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Posted: Thursday, July 13, 2000

Two medevaced after car crash

JUNEAU - A single-car roll-over accident about 4:30 p.m. Wednesday injured three people.

The accident happened on Egan Drive just past the McNugget intersection. A 1989 Chevy Cavalier went into the ditch while traveling outbound. It collided with a tree, and then rolled.

All occupants were injured: a man, 39; a woman, 19; and a woman, 20. All were transported by ambulance to the emergency department of Bartlett Regional Hospital. Traffic was backed up at the scene for some time.

The man suffered a laceration of the aorta and a fracture of the right side of his pelvis. He was medevaced to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle just before 8 p.m. Larry Zalin of Harborview said that the man had undergone surgery and was in the intensive care unit this morning, in serious but stable condition.

The woman, 19, was admitted to Bartlett's medical-surgical floor. She suffered a fracture of the right upper arm and a compression fracture of a spinal disk. She is in good condition today and may undergo further diagnostic X-rays, said Marijo Toner, regional affairs coordinator of Bartlett.

The woman, 20, identified this morning as Rochelle L. Stevens, suffered lacerations and an open fracture of the lower leg. She was medevaced to Alaska Native Medical Center in Anchorage at 9:15 p.m. She is in stable condition today, said the hospital's Charmaine Ramos.

Police have not yet released the names of the other two injured people, but Officer Paul Hatch said today that they are local residents.

Investigation of the case is ongoing, police said.

Fire hits sailboat in channel

JUNEAU - A luxury pleasure craft asked for help Wednesday after a small fire while it was 30 to 50 yards off shore.

The Shawnakee II, a 75-foot sailboat based in Wilmington, Del., requested assistance from the Coast Guard shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday from its moorage in Gastineau Channel. According to Coast Guard boat crewman Petty Officer Franklin Hohmann, the fire began in the vessel's battery compartment. A 41-foot Station Juneau boat went to the scene, and Hohmann detected minor smoldering when he and his crew arrived.

The Coast Guard towed the Shawnakee II to the pier at Marine Park where 15 firefighters from Capital City Fire & Rescue awaited its arrival. Fire Marshall Randy Waters said today, ``It wasn't much of an incident.'' He will not be investigating, he said.

The vessel is owned by its skipper, Carson Jefferson, who was aboard with two crew members. No one was injured in the incident, said Petty Officer Roger Wetherell of the Coast Guard. Wetherell did not know where the vessel was headed or why it was in Juneau.

UAS expands technology program

JUNEAU - Alaska needs people with information technology skills and the University of Alaska Southeast hopes to fill that need.

Beginning Aug. 30, the university will launch a one-year Information Technology Certificate pilot program and offer full tuition scholarships to the top 20 applicants.

``The need for information technology professionals was made real clear to the university and we're trying to respond by helping to train individuals for those positions,'' said Sharon Crostick, associate professor of computer information and office systems at UAS.

The new program is designed for people already working in the computer field who are interested in upgrading their skills, and for individuals interested in obtaining entry level job skills.

The full-time course will focus on networking, general computer applications and Web publishing. Upon completion of the Information Technology pilot program, participants will earn 45 college credits and be awarded a departmental certificate.

Graduates can return to UAS for one additional semester to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree. Scholarship applications are due by Aug. 1. Applicants must be either high school graduates or have a GED.

For more information and an application, call 465-6363.

Troopers investigate guide's death

WRANGELL - Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a Wrangell guide near a bear-viewing area, Wrangell Police said.

Todd Harding, 44, died Monday near the Anan bear observatory about 50 miles south of Wrangell, Police Chief Tom Clemons said. Harding was with clients at the time of his death, Clemons told KTSK radio. He would not say whether bears were involved.

Police would not discuss any of the circumstances leading to his death, saying they are the subject of the troopers' investigation. ``I don't have any information,'' Lt. Doug McCloskey of the Wrangell Police said Wednesday.

Greg Wilkinson, a spokesman for the troopers in Anchorage, said he was unaware of the status of the investigation.

Car-truck crash kills two in Portage

ANCHORAGE - A pickup truck veered into oncoming traffic and struck a sedan in Portage on Wednesday, killing two boys and injuring two other occupants of the car, Alaska State Troopers said.

Kevin D. Blake, 15, of Tatitlek and Kenneth Kramer, 11, of Wasilla were killed in the crash. Troopers said Blake was driving the car.

Passengers David Glasen, 61, and Patsy Glasen, 57, of Tatitlek were ejected from the car. David Glasen suffered head injuries and a broken hip. Patsy Glasen suffered head injuries. They were transported to Providence Hospital in Anchorage.

Troopers identified the driver of the pickup as Robert Richardson, 35, of Anchorage. Troopers said Richardson was driving on Portage Glacier Road toward the Seward Highway when he crossed the center line at Mile 1.3 shortly before 5 p.m.

Richardson was transported to Alaska Regional Hospital with a broken leg, a severed finger and a lacerated aorta.

The impact of the crash tore the driver's side off the sedan.

The Portage road and the tunnel to Whittier were closed to traffic until 9:30 p.m.

Troopers said the driver of the sedan was wearing a seat belt, but it was unknown if the other occupants were.

An investigation of the accident is continuing.



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