POLICE AND FIRE

Posted: Thursday, September 14, 2000

Juneau police, fire officials and state troopers reported:

Thefts:

A few minutes after 8 a.m. Wednesday, a girl, 12, was placed under citizen's arrest for concealment of merchandise at a business on Mendenhall Mall Road. She was transported to the Juneau Police Department, processed and released to a parent.

Fires:

About 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, Capital City Fire & Rescue received a report of an electrical pole on fire in the 4000 block of North Douglas Highway. Police and AEL&P responded. Apparently, a bird was eating something on a piece of foil, and that foil fell and hit the center conductor of the cross arm. The foil made a connection from the power line to the wooden cross arm, and created a high-resistive short to ground. Basically, the tar-impregnated pole became a matchstick, and flames shot from its top. That is not an unusual scenario, said Peter Bibb, vice president of consumer affairs for AEL&P.

At 5:18 p.m. Wednesday, Capital City Fire & Rescue responded to a report of a trash fire at Costco. The fire was extinguished prior to arrival of firefighters.

Animal encounters:

About 7:30 a.m. Wednesday, police received a report of a bear wandering in the area of El Camino Street.

About 1 p.m. Wednesday, police received a report of two bears in the area of Birch Lane.

About 8 p.m. Wednesday, police received a report of a bear in a Dumpster at 3250 Hospital Drive.

About 10:15 p.m. Wednesday, police received a report of a non-aggressive bear in a Dumpster at Gruening Park.

Shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday, police received a report of a bear in the area of Quartz Street being aggressive toward dogs. The officers who responded did not see the bear.

About 1:15 a.m. today, police received a report of a bear in Gruening Park.

About 2 a.m. today, police received a report of bear on Valley Boulevard.

Other:

About 3:30 p.m. Wednesday, a man, 20, was issued a citation for driving with no valid operator's license following a traffic stop on Mendenhall Loop Road near Floyd Dryden Middle School. The vehicle was released to a licensed driver.



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