A jury trial is scheduled for early December for a Juneau man accused of causing the death of a friend while driving out the road last year. It’ll start on the same day as another trial for a former police officer accused of shooting at his colleagues back in April.
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. Police believe alcohol and speed were factors in the crash.
Superior Court Judge Louis Menendez will preside over the West trial, while across the hall at the Dimond Courthouse, Superior Court Judge Philip Pallenberg will preside over the trial of former officer Troy Wilson. That’s also scheduled to start December 3rd.
This fall will be a busy period for Juneau-based prosecutors, defense attorneys, and court staff. The trial for John Marvin, the Hoonah man accused of murdering two police officers two years ago, is still scheduled to start October 22nd.
- The series of simulated drills was known as the Arctic Chinook exercise and wrapped Thursday morning in Kotzebue, according to a Coast Guard press release.
- Scientists are trying to learn how to prevent botulism in seal oil, a main ingredient in many traditional Alaska Native foods.
- Alaska's earthquake simulator will visit Wednesday, Aug. 31, to Thursday, Sept. 1, in downtown Juneau giving residents some emergency preparedness practice at an event that promises to shake, rattle and roll.
- The creator of the Facebook page the Juneau Community Collective is running for public office and that created a problem. He had to figure out how to continue moderating political comments on the page without falling into a conflict of interest.