Posted: Monday, October 30, 2000

Police issue Halloween safety tips

JUNEAU - Police are reminding children and parents to remain cautious on Halloween.

When knocking on doors Tuesday night, police said children should have an adult with them. They should stick to homes of friends or relatives, and approach a home only if the lights are on. Stay on the porch or front step; do not go inside.

Goodies should be examined by an adult before eating. Bartlett Regional Hospital will also X-ray them for free. Rod Eriksen, Bartlett's radiology manager, said trick-or-treaters should come directly to the lobby between 6 and 9 p.m. Tuesday. X-rays can indicate foreign objects only if they are metal, Eriksen said; they cannot discern glass, wood or drugs. He said he has seen none of those in years X-raying candy.

Police also said children should avoid alleys and unlighted areas and carry a flashlight so vehicles can see them. Costumes should carry reflectors and masks should allow children to see. The curfew for children under 16 is 10 p.m.

Man charged in driving incident

JUNEAU - Kenneth Cupps, the man who crashed his Cadillac near Mendenhall River Community School on Thursday afternoon, has been charged with attempted first-degree assault, a felony, and drunken driving.

Cupps, 31, was arrested after he returned from Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for treatment of a head injury suffered in the crash at the end of Riverside Drive as school was letting out.

During the incident, Cupps was driving fast and struck a car being driven by Michael Montez, according to an affidavit filed in Juneau District Court by Assistant District Attorney David Brower.

Cupps backed up and hit Montez' car again, the affidavit said. After Montez got out of his car, Cupps again struck Montez' car. When Montez went into a nearby driveway, Cupps drove toward him, forcing Montez and another person to jump out of the way, the affidavit said.

In convicted, Cupps faces up to 10 years in prison on the attempted-assault charge and up to one year on the drunken-driving charge. Brower said he also may file a second-degree criminal mischief charge stemming from damage to vehicles. That felony carries a penalty of up to five years in prison.

Cupps, who was arraigned Sunday, was assigned a public defender and is being held the Lemon Creek Correctional Center today on $100,000 bail. He is on probation from a 1999 city charge of damaging property, Brower said.

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