Update May 17, 2012 2:02 pm
Five-thousand dollars cash bail was set for Jack Joseph Paine, Jr., the man accused of firing shots on Slate Drive early Thursday morning. Paine made his first appearance in Juneau District Court on Thursday afternoon. He was not required to enter a plea. His next court appearance is May 25th, unless a grand jury returns with an indictment before then.
Assistant District Attorney Amy Williams said one of the charges of misconduct involving weapons was upgraded to a felony because Paine allegedly used a firearm with an obscured or ground-down serial number.
Paine, who used a cane to enter and exit the courtroom while he was also in handcuffs, said he was on disability and had no income. An attorney from the Office of Public Advocacy was appointed to defend him because a witness in Thursday’s alleged shooting is already being representated by a public defender in another case.
May 17, 2012 12:27 pm
A Juneau man is under arrest after allegedly firing three shots in the valley and then leaving the scene.
Police Lieutenant David Campbell says they received multiple 911 calls at about 1:47 a.m. Thursday morning from the 4000 block of Slate Drive.
A blue pick-up and a gold station wagon left the scene. Campbell says the pick-up’s occupants were a 54-year old man and a 31-year old woman who were determined to be witnesses to the shooting.
Twenty minutes later, the station wagon was reportedly spotted travelling at 70-miles an hour on Egan Drive inbound near Channel Vista Drive. It was stopped by officers between Juneau-Douglas High School and the University of Alaska’s Marine Technology Center. The vehicle included a 26-year old man and a 27-year old woman, and — according to Campbell — the alleged shooter who was identified as 29-year old Jack Joseph Paine, Jr.
“From the investigation we did with both vehicles and residents in the area, it was determined that an argument took place over money,” said Campbell.
A nine-millimeter semi-automatic pistol allegedly used in the shooting was recovered.
No one was reported hurt during the incident.
Paine is being charged with three counts of misconduct involving weapons and interfering with a police officer.
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