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Police still searching for alleged attempted kidnapper

The Juneau Police Department has already linked a dark green 1990s Ford Explorer to a man suspected of attempted kidnapping five months ago, but they haven’t made an arrest and now they’re asking for more tips.

On March 2, a man held a 32-year-old pregnant Juneau woman at gunpoint in the 1900 block of Dunn Street, according to a JPD press release. Then he pistol whipped her, all while her 4-year-old daughter was by her side.

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Police calls for Monday, Aug. 29, 2016

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Editor’s Note: A Daily Incident Report from Capital City Fire/Rescue was not available by press time.


• At 7:32 p.m. Friday, a 37-year-old man reported an assault in the 8200 block of Counterpane Lane. Alcohol was involved.


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This Day in Juneau History: Aug. 29, 1986

On Aug. 29, 1986, the case against John Kenneth Peel, who was charged with killing eight people and setting their boat on fire near Craig, came to a close — the jury was deadlocked. It was declared a mistrial and the jury was dismissed. The trial, which took place in Ketchikan over several months, was the longest and most expensive in Alaska’s history. It was set for retrial on Jan. 20, 1987.

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Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or just had a baby, and for infants and children up to age 5. Details: 463-4099.

Senior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: Diane, 463-6176.

Toddlertime, 10 a.m., Juneau Public Library; 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Public Library. Details: 586-5267.

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Homer bans pets in back of pickups

HOMER — Homer has made amendments to the city’s animal control laws that ban a practice some might think of as Alaskan as log cabins and flannel shirts: letting your dog ride loose in the back of a pickup truck.

The Homer City Council banned the practice at its regular meeting Monday night.

As of Tuesday when the law took effect, pet owners in the city limits can be fined $75 if dogs, pigs, goats and any domestic animal are not restrained in open truck beds.

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Higher than expected school enrollment - blessing or curse?

On the first day of school, Thunder Mountain High School vice principal Rhonda Hickok went around the school to count how many students were there.

“I think we were at 719 that were actually here, and that blew us away. I wasn’t expecting that number,” she said.

The projected enrollment for TMHS was 653. Into its second week of school, that first day figure has grown even higher to around 732. That’s about 80 more students than the Mendenhall Valley high school was prepared for.

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50 shades of weed: Juneau's cannabis growers are planning variety on store shelves

You know wine. You’re about to learn cannabis.

Earlier this month, Rainforest Farms became Juneau’s first working cannabis farm. Among its 240-some plants are 55 different varieties of pot. Two other Juneau farms have applied for licenses, and four other farms have started the licensing process, according to records kept by the Alaska Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office.

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Full classrooms, half-empty schools

Juneau schools are seeing an increase this year of about 200 students compared to the 2015-16 school year, leading to the largest student body population since 2013. But how full are Juneau’s schools? Two are nearing capacity, but the others are well short of the enrollment numbers they were built for.

The Juneau School District swelled during the 1997-98 school year, boasting a population of about 5,700 students. Since then, numbers have continually decreased. This year, there were 4,808 students enrolled as of Aug. 25. Here’s the student capacity breakdown by school:

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Governor announces board appointments from Juneau

On Thursday, the office of Gov. Bill Walker announced the appointment of three Juneau residents to state boards and commissions:

• Sheri Gray of Juneau was appointed to the state government seat on the Safety Advisory Council for a term beginning Aug. 19, 2016 and ending Aug. 1, 2018. Gray is a risk manager with the Department of Administration in Juneau and has been in state service for 15 years. The Council works with organizations to promote safety so that resources can be marshaled and used to reduce menace of accidental death and injury.

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Hunters will be allowed to kill 11 wolves this year on POW

The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will permit 11 wolves to be hunted this fall and winter on Prince of Wales Island and surrounding islands.

The quota was announced Thursday.

The hunting of POW wolves has been a contentious topic in recent years, as population declines have led some conservationists to call for an end to all wolf hunting in the region.

In 1996, the legal quota was 132 animals, a figure based each year on population estimates.

Last year, the wolf hunt was shut down in December after nine were killed.

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Juneau man gets three years in sex abuse case

A Juneau judge has sentenced a 23-year-old man to three years in prison for attempting to sexually abuse a minor two years ago.

Juneau Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg sentenced James Alexander Leblanc-Tweedy on Aug. 16 for engaging in sexual activity with a 15-year-old girl in June 2014. The sentence also includes three years of suspended jail time.

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This Day in Juneau History: Aug. 28, 1986

On Aug. 28, 1986, Gov. Bill Sheffield and his administration were trying to adjust to the hard loss he took in the Democratic primary for governor on Tuesday. While Sheffield planned to stay home and rest until next week, his staff was preparing for the change in leadership that would happen once the new governor is picked.

On the Republican side, Anchorage resident Arliss Sturgulewski was the first woman to win a major party’s nomination for governor. In November, she will be up against Democratic nominee Steve Cowper, who ousted incumbent Gov. Sheffield from the bid.

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Around Town

Wild Kitchen Walk, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., Eagle River United Methodist Camp. Learn about wild edible plants and berries, go on foraging hikes, cook hands-on, and relax and enjoy the day. Plants may include cranberries, lingonberries, blueberries, Labrador tea and mushrooms. $80 per person. More information at http://tinyurl.com/jsp2tme.

Open trap shooting, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Gun Club, 5680 Montana Creek Road. The Juneau Gun Club is open to members and public trap shooting year-round. Rental shotguns are available. Details: 789-9844.

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Fire calls for Sunday, Aug. 28, 2016

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Domestic violence

• At 8:59 p.m. Thursday, the Juneau Police Department received a report of domestic violence in the Juneau area. Investigation continues.

Fire and medical

• On Thursday, Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to six EMS calls around town.

Indecent exposure

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Engine power loss causes pilot to land half a mile shy of Juneau runway

No fatalities were reported Friday evening after a Cessna commercial aircraft arriving from Hoonah landed in the wetlands, a few thousand feet east of the Juneau International Airport.

Carl Ramseth, general manager for Alaska Seaplanes, said after the incident he spoke with the pilot of the Alaska Seaplanes aircraft who made the “controlled emergency landing” with three passengers on board at around 6 p.m. The pilot told him that a power loss to the engine is what led to the incident.

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