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Posted: Tuesday, August 13, 2002

Another suspect nabbed in school burglaries

JUNEAU - Police on Monday afternoon arrested a third man believed to be one of several young people responsible for three break-ins, thefts and vandalism at Dzantik'i Heeni Middle School this summer.

Lloyd George, 20, was charged with second-degree burglary, a felony, and fourth-degree theft, a misdemeanor.

The charges stem from a July 29 burglary at the middle school during which four computers were destroyed, windows were broken and graffiti was painted throughout the school.

Two other burglaries took place July 24 and Aug. 11. Police Lt. Walt Boman said police have evidence that George also was involved in at least one vehicle rifling.

George was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center and is expected to be arraigned today.

Two suspects, Michael Johnson, 19, and a boy, 17, whose name is not being released, were arrested Sunday in connection with the burglary that day. They are suspects in the other middle school burglaries, police said.

Boman said police can connect George to at least one of the three burglaries at the middle school and said he expects police will collect enough evidence within the week to connect him to the other middle school break-ins.

Police are still looking for other suspects as they continue their investigation, Boman said.

Haines state fair starts tomorrow

JUNEAU - The 18th Annual Southeast Alaska State Fair and Bald Eagle Music Festival starts tomorrow and runs through Monday, Aug. 19, in Haines. Events include a Saturday parade, exhibits, a logging show, live music, food and daily entertainment.

Several changes have been made to the fair structure, including the addition of performances for kids on the children's stage and a consolidation of events.

"This year all of our entertainment is going to be at the fairgrounds," said manager Herb VanCleve.

The fair costs $5 for admission each day. About 500 to 600 Juneau residents usually attend the fair, VanCleve said.

Weed pull snags garlic mustard

JUNEAU - Volunteers pulled thousands of garlic mustard plants from a downtown hillside last weekend, but the work probably isn't finished.

About 35 people pulled 240 pounds of the invasive plant on Saturday, said Tom Heutte with the Alaska Cooperative Extension in Juneau.

"We probably pulled about 80 percent of the mature, second-year plants that were producing seeds," he said.

Garlic mustard is a new plant in the Juneau area, and officials are worried it will exclude native plant species and degrade habitat. The biennial has dark green, kidney-shaped leaves with scalloped edges. While first-year seedlings are low to the ground, mature plants grow 1 1/2 to 4 feet high, and have wiry seed pods.

In Juneau, the plants were found growing on the hillside between Distin and Calhoun avenues and Village Street, from the Fosbee Apartments to the State Office Building.

A group of federal, state, local and tribal officials, called Juneau Invasive Plant Action, plan to meet this week to decide the next step, Heutte said.

"The seeds stay viable for up to five years in the soil, so it's not going to be done this year," he said.

People who think they have garlic mustard growing in their yards are urged to call the cooperative extension at 465-8749. Officials want to track the weed's spread and the plants need to be properly incinerated, Heutte said.

Compiled from staff reports.

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