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Continuance Granted, New Stickel Hearing Set for June 25

The Alaska Court System's Courthouse in Nome, Alaska located on West Fifth Avenue. Ben Townsend photo.

April 30, 2024

Ben Townsend, News Director

A hearing was scheduled to be held at the Nome Courthouse on Tuesday, April 30 concerning the cases of Joanne Stickel, 63, and David Stickel, 31. The two Nome residents face charges related to a cocaine bust carried out by the Nome Police Department and Alaska State Troopers on March 5. 

At the hearing David Stickel’s attorney requested a continuance to complete discovery. After Judge Romano DiBenedetto initially offered a May 28 hearing, attorneys representing the defendants requested additional time. Judge DiBenedetto then offered a new hearing date of June 25. The new omnibus hearing date was granted without objection from the attorneys as well as the prosecutor on the case. 

Joanne Stickel was arrested on March 5 after allegedly receiving a parcel containing 184 grams of cocaine, valued at approximately $27,600. She has been charged with a Class B felony under Alaska Statute 11.71.030(a)(9), misconduct involving controlled substances in the third degree (MICS3) for manufacturing or delivering a schedule IIA substance. 

Joanne Stickel posted a $10,000 cash bond on March 7 deposited by alleged co-conspirator, David Stickel. The bond was posted just one day before David Stickel was charged and arrested with the same Class B felony as his mother. David Stickel posted a $10,000 bond on March 11, this time paid in cash by Harley Gologergen-Johnston.

The case will now be heard June 25 at 9:00 a.m. at the Nome Courthouse.

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