State Briefs

Posted: Sunday, November 17, 2002

Police arrest boy after car chase

JUNEAU - Two 15-year-old boys led Juneau police on a car chase through the Mendenhall Valley early Saturday morning that ended with the driver of the vehicle arrested and charged with four misdemeanors and two felonies, police said.

Police said they first attempted to stop the vehicle, a 1986 Mazda pickup, when it failed to stop for a stop sign at the intersection of Mendenhall Loop and Back Loop Roads. The driver accelerated, turned onto Taku Boulevard and eventually pulled over when cornered by a second police car, police said.

Upon examination of the vehicle, officers found and secured a small homemade explosive device, according to a police press release. Police officials Saturday had no further information on the device or what the teenagers planned to do with it.

The operator of the vehicle was arrested for driving without a valid license, reckless driving, reckless endangerment and misconduct involving a controlled substance. He also was charged with failure to stop at the direction of a police officer and misconduct involving a weapon in the third degree.

No charges were filed against the passenger and he was released to the custody of his father. The names of the boys were not released.

Assembly considers endorsing grant proposal

JUNEAU - The Juneau Assembly on Monday will consider endorsing a grant proposal from the Juneau Alliance for Mental Health Inc. to build eight apartments for homeless seniors with mental illnesses.

Traditionally, the city has partnered with a local nonprofit group to apply for funding through the federal Community Development Block Program. The city also received proposals from Catholic Community Service and the Juneau Economic Development Council. Assembly members evaluated the proposals at a committee meeting earlier this month.

The Assembly on Monday also will consider a bid award for security upgrades at the Juneau Airport and a budget transfer that would provide partial funding for an indoor archery range at Montana Creek.

The meeting is at 7 p.m. Monday at Assembly chambers in City Hall downtown. Time has been set aside for public comment.

Alaska programs are semifinalists for award

JUNEAU - The state's Cruise Ship Initiative and the Denali Commission are semifinalists for the 2002 Innovations in American Government Awards.

The Institute for Government Innovation at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government gives the awards to programs that "devise imaginative and effective ways to meet urgent social and economic challenges," according to the press release. The program named 99 semifinalists last week from a pool of nearly 1,000 applicants. Five winners will receive a $100,000 grant.

The Alaska Cruise Ship Initiative was a program developed to reduce cruise ship wastewater and smokestack pollution. The effort included state and federal regulators, industry and community representatives. The Denali Commission provides job training, health-care facilities and other infrastructure to some of Alaska's most remote regions.

More aftershocks rattle Interior

ANCHORAGE - Two light earthquakes struck in the Interior, each with a preliminary magnitude of 4.0, according to the Alaska Earthquake Information Center. There were no reports of damage.

One of the quakes hit Friday 33 miles east of Denali National Park. The other hit nearby Thursday night.

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