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Story last updated at 8:50 PM on Wednesday, February 9, 2011

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Man charged in sexual abuse of Port Graham girl

Alaska State Troopers have charged an Anchorage man with sexual abuse of a Port Graham girl dating back to September 2009. Troopers filed for an arrest warrant against William J. Miller, 20, on two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, all felonies. Miller also has a Port Graham mailing address.

In charging documents, an investigator with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation, Alaska State Troopers, said that last November troopers received a report of a possible sexual assault in Port Graham. A child forensic interviewer with the Child Advocacy Center at South Peninsula Haven house interviewed the alleged victim, a girl under the age of 13 at the time of the incident. Troopers allege the girl said Miller came to her house drunk. She tried to get him to leave, but he wouldn't. When she went to sleep, he came into her room and attempted sexual intercourse with her, even though the girl kept trying to move away from him. The girl said she didn't say anything to Miller because she was afraid he might hit her, troopers alleged.

Miller is charged under a section of Alaska law prohibiting sexual contact with a child under age 13 when the defendant is over age 16.

Power outage hits 100 meters

Two failed insulators, equipment on power poles that protect power lines, caused a power outage about 6:20 a.m. Wednesday, impacting an estimated 100 Homer Electric Association customers in the Ocean Drive and Ocean Place area of Homer. Power was restored by 9 a.m. Joe Gallagher, HEA spokesperson, said at first it was thought repairs would require shutting off power to other areas, but that turned out not the case. Power failures such as this happen during times of extreme precipitation and wet snow or heavy rain. "Normally, insulators might be going bad and the precipitation can push them over the edge," said Gallagher.

A planned power outage from 11 a.m.-noon Monday from Anchor Point, near the intersection of North Fork Road and the Sterling Highway, north along the Sterling Highway and through Ninilchik to Leon Windeler Avenue near Mile 127.5 of the Sterling Highway. This will allow replacement of equipment that allows HEA to remotely communicate with power systems. Gallagher said this outage will impact an estimated 1,300 meters. Gallagher urged customers to take all precautions to protect electronic equipment. For more information, call (800) 478-8551.

Fundraiser planned for family

A fundraiser benefiting long-time Anchor Point resident Carolyn Roderick will be held at Chapman School from 6-8 p.m. Feb. 18. The evening's menu includes spaghetti, salad, bread and dessert. A silent auction is being organized and 8 Mile Band will perform. For more information, call Chris Crum, 235-8671.

Scholarships available

Applications for the American Legion Auxiliary Scholarships for high school seniors can be found at school counselor offices or by contacting the American Legion at 235-8864 or Darlene at 235-6789.

For more details and other scholarship opportunities, see School Briefs, page 9.