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Woman questioned on the stand by her alleged attacker

During a trial that’s become something of a spectacle with a loquacious inmate acting as his own defense, the topic of one woman’s threatened life came back into focus Friday.

The 28-year-old woman on the witness stand began crying as she recalled for Assistant District Attorney Angie Kemp what happened inside her Gruening Park apartment on March 17, when she and her 2-year-old child were alone with a man she was warned was a murderer.

“When he told you he was going to throw you out the window, were you holding (your child)?” Kemp asked her.

“Yes,” she replied.

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Healing history and undoing the silence

Under the covered basketball court at Harborview Elementary School in downtown Juneau, a group of carvers have just started working on a Raven totem pole.

It’s one of two healing totems meant to acknowledge atrocities that took place on Douglas Island to the Aak’w Kwáan and T’aaku Kwáan, people who’ve lived in this area for thousands of years.

“The tribe doesn’t want that part of their history to be swallowed up and forgotten completely,” tribal administrator for Douglas Indian Association Andrea Cadiente-Laiti said on the phone Friday.

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Police & fire for Sunday, June 26, 2016

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Editor’s Note: A Daily Incident Report from Capital City Fire/Rescue was not available by press time.


• At 10:28 a.m. Thursday, a 65-year-old man reported a burglary in the 4200 block of Mendenhall Loop Road.

Child abuse

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Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 8 a.m.-4:30 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who are pregnant, breast-feeding or just had a baby, and for infants and children up to age 5. Details: 463-4099.

Senior ceramics, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Juneau Senior Center. Details: Diane, 463-6176.

Toddlertime, 10 a.m., Downtown Library; 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Details: 586-5267.

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This Day in Juneau History: June 26, 1986

On June 26, 1986, Porky the Porcupine wreaked havoc once again. The victim this time was an assistant customer service engineer with Alaska Electric Light and Power Co., who found her office desk covered in porcupine poop and quills. Once again, chewed cables were found at the crime scene.

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Water restored to Lena Point homes after late night leak

Water is back on for several homes in the Lena Point area after a water main leak caused the city to shut off the utility early Friday morning.

Late Thursday night, workers with the city’s Water Utility Division noticed that the million-gallon Lena Point Reservoir wasn’t recharging as quickly as usual — the first sign of a leak.

“Normally, we get reports of water main problems from people who see water coming out of the ground on the side of the road, but that couldn’t happen this time,” Samantha Stoughtenger, Wastewater Utility superintendent, said.

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Victim ID'd in fatal Hoonah crash

Jeffrey Turner, 23, a Tampa Bay, Florida, resident, died in a vehicle rollover in Hoonah sometime between 10 p.m. Thursday and 5 a.m. Friday, Alaska State Troopers confirmed Saturday. The accident left another man requiring surgery.

Hoonah police reported a vehicle collision on Long Island Road at 5:30 a.m. Friday morning, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters confirmed by phone with the Empire Friday. Both parties were ejected from a Ford Explorer travelling along a gravel road, trooper Chris Umbs told the Empire Saturday.

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Tlingit-Haida Central Council purchases Colorado business

Central Council of the Tlingit and Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska is officially in the federal contracting business.

Tlingit Haida Tribal Business Corporation, the business arm of Central Council, announced Wednesday its acquisition of KIRA, a facilities maintenance and base operations support services company based on Boulder, Colorado.

The goal of the purchase is to provide unrestricted revenue to the tribe.

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Veterans' listening session Friday

The Department of Veterans Affairs is holding a veterans’ listening session tonight from 5-6:30 p.m. at Elizabeth Peratrovich Hall.

The interim Director of the Alaska VA Healthcare System will be in attendance. It’s a chance for veterans to discuss problems and seek solutions with the VA, which handles benefits for military retirees.

This is a quarterly event. The last listening session was in February.

For more information, contact Samuel Hudson at 257-5490 or samuel.hudson@va.gov.

2016 Garden Tour this Saturday

Master Gardeners will be hosting a tour of the best gardens of Juneau on Saturday from 11-a.m.-4 p.m.

Participants will be provided with a map and directions on how to visit each garden. Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council and Hearthside Books.

For more information, contact Master Gardeners at info@seak-mastergardeners.org.

Fire calls for Friday, June 24, 2016

A Daily Bulletin report from the Juneau Police Department was not available by press time.

Fire and medical

• On Wednesday, Capital City Fire/Rescue responded to 10 EMS calls, a water/ice rescue at the glacier, one medical transport call and assisted in cleaning up gas leaking from a vehicle near Riverside and Long Run Drives.

Photo: Passing by

The Alaska Marine Highway’s ferry Matanuska passes the Eagle Glacier on its way south to Juneau on Thursday.

This Day in Juneau History: June 24, 1986

On June 24, 1986, work began on an access road to Sheep Creek tunnel of the Alaska-Juneau Mine, potentially leading to future ore sampling and the reopening of the mine. Echo Bay Mines Exploration Inc., a Canadian mining company with several branches in the U.S., was operating the exploration of the mine.

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Around Town

Storytime, 11 a.m., Mendenhall Valley Library. Details: 586-5267.

Organ concert, noon, State Office Building. T.J. Duffy to play a variety of music.

Senior Lunch, noon, Juneau Senior Center. Details: 463-6175.

Adult Children of Alcoholic or Dysfunctional Families and Codependents Anonymous meeting, noon-1 p.m., Northern Light United Church, 400 11th St.

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Judge denies defendant's desire for mistrial

A defendant became visibly upset in court Thursday after claiming deliberate misconduct by the prosecution and some indifference by the judge: “I got you by the balls,” he said, defiantly staring at the judge.

Laron Carlton Graham, 38, continued his third day of self-representation at trial, holding strong to a theory that the Juneau Police Department’s “sting operation” to pin him for a murder is what actually landed him in jail for felony assault, robbery, theft and witness tampering.

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