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.
The Sitka School Board will consider asking the state legislature for almost $2-million in the coming year, in order to help the district meet newly-adopted standards. The board convened in its first regular session of the new school year Monday night (8-25-14). Meeting state education standards is the first of several costly priorities in Sitka’s schools this year. Also a possibility: A $1.5-million upgrade of Vilandre Field. more
Solomon Endlich recently received his PhD in Physics from Columbia. He'd like to apply the "cathedral of mathematics" built for high-energy particle physics to planetary dynamics. He's currently a post-doctoral researcher in Switzerland, in residence this summer as a Sitka Fellow.
Endlich and five other Fellows will present their work in an open studio, 7 PM Thu Aug 28 in the Yaw Art Building on the SJ Campus. more