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Posted: Wednesday, October 24, 2001

Wheeler to head Big Brothers, Sisters

JUNEAU -- Juneau Assembly member Marc Wheeler has been named executive director of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Juneau, effective Nov. 1.

The nonprofit organization matches young people with qualified mentors and operates a school-based mentoring program. Big Brothers Big Sisters recently renovated its downtown Juneau office with the help of the Downtown Rotary and opened a satellite office in Sitka.

Special Olympians bowl Sunday

JUNEAU -- About 45 Special Olympians from Southeast will compete Sunday in their annual regional bowling competition, the high point of the fall bowling season. The meet will be held from 11 a.m. to about 2 p.m. at Channel Bowl at 608 W. Willoughby Avenue.

"We are usually done by 1 p.m.," said Matt Jones, a member of the area management team for Special Olympics Alaska: Juneau. "But this year we are doing singles, doubles and teams and have to compete with six teams instead of three."

He hopes local residents will turn out to cheer for the competitors, who range in age from 9 to adult.

The meet is preparation for attending the state games, which will be held in Anchorage in November. He expects 20 finalists to go to the state games, accompanied by at least 15 volunteers plus parents.

Jones thanked Mario DiCostanzo, operations manager of Channel Bowl, and Teresa Knight, co-owner, for their help in putting on this event. Donations for travel expenses to the state meet will be accepted, or may be mailed to Special Olympics Alaska: Juneau, at P.O. Box 22124, Juneau 99802.

Police: Skull was from a man

JUNEAU -- The partial skull found Monday by a diver in Gastineau Channel probably is from a man who was at least 35 years old when he died, Juneau police said today.

Preliminary investigation of the two teeth and the dental bridge still attached to the skull showed that the remains are most likely from a man 35 to 50 years old and possibly older, police said.

The style of the dental work is consistent with U.S. dental work not routinely done in the last 20 to 25 years, or dental work done in a foreign country, police said. The condition of the remains suggests that the man did not die recently, they said.

The partial skull was found in waters off the cruise ship dock. It includes part of the upper jaw, which held two teeth and gold bridge work. Police continue to investigate.

Fire Marshal: Container fires are suspicious

JUNEAU -- Juneau Fire Marshal Randy Waters said the recent rash of container van fires appear to be acts of foul play.

In the past three weeks two container vans filled with cardboard slated for recycling were found ablaze. Witnesses discovered the first behind Super Bear Supermarket and the second behind Costco Wholesale.

The vans were locked in both incidents and appear to have been broken into, Waters said. Waters would not say what materials were used to start the blazes. He said he is following some leads but has no suspects yet.

There haven't been any other container fires since the occurrence behind Costco two weeks ago, he said. Waters is asking container van owners to keep them locked and secured to prevent further fires.

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