Jury makes award in home destroyed by sliding roadway

Posted: Tuesday, July 01, 2003

JUNEAU (AP) A former coach and his wife whose home was destroyed in 1998 has won nearly $1 million in a lawsuit filed against the state.

A roadway gave way and crashed into the home of Clair and Brenda Markey, knocking it into Auke Bay, on Oct. 20, 1998, said attorney Tom Findley.

The Juneau Superior Court jury returned the decision Friday night, awarding the Markeys $997,804 to replace their house and personal property and to restore their lot.

The state offered $250,000. Findley said that would not have been enough to rebuild.

He said he hoped the state would not appeal so the Markeys could get on with their lives and rebuild their home.

Clair Markey is a former Juneau-Douglas High School and University of Alaska Southeast basketball coach. He and his wife have been living in the basement of the home of George Houston, the current high school boy's coach, since 1998.

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