Allen indicted for burglary, forgery, theft

A man who was arrested by local police in late December on suspicion of theft was indicted by a grand jury on Friday.

According to the indictment, Joseph A.S. Allen, 29, was indicted for one count of first-degree burglary for unlawfully entering a dwelling with the intent to commit theft; two counts of second-degree theft for stealing property (the second count was specifically for taking a firearm); and second-degree forgery for forging a check. All those counts relate to an incident on Dec. 19, 2011.

First-degree burglary is a class ‘B’ felony that can carry up to 10 years in prison and a $100,000 fine. Second-degree theft is a class ‘C’ felony that can carry up to five years in prison and a $50,000 fine. Second-degree forgery is also a class ‘C’ felony.

Prosecutors charge that on Dec. 19 Allen stole nearly $4,000 worth of items from a local couple’s house, Honey Bee and Dale Anderson, and their son Erik, 27. The items include a CZ 375 Safari H&H 500 Rifle with a Leupold scope, 150 rounds of ammo, and two Wells Fargo check books.

According to an affidavit filed by District Attorney David Brower, Allen allegedly wrote out a $4,500 check to himself, forged the signature and tried to cash it at the valley branch of Wells Fargo.

Before Allen was arrested on Dec. 27, JPD announced it had named Allen as a person of interest in connection with a trio of reported break-ins and a vehicle theft in the valley on Dec. 26.

JPD says an investigation into those break-ins is ongoing.

“It’s my understanding those cases are still active, we’re actively working them, and that’s pretty much all I can really say on it at this point in time,” JPD Captain Ed Mercer said by phone Tuesday.

Allen is slated to be arraigned in Juneau Superior Court on Wednesday.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at


This Day in Juneau History: Jan. 22, 1987

On Jan. 22, 1987, Gov. Steve Cowper prepared to discuss the final part of his fiscal plan: budget cuts. The total amount suggested to be cut by his temporary cabinet was $300 million, which tore funding from a variety of different programs. However, although what propositions Cowper accepted were still a mystery, Press Secretary David Ramseur confirmed that the cuts he did accept totaled at about $200 million. Cowper was to give a speech directly to the Alaska Legislature discussing the specifics of his recommended cuts.

Read more

Fire calls for Jan. 22, 2017

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement and public safety agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent. Anyone with information about a crime can report a tip anonymously to

Read more

Man caught with 3 pounds of meth on Southeast Alaska-bound ferry sentenced to 20 months

A 21-year-old man who was caught transporting three pounds of methamphetamine — reportedly the largest seizure in Southeast Alaska in at least 10 years— on the ferry between Bellingham and Ketchikan last May was “a patsy, plan and simple,” his defense attorney argued.

Read more


  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback