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.
- U.S. Sen. Dan Sullivan visited Homer for a meet-and-greet last week, one of the few opportunities the general public of Southcentral Alaska had to confront the senator during the two-week Congressional recess that just ended.
- Anchorage Police Chief Chris Tolley announced he’s stepping down at a news conference Monday inside the Anchorage Police Department’s headquarters.
- Two 13-year-old boys were charged in a fire at Twin Lakes, which is being investigated as arson. The boys were located, interviewed and lodged at the Johnson Youth, according to a Juneau Police Department news release.
- The Juneau Assembly has ponied up another $1.2 million for the Housing First project. The 32-unit apartment complex and clinic is designed to serve Juneau's most vulnerable residents, many of them homeless