Judge turns down request for release

Roger Balicha, who is accused of drug possession, appeared in court to answer to a 13th violation of pre-trial release conditions.

Roger Balicha was quickly turned down by Superior Court Judge Anita Sukola when he asked to be released from custody at a violation hearing this afternoon.

Balicha, who is accused of drug possession, along with former Guam Police Department officer Jason Ortiola, appeared in court to answer to a 13th violation of pre-trial release conditions.

While the court indicated that a plea deal signed by Balicha could be denied by the court because of his continued violations, it appears that revocation will not happen just yet.

Sukola acknowledged that the probation office is requesting for revocation or a 60-day stint in jail for the violation. But she stated that Balicha needs help.

She continued the hearing until tomorrow to provide probation time to confirm if Balicha has made efforts to take part in the Lighthouse recovery program. The hearing is set for 1 p.m.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.