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Posted: Tuesday, July 23, 2002

Assembly forwards tour plan policies

JUNEAU - Juneau Assembly members on Monday added wording to a draft tourism plan that calls on the city manager to work with the Juneau Tourism Partnership to study alternative heliports.

Assembly members forwarded a set of tourism policies, which also address waterfront revitalization, downtown traffic and tourism marketing, to the full Assembly for formal consideration. The Assembly is working on the setup of the Juneau Tourism Partnership, or another group, that will implement the tourism plan.

The flightseeing policy calls on the city to study a new heliport at Dupont or Sheep Creek in the Thane area first and has been one of the most controversial elements of the long-range plan. Representatives from the Thane Neighborhood Association have asked the city to pursue a collaborative process and to avoid singling out Thane locations in the plan.

Police pinch toy-gun-toting teens

JUNEAU - Police arrested a 16-year-old boy Saturday evening on a probation violation after he and some friends allegedly pointed a toy gun at pedestrians.

Police said they received reports from several people claiming three boys in a Jeep Cherokee were aiming a weapon at people. They said they caught up to the boys around 5 p.m. near Mendenhall Loop Road and the skate park and stopped the vehicle.

Police said they searched the vehicle and determined the gun was a toy.

The 16-year-old, whose name was not released, was taken to Juneau Youth Center where he was lodged on a probation violation. Police Capt. Tom Porter said he did not know the nature of the violation or why the boy was on probation.

The two passengers, a man, 20, and a boy, 15, were released at the scene. The names of the man and the boy were not released.

Porter said assault charges may be pending against the group.

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