Panel finds Bethel lawmaker violated ethics rulesFriday, December 6, 2013 11:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A Bethel legislator has been fined $5,000 for violating ethics rules. An ethics panel found Rep. Bob Herron failed to disclose a state contract with the Lower Kuskokwim School District, certain board memberships and sufficient detail on joint business ventures with another legislator. He faces additional fines if he doesn't submit detailed disclosures by Dec. 20. The House Subcommittee of the Select Committee on Legislative Ethics also found Herron knowingly filed incomplete financial disclosures with the Alaska Public Offices Commission. The public offices commission previously fined Herron for that. Herron told the ethics panel he didn't know the contracts required an ethics disclosure and blamed poor reporting for lack of detail on the business ventures. The committee administrator says Herron can request a public hearing on the fine and complaints.
Juneau police investigate shootingFriday, December 6, 2013 11:15am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - Juneau police are investigating a shooting and reported possible kidnapping. Lt. Dave Campbell says police responded to calls of shots fired at the Coho Park Apartments early Friday and found a 44-year-old man who had been shot in the left shoulder and wrist. That man was taken to a hospital for treatment. KTOO reports police received a call later that morning from a woman who said she escaped from a man involved in the shooting. Campbell says she told officers she had been held at gunpoint and fled when the man fell asleep. He says the car the woman described was found and stopped, with police detaining the two occupants, a man and a woman.
Kodiak man sentenced in sexual abuse casesFriday, December 6, 2013 11:00am
- KODIAK, Alaska (AP) - A 46-year-old Kodiak man convicted of two counts of sexually abusing girls has been sentenced to 22 years in prison. The Kodiak Daily Mirror reports Ah Limchantha was sentenced to 40 years in prison with 26 years suspended in one case and 30 years in prison with 22 years suspended in the second case. Limchantha will serve the terms consecutively. Limchantha pleaded guilty in October. Prosecutors say he began abusing one girl in October 2000 and another in summer 2006. The abuse occurred over multiple years. Prosecutors say Limchantha photographed and videotaped the victims. Following his release from prison, he will be on probation for 20 years.