Alaska Briefs

Posted: Sunday, September 14, 2003

Juneau man slashed in late-night melee

JUNEAU - A man was treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital for stab wounds early Saturday, following a fight in a parking lot of a Mendenhall Valley apartment complex, police said.

The injured man, identified only as 64 years old, was released Saturday.

Police charged Willy A. Reyes-Salinas, 20, with third-degree assault, a felony.

Harry J. Williams, 23, was charged with carrying a concealed deadly weapon and interfering with an officer, both misdemeanors. Cesar A. Vasquez-Moreno, 19, was charged with falsification of an ID card and providing false information to the police, both misdemeanors.

The accused were lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Police were called to the apartment complex's parking lot, near Glacier Highway and Del Rae Road, at about 12:10 a.m. by several reports of a large fight. The parties separated when officers arrived, police said.

Officers contacted several people in two apartments and in a vehicle. The injured man, with numerous slash wounds, was found in one of the apartments. An ambulance took him to the hospital.

Police said the fight began between occupants of two apartments in a balcony area and continued in the parking lot. It involved at least nine men, police said.

Police, who said alcohol was a factor in the incident, are continuing to investigate.

Man sentenced for sexual abuse

JUNEAU - A Juneau man was ordered to serve 15 years behind bars after pleading guilty to first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

William J. Sanders also will be on probation for 10 yearrs after his release from prison and be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life, according to the sentence handed down by Juneau Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins.

Firefighters douse blaze

JUNEAU - Capital City Fire and Rescue crews put out a fire at multiresidential building Friday morning.

The fire was reported at 9:07 a.m., according to Training Officer John George. Firefighters contained the fire to a storage unit attached to the four-unit complex at 2575 Douglas Highway.

George said 20 firefighters responded to the scene, along with two engines, one ladder truck, a rescue unit and an ambulance. No injuries were reported.

The structure had about $3,000 in damage, George said. The cause of the fire remains under investigation.

Owner of stolen van rides on the roof

ANCHORAGE - The owner of a stolen van helped catch a thief in a most unusual way, Anchorage police said Friday.

Darryl Waters, 41, reported that his 1993 Chevy Astrovan was stolen last Sunday. Waters on Thursday spotted his van at a Carrs grocery store with three people inside.

Waters confronted the driver who was a former employee at his maintenance company. But police said Lawrence Christerson, 37, decided to drive away in the van after the other two men fled on foot.

Waters jumped on top of the van and held on to the ladder rack, while he called police from his cell phone. Christerson drove on, police said.

Spike strips were used on the Seward Highway to disable the van but Christerson continued on. He was apprehended after he smashed into the back of a dump truck. Waters was trying to get off the roof of the van and was dangling from the side at the time.

Christerson was charged with vehicle theft, two felonies and driving with a suspended license. Police said he was wanted on several outstanding warrants.

Waters was treated at Providence Hospital for injuries, including a dislocated shoulder.

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