A jury trial is now underway in Juneau for four men accused of wildlife crimes allegedly committed during the transportation of animals and a series of hunts starting five years ago.
John Katzeek of Haines faces charges of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act, violating the Lacey Act with false labeling or reporting, and smuggling goods into the United States.
Brian Hicken, Kenneth Cox, and Tyler Antel – all of Alberta, Canada – face charges of conspiracy to violate the Lacey Act and violating the Lacey Act with false labeling or reporting.
Katzeek was a former guide who allegedly assisted in the illegal taking of mountain goats, and the other three men were his clients who participated in his hunts.
Katzeek also allegedly imported two trophy Dall sheep using falsified documents.
A jury was seated in U.S. District Court at the Juneau Federal Building on Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Timothy Burgess told prospective jurors that he expected the trial to last at least two weeks.
- Mayor Ken Koelsch, Debbie White and Mary Becker opposed it. Deputy Mayor Jerry Nankervis was on a scratchy phone connection and did not respond to the roll call to vote.
- The proposal for a 130-unit high-rise apartment building to be built over a downtown city parking lot has alarmed some community members. But city officials say there is no final plan and closure of the deal is still months away.
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- The Department of the Interior announced today that 29 local Alaska governments would receive $29.7 million in Payment in Lieu of Taxes funds, or PILT.