AlaskaDigest

Posted: Sunday, February 29, 2004

Ketchikan father faces child-pornography charges

KETCHIKAN - The father of a toddler who was found dead Tuesday is facing 31 counts of possessing child pornography. James Michael Paul, 44, of Ketchikan is being held on $100,000 bail.

Paul's 22-month-old daughter, Sarah, was found dead Tuesday in his Ketchikan apartment, and he was found unconscious on the floor near her. Results of an autopsy performed on the child have not been released, but a prosecutor Thursday called the death suspicious.

Assistant District Attorney James Scott told District Court Judge Kevin Miller that $100,000 bail was justified because of Paul's history and because he is a suspect in the suspicious death of his child.

Miller agreed to the bail and appointed the Public Defender Agency to represent Paul. He scheduled a preliminary hearing March 5.

The child pornography charges stem from a Ketchikan police investigation into allegations Paul's wife made Feb. 2, when she sought a domestic violence restraining order.

Nannapat Paul said her husband constantly yelled at her and the child and that he sometimes hit the girl. She added that she had found child pornography on the computer. At a hearing that day Magistrate Teresa Chenhall ordered Paul to stay away from his wife and daughter.

The girl's death Tuesday came four days after the restraining order was loosened to allow unsupervised visits between the father and daughter.

Chenhall on Feb. 20 listened to testimony from a court-appointed guardian regarding Paul's good behavior during supervised visits with his daughter.

Chenhall then modified the Feb. 2 order by requiring Paul to avoid contact with his wife, but allowing unsupervised visits with the girl during specific daytime hours.

Paul has a previous misdemeanor conviction in a 2002 case. That case began with an indictment charging 22 felony counts of possessing child pornography, the same felony charge Paul faced Thursday.

The state agreed to reduce the charges to one count of attempting to possess child pornography because prosecutors could not prove that Paul looked at the illicit images on his computer, according to court records.

The charges presented Thursday are based on the discovery of 31 pornographic images of children on Paul's computer, according to the criminal complaint.

Ex-UAA official charged in embezzlement case

ANCHORAGE - A former University of Alaska Anchorage official is accused of embezzling more than $111,000 and attempting to steal more than $15,000 while director of facilities planning and construction.

Russell Dean Shoeman, 61, was charged Thursday in state District Court here with two counts of first-degree theft, two counts of second-degree theft, one count of attempted second-degree theft and five counts of falsifying business records.

Shoeman, who had been facilities planning and construction director since June 28, 2001, resigned his position on June 14, 2003.

Shoeman is accused of falsifying invoices for fictional work done by RDS Inspection Services, a company he owned; telling the general contractor on the project that RDSIS had completed the work; and instructing the general contractor to pay RDSIS out of money paid to the general contractor by the university, charging papers said.

Among the projects involved were the Kenai Peninsula College Ward Building, Kodiak College, the KPC Homer campus remodel and the KPC domestic well.

Shoeman never told his supervisors, co-workers or the general contractors that he owned RDSIS, the charging papers said.

The university said it has since revised several of its facilities project management practices.

Shoeman could not immediately be reached for comment.

Man dies after stabbing at Anchorage Taco Bell

ANCHORAGE - A 27-year-old man was fatally stabbed early Friday outside the drive-thru window of an Anchorage Taco Bell restaurant - the site of a deadly robbery last summer.

Police said Eric Kalenka, the son of Anchorage activist Uwe Kalenka, was stabbed in the leg by another customer.

Police had a suspect in custody but said they would not release the man's name until charges are filed.

Kalenka and a woman drove up to the ordering window of the eastside restaurant about 3:10 a.m., police said. A sport utility vehicle drove up behind them and tapped the rear bumper of Kalenka's car. When Kalenka got out to check for damages, a man in the SUV got out and the two began arguing, police said.

They began shoving each other and wrestling, when Kalenka was stabbed numerous times, police said. Paramedics took Kalenka to Alaska Regional Hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

Friday's slaying is the second at the same restaurant in six months.

Joshua Goliver, a 21-year-old worker was fatally shot in the chest Aug. 16 after he handed money to an armed robber who walked up to the drive-through window. Three men were charged in that crime.



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