Story last updated at 3:12 p.m. Thursday, December 19, 2002

Troopers investigate terroristic threat in Nikolaevsk

Off the blotter

by Mark Kelsey
Staff Writer

Alaska State Troopers were called to the Nikolaevsk School Dec. 12 for a report of a 12-year-old girl who threatened her teacher. They allege that the girl made a drawing and told other students she planned to bring a firearm to school and kill her teacher.

Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Assistant Superintendent Gary Whiteley said that, per standard district practice, the girl has been placed on long-term suspension pending evaluation by a licensed clinical psychologist. The evaluation will determine the credibility of her threat, Whiteley said, and additional action, including expulsion, may be taken. He added that a "typical" suspension of this type runs from 30 to 45 days.

The girl was charged with one count of terroristic threatening and was released to her mother.

"As usual, we appreciate the state troopers responding," Whiteley said.

A 21-year-old chaperone at the Youth of the Nation teen center, located on Lake Street, faces multiple charges after being arrested last week for sexual abuse of a minor and for distributing alcohol and prescription drugs to minors under his supervision.

Timothy Whisnant was arrested Saturday following an investigation by Homer police. He is alleged to have given alcohol to three youths, ages 16, 17 and 19, and Tylenol 3 with codeine to the 16- and 17-year-olds, both girls. He also is alleged to have had sex with the 16-year-old, according to Homer police and District Court charging documents.

He has been charged with one count of third-degree sexual abuse of a minor, three counts of first-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and one count of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, all felonies.

Additionally, Whisnant faces misdemeanor charges of furnishing alcoholic beverages to a person under 21, three counts, and contributing to the delinquency of a minor, two counts.

The teen center is overseen by the nonprofit organization Choices for Teens. Director Sabrina Hillstrand said she could not comment on the matter, other than to say that Whisnant no longer works as a volunteer at the center.

"We're cooperating fully with authorities," she said.

A Superior Court indictment was handed down Dec. 16 charging a Homer man with sexual abuse of a minor and a related drug charge.

Robert B. Franquiz, 35, is alleged to have had sexual contact with a 14-year-old girl in November and given her marijuana over a six-month period between May and November. He is facing felony charges of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and third-degree sexual abuse of a minor.

aeiNDetails on the above cases are part of public records found in police and state trooper logbooks and court documents. Suspects are presumed innocent until proven guilty. For a full report on recent police and court activity, see Town Crier.ae/iN

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