Man charged with assault after tree-clearing protest

Posted: Wednesday, August 06, 2003

ANCHORAGE (AP) Police arrested an elderly South Anchorage man for assault Monday after the resident, agitated by tree-clearing for new ball fields in Far North Bicentennial Park, jabbed a site worker with his cane.

Cort Broberg, 69, can see the unfolding tree clearing from his home of 34 years. Broberg said contractors have not honored an agreed upon buffer of 250 feet between ball fields and homes.

Broberg said he intended to stage a sit-in protest at the future ball field site Monday morning. When workers told Broberg to leave because it was not safe, the retired civil engineer stayed put.

A worker approached him, Broberg said, and he raised his cane to stop the man's advance.

''I brought my stick up to check him, and it got him right alongside the chin,'' he told the Anchorage Daily News.

Police cited Broberg for misdemeanor assault. He is scheduled to appear in court in September.

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