Alaska Digest

Posted: Wednesday, October 25, 2006

Nelson faces 11 years for sexual assault

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JUNEAU - A Superior Court judge on Tuesday sentenced a man accused of molesting a 13-year-old girl on multiple occasions to 11 years in prison.

Tony Nelson, 21, was charged with two counts of sexual abuse of a minor. One of the charges was dropped as part of a plea agreement.

According to court records, Nelson met the girl last summer on a city bus. He befriended her and the first sexual incident happened a week later. The girl reported taking crystal meth in the woods with the man during that incident. A week after that, Nelson had sex with the girl twice at a friend's apartment. Nelson admitted to molesting the girl. He also told police he had sex with another underage girl "too many times to count." He was 20 years old when the incidents happened.

Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins sentenced Nelson to 20 years in prison, with nine years suspended, and five years of probation. Nelson also will be required to register with the state's sexual offender database for the rest of his life.

Board seeks input on new school name

JUNEAU - School Board members on Tuesday night urged the public to offer comments on the name of the new Mendenhall Valley high school.

The Juneau School Board will choose between Capitol High School and Thunder Mountain High School.

At the first reading of the suggested names in a board meeting Tuesday, several board members said the public needs to be aware a final decision to name the new school will be made soon. The second reading of the names, before the final decision is made, will take place in November.

At Tuesday's meeting, three high school students gave their opinions about the suggested names to the board. All spoke in favor of naming the school Capitol High School. Before the students spoke, School Board member Mary Becker reminded the body that the naming process including input the entire community, not just the student body.

"It really wasn't a student vote. It was a public process," Becker said.

BP's quarterly profits fall 3.6 percent

LONDON - BP's third-quarter profit declined by 3.6 percent, slumping on lost Alaskan production, higher taxes in Britain and a sharp drop in gasoline prices.

BP, which has experienced a run of difficulties in the United States, also lowered its average daily oil production forecast for 2006 because of asset sales and snags at several oil fields.

Production for the period averaged 3.8 million barrels of oil equivalent per day, down 0.2 percent from a year ago and down 5 percent from the second quarter this year.

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