Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, December 06, 2007

Clerk assaulted during hotel robbery attempt

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JUNEAU - A downtown hotel clerk was assaulted Tuesday night in attempted robbery, according to a Juneau police report.

The report stated that the clerk was confronted by a male in the lobby around midnight Tuesday. The suspect demanded cash and then struck the clerk with a blunt object. No money was taken.

Police reported that the assailant fled from the lobby thereafter. In a search of the area, the suspect could not be located.

The subject was described as a white male in his 20s, about six foot, slender build, dark hair shaved close, wearing a white sweatshirt with black markings and dark jeans.

Police are asking anyone with information to call the Juneau Police Department at 586-0600 or crime line at 586-4243.

Police withheld the name of the hotel.

The clerk sustained minor injuries and was transported to Bartlett Region Hospital for treatment.

Business center offers bookkeeping class

JUNEAU - The Juneau Small Business Development Center and Brian Prellwitz, a certified Quickbooks instructor with Brown & Associates, are offering a class on simple computerized bookkeeping using Quickbooks' Simple Start program.

The class is intended for small-business owners who do not need advanced accounting functions such as those offered by Quickbooks' more advanced program. The Simple Start program tracks sales and expenses and generates simple financial statements for business.

The class will be offered from 6 to 9 p.m. Wednesday in the third floor conference room at the Juneau Empire building. Space is limited and preregistration is requested. For more information, please call the Juneau Small Business Development Center at 463-3789.

Spaghetti fundraiser for Cropley planned

JUNEAU - A spaghetti feed and silent auction to benefit cancer patient Sean Cropley will be held from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Friday at the Alaska Native Brotherhood Hall, 320 W. Willoughby Ave.

Cropley, a Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, was diagnosed with Hodgkin's lymphoma in early August. A member of the National Guard, he is married and has a 1-year-old daughter. This fundraiser is to assist with living expenses and purchasing a car.

The event will feature a dessert auction, silent auction, door prizes and entertainment.

The cost is $10 for adults and $5 for children under 12. Monetary contributions can be mailed to Sean Cropley Fund, Wells Fargo Bank, 9150 Old Glacier Highway, Juneau, AK 99801.

For more information, call 463-5526.

Sitka man gets 10 years for child porn

JUNEAU - A Sitka man has received 10 years in a federal prison for transporting, distributing, possessing and attempting to receive child pornography.

Johnny Bell Jr. earlier pleaded guilty to the four counts. He could have received up to 70 years in prison and been fined $1 million.

Prosecutors say the 44-year-old Bell uploaded pornographic images to an Internet newsgroup, e-mailed them, and tried to buy a mail-order DVD containing child pornography.

Investigators say they also found pornographic images on compact discs in his home when they searched it.

Anchorage man's death investigated

ANCHORAGE - Anchorage police are investigating the death of a 55-year-old man as the city's 25th homicide of the year.

John Pezzenti Jr., a wildlife photographer and author, was found lying on the floor of his Bear Valley home Monday morning.

Police did not release specific details about the cause of death, saying the information could help identify a suspect.

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