Third suspected rock-thrower arraigned in court

The third teenager charged with felony assault for throwing rocks at a passing vehicle and injuring a passenger has been arraigned.

Noel Toribio, 17, entered a not guilty plea in Juneau Superior Court before Judge Louis Menendez on Tuesday.

Toribio is slated to be tried in January with his two codefendants, Chaleb E. Calandra, 19, and Jared H. Cheatham, 17. Calandra and Cheatham were already arraigned before Menendez two weeks ago.

The teenagers were indicted by a grand jury in Juneau earlier this month in connection to the July 15 incident.

Prosecutors say one of the rocks the teenagers threw at a car severely injured an unsuspecting 6-year-old boy in the backseat of the vehicle.

They are each facing one count of felony assault in the first, second and third degree.

Toribio is represented by Kirsten Swanson of the Office of Public Advocacy. Calandra is represented by Grace Lee of the Public Defender Agency. Cheatham is represented by defense attorney Julie Willoughby.

They are due in court next for an omnibus hearing on Dec. 17, then a pretrial hearing on Jan. 17.

A 10-day trial is scheduled tentatively for Jan. 28.

Each of the defendants were previously released on their own recognizance.

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


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