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Posted: Friday, November 02, 2001

Missing teen found

JUNEAU - Juneau police at about 11 p.m. Thursday located James J. Osborne, 16, the boy who had been missing from his Douglas home since Aug. 24. Police took him to Cornerstone, a shelter for teen-agers.

"I am thankful to the police and to the Empire that they responded and he is safe," said his aunt and legal guardian, Janice Bennett, this morning. The Empire published an article about the missing teen-ager Thursday.

Bennett said Osborne seemed to be in good shape but was "very quiet."

Man clings to moving vehicle


JUNEAU - A domestic dispute ended with a woman driving more than two miles at 55 mph with her alleged attacker on the hood of her vehicle, according to police.

Lavina Jack, 45, was arraigned Thursday in Juneau District Court on misdemeanor charges of drunken driving and reckless endangerment.

According to police, on Thursday morning Jack drove with Robert Bernhardt on her hood from Glacier View Mobile Home Park, near Stephen Richards Drive, to a gas station off Egan Drive, where police caught up with her.

Bernhardt, 25, was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence assault.

Jack said in court she came home to find Bernhardt fighting with her daughter. District Attorney Rick Svobodny said Bernhardt struck Jack in the forehead. Bernhardt said in court that Jack hit him.

The DA's office said Jack, who allegedly had a blood-alcohol level of 0.206 at the time of her arrest, got in her vehicle and started driving away. A level of 0.08 is the threshold for presumptive guilt of drunken driving.

Bernhardt jumped on the hood but Jack didn't stop driving, authorities said. Bernhardt held onto the windshield wipers to avoid falling off, police said.

Police, who heard of the incident from witnesses, waited on the side of Egan Drive for the vehicle. Police arrested Jack about 6:15 a.m. near Egan Drive and Glacier Highway.

Holiday food boxes offered to families

JUNEAU - The St. Vincent de Paul Society is now accepting applications for its Thanksgiving Food Box program. The program is expected to serve at least 200 families this year.

Applications are available in the dining room of St. Vincent's at 8617 Teal St. from 9 a.m.-noon and 1-3 p.m. The deadline for applying is Nov. 15.

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