Ketchikan grand jury returns indictments

    Ketchikan, Alaska (KINY) - Criminal complaints from Metlakatla to Klawock resulted in grand jury indictments on Thursday in five separate cases.

    Robert McLaughlin, 38, was charged with misconduct involving weapons in the third degree.

    It's alleged the convicted felon possessed a firearm on May 30th in Thorne Bay.

    Curtis Demmert, 34, was charged with misconduct involving controlled substances in the fourth degree.

    It's alleged he possessed heroin in Klawock on June 10th and had a previous criminal conviction in the past 10 years.

    Lawrence Cook, 63, was indicted on charges of assault in the second degree.  He allegedly injured a female on April 3 in Ketchikan.

    It is alleged he used his hands or another object to impede her breathing or circulation of blood.

    Stephanie Volpi, 32, was charged with assault in the second degree.  She allegedly used a baseball bat to injure a man on June 15 in Ketchikan.

    Joe Anne Shearer, 49, was indicted on assault in the third degree and failure to stop at the direction of police.  It's alleged she led a Metlakatla police officer on a high-speed chase through that community on March 27.

    Its also alleged Shearer at one point drove her car directly at the officer.  He jumped out of the way and was not injured.

    The chase went through populated residential areas and involved other motorists and pedestrians, authorities allege.

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