A dispute between neighbors in Chiniak led to the arrest of a 49-year-old Kodiak man, who was charged with four felonies. 

Joseph Griskonis was charged with two counts of assault in the third degree and two counts of terroristic threatening in the second degree — both felonies. He was also charged with misdemeanor violating a protective order, according to court documents. 

On the morning of Sept. 3, a couple and their construction crew were doing work on their property that had been approved by Kodiak Island Borough and the state of Alaska. 

The construction work allegedly angered their neighbor Griskonis, who responded by yelling and making obscene gestures, and by firing gunshots near their property. 

The couple reported the disturbance to Alaska State Troopers, who contacted Griskonis. 

He denied all accusations and said that the couple and crew were harassing him with chainsaws, said the court documents. 

When troopers arrived on the scene they spoke with the couple. The man allegedly saw Griskonis dressed in camouflage as he climbed onto the roof of his own building and pointed what appeared to be a gun at the group.

One of the couple’s workers said he heard four gunshots and saw the camouflaged Griskonis “cussing” and directing lewd gestures toward the group, according to the documents. 

Although the worker said he didn't see a gun, he did report seeing Griskonis make a gesture like he was “shouldering a firearm towards the group.”

The worker also said Griskonis started yelling at them and then he heard a loud boom, which sounded like a high-powered rifle. The group subsequently evacuated to a safer place. 

Griskonis had previously been issued an active stalking protection order prohibiting him from contacting the couple and discharging firearms in the direction of their properties. 

The troopers arrested Griskonis before searching the building where Griskonis lives. Inside, they found a 12-gauge shotgun with an empty shell casing still in the chamber.

Troopers also found other firearms and numerous empty shotgun shells in and around the building. All the shells appeared to be fresh, according to the documents. 

The felony charges against Griskonis are class C felonies, which can each result in a prison term of up to five years and a fine of up to $50,000. 

According to court documents, a preliminary hearing will be held on Sept. 14. at 2:45 p.m. if bail is posted. If no bail is posted, a preliminary hearing will be held on Sept. 24 at 2:45 p.m. 

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