Domestic violence call leads to pot grow operation

Juneau police report breaking up a marijuana grow operation after responding to a report of domestic violence.

Officers responded Tuesday evening to the 4300 block of Windfall Avenue after dispatchers received a 911 hangup call.

A 31-year old Juneau man allegedly struck a 43-year old woman in the face. The man, identified as Bob S. Huber, allegedly told officers about the grow as he was being arrested. Officers received permission from the 60-year old homeowner to enter the residence and allegedly found 55 plants in a back bedroom. Officers also allegedly found seven long guns and three hand guns.

The investigation into the drug bust is continuing.

Huber was initially charged with domestic violence assault in the fourth degree, but he has not been charged yet in connection with the marijuana grow.

Huber was previously convicted of arson in connection with the burning of the original Holy Trinity Episcopal Church and McPhetres Hall in March 2006. He was later sentenced to fifteen years in prison with seven years suspended, or eight years to serve. He was also ordered to spend ten years on probation and perform 1000 hours of community service. He was later ordered to pay $3.6 million in restitution for the church and a nearby private home that burned down.

Huber was also arrested on an assault charge in November 2011. Electronic court records indicate that Huber was ordered to pay a $50 fine and serve 10 days in jail after entering a guilty plea in that case.

The church building was on the National Register of Historic Places and Juneau Episcopalians had worshipped in the sanctuary for 110 years. For more than 50 years, adjoining McPhetres Hall had been a community center.