Alaska Digest

Posted: Tuesday, November 20, 2007

Woman leads police to hit-and-run suspects

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JUNEAU - A woman involved in a hit-and-run accident led police to the culprits Sunday night after her car was clipped by one of two vehicles barreling toward her, Juneau police said.

Two Juneau men were allegedly drunk as they drove side by side in a two-lane section of Glacier Highway before one hit the 19-year-old's car as she tried to turn onto Central Avenue, police said.

The woman followed Scott Bader, 47, and Michael Yakovich, 40, to the Wal-Mart parking lot and called police, according to officers. The woman's name was withheld.

Bader and Yakovich were arrested on a number of charges, including driving while intoxicated. Bader was arrested on charges of leaving the scene of an accident and reckless endangerment. Yakovich was arrested on additional charges of vehicle theft, violating a restraining order, two counts of reckless endangerment, driving with a suspended license and leaving the scene of an accident.

Both men were lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Afghan ambassador to speak in Juneau

JUNEAU - Said Jawad, Afghanistan ambassador to the United States, will speak at 5:30 p.m. tonight in Egan Library at the University of Alaska Southeast.

A question and answer period will follow Jawad's presentation, titled "Beyond the Headlines - Afghanistan's Stability and Global Security."

The event is sponsored by the Juneau World Affairs Council.

Jawad, the former chief of staff for Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai, was appointed as ambassador to the United States in 2003. Besides helping rebuild Afghanistan since the fall of the Taliban, Jawad has participated in reform of the Ministry of Defense and worked to rebuild the Afghan National Army.

Along with his diplomatic duties in the United States, Jawad also serves as Afghanistan's nonresident ambassador to Argentina, Brazil, Columbia and Mexico.

Student arrested in connection with fire

KODIAK - A 15-year-old student is under arrest in connection with one of two suspicious fires at Kodiak High School.

Authorities have not released the name of the boy.

Kodiak police say the teen was arrested after an investigation by the police and fire departments.

The student is charged with second-degree arson involving a fire in the boys' bathroom on Thursday.

The blaze caused a one-hour evacuation of the school but no damage.

The charge carries a maximum sentence of 10 years if convicted.

Authorities are still looking for information regarding another small fire on Wednesday at the school.

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