Alaska Digesta

Posted: Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Police investigating supermarket incident

JUNEAU - Police are investigating an incident late Monday in which a woman claimed a man threatened her with a gun after she complained his vehicle struck her child in the Safeway parking lot.

An unidentified woman reported the incident at 8:32 p.m. Monday, saying the man pointed a gun at her and said he would kill her, according to officers.

The woman said the man went into the Mendenhall Valley store with a handgun in a holster, police said. But she dropped the receiver of the pay telephone before giving police her name and she did not call back.

"At this time, we have not determined if an actual crime has taken place," police Capt. Tom Porter said.

Carrying a holstered weapon on his belt is legal, Porter said.

While police could be looking at a case of felony assault, they haven't been able to find the victim.

Police contacted a 32-year-old man inside the store with a holster on his belt. The man denied hitting a child, arguing with anyone and pointing a gun at anyone. The man told police he needed the gun for protection at his job, according to the report.

Police seized the handgun as evidence and released the man, pending further investigation.

Police reported that emergency medical personnel were unable to find anyone with injuries when they responded to the report of an injured child.

Officers are looking for the woman who made the call. Anyone with information is urged to contact police at 586-0600.

Skateboarder injured after Eaglecrest road fall

JUNEAU - A young man skateboarding down the road to Eaglecrest Ski Area sustained head injuries after he fell Sunday afternoon, a witness reported.

His condition, as well as his whereabouts, remained unavailable Tuesday.

Police reported that a Capital City Fire & Rescue emergency medical services team responded to the incident at 4:39 p.m. Sunday.

Juneau resident Riley Woodford said he was flagged down on the road by the injured skateboarder's friend shortly after the accident and was asked to help get medical assistance, Woodford said.

The young man appeared to have hit the back of his head and was bleeding from his ears, Woodford said. He helped hold the man in the back seat of the car as the friend drove down the road to within about half a mile from the Douglas Highway intersection. They came across several other people who had a cell phone and called for the ambulance.

Bartlett Regional Hospital officials refused to provide a condition report for the man or a place where he might have been flown for further medical treatment. Officials from several hospitals in Seattle and Anchorage either said the patient was not in their care or refused to say if he was.

No agency has confirmed the man's name.

Lawson hired by ADF&G for administrative services

JUNEAU - The Alaska Department of Fish and Game Commissioner Kevin Duffy has appointed Juneau resident Thomas Lawson as the agency's new director of administrative services.

Lawson is currently serving as the Director of Administrative Services at the Alaska Department of Community and Economic Development. He will assume his new role on Aug. 1.

Lawson has more than 20 years of experience in government administrative services, economic development, resource management and community planning. He has served as the Director of Administrative Services at DCED since 1997.

"I am pleased that Tom has joined our management team," Duffy said in a prepared written statement. "Tom has strong leadership principles and extensive experience in administrative services."

Lawson's previous work experience includes serving as Deputy Director of DCED's Division of Trade and Development, as Coastal Management Coordinator and Natural Resource Planner for the Department of Natural Resources and Planner at the City and Borough of Juneau.

He is replacing Kevin Brooks, who was appointed as Deputy Commissioner of the Department of Administration in June 2004.

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