SUPPLY CHAIN WOES – James Pelletier, Yellow Jersey bicycle mechanic, is surrounded by cycles waiting to be repaired as he points to empty display racks at the Harbor Drive store. The main showroom rack, which can hold two dozen new bicycles, now holds only three bicycles (including an unclaimed special-order $5,000 electric mountain bike) for sale. A nationwide supply chain disruption of bicycles and parts is not expected to be alleviated any time soon. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

July 9, 2020, Police Blotter

Police Blotter

Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today:

July 8

At 3:13 a.m. criminal mischief was reported at Eliason Harbor.

At 4:20  a.m. and 5:10 a.m.  callers reported a bear at 1820 Edgecumbe Drive.

An animal problem was reported on Burkhart Street at 10:30 a.m.

A caller reported suspicious activity on the Cross Trail at 1 p.m.

A report of sexual abuse of a minor is under investigation.

Suspicious activity was reported on Eagle Way at 10:11 p.m., at the post office at 10:19 p.m. and 11:43 p.m. at Cascade Convenience Center on SMC.

Noise complaints were filed, at 11:05 p.m. in the 4600 block of HPR and at 11:51 p.m. at a downtown hotel.

July 9

At 2:25 a.m. a case of drunkenness at ANB Harbor parking lot was logged.

At 5:54 a.m. a bear was seen near the top of Shotgun Alley.


Emergency Calls

Sitka Fire Department received three ambulance calls Wednesday and one at 2:18 a.m. today.


Sitka Police

Daniel G. Smith, 38, was charged Wednesday with misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fourth degree.

Lewis John Handerson, 46, was arrested on a warrant Wednesday  for violating conditions of release.

Tyler Eldon Stonebreaker, 26, was charged Wednesday night with burglary in the first degree, assault in the second degree, domestic violence; and five counts of assault in the fourth degree, domestic violence.


In Court

Walter Lee Boyd, 36, on a January 2019 charge of theft in the second degree was sentenced July 6 to 48 months with 30 months suspended. He is to be on probation for three years, and is to receive substance abuse treatment. On a previous charge of theft, six months of suspended jail time was imposed, to be consecutive to the July 6 sentence. A January 2019 charge of misconduct involving weapons in the third degree was dismissed.



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August 5, 2020

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 9-21-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 10:45 a.m. Tuesday.

New cases as of Monday: 46

Total statewide – 6,950

Total (cumulative) deaths – 45

Active cases in Sitka – 17 (7 resident; 10 non-resident) *

Recovered cases in Sitka – 41 (37 resident; 4 non-resident) *

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 266.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.

* These numbers reflect State of Alaska data. Local cases may not immediately appear on DHSS site, or are reported on patient’s town of residence rather than Sitka’s statistics. 




September 2000

Enrollment is down by more than 100 students from last year, a decline four times greater than anticipated in the budget, Sitka School District Superintendent John Holst said today. The budget was based on an enrollment down by only 25 students.

September 1970

The borough assembly approved unanimously an ordinance authorizing expenditure of $12,000 for a redevelopment plan for the Sitka Indian Village. ... Judy Christianson, a member of the Sitka Community Action Group board of directors, has suggested that the planning be handled by a private social service organization called Habitats West.