A jury trial is now set for September 24th in the case of last summer’s fatal accident out the road. Ryan West is being charged in connection with the death of Gabriel Carte. West and Carte were both in a truck that went into a ditch and rolled several times at Mile 35 Glacier Highway in June 2011. West sustained minor injuries. Carte died when he was ejected from the vehicle. Police believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
Scheduling the West trial was complicated by other high profile cases also headed for trial this fall.
One includes a Juneau man accused of four counts of sexual abuse of a child. All four charges stem from Joshua David Burger as a parent or guardian allegedly abusing a child in his care. A September 4th trial date was set in the case.
Also tentatively planned for sometime this fall is the case of John Marvin who accused of shooting Hoonah police officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka in August 2010. Marvin was declared not competent to stand trial in January. Another competency hearing is planned for next week.
Former Juneau Police Lieutenant Troy Wilson is also scheduled to stand trial for an alleged shooting and standoff at his home in April. He’s being charged for allegedly firing on his former colleagues. The trial is expected to start December 3rd and last two weeks.
- Friday is likely to be the first time uniformed Juneau police officers have marched in their sister city's Canada Day parade.
- The Missile Defense Agency announced Thursday a contract with the state-run launch facility that could be worth as much as $80 million over the next six years.
- An ordinance that would have removed the invocation, or prayer, from the start of Kenai Assembly meetings proved to be such a hot topic that it was dropped before even being officially taken up.
- The Muslim holy month of Ramadan, when Muslims fast from sun up until sun down, is drawing to a close.