Alaska Digest

Posted: Thursday, December 23, 2004

Woman pleads guilty to delinquency of a minor

JUNEAU - A 20-year-old woman charged with second-degree sexual abuse of a minor for alleged sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy, agreed Wednesday to spend six months in jail by pleading guilty to a misdemeanor.

Rosita M. Brown faced a charge with a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison before pleading guilty to contributing to the delinquency of a minor. But Assistant District Attorney Doug Gardner told Juneau Superior Court Judge Larry Weeks that the grand jury had problems with the case before handing down the indictment.

Gardner said police had warned Brown and the boy, as well as his mother, in June that their sexual involvement was illegal. The boy's mother subsequently allowed them to be alone together in the same room.

He said the sexual activity was consensual. He said six months in jail would be significant time for her to serve.

Brown's attorney, Rob Meachum, pointed out that she had no prior criminal record and is "a young 20." Brown was 19 and the victim 15 when the relationship started, he added.

Craig man arrested in Juneau on drug felony

JUNEAU - Alaska State Troopers reported arresting a 20-year-old Craig man Wednesday morning on a warrant charging him with a drug-distribution felony.

Uriah R. Sheakley was lodged at the Lemon Creek Correctional Center on a charge of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. The warrant set bail at $10,000.

Trooper Spokesman Greg Wilkinson said the charge alleges Sheakley was involved in the distribution of oxycodone, a prescription pain reliever.

Murkowski appointed to Senate committee

WASHINGTON - U.S. Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska, has been appointed to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.

Murkowski will keep her seats on the Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the Environment and Public Works Committee, under a tentative plan announced this week.

The three panels are considered major - or "A" - assignments.

Murkowski's spokeswoman, Kristin Pugh, said the senator wanted to stay on the energy committee, which has jurisdiction over such Alaska issues as potential oil drilling in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge.

AIDEA to issue bond to help public broadcaster

ANCHORAGE - A state development agency will sell $1.2 million in tax-exempt revenue bonds to help Alaska Public Telecommunications Inc.

The public broadcasting company in Anchorage plans to use the money to pay off the mortgage and fix up its broadcasting studio.

The bond deal was put together with Wells Fargo Brokerage Services and is the first in a new small-issue bond program for the Alaska Industrial Development and Export Authority. The public broadcaster is responsible for repaying the debt.

David Yeardwood, APTI's finance director, said Wells Fargo recommended the bond program after his organization had sought information about getting a regular bank loan.

"All of the quotes we were getting back were three or four points higher," he said about the interest rate.

Fairbanks woman faces additional charges

FAIRBANKS - A woman accused of trying to murder a state trooper in an exchange of gunfire at her boyfriend's home is facing additional charges.

Margaret M. Patrisso, 40, now faces charges of felony third-degree assault, one each for the four troopers and a trooper chaplain called to the scene.

Patrisso was shot in the nose, ending a six-hour standoff with troopers on Aug. 31.

In September, she was charged with first-degree attempted murder for allegedly shooting at Trooper Ramin Dunford after he shot a nonlethal round of ammunition at her, according to court records.

A grand jury added one count of first-degree attempted assault the following week.

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