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Posted: Wednesday, November 21, 2001

Weekend brings holiday markets

JUNEAU - The Alaska Juneau Public Market opens Friday at Centennial Hall.

The market, which includes arts, crafts, food and merchandise booths, will run through Sunday. Hours are noon-8 p.m. Friday and 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is $3.50 for adults and $1.50 for children.

The Ninth Annual Handcrafted Arts and Crafts Show also runs this weekend. The event, from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday in the National Guard Armory next to Centennial Hall, is sponsored by Our Lady of the Rosary Prayer Community.

Man arraigned on sex charge

JUNEAU - A man accused of having sex with an unconscious woman was arraigned Tuesday in Juneau Superior Court.

Jerald Hinchman Jr., 23, is charged with felony sexual assault stemming from alleged events of Nov. 10.

According to an affidavit by Assistant District Attorney Dave Brower, a witness saw Hinchman having sex at a party with a woman who had passed out. The woman later told police that when she woke up her pants were on backward and she felt as though she had had sex.

The affidavit also said Hinchman apologized to the alleged victim during a later phone conversation and said "if it happened that way he had no excuse for himself."

Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks set Hinchman's bail at $25,000. If convicted, Hinchman could get up to 10 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

City forming Capitol-area group

JUNEAU - Juneau Mayor Sally Smith agreed Monday to appoint a five-member ad hoc committee to study the land near the state Capitol and suggest areas for improvement.

"It's basically an inventory of the space," said committee member Jeannie Johnson. "Whether it's vacant office space, whether it's occupied, how many parking spaces there might be," she said.

The Assembly's Planning and Policy Committee suggested that Assembly member Johnson, Alaska Electric Light and Power President Bill Corbus, consultant Barbara Sheinberg, former Assembly member Ralph Kibby and Alaska Committee member Carlton Smith be named to the new committee.

Planning and Policy Committee Chairman Dale Anderson suggested the panel report back to the city by the end of January with a report about land and property in the blocks around the Capitol.

Johnson, who is a real estate broker with a commercial building listed in the area, said she will check with the city attorney to make sure she doesn't have a conflict of interest. The committee won't be buying property, Johnson said.

Assembly member Ken Koelsch was named as an alternate to the committee and will serve in Johnson's place if necessary, Anderson said.

Moose hunt permits overdue

JUNEAU - About 75 area hunters are late turning in reports required by the state Department of Fish and Game.

Some 300 people have permits to hunt moose in the Juneau area, said Tom Paul of Fish and Game. About 25 percent are late returning reports that were due Nov. 1.

"If they don't turn them in, they will get a citation," Paul said. "Even if they didn't hunt, they need to send in the report, which is a card they received at the time they got the permits."

Moose hunters who lost their report cards can call the Douglas Fish and Game office at 465-4265.

Fugitive found on Ketchikan boat

ANCHORAGE - A 43-year-old fugitive from California was arrested this week on a fishing boat in the Ketchikan harbor.

Ketchikan police said James L. Jespersen is wanted in California on weapons offense warrants. Jespersen, who was working as a deckhand, was arrested Monday.

Ketchikan Police Chief Grant Sirevog said police got a tip from Craig police that Jespersen was on board a fishing vessel and was wanted in California. Sirevog said the warrants were confirmed with the Trinity County Sheriff's office in California.

Jespersen will be extradited to California, the chief said.

Driver rescued from watery ditch

JUNEAU - A Ketchikan man was rescued Monday from an overturned car submerged in a ditch. James Galley, 70, was in critical condition Tuesday in Ketchikan General Hospital.

Gilley's car overturned about 10 a.m. after he struck an embankment of a driveway. The 1994 Taurus ended up upside down in the ditch.

Coast Guard Petty Officer Jason Ellison arrived shortly after the crash and climbed down into the ditch to help.

He pulled the car door open, then cut the seat belt that was keeping Gilley in the car. Gilley's entire head was in the water, Ellison said, and when he got him out of the car, he didn't find a pulse.

"I started CPR and the trooper assisted me," Ellison said. "We did CPR for probably 20 minutes before the ambulance arrived. By the time the ambulance showed up, the man had a pulse."

Man dies trapped under backhoe

JUNEAU - David Moss, 55, died Tuesday after he was pinned between a backhoe and a rock in a ditch in Ketchikan.

At 5 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan and an ambulance from the Ketchikan Fire Department responded to a report of an unresponsive male trapped under a Kubota tractor near Seawatch Drive. Moss, of Ketchikan, was pronounced dead at 5:10 p.m.

The troopers' preliminary investigation showed that Moss was dumping a load with the backhoe when the machine swung left and toppled down a 25-foot embankment into the ditch. Moss either jumped or was ejected from the backhoe, which then rolled on top of him, troopers said.

Stevens supports Knowles plan

ANCHORAGE - U.S. Sen. Ted Stevens is supporting Gov. Tony Knowles' initiative to prepare Alaska for a possible terrorist attack and will work to find federal money for it.

"The governor is right to look ahead and plan for security," Stevens said Tuesday during a news conference in Anchorage.

Stevens, an Alaska Republican, said he didn't think Alaska was any more attractive as a target for terrorists than other states. But he said Alaska's military bases and huge cargo business at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport are reasons for concern.

Stevens wants better cargo screening at the airport. But the senator declined to say whether he supported everything in Knowles' $100 million homeland defense plan.

The governor's initiative calls for creating an Alaska Office of Homeland Security to coordinate state efforts with federal and local agencies.

When Knowles announced the plan this month, he estimated it would cost $43 million in state funds, $40 million in federal funds and $16 million in other funds over the next 18 months.

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