The Sitka Tribe of Alaska has landed more than $2 million in federal grant money to aid victims of domestic violence. The money is being awarded in three separate grants and will create five new positions to support women and children in Sitka.
Alaska has one of the highest rates of sexual assault in the country, and Alaska Native women are more likely to be attacked than anyone else, according to the Department of Public Safety, which quietly released a report on Alaskan sex crimes last month.
Over the past four years Assistant District Attorney Bailey Woolfstead has worked on thousands of cases. Like other Assistant District Attorneys in Bethel she wrangled 150 to 200 of them at any given time, but over 95 percent of her cases involved domestic violence.
Bail for a Bethel man accused of killing his wife is set at $75,000. He also will need a third-party custodian. Jason Joseph Lupie, 39, was arrested Sunday afternoon and charged with second-degree murder, a felony, in the death of his wife, Marie Beebe Lupie, 46.