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Posted: February 24, 2013 - 1:09am

Inmate pleads not guilty to spitting on officer

An inmate at the Juneau jail accused of spitting on a corrections officer was arraigned in district court this week on a misdemeanor harassment charge.

The District Attorney’s Office last week charged Terry J. Ross, 36, with one count of first-degree harassment in connection to the Jan. 16 incident at Lemon Creek Correctional Center.

Ross pleaded not guilty on Thursday and asked for an attorney. Judge Thomas Nave appointed the Public Defender Agency to represent him. Nave scheduled a jury trial to take place in May.

First-degree harassment is a class ‘A’ misdemeanor that can carry up to a year in jail. The charge alleges Ross had the intention to harass or annoy and subjected another person to “offensive physical contact” with saliva.

Alaska State Troopers had recommended the charges to the DA’s office. They said Ross spat on the officer three times after he was denied phone usage.

According to an affidavit filed by prosecutors, Ross admitted in a recorded interview with Troopers that he spat on the officer.

 

Man pleads not guilty to indecent exposure

A Juneau man has pleaded not guilty to exposing himself to woman and a young child at Costco last month.

Police issued James E. Trucano, 58, a citation on Jan. 23 after a woman reported seeing his genitals and witnessed him masturbating while looking at her. The woman reported having her three-year-old child with her, and she reported that another woman with her kids was also in the area, according to the citation.

The responding police officer interviewed Trucano, who admitted that he was “partying with myself,” the citation states.

Trucano was arraigned in district court the next day to answer to the charge of indecent exposure in the second degree for exposing his genitals to a person under 16 years of age. That’s a misdemeanor offense punishable by up to a year in jail.

Trucano was later released on his own recognizance, with an order from the judge not to go to Costco. Trucano could not be reached for comment.

Court records indicate he is represented by defense attorney David Mallet. A jury trial is slated for April.

• Contact reporter Emily Russo Miller at 523-2263 or at emily.miller@juneauempire.com.

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