Posted: Monday, December 18, 2000

Trail crash victim medevaced to Seattle

JUNEAU - A Juneau man is in satisfactory condition in a Seattle hospital today after he was injured in a three-wheeler trail accident Saturday afternoon.

J. Creighton Laurent, 39, suffered a spinal injury and a possible abdominal injury, said Kristin Foley, a spokeswoman for Harborview Medical Center in Seattle. He is not paralyzed, she said.

Laurent was airlifted to Seattle about 11:30 p.m. Saturday after being treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital for about four hours. He was reported injured about 4 p.m. Saturday about a mile up the trail to Mount Jumbo.

Juneau residents face drug charges

JUNEAU - A Juneau grand jury indicted a mother and daughter Friday on felony drug charges stemming from a recent investigation by the Southeast Alaska Narcotics Enforcement Team.

Kathleen M. Hill, 43, and Nicole C. Hughes, 23, of Juneau were indicted for third-degree drug misconduct, a felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison. They were released to a third-party custodian and have not been arraigned yet.

Assistant District Attorney David Brower, in an affidavit filed with the court, said a confidential informant bought about 3 grams of cocaine from Hughes for $350 in money whose identity was recorded with the authorities. Hughes went to Hill's home and returned with the cocaine, Brower said. When the narcotics team carried out a search warrant at Hill's home, officers found three more grams of cocaine and the pre-recorded money.

The narcotics team and Juneau police also carried out a search warrant at The Best Western Country Lane Inn in Juneau on Friday. Troopers said they found evidence of methamphetamine manufacturing and possession.

William Noel, 23, was arrested on charges of second- and third-degree drug misconduct, reckless endangerment, tampering with evidence and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. He was also arrested on an outstanding troopers warrant for failure to report to state prison on a second-degree theft conviction. Noel was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center. A 17-year-old girl, whose identity was not released, was taken to Cornerstone.

Second-degree drug misconduct is a felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison.

The arrest is part of an ongoing drug investigation, authorities said. The narcotics team is composed of troopers and police officers in Juneau and six other Southeast cities.

Poll answers question about Yukon's name

WHITEHORSE - Just call it "The" Yukon, if you don't mind.

That's the call after a survey conducted by DataPath Systems, a Whitehorse, Yukon Territory, polling group. Seventy-five percent of all Yukoners want the territory to be known as "The Yukon," and not just Yukon, pollsters said.

DataPath's Mike Larson said he recently overheard a debate on the subject, which made him think it would be interesting to include the question in a poll.

Larson asked 265 Yukoners their opinion about the Canadian territory's name. Outside Whitehorse, support was slightly stronger for using the "the" before the name.

In outlying communities, 79 percent use the word "the," while in Whitehorse, the territorial capital, the corresponding figure was 72 percent.

Seward Highway crash kills three

SEWARD - Three people died over the weekend in a two-car accident on the Seward Highway, Alaska State Troopers said.

The accident occurred Saturday at mile 34.5 when a pickup driven by 76-year-old Jose Bravo of Kenai ran head first into a car driven by a Seward couple. The pickup burst into flames and Bravo died instantly.

Charles Karges, 71, who was in the car died at the scene. His wife, 59-year-old Beverly Karges, died after being transported to Providence Medical Center by helicopter.

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