State and Local Briefs

Posted: Tuesday, August 20, 2002

Police charge 16-year-old in girl's murder in Anchorage

ANCHORAGE - A 16-year-old boy has been charged with murder in the stabbing death of a 13-year-old girl who had been missing for six days earlier this summer after sneaking from her bedroom window.

A grand jury indictment handed down last week accuses 16-year-old Branden Ling of stabbing 13-year-old Delaney Zutz numerous times around July 10. Traces of the suspect's semen were found on the girl's clothes, authorities said.

Ling was arraigned as an adult in Superior Court on Monday afternoon. He was charged with 1st- and 2nd-degree murder. The first-degree count includes the charge that the death occurred while the suspect was committing a sexual offense.

Ling was already in custody at McLaughlin Youth Center on a July 27 auto theft charge.

Slash and smash antics land Juneau man in jail

JUNEAU - A man wielding a knife on South Franklin Street Monday night is in jail today charged with slashing a man, injuring a police officer and smashing a police car window.

Adrian Paige, 30, was charged with three counts of third-degree assault and one count of second-degree criminal mischief, both felonies, and one count of assaulting a police officer, a misdemeanor.

Paige is accused of pulling a knife on a man, whose name is not being released, during a fight in the middle of South Franklin Street between Front Street and Ferry Way at about 10:45 p.m. Paige allegedly threatened the man and several witnesses. He then allegedly cut the hand of the man he was fighting.

Police Sgt. Kevin Siska said he did not know what type of knife the man was carrying or whether the men knew each other. He declined comment on what started the argument, but said he believes alcohol was a factor.

While police were arresting Paige, he kicked out a window of a patrol vehicle. The flying glass from the smashed window sliced the face of one of the arresting officers.

The man injured in the fight and the officer were treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital and released. The patrol car sustained $1,000 in damage.

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

Etheridge, Collins file for Assembly seats

JUNEAU - Businessman Chuck Collins and Assembly incumbent Don Etheridge have filed for seats on the Juneau Assembly.

The local election is Oct. 1. Etheridge and Collins announced previously they would run.

Filing for local office closes at 4:30 p.m. Thursday. As of Tuesday morning, no one had filed for two open seats on the Juneau School Board. Incumbents Deana Darnall and Carolyn Spalding have said they don't plan to run for re-election.

Collins filed for the areawide seat and will run against Assembly incumbent Marc Wheeler. Etheridge filed for re-election to the District 2 seat and will run against therapist and mediator Dixie Hood. School Board member Stan Ridgeway also has said he plans to run for the District 2 seat. Assembly incumbent Frankie Pillifant and Planning Commissioner Merrill Sanford are running for the District 1 seat.

While Assembly members file for seats based on where they live, Juneau residents can vote in all Assembly races.

Square named for Manila

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday named the area between Marine Way, Admiral Way and South Franklin Street downtown Manila Square in honor of Juneau's Filipino Community.

The square includes the new turnaround in front of the downtown library and is named "in honor of the many economic, civic and cultural contributions of the Filipinos in Juneau," according to the resolution. The city plans to put up signs with the new name and update street maps. Manila is the capital of the Philippines.

Filipinos worked in Juneau's gold mines in the 1920s and 1930s and in canneries throughout Alaska, according to the city's resolution. The first Filipino Community in Juneau was formed in 1929 and incorporated in 1956.

"We are very honored to accept the opportunity to name a place after a Filipino name," said Filipino Community President Dannie Lazaro.

Women's Council to continue

JUNEAU - The Juneau Women's Council will get new members and a new mission after nearly being disbanded this month.

The Juneau Assembly on Monday tabled an ordinance that would have disestablished the nine-member Juneau Women's Council. The Assembly's Human Resources Committee had earlier recommended disbanding the council because of a lack of applications. August 1999 was the last time all the seats were filled.

But Interim City Manager John MacKinnon said the city received four applications for the council this month. He recommended the city update the purpose and the mission of the council, which was created in 1985 to advise the Assembly on issues pertaining to the status of women. He also suggested the new council have seven members.

Assembly member Don Etheridge said the Human Resources Committee will discuss the council's purpose and membership at a future meeting.

Two people charged with murdering man in Nome

NOME - Two people are facing charges in the ax slaying of a Nome man whose bloodied body was found Sunday, police said Monday.

James "Jimmy" Jack, 56, was found dead at his home. Police have charged Bernice Slwooko, 33, and Jacob Lee Anagick, 36, with first-degree murder.

According to court records, Anagick came to the Nome Police Department on Sunday morning and told police he had killed Jack.

Police found Jack dead on the floor with a severe injury to the left side of his skull. They also found a full-length ax with blood on it near the body.

Police said statements made by the suspects indicate that Anagick and his girlfriend were drinking with Jack at his home when a fight broke out. Anagick reportedly asked Slwooko for help and Slwooko picked up the ax, which was in the room, and struck Jack twice on the head, police said.

Jack fell to the floor and was still breathing when Anagick allegedly took the ax and hit him again, killing him, police said.

Anagick and Slwooko were being held at the Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome.

Compiled from staff and wire service reports.

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