Police and fire

Posted: Tuesday, August 15, 2000

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

Boating while intoxicated:

A law enforcement boarding team from Coast Guard Station Ketchikan removed an intoxicated fisherman from the fishing vessel Janis in Annette Bay at 2:50 p.m. Sunday, following a tip from the crew of another vessel. The boarding officer administered several sobriety tests to John Nelson, who failed them all. Nelson registered a blood-alcohol level of 0.18 percent on a test given by the boarding team. A sober crewmember was left in charge of the vessel, and the boarding team took Nelson back to the Coast Guard station where an Alaska State Trooper arrested him for boating while intoxicated. Nelson registered 0.23 on the test administered by the trooper. The legal limit for a commercial fisherman is 0.04.

Thefts, lost/found items:

A tourist, 37, from Michigan reported shortly after 11 a.m. Monday that he had misplaced his camera last Thursday in the area of the Mount Roberts Tram.

Shortly before 6 p.m. Monday, a woman reported the theft of her sons bicycle about two months ago from a Salmon Creek area apartment complex. There were no leads or suspects.

Vehicle accidents:

At 8:15 a.m. today, firefighter/emergency medical technicians from the Glacier Fire Station and police responded to a two-vehicle accident at the intersection of Glacier Highway and Fritz Cove Road. A van and a small pickup truck were involved in the collision. A man was transported by ambulance to Bartlett Regional Hospital as a precaution to check on the neck pain he reported suffering. The other driver declined medical treatment. The incident is under investigation. A hospital representative said the man was checked for neck pain and apathy, and released in good condition about 11 a.m.

Animal encounters:

About 9 p.m. Monday, a woman reported a bear eating garbage in the middle of the road near the intersection of North Franklin Street and Sixth Street.

Fish and Game area management biologist Neil Barten reported that he set a hold-harmless trap Monday in the Mendenhall Valley for the bear that has caught one leg in the jaws of a small trap. Barten wishes to remove the trap from the animal.


Capital City Fire & Rescue responded about 2:37 p.m. Monday to a report of flames in the yard of AmeriGas. When firefighters arrived, they found a propane tank with a weed burner attached was burning. An employee told them that a regular procedure when periodically releasing small amounts of gas from a large storage tank is to attach the burner, but he had forgotten to turn it off. There was no damage.


About 6:30 a.m. Saturday, police responded to a report of a man not breathing at a trailer park on Thunder Mountain Road. They transported the man, 35, to Bartlett Regional Hospital where he was declared dead by a physician. Drugs were apparently involved, but police did not wish to comment further on this incident before the Empires deadline today because investigation is continuing.

Shortly before 2 p.m. Monday, police conducted a traffic stop at Mile 15 of Glacier Highway. They cited a man, 24, for driving with a suspended license. He was released at the scene. The vehicle was released to a legally licensed driver. Alcohol was not involved.

A U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew airlifted an injured male hiker from Verstovia Trail near Sitka Sunday night. The man, 63, was hiking when he fell about 60 feet, injuring his back, neck and head. He was picked up by helicopter at 8:35 p.m., transferred to an ambulance, and taken to a hospital.

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