State Briefs

Posted: Thursday, December 05, 2002

Woman arrested after 4-car smash

JUNEAU - Police arrested a Juneau woman on drunken-driving and assault charges Wednesday night following a four-car accident on Egan Drive at the Vanderbilt Hill intersection.

Several people were taken to Bartlett Regional Hospital to be examined, but only one had minor injuries.

Laura Stidolph, 21, was charged with two counts of third-degree assault and failure to render assistance after an accident, all felonies. She also was charged with drunken driving, refusing a breath test and disorderly conduct, all misdemeanors.

Police arrived on scene around 8:30 p.m. to find three vehicles in the intersection, police said today in a press release. Police said Stidolph, driving a Honda Integra, allegedly caused the accident and left the scene.

Police located her nearby, walking in the road's median.

Witnesses told police the Integra was speeding as it rear-ended a 1997 Dodge Neon carrying a 1-month old infant, a 2-year-old child and a man and woman, both 20.

The Integra and the Neon struck a 1991 Toyota pickup carrying two women, ages 38 and 32, and a 1999 Chevrolet pickup driven by a man, 44, police said.

A woman and two children were taken to Bartlett for evaluation. The woman was treated for minor injuries and all the victims were released Wednesday night.

Stidolph was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center with no bail.

Mystrom to run for mayor again

ANCHORAGE - Rick Mystrom, former mayor of Anchorage, filed Wednesday to run for the post.

Mystrom served two terms, from 1994 to 2000, and by city charter was required to sit out at least one term before running again. He will face incumbent Mayor George Wuerch, who has filed for a second term.

The municipal election is scheduled for April 1.

Bush declares Alaska disaster

WASHINGTON - President Bush has declared parts of Alaska a major disaster as the result of storms and flooding.

The White House singled out areas struck by severe winter storms, flooding, coastal erosion and tidal surge from Oct. 23 through Nov. 12.

The president's action makes federal funding available to affected individuals in the Kenai Peninsula Borough, the Kodiak Island Borough and the Chignik Bay area.

The federal assistance can include grants for temporary housing and repairs, low-cost loans to cover uninsured property losses, and other assistance.

JEDC offers workshops

JUNEAU - The Juneau Economic Development Council is sponsoring free business workshops on Dec. 5, 10 and 12.

A workshop on managing and motivating employees will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. today at the JEDC conference room at 612 W. Willoughby Ave.

A workshop on strategic planning for businesses will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 10. It is intended for business owners who seek to increase profitability by focusing on competitiveness.

A workshop on leading and team-building will be held from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 12, at the same location.

Call to register, as space is limited. For details or to register, call Brian Johnson or Erik Stewart at 463-3662.

Vandals damage fairgrounds

PALMER - Police are searching for vandals who broke into the state fairgrounds near Palmer last week and caused tens of thousands of dollars in damage.

The vandals smashed windows and broke doors on nearly a dozen buildings, said Sandy Gaither, a state fair employee.

They also banged up two ATM machines, and broke windows and doors on a dozen privately-owned motor homes and two boats that were stored in the farm exhibits building, she said. The damage could total $60,000, Palmer Police Chief Russ Boatright said.

A groundskeeper discovered the damage on Nov. 25.

Anchorage man charged with robbing credit union

ANCHORAGE - An Anchorage man has been charged with bank robbery for stealing $800 from a credit union in south Anchorage.

Investigators say Richard D. Lovick, 50, held up the Alaska USA Federal Credit Union in the Fred Meyer store on Dimond Boulevard taking $800 in cash, according to an affidavit filed Tuesday in U.S. District Court.

Lovick was arrested Nov. 25 after he tried to rob the Kmart at 8601 Old Seward Highway, nine days after the bank robbery. He has been charged in state court with first-degree robbery and second-degree assault for that incident. He is being held in jail in Anchorage.

Labor agency rejects unfair-practices charge

ANCHORAGE - A hearing officer for the Alaska Labor Relations Agency has rejected a charge of unfair labor practices filed last summer by unions against the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District.

The charge, made by unions representing teachers and support staff, accused the school district of stalling contract negotiations and talking out of turn to the media.

Teachers' union president Hans Bilben said he was disappointed by the decision.

"In our estimation, if this was an example of good faith bargaining, I wouldn't ever want to see bad faith," he said.

Teachers and district officials have been involved for about 10 months in talks to renew three-year contracts. The Peninsula's 1,200 teachers and support staff members have been working since September under the terms of their old contracts.

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