Northwest Digest

Posted: Thursday, September 09, 2004

APOC fines Masek $1,000 for breaking finance laws

ANCHORAGE - The Alaska Public Offices Commission on Wednesday ruled State Rep. Beverly Masek broke some campaign finance laws by filing inaccurate reports and inadequate accounting of expenditures.

The commission fined the Willow Republican $1,000 and ordered her to attend a campaign disclosure training session before beginning another election campaign.

But the commission rejected several of its staff's recommendations, saying the rules against mixing personal and unused campaign funds are not clearly stated.

APOC's staff had recommended the commission fine Masek $7,200 for illegally spending campaign and office funds on personal expenses after she withdrew more than $7,270 for alleged personal spending. The expenditures included a $3,100 check to her son and payments on a car loan and a home heating bill.

Masek also deposited more than $10,000 of her own money into an account earmarked for leftover campaign donations, which is illegal, the staff wrote in a memo to the commission earlier this summer.

Masek was defeated in the Republican primary last month by political neophyte Mark Neuman.

Trooper suspended after killing man

DELTA JUNCTION - The Delta Junction supervisor of the Alaska State Troopers has been placed on administrative leave after shooting and killing a 54-year-old man who lived in an abandoned car in the woods near the Richardson Highway.

Sgt. Brian Wassman and Trooper Nasruk Nay were responding to a complaint and attempting to serve arrest warrants to James Dorff of Delta Junction. Dorff resisted arrest, fought the officers and Wassman shot him three times, according to troopers.

Dorff died at the scene, spokesman Tim DeSpain said. Wassman has been placed on mandatory administrative leave, and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation is probing the shooting.

According to the troopers' report, Dorff resisted arrest and fought with the troopers. The troopers tried to subdue him by pepper spray, stun gun and baton with no effect, DeSpain said.

"He resisted arrest physically and had picked up some things in the wooded area that could have been used as a weapon," said Alaska Bureau of Investigations commander Capt. Matt Leveque. "We're not sure what. We know he had picked up a piece of some sort of junk off a junk pile."

Wassman fired as many as three shots at Dorff, Leveque said. The troopers tried to revive Dorff, but emergency medical technicians pronounced him dead.

Leveque said Wednesday it was too early in the investigation to say whether the use of deadly force was warranted.

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