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Court hears oral arguments accusing Borough of illegal search of home


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The structure at 1011 Wrangell Ave. before demolition in 2014.

The Petersburg Borough is responding to accusations that it made an illegal search of Karen Ellingstad's Wrangell Avenue home on Jan. 9 and 13, 2014 to seek and retrieve asbestos samples prior to the scheduled demolition that had been upheld by the Superior Court. Furthermore, Ellingstad states that entry to her home by Public Works Director Karl Hagerman violated her right to privacy and required a search warrant based on the Fourth Amendment and Art. 1, Sec. 14 of the Alaska Constitution.

Superior Court Judge William Carey heard oral arguments on the case from both Ellingstad and Borough...

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