Posted: Monday, July 23, 2001

Stolen car damages motorcycle

JUNEAU - A car thief got two for the price of one Saturday when he attempted to steal a Lemon Creek resident's car and dragged a motorcycle along for the ride.

On Saturday, police received a call from a resident who said his car was stolen and his motorcycle damaged as a thief attempted to drive the car out of his driveway.

According to police, suspect Gerald Smithers allegedly stole the car and ran over the motorcycle, dragging it 300 feet. Early estimates put damage at about $500.

Police said they arrested Smithers as he drove the stolen car into the Switzer Village trailer park in Lemon Creek. He was charged with driving while intoxicated, driving with a revoked license, first-degree car theft, and second-degree criminal mischief.

Smithers was taken to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, police said.

Assembly to discuss Point Lena access

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly tonight will discuss access to planned fisheries research centers at Point Lena.

The National Marine Fisheries Center and the University of Alaska Fairbanks plan to build marine research facilities at Point Lena. The city has $2.7 million to mitigate traffic related to the projects and is finishing an environmental assessment comparing its options, said Rorie Watt, an engineer with the city.

The Lena Extended Neighborhood Association has asked for an interior road that would provide direct access to the fisheries centers and keep traffic off Lena Loop Road. Assembly members met with neighborhood residents last month about traffic issues.

The Assembly meets in a work session at 5 tonight at Assembly chambers in city hall.

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