Local news anchor arrested on assault charges, Anchorage police say
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (KTVF) - A local news anchor was arraigned Saturday following her arrest at an Anchorage television station.
Police said they took Maureen “Maria” Athens, 41, into custody Friday in the parking lot of Coastal Television Broadcasting Co. on East Tudor Road after it was reported she and a man were involved in an altercation.
Athens was charged with fourth-degree assault, criminal mischief, and disorderly conduct.
At the arraignment, the judge ruled Athens would be banned from the property until further notice. Athens is also not allowed to have contact with the victim.
The incident took place shortly after Athens took to social media to post unsubstantiated allegations against Anchorage Mayor Ethan Berkowitz. Though Athens posted that she would cover the story during her late night broadcast on Your Alaska Link, the story never aired.
The mayor’s office released a statement Friday calling Athens' allegations “slanderous” and “categorically false.”
“The slanderous allegations from Your Alaska Link reporter Maria Athens are categorically false and appear to be the product of someone who is hostile and unwell. We spoke with Ms. Athens' employer, general manager Scott Centers, who emphatically disavowed his employee’s comments,” the statement read.
A spokesperson from the Anchorage Police Department said Saturday that they were aware of the allegations against the mayor and a joint investigation with the FBI revealed no evidence of criminal conduct.
Centers declined to comment to Alaska’s News Source on the arrest, or whether Athens remains employed at the station.
Alaska’s News Source also reached out to the owner of Coastal Television, Bill Fielder, but he did not respond before the time of publication.
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