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Conrado Ebron, 62, talks about working for the United States Postal Service on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Ebron is retiring as a postal carrier, mostly on the downtown route, after 33 years. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Beloved downtown postal carrier retiring after 33 years

People on his route referred to him as a “daily friend” and “hero.”

Conrado Ebron, 62, talks about working for the United States Postal Service on Tuesday, Oct. 23, 2018. Ebron is retiring as a postal carrier, mostly on the downtown route, after 33 years. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
John Jack, Sr. was found dead in his apartment on Oct. 17, 1988. Thirty years later, his killer or killers have not been found. (Photo illustration by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Murder of elderly Juneau man remains unsolved, 30 years later

Thirty years after the brutal murder of an elderly man, the case remains unsolved.

John Jack, Sr. was found dead in his apartment on Oct. 17, 1988. Thirty years later, his killer or killers have not been found. (Photo illustration by Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A Yakutat Borough Police Department vehicle sits in front of the site of a fatal stabbing in Yakutat on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Yakutat Borough Police Department)

Drunken jealousy spurred stabbing, witness speculates

The suspect claimed he was trying to push the victim away during an altercation.

A Yakutat Borough Police Department vehicle sits in front of the site of a fatal stabbing in Yakutat on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Yakutat Borough Police Department)
Mary Lou Spartz reads the names of victims buried at the Evergreen Cemetery during a memorial service on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Princess Sophia. The service takes place at the gravesite of Walter Harper and his wife, Frances Wells. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

‘Important and terrible’: Princess Sophia memorial brings attendees from near, far

Windy weather wasn’t enough to deter people from paying their respects.

Mary Lou Spartz reads the names of victims buried at the Evergreen Cemetery during a memorial service on Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018, on the 100th anniversary of the sinking of the Princess Sophia. The service takes place at the gravesite of Walter Harper and his wife, Frances Wells. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau Police Department Officer C.J. Warnaca administers a field sobriety test after a four-car crash on Egan Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Nobody was harmed, authorities said on scene. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Juneau Police Department Officer C.J. Warnaca administers a field sobriety test after a four-car crash on Egan Drive on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018. Nobody was harmed, authorities said on scene. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A view of the Princess Sophia’s port side, The ship, which was bound for Seattle, struck Vanderbilt Reef because of a confluence of conditions, including a late train and poor visibility. The ship sunk Oct. 25 1918. (Alaska State Library-Historical Collections, ASL-P87-1699)

Events commemorate Sophia’s centennial

Three major events are taking place Thursday.

A view of the Princess Sophia’s port side, The ship, which was bound for Seattle, struck Vanderbilt Reef because of a confluence of conditions, including a late train and poor visibility. The ship sunk Oct. 25 1918. (Alaska State Library-Historical Collections, ASL-P87-1699)
Broken windows are covered up at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, after reports of vandalism on Monday night. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Vandalism spree hits four Valley churches

One church suffered about $10,000 in damages.

Broken windows are covered up at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on Wednesday, Oct. 24, 2018, after reports of vandalism on Monday night. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Sitka man charged with having, making pipe bomb

The man allegedly attempted to ignite a bomb near Herring Cove Road in Sitka on Oct. 4.

The city has received an offer to buy the area known as Pocket Park at Front and Franklin Streets to be used as a food court, but is likely to hold off on deciding a long-term future for the park. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

What next for downtown’s Pocket Park?

The owner of Deckhand Dave’s offered to buy the entire property.

The city has received an offer to buy the area known as Pocket Park at Front and Franklin Streets to be used as a food court, but is likely to hold off on deciding a long-term future for the park. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel wheel a man to a waiting ambulance at the scene of a two-car accident near the Egan Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road intersection in the Mendenhall Valley in March 2016. Two people were treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital for minor injuries. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Capital City Fire/Rescue personnel wheel a man to a waiting ambulance at the scene of a two-car accident near the Egan Drive and Mendenhall Loop Road intersection in the Mendenhall Valley in March 2016. Two people were treated at Bartlett Regional Hospital for minor injuries. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Ty Grussendorf, 24, left, appears in Juneau Superior Court with his attorney, John P. Cashion, to plead guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a minor on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

Grussendorf pleads guilty to sex abuse

The sentence will likely be handed down in January.

Ty Grussendorf, 24, left, appears in Juneau Superior Court with his attorney, John P. Cashion, to plead guilty to two counts of sexual abuse of a minor on Monday, Oct. 22, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
A Yakutat Borough Police Department vehicle sits in front of the site of a fatal stabbing in Yakutat on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Yakutat Borough Police Department)

Yakutat murder suspect, victim were longtime friends

It’s the first murder in Yakutat in more than 20 years.

A Yakutat Borough Police Department vehicle sits in front of the site of a fatal stabbing in Yakutat on Sunday, Oct. 14, 2018. (Courtesy Photo | Yakutat Borough Police Department)
The tugboat Lumberman is seen aground in Gastineau Channel on Monday, May 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

No end in sight for tug floating in channel

The ‘eyesore’ likely isn’t moving anytime soon.

The tugboat Lumberman is seen aground in Gastineau Channel on Monday, May 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters respond to a house fire on Douglas Highway on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. The owners were not home at the time, and were unharmed, but two dogs died in the blaze. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Capital City Fire/Rescue firefighters respond to a house fire on Douglas Highway on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2018. The owners were not home at the time, and were unharmed, but two dogs died in the blaze. (Alex McCarthy | Juneau Empire)
Leah Van Kirk, Southeast Alaska Pretrial Enforcement Supervisor, speaks from the new Pretrial office on Sherwood Lane on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Pretrial enforcement looking to make long-term difference

Pretrial officials are still trying to clear up misconceptions about the program.

Leah Van Kirk, Southeast Alaska Pretrial Enforcement Supervisor, speaks from the new Pretrial office on Sherwood Lane on Wednesday, March 21, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
St. Vincent’s de Paul is looking to provide more services now that their thrift store has moved to a new location. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

St. Vincent looking to expand services

St. Vincent De Paul of Juneau lost its leader this summer, but the charitable organization continues to move forward in his absence.

St. Vincent’s de Paul is looking to provide more services now that their thrift store has moved to a new location. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)
Buck Robert Mills, 39, escaped from Pretrial Enforcement Division supervision last week and Alaska State Troopers are searching for him. (Courtesy Photo | Alaska State Troopers)

Troopers look for man on the run

He’s awaiting trial for attempting to smuggle drugs into prison.

Buck Robert Mills, 39, escaped from Pretrial Enforcement Division supervision last week and Alaska State Troopers are searching for him. (Courtesy Photo | Alaska State Troopers)

Police arrest man for vehicle theft a week after car chase

Six days after Taylor Cope outran police, he was found and arrested.

A brown bear on the trail at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. This is not the brown bear suspected in a mauling near Greens Creek Mine on Monday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)

Greens Creek contracted employee dead after bear mauling

One person is reportedly dead after being mauled by a bear near Greens Creek Mine.

A brown bear on the trail at the Anan Creek Wildlife Observatory on Wednesday, August 9, 2017. This is not the brown bear suspected in a mauling near Greens Creek Mine on Monday. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire File)
Beth Weldon and supports react to a lead in the polls as results came in live at Election Central at City Hall on Oct. 2, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)

New mayor forms child care task force

Group will examine city’s role in child care and gauge public opinion.

Beth Weldon and supports react to a lead in the polls as results came in live at Election Central at City Hall on Oct. 2, 2018. (Michael Penn | Juneau Empire)