A new indictment has been handed up against one of the defendants in the Adair-Kennedy Memorial Park arson case.
A previous indictment against Ryan Martin was thrown out last month essentially over a language distinction as the grand jury was given instructions on the case.
Martin was one of three people that prosecutors allege caused the destruction of turf laying materials and equipment at Adair-Kennedy. There was as much as $30,000 damage during the June 2012 incident.
Both Martin and co-defendant Dillon West were scheduled to stand trial last month, but the trial was pulled from the schedule. West is charged with misdemeanor trespass, criminal mischief, and furnishing alcohol to a minor. Martin was initially charged with felony arson and criminal mischief, misdemeanor criminal trespass, and furnishing alcohol to a minor.
A Juneau grand jury on Friday indicted Martin on new charges of third degree felony criminal mischief and third degree arson.
A third co-defendant, Ashley Johnston, was convicted at trial of felony criminal mischief and misdemeanor trespassing, but acquitted of felony arson. She was ordered in April to serve 120 days in jail. She is currently listed as being under community supervision as part of her parole or probation. She was mistakenly taken into custody recently for an alleged probation violation. But her sentence had been stayed while her case is on appeal.
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- Dressed in full Gwich’in regalia, Potts recounted growing up in a modest dirt-floor hunting cabin in Eagle, losing someone close to suicide, and taking the conventions theme of strength in unity to get back to enjoying life again.
- The Juneau School District wants to consolidate its two high school football programs and cheer squads. Superintendent Dr. Mark Miller said at a press conference Thursday afternoon that the decision to send a formal request to the Alaska School Activities Association has been two years in the making.
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