Police and fire

Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2000

Juneau police, fire officials, hospital officials and state troopers reported:

Driving while intoxicated:

Shortly after 2 a.m. Saturday, Burnheart Johnson, 36, was arrested on Glacier Highway for drunken driving, driving with a blood-alcohol level over 0.20 percent and reckless endangerment. He was transported to and lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. His vehicle was towed.

Thefts, lost/found items:

A woman, 49, reported about 10:30 a.m. Friday she had lost a purple fanny pack ``somewhere between San Diego, Calif., and Juneau'' containing a wallet and checkbook.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Friday, a man, 34, reported losing a black vest at Salmon Creek.

Shortly before 8 p.m. Friday, a girl, 13, was placed under citizen's arrest at the Plum Tree for concealment of merchandise. She was released to Cornerstone youth shelter pending contact with her parents.

At 9 p.m. Friday, a citizen (gender and age not given) reported his Mazda truck stolen from a Mendenhall Valley parking lot. The vehicle was recovered, but multiple pieces of stereo equipment were missing.

About 10:30 p.m. Friday, police found money on the ground in Pocket Park. It was placed in safekeeping.


Shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, an intoxicated man, 19, was placed under citizen's arrest for trespassing on Glacier Highway. He was additionally charged with sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. He was placed in state prison.

Vehicle accidents:

Shortly after 6 p.m. Friday, a man, 20, was issued a citation for failure to maintain a safe distance when he drove his Honda into a Dodge van on Stephen Richards Memorial Drive. The operator of the van, a woman, 36, was cited for driving without a valid license. A woman passenger, 18, was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for a minor injury. The Honda suffered about $5,000 damage; the Dodge, about $2,000.

Animal encounters:

Just before 10 p.m. Friday, police responded to a report of a bear at Aurora Basin. The bear had climbed onto the bridge of a fishing vessel and showed no inclination to leave. Area management biologist Neil Barten was called to the scene. Barten tranquilized the bear and it was taken elsewhere.

Just after 10 p.m. Friday, a citizen reported a bear in the garbage near the intersection of Gold and Second streets.

Shortly before 3 a.m. Saturday, a citizen reported a bear in a doorway on South Franklin, near where garbage was strewn down the sidewalk.

Underage drinking:

Shortly before 5 a.m. Saturday, a woman, 51, reported that her nephew, 15, and his female companion, 12, had been drinking in Cedar Park. The young people were issued tickets for minor consuming of alcohol.


After police responded to a report of a disturbance at the wharf near Taku Smokeries about 7 p.m. Friday, they arrested an intoxicated man, 21, for disorderly conduct, harassment and resisting arrest. He was lodged at state prison, where his bail was set at $1,000.

U.S. Coast Guard rescue teams attempted to save a Minnesota man, 73, who collapsed with an apparent heart attack Friday morning while he was hiking near Donkey Cove about 90 miles southwest of Juneau. However, the man died at the scene. The man was a passenger aboard a sightseeing vessel when he went ashore with a group to hike. The man's body was taken by helicopter Friday afternoon to Sitka.

A Coast Guard helicopter rescue crew from Sitka airlifted a private pilot who landed his plane Friday morning on a muddy runway at Dangerous River Landing Strip, 20 miles southeast of Yakutat. Dave Stone, 58, of Yakutat, who had been missing overnight after his plane got stuck in mud, was spotted walking near Dead River by a Gulf Air pilot, and airlifted to Yakutat.

Alcohol-related calls: 3.

Drug-related calls: 1.

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