Fruits of American Enlightenment

После публикации заметки об опасности, в которой находится русский язык среди старообрядцев Америки, на фэйсбуке прошла оживленная дискуссия на эту тему. Вывод: важно не только сохранять русский язык, но и традиционную старообрядческую культуру.

К сожалению, традиционные старообрядческие ценности постепенно размываются под влиянием окружающего мира. Уходят в прошлое трезвость и воздержанность, растет преступность.

Одним из последних громких эпизодов в ряду этих неприятных дел была история Майка Мартюшева, который, будучи в пьяном виде, поджег рыболовное судно своего отца, пытаясь покончить жизнь самоубийством, но не погиб, а был привлечен к суду за поджог.

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Arson charged in boat burning

• In police standoff, suicidal man surrendered but boat exploded
By Naomi Klouda
Homer Tribune

A Voznesenka man was charged with first-degree arson in connection with a police standoff and suicide threat that resulted in the near total loss of his father’s fishing vessel.

Mike Makai Martushoff, 58, remains hospitalized from burn injuries sustained in the alleged suicide-arson threat case. But Homer Police asked an Alaska District Court judge on Monday to grant an arrest warrant to press charges prior to his discharge from an Anchorage hospital.

At about 8:10 p.m. on Oct. 29, Homer Police received a 911 call from a woman in the Russian Old Believer village of Voznesenka saying that her brother, Martushoff, was threatening to burn her father’s boat, the Slava II, and to kill himself in the process, Sgt. Lary Kuhns wrote in his police affidavit. The woman told police her brother was aboard the vessel stored at Northern Enterprises Boat Yard. When officers arrived, they found the Slava II stored in close proximity to other vessels.

As police officers approached the vessel, they heard a loud “bang” and detected the odor associated with a flammable compound. “Unsure where the odor was coming from, (an officer) recognized the odor as that of a flammable liquid,” the report states.

The officers verified it was a flammable compound and called out for Martushoff. They received no response, according to the affidavit.

Officers then climbed aboard an adjacent vessel to the Slava II and tried to illuminate the area with a flashlight, but didn’t see anyone. A voice then came from the Slava II stating that he didn’t want to hurt anyone.

“The male, later identified as Mike Martushoff, advised the officers that he was armed with a shotgun and was intending to burn himself and the Slava II,” police said.

Officers then spoke with him via cell phone from a safe distance. The suspect told police he was drinking Vodka.

Meanwhile, members of the Homer Volunteer Fire Department and Kachemak Emergency Services stood by, also from a safe distance, with their firefighting equipment.

During 34 cell phone conversations over a four-hour period, the suspect reportedly asked police several times to shoot him. He also allegedly stated he intended to burn the Slava II because he was having issues with his father and called him “a son of a bitch.” Martushoff reportedly told officers if he burned the boat, then his father wouldn’t be able to have it.

At one point in a phone conversation, Martushoff told police if they contact his girlfriend, he would reconsider his intentions. As a sign of good faith, Martushoff was asked to toss his weapon out of the vessel. The suspect indicated he didn’t possess any firearms, according to the police affidavit.

After four hours of cell phone conversations in the police standoff, police were able to persuade the man to climb down the ladder from the Slava II and raise his hands in the air. But he reportedly turned around and reboarded the vessel.

A half-hour later, an explosion occurred onboard near the stern of the vessel. Attempts to contact Martushoff were unsuccessful, police said.

Around 1:12 a.m., Martushoff was taken into custody and transported to South Peninsula Hospital for treatment of his burns. He later was transported to another hospital where, as of Monday, he remained.

According to police interviews with witnesses, the suspect had threatened to kill family members and an attorney and to burn down their homes prior to the Oct. 29 events.

Due to the severity of the threats and the loss of the Slava II, worth $550,000 in total value, police requested the arrest warrant. The 48-foot commercial fishing vessel was uninsured.

As of press time, police were unable to confirm the arrest warrant had yet been served.
A search of court records show charges for alleged fishing and hunting violations, but no other criminal charges.

Homer Tribune

2.

Hearing continued in 2012 boat arson case

Posted: July 31, 2013 — 4:35pm

By MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

A change of plea hearing scheduled for Monday in the case of Makai “Mike” Martushoff, 59, has been continued to 1 p.m. Aug. 8 at the Homer Courthouse.

According to one of the alleged victims in the case, lawyer Michael Hough, Martushoff was scheduled to appear for a hearing in which a charge of first-degree arson, a class A felony, would be reduced to criminally negligent burning, a misdemeanor. If the plea deal stands, Martushoff would serve no more than one year in jail.

Martushoff was charged with allegedly burning a fishing boat in dry dock at the Northern Enterprises Boatyard on Oct. 29, 2012.

Police allege Martushoff intentionally set his father’s boat, the Slava II, on fire in an attempt to kill himself. The boat had major damage, but firefighters kept the fire from spreading to nearby boats.

The Slava II was not insured.

Martushoff suffered burn injuries and was hospitalized.

Police negotiated for several hours in an attempt to get Martushoff to surrender. Police alleged that Martushoff said he had a shotgun and would come out and shoot them.

After five hours, police heard an explosion on the boat and Martushoff came out unarmed.

Police also allege Martushoff threatened his father and Hough, the father’s lawyer. The father had filed several civil suits against his son. Police alleged Martushoff threatened to kill his father and Hough and burn down their houses.

On Tuesday, Hough said he had concerns about the change of plea. The fire exposed Homer Police officers and Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters to danger both in negotiating with Martushoff and fighting the fire, Hough noted.

“The case itself, standing on its own, it seems to me it sure doesn’t differ from the typical arson case,” Hough said. “He burned a $500,000 boat and you get off with six months? It seems pretty outrageous.”

Hough said he wrote Attorney General Michael Geraghty about his concerns and is talking with assistant district attorney Kelly Lawson, who is prosecuting the case, about the change of plea. Geraghty had issued a policy on July 25 that said prosecutors would not negotiate on sentences for unclassified felonies, class a felonies, all sex crimes, all human trafficking crimes and all domestic violence crimes. It’s unclear if Martushoff had accepted a plea agreement before that policy took effect.

Lawson declined to comment for this story.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.

http://homernews.com/homer-news/local-news/2013-07-31/hearing-continued-in-2012-boat-arson-case

3.

State withdraws plea agreement in boat arson case

Posted: August 21, 2013 — 4:18pm
By MICHAEL ARMSTRONG

The prosecution withdrew a plea agreement last Wednesday, Aug. 14, in the case of Makai “Mike” Martushoff, 59. Martushoff had been charged with one count of first-degree arson, a class A felony. A change-of-plea hearing scheduled for July 29 had been continued to Aug. 8 and then Aug. 14, but on Wednesday assistant district attorney Kelly Lawson said the state was pulling the offer.

At last week’s hearing, Magistrate George Peck took no action on the plea withdrawal and continued a preliminary hearing to 3:30 p.m. Aug. 23.

Martushoff was charged with allegedly burning a fishing boat in dry dock at the Northern Enterprises Boatyard on Oct. 29, 2012.

Police allege Martushoff intentionally set his father’s boat, the Slava II, on fire in an attempt to kill himself. The boat had major damage, but firefighters kept the fire from spreading to nearby boats. Martushoff suffered burn injuries and was hospitalized. He has either been hospitalized or in jail since then.

At the hearing, Martushoff’s public defender, Hatton Greer, said his client had accepted an offer to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminally negligent burning. If that deal had been accepted, Martushoff would have had to serve no more than a year in jail. Martushoff was close to having served his time if the deal had been accepted.

In court, Greer said the plea offer and acceptance should be treated as a legal contract. He later clarified in e-mail that he was making an analogy between the deal and a contract. Greer told the magistrate that he objected to the withdrawal of the plea agreement and would be filing a motion to that effect. Peck said he would not decide anything that day.

Martushoff has not yet been indicted for arson by a grand jury. Under court rules, a defendant in custody must either be indicted or a preliminary hearing held within 10 days. Preliminary hearings have been held and continued, and Greer has waived two court rules, Rule 5 and Rule 45. Rule 5 governs when cases must be brought to a grand jury and Rule 45, the “speedy trial” rule, when cases must go to trial.

Greer argued that with the plea agreement made on July 26, now that the deal has been withdrawn, that is when Rule 5 should start to toll — that is, when the 10-day deadline for an indictment starts. Greer requested the arson charge be dismissed because that deadline had passed, but Peck did not rule on that request. Greer also did not waive rule 5. Peck agreed that the 45-day rule should toll from July 26.

Peck did set another preliminary hearing within 10 days of Aug. 14.

In the original complaint, police alleged that Martushoff threatened his father and Michael Hough, the father’s lawyer. The father had filed several civil suits against his son. Police alleged Martushoff threatened to kill his father and Hough and burn down their houses. Hough and the father attended last week’s hearing. Hough had earlier expressed concerns about reducing the charge to a misdemeanor and had a meeting last week with Lawson, he said.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.
armstrong@homernews.com.

http://homernews.com/homer-news/local-news/2013-08-21/state-withdraws-plea-agreement-in-boat-arson-case

4.

Homer man indicted in 2012 boat fire case

Posted: August 28, 2013 — 4:05pm

After the prosecution withdrew a plea agreement on Aug. 14 in the case of Makai “Mike” Martushoff, 59, the Kenai Grand Jury last week indicted him on first-degree criminal mischief, a felony. Martushoff originally had been charged with one count of first-degree arson, also a felony, but that charge has now been changed. First-degree criminal mischief is defined as intentionally damaging property worth more than $100,000 using widely dangerous means.

At the Aug. 14 hearing, Martushoff’s public defender, Hatton Greer, said his client had accepted an offer on July 26 to plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge of criminally negligent burning. With the Kenai District Attorney’s office withdrawing that plea agreement, under court rules Martushoff either would have had to be indicted or a preliminary hearing held within 10 days.

Martushoff was charged with allegedly burning a fishing boat in dry dock at the Northern Enterprises Boatyard on Oct. 29, 2012.

Police allege Martushoff intentionally set his father’s boat, the Slava II, on fire in an attempt to kill himself. The boat had major damage, but firefighters kept the fire from spreading to nearby boats. Martushoff suffered burn injuries and was hospitalized. He has either been hospitalized or in jail since then.

http://homernews.com/homer-news/local-news/2013-08-28/homer-man-indicted-in-2012-boat-fire-case

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4 комментария на «Fruits of American Enlightenment»

  1. Жизнь показывает, что приезд в Соединенные Штаты стал катастрофической ошибкой старообрядцев. Лучше было оставаться в Южной Америке, целее были бы. А теперь только вопрос времени — сколько еще осталось 15 или 20 лет, и больше не будет русских старообрядцев в Америке, 90% станут и…дами-предателями.

  2. Аноним:

    мОЛОДЕЦ МОКЕША. СЛАВА ТЕБЕ!

    • Понятно, что Мокей сволочь и гад, опозорил староверие. А те, кто снимался в фильме географического канала не опозорили староверие? Как вы думаете? Мне кажется, что это стало всеобщей болезнью старообрядцев Орегона и Аляски — забыли русский язык и традиции, стали пьяницами и неудачниками.

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