Two of the three people accused of arson last month at Adair Kennedy Field appeared in Juneau District Court on Thursday. A bench warrant was issued for the third.
Twenty-four-year old Dillon West, 23-year-old Ryan Martin, and 18-year-old Ashley Johnston — all Juneau residents — face criminal mischief and trespassing charges. West and Martin are also accused offurnishing alcohol to minors. Johnston has been charged with minor consuming.
West sat in the back of the courtroom playing on a handheld device and later hid his face from a newspaper photographer with a hat and a hoodie. Martin made an obscene gesture to the photographer out of eyesight of the judge.
Martin says he’s been unemployed since last October. His next court appearance is in August.
West says he works at Marlintini’s and just started working at Bullwinkle’s Pizza. His trial is scheduled for October 13th.
They were both released on their own recognizance.
Johnston was a no-show and Juneau District Court Judge Tom Nave ordered a $500 warrant for her arrest. Prosecutors say she recently has been avoiding contact and phone calls.
The arraignment was also attended by representatives of the Capital City Fire and Rescue Fire Marshall’s office and the CBJ Parks and Recreation Department.
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