JPD: Juneau man died from drowning following fall

A 22-year-old Juneau man who died following an 80-foot fall earlier this month died from drowning, according to an investigation by the Juneau Police Department.

Evan Smith jumped from his window early Sunday morning after police arrived at his apartment near Cordova Street on Douglas Island to investigate a disturbance. Smith, along with two other people, jumped and fled into nearby woods to avoid talking to police, JPD Chief Greg Browning said in an earlier interview with the Empire. He said the officers who responded “weren’t actively pursuing them at the time.”

Smith and his girlfriend, 18-year-old Jamie Vonda fell from a cliff into Kowee Creek. Vonda survived the fall, but was seriously injured. An update on her condition was not available at press time.


Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:26

Police & Fire for Sunday, Feb. 19, 2017

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:13

This day in Juneau history: Feb. 19

On Feb. 19, 1987, Gov. Steve Cowper and the Alaska Legislature formed a budget plan for the upcoming year. The House Finance Committee passed a bill giving Gov. Cowper permission to spend the $428 million reserve fund, and representatives described meetings with Gov. Cowper “wonderful”.

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:11

Libraries accepting food for fines

The Juneau Public Libraries are accepting food donations to pay off library fines during the entire month of February.

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Sun, 02/19/2017 - 02:12

Senate Bill 54 aims to roll back some provisions of criminal justice reform

Changes to Senate Bill 91 — a controversial bill was enacted last summer in an effort to reduce Alaska’s prison population — are being rolled out as part of Senate Bill 54, introduced on the floor on Feb. 10.

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