Ketchikan man files $4.5 million suit over his arrest

  • Saturday, September 17, 2016 9:51pm
  • News

KETCHIKAN, Alaska (AP) — A Ketchikan man is suing the city and its police department over allegations of malicious prosecution stemming from his arrest two years ago.

Walter Reichard’s $4.5 million lawsuit, which also alleges false arrest and official misconduct resulting in injury, was filed this week, The Ketchikan Daily News reported. Reichard, 35, was arrested in September 2014 after a woman who had filed a protective order against him called police to report that he had followed her into a grocery store.

According to a criminal complaint filed in the case, a police officer said he reviewed security footage from the store and determined that Reichard had closely followed the woman and was within 20 feet of her at times. The protective order required him to stay at least 500 feet away from her. Reichard was arraigned on one count of violation of a domestic protective order, but prosecutors eventually dropped the misdemeanor charge.

Reichard had been jailed from his arrest through the case’s dismissal two months later. He said he filed the lawsuit partly because a judge denied his request to have his name removed from Alaska’s online court system. Ketchikan Superior Court Judge Trevor Stephens had ruled that the court does not have the authority to grant Reichard’s request because it did not fit within certain administrative rules, according to court documents.

Ketchikan City Attorney Mitch Seaver said in a Wednesday email that the city has 20 days after service of a summons and complaint to respond to the lawsuit, but that the city had not yet been served. Reichard is planning on hiring an attorney and said he is seeking a jury trial.

More in News

Shawn Dick of Talkneetna carries a fresh catch out of the water while dipnetting on the Kenai Beach on July 10, 2020. (Peninsula Clarion file)
Kenai River dipnetting opens this month

The Kenai River personal use dipnet fishery opens July 10

The sun is seen shining above the Kenai River in Soldotna, Alaska, on July 14, 2020. (Photo by Erin Thompson/Peninsula Clario file)
When the temperature hits 70, Alaskans feel the heat — and start suffering health ills

Acclimatization, the angle of the sun at high latitudes and other factors make summer heat more intense in Alaska

A map shows active fires around the state of Alaska on Friday, July 1, 2022. (Screenshot from Alaska Wildland Fire Information Map)
Fire danger prompts restrictions on burning, fireworks

There were 160 fires in Alaska as of Thursday, and of those 17 were staffed with fire personnel

Jessica Cook, left, and Les Gara are photographed in The Peninsula Clarion’s offices Thursday in Kenai. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Gara, Cook campaign on the Kenai Peninsula

The pair cited education funding, reproductive rights and election security as priorities

A map shows the Seward Highway MP 17-22.5 Rehabilitation Project area. The Seward Highway between Mileposts 17 and 22.5 — from about Primrose Campground to near Teddy’s Inn The Woods — will be closed from 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesday starting July 18, 2022. (Screenshot)
Roadwork in Moose Pass to shut parts of Seward Highway

The Seward Highway between Mileposts 17 and 22.5 will be closed from 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. on Mondays and Wednesday starting July 18

Former Homer High School athletic director poses on Friday, July 1, 2022, at the high school athletic field in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Work ethic, grit and teamwork

After two decades, Homer athletic director says goodbye to program he helped build

Assembly members participate during a meeting of the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly on Tuesday, June 21, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Another renewable energy company seeks to set up peninsula solar farm

Utopian Power wants to build a two-megawatt solar farm on a 40-acre chunk of land owned by the borough

COVID-19. (Image courtesy CDC)
COVID hospitalizations up from last week

Hospitalization data is the most effective indicator of the prevalence of the virus

Most Read