State Briefs

Posted: Sunday, December 16, 2001

Students collect clothes for Glory Hole

JUNEAU - The Juneau-Douglas High School Student Council will be conducting a clothing drive for charity this week.

Donations can be dropped off at the JDHS commons from 3 to 7 p.m. Monday, Dec. 17, through Thursday, Dec. 20. Students also can bring donations to the principal's office during the school day.

While all donations will be accepted, the focus of the drive is winter apparel, including coats, hats, gloves and mittens. Women's and children's winter clothing are an especially great need.

The collected clothing will be brought to the Glory Hole homeless shelter next weekend.

Parent charged with attacking teacher

ANCHORAGE - The mother of an Anchorage fifth-grader is accused of attacking her daughter's teacher in the classroom.

Angel Carter, 36, has been cited for misdemeanor assault and malicious destruction of property, but has not been taken into custody, police said.

Carter walked into Bonnie Lucca's classroom at Taku Elementary School on Thursday morning and asked the teacher if they could discuss her daughter's grades, police said. At the time, Lucca was working on an assignment with her students.

When Lucca told Carter she couldn't speak with her until class ended and asked her to leave, Carter became furious, pushing the teacher and pulling her hair, police said.

Lucca tried to call for help, but Carter tore the classroom telephone off the wall, police said.

Lucca suffered minor injuries. The School District has banned Carter from school grounds.

Man charged with attempted murder

FAIRBANKS - A Fort Yukon man is facing a charge of first-degree attempted murder for allegedly trying to strangle a Fort Yukon woman.

Terry Herbert, 34, was arrested Wednesday.

The woman told Fort Yukon Police Chief Reginald Fleming, responding to a 911 call at the woman's residence, that Herbert had choked her, causing her to lose consciousness.

She also complained of neck pain and throat soreness. Fleming said he observed red marks consistent with choking on her throat and neck, and that she was bleeding from the injury.

Fleming said that while the woman was telling him about the alleged assault, Herbert was telling her to change her story.

Herbert was reportedly intoxicated at the time of the incident. He was arrested and transferred to custody in Fairbanks.

Murkowski calls for gas line meeting

FAIRBANKS - Sen. Frank Murkowski is calling for those interested in developing Alaska's North Slope gas reserves to a meeting in Washington D.C., early next year.

Murkowski said he wants to get the producers and pipeline companies together sometime in late January or early February.

A study group organized by Alaska's three major gas owners - BP, ExxonMobil and Phillips Petroleum - has concluded that a pipeline is not economically feasible at this time.

But pipeline companies have been more optimistic about the project than the producers. A consortium of American and Canadian companies that had first proposed the gasline in the 1970s will present a gasline proposal to producers early next year.

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