Alaska Digest

Posted: Sunday, August 06, 2006

Man charged after youths injured in truck rollover

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JUNEAU - An 18-year-old man was arrested on multiple charges Thursday afternoon after allegedly rolling a stolen truck with five juvenile passengers riding in it.

Vernon Ebona was charged with first-degree theft, a felony, as well as multiple misdemeanors: third-degree theft, three counts of fourth-degree assault, two counts of reckless endangerment and failing to give immediate notice of an accident.

A 13-year-old boy suffered minor injuries after being ejected from the red 1999 Ford truck when Ebona attempted a left-hand turn onto Industrial Boulevard from Glacier Highway and rolled once after hitting a log that was off the road. Two female juveniles also suffered minor injuries in the crash that occurred at about 1:45 p.m. All three were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital.

Ebona fled the scene of the accident and was later apprehended at 5:08 p.m. near the Nugget Mall after police received a tip on his whereabouts. He was transported to the Juneau Police Department.

Juneau District Magistrate John W. Sivertsen Jr. set bail for Ebona at $5,000. Sivertsen said Ebona could face more than 10 years in prison.

Man charge with knife assault

JUNEAU - A 25-year-old man was charged with felony assault Friday night, accused of holding a knife against another man's throat downtown.

Michael Blevins was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on a third-degree assault charge. According to police, officers responding to the incident at 9:58 p.m. concluded Belgians threatened a 35-year-old man with a knife in the 200 block of South Franklin Street.

The older man was reported to have a superficial cut to the back of his neck, but did not require medical attention.

Bear at valley trailer park shot by man

JUNEAU - A man living in a Mendenhall Valley trailer court fatally shot a bear there shortly after 4:30 a.m. Friday.

Police reported the man said he came across the bear, sitting on a table as he opened his front door. The bear was eating garbage from a bag secured at the entryway. The man reported the animal reared up in a threatening manner upon seeing him and grabbed another bag of garbage, taking it outside before returning.

When officers arrived, they discovered the man had killed the bear with a single rifle shot.

Three people enter races for city seats

JUNEAU - Three people filed Friday for six open city seats to be voted on in the Oct. 3 general election.

Three Juneau School Board positions, two Assembly slots and the mayor's seat will be on the ballot. Monday was the first day of the 10-day filing period.

Mark Stopha, a commercial fisherman and former Peace Corps volunteer, filed for the District One Assembly seat held by David Stone. Calls placed to Stone were not returned Friday.

Nobody has filed yet for the District Two Assembly seat held by 23-year-old Dan Peterson, who announced Thursday he will not seek re-election.

School Board President Phyllis Carlson and board member Andi Story both filed for re-election Friday. The seats presently held by Carlson, Story and Julie Morris are on the ballot.

Mayor Bruce Botelho said he will seek re-election and likely file this week.

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