State Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2003

Man arrested for car theft, drunken driving

JUNEAU - Juneau resident Stephen M. Cox was arrested for drunken driving, first degree motor vehicle theft, refusal to submit to a chemical test, reckless endangerment and furnishing alcohol to a minor after a 2002 Toyota Corolla was reported stolen at 3:15 a.m. Sunday near Gastineau Avenue.

Police were contacted by the car's owner, who said she left her vehicle running while she entered a residence. Officers searched the area and found the vehicle driving outbound on Egan Drive near Twin Lakes.

Police pulled over Cox on Egan Drive near Fred Meyer. Investigation revealed Cox stole the vehicle, then picked up a friend downtown.

Cox was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on no bail. His friend, an 18-year-old man, was cited for minor consuming.

Women in Martial Arts plan retreat

FAIRBANKS - The Alaskan Women in Martial Arts and Related Studies has planned the 13th annual Women's Weekend Retreat for Aug. 15-17, at Twin Bears Camp, 30 mile Chena Hot Spring Rd., (east of Fairbanks).

Alaskan Women in Martial Arts and Related Studies is a nonprofit organization dedicated to the promotion of knowledge and understanding of martial arts and related studies.

Retreat activities include martial arts and related studies classes with a wide range of instructors and demonstrations. No experience is necessary.

Registration deadline is July 15. Registration packets are available by calling (907) 452-4688 or visiting the Alaskan Women in Martial Arts and Related Studies Web site at

Safety panel chairman plans ATV hearing

ANCHORAGE - The chairman of a federal safety panel will ask Alaskans how to reduce the rising number of all terrain vehicle injuries and deaths.

Hal Stratton, chairman of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, will hold a hearing in Anchorage July 8. He also may travel to Dillingham and Bethel.

Nationwide, the number of ATVs in use rose 40 percent between 1987 and 2001. But accidents that sent people to emergency rooms increased by 50 percent.

In 2001, more than 110,000 people were injured - one-third of whom were 16 or younger. Nearly 300 drivers or passengers were killed.

In Alaska, where four-wheelers are used for recreation and as a major form of transportation in roadless villages, a handful of people every year die in ATV accidents.

Noisy driver protests RV parking lot camping

WHITEHORSE, Yukon - Trying to wake up passengers in recreation vehicles camped in the Wal-Mart store parking lot landed a young woman a chat with Royal Canadian Mounted Police early Friday morning.

Police were called at 3:20 a.m. about someone driving quickly and honking through the parking lot.

Camping in parking lots of big box stores is illegal in some Alaska cities and has been a subject of debate before municipal leaders in Whitehorse.

The ticket will cost the Whitehorse driver $125 Canadian.

She told the officers she was annoyed with the number of RVers in the Wal-Mart parking lot, said Sgt. John Sutherland.

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