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Posted: Tuesday, August 08, 2000

School registration starts Aug. 15

JUNEAU -- The Juneau School District's new school year starts Aug. 28.

If your student in grades kindergarten through eight is new to the district, or is a kindergartner who isn't registered yet, you may register at the child's school from 1 to 7 p.m. Aug. 15. You must bring a record of immunization shots and the child's birth certificate. To enter kindergarten, a child must be 5 years old by Aug. 15.

The Vaccinate Juneau's Kids 2000 Coalition is sponsoring a free immunization shot clinic 10 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 12 at Valley Medical Care at 3220 Hospital Drive. Parents should bring the child's shot records. For more information, call 465-3353.

Returning students are already registered. To find out classroom assignments or equipment lists, call their school Aug. 21-25.

Registration at Juneau-Douglas High School differs from other schools. Students new to the district should register 9 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m. Aug. 17.

Returning students in grades 10-12 can get their locker assignments and pay fees 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. Aug. 18.

Freshman orientation is 8 a.m.-2 p.m. Aug. 25. Freshmen can pay fees 2:15-4 p.m. Fees cover activities, the yearbook and the student handbook.

School phone numbers are: Auke Bay 463-1775, Gastineau 463-1999, Glacier Valley 463-1801, Harborview 463-1875, Mendenhall River 463-1799, Riverbend 463-1819, Community Charter School 586-2526, Dzantik'i Heeni 463-1899, Floyd Dryden 463-1850, JDHS 463-1900, Yaakoosge Daakahidi (alternative high school) 586-5742.

Charges pending in case of shocked dog

JUNEAU -- Juneau Animal Control has identified the caretaker of the dog accidentally subjected to an electrical shock Thursday while struggling in the water at Harris Harbor.

``The owner had to leave the dog with someone while he got settled in at a job in another Southeast community,'' said animal control officer William ``Willy'' Clark.

``He did not know the (malnourished and severely matted) condition of the animal. He was in tears after I talked to him on the phone,'' Clark said.

The anxiety of separation from its owner could have caused the dog's loss of weight, Clark said. But the caretaker is still responsible for its medical bills and grooming, a total of about $560, which must be paid within 48 hours, he said.

Charges are pending with the city attorney's office, Clark said. Cruelty to animals is a Class B misdemeanor punishable by a $1,000 fine and 90 days in jail, he said.

The dog will be flown to join its owner as soon as possible, Clark said.

Foster mother pleads out in child's death

ANCHORAGE -- Sentencing has been set for November in the case of a former foster mother who pleaded no contest to manslaughter in killing one of her emotionally disabled children.

Melissa Falgoust, 34, was charged with manslaughter in March -- accused of killing her 10-year-old foster son, Steven Murray.

Murray died from severe brain trauma in July of last year. The injuries initially were reported to be self-inflicted.

But police charged Falgoust with manslaughter eight months later, after her other foster children said she threw Murray headfirst onto the floor.

Murray had been placed in the Falgoust home in June 1998. It was his 11th foster home. He had been removed from his parents' care when the state Division of Family and Youth Services found he was at risk there because of incidents related to alcohol and domestic violence.

The two surviving children were removed from Falgoust's home after Murray's death, as well as her own child, prosecutors said.

In a plea agreement with the Anchorage district attorney's office, Falgoust could get as many as 10 years in prison, twice the usual term for manslaughter.

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