Alaska Digest

Posted: Wednesday, July 07, 2004

Two maritime unions sign contracts

JUNEAU - Two of three maritime unions have signed tentative three-year labor contracts with the Murkowski administration.

The Marine Engineers' Beneficial Association and the Masters, Mates and Pilots unions reached an agreement last week, but the unions and administration are waiting to make the specific terms public.

"Some of the terms are still under review," said Murkowski spokesman John Manly. "Basically, the unions have to take a look at it and fully understand what it means."

The Inlandboatmen's Union still is negotiating with the state for a contract.

"I am very pleased that after intense negotiations, we have reached tentative agreements with two of the three marine unions," Murkowski said in a prepared statement. "All sides came to the table in good faith and engaged in productive, positive negotiations. The agreements we have reached will benefit the employees, the state of Alaska and the traveling public."

Man held on no bail after dragging cop down Third Street with van

DOUGLAS - Michael Garlinghouse, 50, was arrested for felony drunken driving and third-degree assault on a police officer, after dragging an officer 450 feet down Third Street with his van during the Douglas Fourth of July activities.

At 4:55 Sunday, Garlinghouse drove his 1982 blue Ford van down a closed section of Third Street, heading toward Juneau. At I Street, the officer stopped him and informed him the street was closed.

The officer noticed that Garlinghouse appeared to be highly intoxicated and asked him to put the van in park. Garlinghouse attempted to drive around barricades on Third Street. The officer ordered him to stop, but Garlinghouse continued to drive.

The officer reached in through the open driver's side window, trying to stop the van, but the driver continued to speed away. The officer was dragged 450 feet, until he was able to make the van stop.

An off-duty Alaska State Troopers judicial services officer estimated the van was traveling at 27 mph, according to a police report.

"The van went the length of the Gastineau school," said witness Mike Lockridge, the circulation director of the Juneau Empire. "The officer was running, he was falling. And then the car came to a stop. I'm assuming he pulled the key out of the ignition, because it didn't look like the car voluntarily stopped."

Garlinghouse failed standard field sobriety tests. He was also charged with driving with a revoked license and two counts of reckless endangerment.

He was lodged at Lemon Creek Correctional Center on no bail.

The officer received a minor injury to his left ankle and left elbow.

Juneau men crash car at 100 mph, survive

JUNEAU - Three Juneau men in their 20s were transported by ambulance to Barlett Regional Hospital Sunday morning, after the car they were traveling in skidded off North Douglas Highway at almost 100 mph.

The driver, 24, was speeding between 90 and 100 mph, when he lost control of his 2002 Subaru WRX just before 2 a.m. at a bend in the roadway near the 8000 block of Douglas Highway.

The car slid approximately 500 feet before leaving the road and entering a ditch. It then hit a driveway and mailbox, rolled and tumbled 120 feet, sheering off 120 feet as it continued through the brush.

All of the occupants claimed to be wearing seatbelts, but one was ejected. All of the passengers were expected to be released from Bartlett.

Alcohol is a probable factor, and criminal charges are pending at the completion of the investigation.

Rep. Cheryll Heinze won't seek re-election

ANCHORAGE - State Rep. Cheryll Heinze says she won't seek re-election this fall.

Heinze, a Republican representing District 24 in Anchorage, said in a written statement that health problems and a desire to spend more time with her husband prompted the decision.

"It simply was time to make a hard decision about whether I could commit to another two-year term," Heinze said in her statement.

Heinze's withdrawal leaves Republican Andree McLeod and Democrat Alberta Gardner in contention for the seat, according to the state Division of Elections.

Heinze, 57, was elected in 2002.

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