KCAW is unable to air its usual live broadcast of the Sitka Assembly this evening, because of technical issues with our remote transmitter. We will post the full audio of the meeting on our website tomorrow and apologize for the inconvenience!
Drivers on Halibut Point Road should be prepared for detours Tuesday, because of road work. Starting at 8 a.m. Halibut Point Road will be closed to outbound traffic from the roundabout to Kashevaroff Street. Drivers will be routed along Lake Street to Edgecumbe Drive. The detour will be in effect until Wednesday morning.
Beginning this Friday, June 6, traffic on Halibut Point Road will be limited to one inbound lane between Sea Mart and the roundabout. All outbound traffic will be detoured around Swan Lake to Edgecumbe Drive and Cascade Creek Road. The detour may change, depending on where paving is occurring. Access to businesses and residences along Halibut Point Road during construction will be from the inbound lane only.
A former Blatchley Middle School teacher spent the morning under intense cross examination from the defense attorney for Joe Robidou, the woman’s one-time boss accused of sexually assaulting her and two colleagues. Attorney Julie Willoughby asked the witness to review the alleged assaults in intimate detail, testing her credibility, particularly around an evening in January 2013 when Robidou visited her at home.
The defense opened it case this morning in the trial of former Blatchley Middle School principal Joe Robidou, accused of sexual assault against three female teachers in his building. Defense attorney Julie Willoughby described a wild, alcohol-fuelled party culture among the staff at the middle school, with Robidou and his accusers at the front-and-center of it. “They partied like rock stars,” Willoughby said.
After a day-and-a-half of work, a jury has been seated in the trial of Joe Robidou, a former Sitka school administrator charged with sexual assault. Between them, prosecutor Jean Seaton and defense attorney Julie Willoughby exhausted almost all of their peremptory challenges of potential jurors. The attorneys were not required to explain their reasons for excusing jurors. Each attorney was allowed up to 11 so-called "pre-empts."
There’s no jury yet in the case of a former Sitka school administrator charged with sexual assault. Jury selection bogged down today (Mon 5-12-14) when 20 of the first 24 prospective jurors said they knew the defendant, former Blatchley Middle School Principal Joe Robidou, as well as the three women teachers in his building he is alleged to have assaulted.
Jury selection is underway in the trial of a former Sitka school administrator charged with 10 counts of sexual assault. But it could take a while to empanel 14 impartial residents Of the two dozen potential jurors interview by Superior Court Judge David George this morning (5-12-14), only four were not acquainted with the defendant, Joe Robidou, who resigned as principal of Blatchley Middle School in Sitka early last year.
The Alaska Department of Fish & Game said in their 11 a.m. update that a significant volume of herring has moved into the closure area, a stretch of water near town that is out of bounds to the commercial fishery, to protect subsistence use. Fish & Game biologist Dave Gordon said he wasn't discounting the possibility of a fishery south of town, where large schools of fish were found yesterday, but he wanted to give it more time "to find a body of fish that might provide a better fishery for everybody."