Alaska Briefs

Posted: Thursday, August 28, 2003

Woman found in ditch beaten, assaulted

JUNEAU - A woman, 57, was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital Wednesday afternoon after police found her in a ditch and she said she had been beaten and sexually assaulted.

Police and Capital City Fire and Rescue personnel located the woman at 12:53 p.m. near Glacier Highway and Fred Meyer. The incident is under investigation.

Two wrecks, six cars, in 10 minutes

JUNEAU - A 22-year-old Juneau woman was cited for careless driving and a 16-year-old boy was cited for failure to maintain a safe distance after the two drivers reportedly caused separate three-vehicle accidents within 10 minutes Wednesday afternoon near the McNugget intersection.

The 22-year-old woman drove her S-10 Blazer into the rear of a 2000 Toyota near Egan Drive inbound between Mendenhall Loop Road and the McNugget intersection. The woman's Blazer pushed the Toyota into the rear of a 1997 Mercury sport utility vehicle.

Police responded at 2:40 p.m. All three drivers were transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for evaluation.

Total damage was $5,000 to the Blazer, $6,000 to the Toyota and $3,000 to the Mercury.

Police said the 16-year-old boy drove a 1993 Plymouth Acclaim into the rear of a 1990 Ford Taurus near the intersection of Egan Drive outbound and Glacier Highway at the McNugget Intersection. The force of the impact pushed the Taurus into a 1998 Dodge pickup truck.

No one was injured in the second accident. Total damage was $4,000 to the Plymouth and $2,000 to the Taurus. The Dodge pickup sustained no damage.

Businessman charged with tax violations

JUNEAU - A local businessman has been charged with 19 counts of failing to file sales tax returns and 19 counts of failing to remit sales taxes to the City and Borough of Juneau.

Kenneth E. Hausinger, owner of Northern Exposures One Hour Photo, was charged after a combined investigation of the Juneau sales tax office and Juneau police, police reported Wednesday.

The charges allege Hausinger has failed to pay any sales tax since he opened his business in 1996. They allege Hausinger owes sales tax, penalties and interest totaling about $110,380.

Juneau Sales Tax Administrator Joan Roomsburg said investigating businesses that fail to file returns for and to remit the city and borough's 5 percent sales tax is a common enforcement duty of her office. She said charges have been filed in three other cases during the past two years.

Ship passenger charged with assaulting boy

JUNEAU - A 61-year-old cruise ship passenger appeared Tuesday in Juneau Court on charges he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old boy.

John Johnson of Pacific, Wash., appeared in a Juneau courtroom Wednesday facing counts of first-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual abuse of a minor. The acts were alleged to have occurred Monday morning, according to Alaska State Trooper reports.

Juneau District Magistrate John W. Sivertsen told Johnson that he would not be asked to enter a plea at his arraignment. However, Johnson denied committing the crimes and said he only wanted to make arrangements to go home.

"It didn't happen," he told Sivertsen.

Sivertsen set bond at $20,000 and told Johnson he would have to stay in Juneau if he raised the money to be released from the Lemon Creek Correctional Center, where he was returned after his arraignment.

State troopers reported that a representative of Cruisline Agencies notified them Monday of an alleged sexual assault of a boy who had been aboard the Sun Princess with his grandmother.

A trooper from Juneau flew to Skagway Tuesday and arrested Johnson on board the ship, just before it was scheduled to leave.

Aggressive bear closes Glacier Bay campground

JUNEAU - Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve officials have closed an area in the bay's East Arm to camping because of an aggressive bear.

Park Superintendent Tomi Lee said the bear approached a group of four kayakers camped at Rowlee Point on Saturday.

"The bear made numerous aggressive movements toward the campers and was not deterred by attempts to scare the bear away - standing with paddles held high, yelling, whistles and pen flares," a press release from Lee said.

The kayakers retreated in their watercraft and when they returned, they found their equipment had been chewed by the bear. The incident was reported Tuesday.

The Rowlee Point area, including shoreline areas from Wolf Point south to the southern tip of Hunter Cove and 1 nautical mile into Wachusett Inlet, is closed to camping. The area is about 40 miles north of Bartlett Cove and includes a camping area closed earlier this month due to bear problems. Most areas of Glacier Bay are accessible only by boat or floatplane.

For more information, contact Chief Ranger Chuck Young at (907) 697-2621.

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