State says no charges filed for woman who confronted Dunleavy in Nome
The state won't be filing charges against a woman who Nome police say began yelling and stomping her feet toward Gov. Mike Dunleavy on Wednesday.
In a phone interview with Cori Mills, the senior assistant attorney general with the Alaska Department of Law, she said the Nome Police Department referred the case to the state, which will not be filing a disorderly conduct charge.
"We decided it was not worth our resources to pursue the charges," Mills said.
The max penalty for the charge is 24 hours.
In a press release early Thursday, Nome police say Brenda Evak's actions gained everyone's attention inside the terminal. Police and Alaska State Troopers physically escorted Evak out of the terminal, after officers say she pointed her finger, closed the distance to the governor while balling her other fist and refusing to leave.
Nome police say Evak was resistant and endangering public safety.
Gov. Dunleavy was in Nome Wednesday for a planned appearance to discuss his state budget proposal, which includes several unpopular cuts. He is traveling across Alaska for a week-long series of meetings with people in different communities. He has now visited Kenai, Anchorage and Nome and has plans to make an appearance in Fairbanks on Thursday before ending his tour with a final discussion near Wasilla on Friday.
In Juneau on Thursday, Nome Rep. Neal Foster said he understands that people get passionate and he hoped Evak was not jailed for her actions.
“If it were up to me, I would probably say let’s not prosecute this situation,” Foster said. “There was no violence; it appears that this person has no record.”
The Associated Press reported that Nome District Attorney John Earthman said Thursday that he "told the court that no charge would be filed" against Evak.
Correction: An earlier version of this story stated the typical charge for disorderly conduct is 10-24 days. However, that was before Senate Bill 91. It is now a max charge of 24 hours.
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