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.
- "We’re all expecting to see this fiscal contraction and a reduction in economic indicators. But the reality is that what’s going on at the state level hasn’t hit the communities yet. It hasn’t hit Juneau yet," local analyst Meilani Schijvens says.
- Scattered throughout Alaska are hundreds of pieces of land that have been transferred to Alaska Native Corporations by the federal government.Some came with contamination. Getting them cleaned up has been a decades long process, and a new report catalogs those contaminated sites, but leaves some questions about who will orchestrate cleanup – and when.
- A bullet struck a Juneau school bus with two students aboard it Wednesday, according to a news release from Juneau Police Department.
- The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has decided to continue allowing religious groups to offer invocations at its meetings after an invocation from a member of the Satanic Temple prompted a call for change.