Sitka enlisted man jailed, discharged from USCG
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A military judge sentenced a Sitka Coast Guardsman to nine months confinement in the brig and kicked him out of the service on Saturday.
Petty Officer 2nd Class James Grover pleaded guilty at a court martial in Juneau to charges related to the possession of child pornography and making false official statements.
Under the terms of a plea deal, he’ll serve the time at the Northwest Joint Regional Correctional Facility at Joint Base Lewis-McChord near Tacoma. He was demoted to the lowest enlisted rank in the Coast Guard — that of seaman recruit — and given what’s called a “bad conduct discharge.” That level of dismissal is one step less severe than a dishonorable discharge.
Chief Petty Officer Kip Wadlow, a spokesman for the Coast Guard in Alaska, says Grover was taken into custody immediately following the court martial at the federal building in Juneau.
Dave Miller, Chief of the Sitka Fire Department, was joined by Fire Captain Jani Snyder to discuss their upcoming firefighter training. The department is actively recruiting more volunteer firefighters to be trained and IFSAC certified, which authorizes the volunteer to fight fires in Alaska and throughout the United States. The Firefighter I class begins on September 15, 2015 and will run through December. The training is designed for volunteer firefighters, but can also be a launch pad for career firefighters. Downloadable audio. more
Dr. Brian Wood is an assistant professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine and the medical director for a telehealth project called ECHO (Extension for Community Health Outcomes). Dr. Wood was joined by Dr. Irbert Vega, who has participated in ECHO's session for HIV medicine for the past six months. Dr. Vega is a family medicine doctor at Southeast Alaska Regional Health Consortium and talks about how joining ECHO has helped him treat HIV patients in Sitka. Downloadable audio. more