Story last updated at 2:33 p.m. Thursday, December 12, 2002

Anchor Point man facing sexual assault charge

Off the blotter

by Chris Bernard
Staff Writer

A 32-year-old Anchor Point man has been charged with first-degree sexual assault following an incident at his home Dec. 8.

The criminal complaint said the 17-year-old victim was a friend of her alleged assailant.

She said on Dec. 7, she fell asleep on the assailant's couch after drinking beer and tequila and awoke the following morning with him on top of her, penetrating her vaginally. She told him to get off her, and he did, she said. She then left his residence.

The following day, in a telephone conversation recorded by police, the assailant admitted to the victim that he had penetrated her with his fingers, and apologized.

He was arrested and charged the following day.

On Dec. 2, thieves in Ninilchik forcibly removed an ATM from the local American Legion post.

The machine was bolted to the floor, said Alaska State Troopers Sgt. Jim Hibpshman, but the thieves apparently were able to pry it loose.

Hibpshman said the machine weighed less than 200 pounds.

"If you have a couple guys, you could carry it out pretty easily," he said.

The thieves broke in through the back door of the building, he said. The building was not alarmed.

"I imagine that will change pretty quick," Hibpshman said.

Also stolen was a tip jar containing about $200 in $1 bills.

The case is still under investigation, and Hibpshman would not reveal details about how much cash was in the ATM machine at the time of its disappearance.

"If you know the Ninilchik Fairgrounds, you know the way the Legion building sits away from the road," Hibpshman said. "It's quiet around back, and there are no houses around. Whoever did this planned it out pretty well."

Anyone with information is asked to call the troopers at 235-8239.

At about 7 p.m. on Dec. 3, a 28-year-old woman was driving northbound on Lake Street when her car was struck by a bowling ball traveling southbound.

The ball hit the undercarriage of her car, and she smelled burning rubber, but did not find any damage, said Homer Police Lt. Randy Rosencranz.

She recovered the ball and took it to the bowling alley at the top of Lake Street, but was told it was not one of theirs.

A bowling ball was also seen traveling southbound on Heath Street that night, the Homer News has learned, but police did not receive any additional reports.

A Nanwalek man was arrested for hitting his brother and charged with fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest.

The victim, Peter Ukatish, sought out the Village Public Safety Officer's house after the assault. Following an investigation, the VPSO tried to arrest Gus Ukatish, who refused to cooperate and ignored repeated requests to get off his four-wheeler.

The VPSO pointed his Tazer weapon at Ukatish, who got off the four-wheeler and stepped behind his wife, using her as a shield.

Ukatish was eventually arrested.

Witnesses to the initial assault said the victim had verbally provoked the attack by telling his brother to hit him.

For a full report of recent police and court activity, see Town Crier

Chris Bernard can be reached at cbernard@homer