Cops and Courts

Task force arrests two, seizes $40,000 in drugs

Task force arrests two, seizes $40,000 in drugs

The regional organization has members from a number of law enforcement agencies.

Task force arrests two, seizes $40,000 in drugs
Kelly Michael Stephens, shown in this 2007 photo, was shot and killed during an encounter with a Juneau Police Department officer on Dec. 29, 2019. The family is filing a wrongful death suit against the JPD, the City and Borough of Juneau, and the officer involved in the shooting. (Courtesy photo | Ben Crittenden)

Family files wrongful death suit against Juneau police, city

They want to view the audio and video from the encounter for their own investigation.

Kelly Michael Stephens, shown in this 2007 photo, was shot and killed during an encounter with a Juneau Police Department officer on Dec. 29, 2019. The family is filing a wrongful death suit against the JPD, the City and Borough of Juneau, and the officer involved in the shooting. (Courtesy photo | Ben Crittenden)
Screenshot                                Members of Tlingit and Haida’s lunchtime chat discuss the tribal courts system over web conference on June 25.

Tlingit and Haida talks tribal courts at weekly luncheon

Soon, the courts will gain access to several national crime databases.

Screenshot                                Members of Tlingit and Haida’s lunchtime chat discuss the tribal courts system over web conference on June 25.
Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire                                The Juneau Police Department, March 20, 2020.

Improving but there’s more work to do, JPD and Assembly agree

The JPD meets many standards protesters want already, chief says

Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire                                The Juneau Police Department, March 20, 2020.
Chief Ed Mercer of the Juneau Police Department answered questions from the Assembly of the City and Borough of Juneau on the department’s use of force policy, oversight, and other topics during an Assembly webinar on June 9, 2020. (Stock photo | Juneau Empire)

Assembly asks for use of force policy specifics

Police department’s top brass says no for now, citing legal concerns.

Chief Ed Mercer of the Juneau Police Department answered questions from the Assembly of the City and Borough of Juneau on the department’s use of force policy, oversight, and other topics during an Assembly webinar on June 9, 2020. (Stock photo | Juneau Empire)
JPD: Man subdued after trying to grab officer’s sidearm during arrest

JPD: Man subdued after trying to grab officer’s sidearm during arrest

The suspect was charged with 17 separate offenses, including drug and firearm charges.

JPD: Man subdued after trying to grab officer’s sidearm during arrest
The Gas ‘N Go in Lemon Creek was robbed on April 16, 2020. Burglars stole roughly $10,000 in vaping and e-cigarette supplies, a Juneau Police Department spokeperson said. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
The Gas ‘N Go in Lemon Creek was robbed on April 16, 2020. Burglars stole roughly $10,000 in vaping and e-cigarette supplies, a Juneau Police Department spokeperson said. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Police say teenager a ‘person of interest’ in Fred Meyer vehicle vandalism
Police say teenager a ‘person of interest’ in Fred Meyer vehicle vandalism
Courtesy photo | Sealaska Heritage Institute                                 This original Ravenstail-style design, inspired by traditional designs in use for hundreds of years in Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures, was created by Clarissa Rizal, a master weaver, in 1996. (
Courtesy photo | Sealaska Heritage Institute                                 This original Ravenstail-style design, inspired by traditional designs in use for hundreds of years in Tlingit, Haida, and Tsimshian cultures, was created by Clarissa Rizal, a master weaver, in 1996. (
Antidrug task force makes arrest, seizes $24,000 in drugs
Antidrug task force makes arrest, seizes $24,000 in drugs
Juneau woman arrested for terroristic threatening

Juneau woman arrested for terroristic threatening

No one injured, and police say the threat appears to have been false.

Juneau woman arrested for terroristic threatening
Inmates at Lemon Creek Correctional Center will be part of the Alaska Department of Corrections’ effort to manufacture more masks for the coronavirus crisis. (Courtesy photo | Department of Corrections)
Inmates at Lemon Creek Correctional Center will be part of the Alaska Department of Corrections’ effort to manufacture more masks for the coronavirus crisis. (Courtesy photo | Department of Corrections)
Lemon Creek Correctional Center has multiple confirmed cases of the coronavirus, April 10, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

LCCC isolating infected staff, distancing inmates as coronavirus spreads

Isolating confirmed cases, seperating inmates, and issued PPE are all in effect.

Lemon Creek Correctional Center has multiple confirmed cases of the coronavirus, April 10, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Lemon Creek Correctional Center staff members have several confirmed cases of the coronavirus, April 10, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Lemon Creek Correctional Center staff members have several confirmed cases of the coronavirus, April 10, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)
Man arrested after police respond to report of a break-in
Man arrested after police respond to report of a break-in
Man arrested after police say pizza delivery driver was threatened with gun
Man arrested after police say pizza delivery driver was threatened with gun
The Juneau Police Department, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)

JPD hardens department against possible coronavirus infection

JPD is looking to reduce chances of contracting or spreading the coronavirus.

The Juneau Police Department, March 20, 2020. (Michael S. Lockett | Juneau Empire)