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.
- Roughly 6,000 state workers were unable to log in to their computers, affecting two in five executive branch workers.
- The totem pole is an icon of the Pacific Northwest. The carved art form showcases clan stories and family crests in museums around the world. After more than 30 years in the Anchorage Museum, a century-old pole from Southeast has made it back to Sitka, where curators are prepping a permanent home.
- One of the Sealaska regional Native corporation’s longest-serving leaders is stepping down. Rosita Worl says she will not run for another term after 30 years on the board.
- President Donald Trump’s budget outline calls for eliminating funding for the National Endowment for the Arts. The NEA has been a frequent target of Republicans, but U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski supports the endowment, and Tuesday she won the 2017 Congressional Arts Leadership Award.