Local Briefs

Posted: Monday, September 10, 2001

Scooter collision injures boys

JUNEAU - Two boys, both 12, sustained minor injuries after their motorized scooter ran into a truck towing a small boat Sunday afternoon near River Road, off Back Loop Road.

The names of the boys were not released. Both were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital with minor cuts and scrapes, and were treated and released, according to police.

The collision happened when the boys were crossing River Road toward Kelly Court at about 4 p.m. According to a police press release neither the driver of the truck, a man, 19, nor the boys saw the other in time. "The boy I was attending to said he saw the truck at the last second and tried to stop but it was too late," said emergency medical technician Erik Goldsberry.

When EMTs arrived Goldsberry said he saw the boys laying on the ground with a crowd of neighbors and an off-duty fireman already attending to them. He said both were wearing helmets. The scooter was under the boat trailer, police said.

Although initial reports indicated the two boys were struck, they told EMTs they hadn't been.

Police Capt. Tom Porter said he wasn't sure how fast the truck was going. However, an investigation at the scene proved, according to police, the boys were at fault. No citations were issued.

Forum on homelessness set

JUNEAU - Social service providers including the Glory Hole are holding a forum on housing and homelessness at 7 p.m. Friday at Northern Light United Church, 400 W. 11th St.

The purpose of the forum is to inform the community of various street issues and to form action groups to address them, said Joan Decker, executive director of the Glory Hole, a soup kitchen and shelter.

"We want to discuss concerns about problems the homeless are causing. We have the mentally ill on the streets all day without a trained person to address their needs. And we need to look at long-term programs for alcoholism and teen-age homelessness," Decker said.

"These are all borough-wide problems, not just a downtown problem, so we are inviting all Assembly members. The last hour will be devoted to community discussion and input. If anybody is going to wrestle these problems to the ground, I think it's Juneau because people are adventurous and creative," she said.

Speakers are Decker; Ernie Turner, director of the state Division of Alcoholism and Drug Abuse; Rick Iannolino, a youth homeless expert from Convergence Consultants; Laura Rorem, a mental health and Fetal Alcohol Syndrome specialist; and Andy Swanston, operations director of Gastineau Human Services Corp.

Doors will open and refreshments will be served at 6 p.m. For details, call Linda McCargar, 465-6851, or Decker, 586-4159/780-2536.

Tuesday is tango night

JUNEAU - Dance teachers aboard a Tango at Sea cruise will come ashore Tuesday evening to teach the tango in Juneau.

Teachers Fernanda Ghi and Guillermo Merlo will offer an hour of instruction and demonstration from 7 to 8 p.m. Tuesday in the Juneau Elks Lodge Ballroom. The instruction will be followed by open dancing until 11 p.m.

A group of tango enthusiasts from Washington, D.C., is participating in the tango at sea cruise aboard the Norwegian Sky. "They dance every night on the cruise until two or three in the morning," said Ann Daniels of Juneau, who helped organize the class. "We've invited them all to come. One of the women from the cruise will bring CDs and she'll be the disc jockey for us."

According to Diana Jensen, an organizer of the tango cruise, Ghi and Merlo starred in "Forever Tango" a worldwide theater show of Argentine Tango. They also produced a live show titled "Tango Magic," in Miami, Fla., which was aired on national televison.

Tango Night is sponsored by Juneau Dance Unlimited and the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council. The cost is $20 a couple or $12 for individuals.

Nine survive crash near Cordova

JUNEAU - A rescue helicopter crew and a pilot aboard a private plane joined forces Friday to rescue nine people who survived a plane crash near Cordova.

The Cordova-based Coast Guard helicopter crew responded to a distress beacon alert emitting an emergency signal near the Bering River Flats at 11:40. Once near the scene, a private aircraft pilot spotted the nine crash survivors on the marshy flats and provided the Coast Guard crew with their location.

The Jayhawk helicopter crew and the private flyer landed near the overturned, single engine aircraft where they found only minor injuries.

Coast Guard pilot Lt. John Milton said an apparent oil leak onto the engine created smoke, forcing the pilot to land on the marshy flats. The helicopter airlifted six of the survivors to a Cordova hospital for medical evaluation. The private pilot took the other three.

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