Jury selection started today in the trial of two men accused of beating their co-worker to death.
Leonardo Bongolto, Jr. and Denison Soria were processing workers at Bering Fisheries back in February 2012 when they allegedly got into a fight with Jonathan Adams. Adams, 55, was found on the steps of his bunkhouse with severe head injuries, and died the same evening.
Bongolto, now 36, and Soria, 42, are now being tried for second-degree murder. They each face a felony assault charge, and both men stand accused of tampering with physical evidence in the case.
Alaska’s congressional delegation is pressing for a quick resolution to the country's seafood standoff with Russia.
The politicians sent a letter to President Barack Obama today, asking him to pick up the pace of negotiations so Russia will drop their import ban on American fish. But if diplomats can’t make that happen, the Alaska delegation wants to see a ban on Russian seafood entering the United States.
Federal attorneys have filed more charges as they continue an investigation into Clean Air Act violations at the Westward Seafoods plant in Unalaska.
Between 2009 and 2011, James Hampton was the engineer in charge of Westward's powerhouse. That includes a water injection system for reducing potentially harmful emissions of nitrogen dioxide.
Prosecutors say that pollution equipment was mostly turned off on Hampton's watch. And now, Hampton is facing a felony charge for giving false data to his environmental compliance manager to make it look like the pollution system was up and running.