Crime & Courts

New judge for Juneau sworn in

Louis Menendez is the newest Superior Court Judge for Juneau. Menendez took the oath on Friday afternoon as administered by Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Walter Carpeneti by videoconference from Anchorage. Menendez was one of five people who originally applied for the seat being vacated by retiring Superior Court Judge Patricia Collins. Menendez was eventually…

West enters not guilty plea to second degree murder

A tearful Ryan West was arraigned in Juneau Superior Court yesterday (Thursday), where he pleaded not guilty to second degree murder in connection with the death of 19-year-old Gabriel Carte. The 25-year-old West was indicted by a Juneau Grand Jury a week ago. Public Defender David Seid entered the plea on West’s behalf. “I’d ask…

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…

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