Alaska Digest

Posted: Friday, December 12, 2003

Ship passenger charged with abuse sent home

JUNEAU - A cruise ship passenger charged in August with six felony sex crimes against a 15-year-old boy will be required to live in Washington state for the next five years, according to court records.

John T. Johnson, 61, of Pacific, Wash., agreed to plead guilty to a single felony count of first-degree indecent exposure. A Ketchikan grand jury indicted him on two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, one count of attempted first-degree sexual assault and one count of attempted second-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Following the terms of Johnson's plea agreement, Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins permitted the time Johnson has been held since his Aug. 25 arrest in Skagway as his jail time. She sentenced him to five years in prison, but suspended all but 100 days.

As conditions of his five-year probation, he will be required to live in Washington, have no contact with the victim or victim's family and comply with sex offender registration laws for 15 years.

Johnson appeared in court Monday to enter the plea, but Collins postponed the hearings to make sure she understood Johnson's sex-offender registration requirements.

Thane Road repaired after landslide

JUNEAU - Normal two-lane traffic was expected for the length of Thane Road this morning.

A Dec. 1 landslide on the Gastineau Channel side of the road forced traffic into one lane just beyond the designated avalanche area. The landslide was near enough to the road that it left the guardrail hanging over the edge.

Alaska Department of Transportation Regional Maintenance Manager Mike Coffey said repairs were virtually complete late Thursday, with only some unobtrusive cleanup remaining to be done.

DOT hired Channel Construction of Juneau last Friday as the low bidder to repair the hill. The company began work Monday and was given 10 days to complete the project and rebuild the collapsed hill with rock.

The project cost the state $90,000.

Accident call turns into North Douglas search

JUNEAU - Police searched the shoreline along North Douglas Highway Thursday and found one of two men who allegedly fled the scene of a single-vehicle accident.

They found 23-year-old Adam Cormany in a Douglas residence, and later arrested him on misdemeanor charges of driving while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident. Officers could not locate a second man who appeared to have a cut along the right side of his face.

Police determined Cormany was driving a 1998 Plymouth Neon involved in the accident, reported at 1:26 a.m., about one-quarter mile north of the bridge. They reported trying to track two men who fled the scene.

Cormany was booked into Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Forest Service approves Madan timber sale

JUNEAU - The U.S. Forest Service has approved the sale of about 27 million board feet of timber near Wrangell Island.

The agency denied two appeals to the final environmental impact statement for the Madan Timber sale and dismissed a third for lack of standing. The four-year sale covering 2,100 acres on the mainland near the island is scheduled to be offered in fall of 2005.

Environmentalists have pro-tested 18 miles of new logging road included in the sale. The Forest Service plans to keep nine miles of road open following the sale.

Man accused of molesting 10-year-old

JUNEAU - A 32-year-old Juneau man is being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in lieu of $20,000 bail after police arrested him on four counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

Delaney A. Kahklen Jr. is accused of having sexual intercourse with a 10-year-old girl on four occasions since he moved to Juneau in July.

The most recent incident allegedly occurred Dec. 6 and led to an investigation by Juneau police, according to court records.

A conviction for a single count of first-degree sexual assault of a minor carries a sentence of up to 30 years in prison, according to Alaska law.

Planning commissioners approve gravel pit

JUNEAU - The Juneau Planning Commission late Tuesday night approved a conditional use permit to allow sand and gravel extraction on city property in Hidden Valley in the Lemon Creek area.

The 30-acre site is located on the west side of Lemon Creek, about 1.2 miles from the intersection of Anka Street and Glacier Highway.

The engineering department estimates it may contain up to 1.64 million cubic yards of material.

Planning Supervisor Peter Freer reported that test holes have demonstrated that the material is a suitable mix of cobbles and boulders in gravelly sand.

The pit was projected to have a working life of 10 to 15 years.

The joint state and city pit behind Costco has an estimated two years of remaining inventory, and projects in the area will continue to demand sand and gravel, Freer reported.

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