Crime & Courts

Police warn of plastic bottle pressure bombs

Pressure bombs – plastic bottles filled with Drano, water and tinfoil – have been exploding around Juneau. Police have received several calls in recent weeks about the homemade bombs found in various places; the remnants of one near the road on Dudley Street just last week. There’ve also been reports of explosions, then pieces of…

Man arrested after vehicle fire, chase

A 20-year-old Juneau man is behind bars after allegedly leading police on an early morning chase Sunday. Keith Hanson is charged with driving under the influence, failure to stop, and driving without a valid license. According to a JPD press release, police responded to a report of a vehicle fire near Douglas Harbor at about…

Woman indicted in PFD fraud case

A Soldotna woman has been indicted for lying on her 2010 Permanent Fund Dividend application. According to the state departments of Law and Revenue, a Juneau Grand Jury has charged 62-year-old Sherrie Ann Ace of one count of unsworn falsification in the first degree, a Class C felony. The indictment also charges Ace of second…

Prosecutors drop sex abuse charges against former officer, file new charge of interfering with a witness

A former Juneau police officer initially accused of sexual abuse of a minor could still face as much as two years in prison. Prosecutors dropped the three felony abuse charges on Friday, just before Brian Ervin’s jury trial was to start on Monday, August 8th. But the 38-year old former downtown officer pled “no contest”…

Murkowski aide resigns, plans to plead guilty to fishing violation

A former congressional aide may spend as much as ten months in prison for a fishing violation while was a member of the North Pacific Fishery Management Council. Arne Fuglvog submitted his resignation Sunday as fisheries aide to Senator Lisa Murkowski. In a statement, Murkowski thanked Fuglvog for his years of service and said he…

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