Public Safety

Tlingit and Haida gets federal funds to expand tribal court

The U.S. Justice Department has awarded the Tlingit and Haida Central Council nearly 900-thousand dollars to expand tribal court services. Currently, the court hears paternity and child support cases involving tribal members. Attorney Jessie Archibald with Tlingit and Haida’s Child Support Unit says the grant will eventually allow the court to hear domestic violence cases.…

Tee Harbor man sentenced for feeding bears

A Tee Harbor man who was accused of feeding as much as 19,000 pounds of dog food to black bears over two seasons will avoid jail time, but he’ll have to pay a hefty fine and somehow help state biologists with their bear tracking or attractant mitigation efforts. Arnie Hanger, 66-years old, appeared before Juneau…

Juneau man sentenced for brutal assault of toddler

A Juneau man who beat a 2-year old girl so severely that she suffered brain damage will spend the next fifteen years in prison. 24-year old Nicholas W. Kokotovich was sentenced in Juneau Superior Court Wednesday afternoon on an assault charge. The sentence includes a total of 20-years with 5-years suspended. That’s the maximum allowed…

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…

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