers working undercover for alcohol control in Anchorage have been able to complete 10 purchases in 60 attempts this year, troopers reported.

Griffin said many more undercover compliance operations are in the planning stages for 2004. "You'll never know where or when we'll be checking for compliance, so it's best to check every young-looking customer," he said.

City certifies election

JUNEAU - The city's Canvass Board on Tuesday afternoon certified the results of the May 25 special election that blocked construction of the Dimond Park high school.

The final results were 4,392 in favor of the ballot measure and 4,159 votes against it. A total of 8,555 ballots were counted, for a turnout of 36.63 percent of registered voters.

Teens face charges in Stebbins shooting spree

ANCHORAGE - Three teenage boys from Stebbins face numerous criminal charges following a shooting rampage in the Norton Sound village that left holes in houses and fuel tanks, Alaska State Troopers said Tuesday.

During the 5 1/2-hour spree Monday, about 100 shots were fired after an early morning burglary at the village store. Two witnesses told troopers they were fired at, although no one was struck.

"It's a full-on miracle no one got hurt," said trooper spokesman Greg Wilkinson. "These kids are lucky no one was injured or they'd be in a lot more trouble than they are now."

One of the teens - 17-year-old Charles Raymond Jr. - will be tried as an adult on charges that include two counts of attempted murder.

According to charging documents, Raymond shot at a villager who yelled at the boys to "knock it off." Raymond, known as "Chacha," and another teen also shot at another man, the court documents say.

Raymond also is charged with weapons misconduct, burglary and criminal mischief. He was arraigned in District Court in Nome Tuesday and assigned to Public Defender Kirsten Bey, who declined to comment.

The other two boys, who are both 13, were arrested on charges of assault, reckless endangerment, criminal mischief and weapons misconduct.

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