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From Kyle Hopkins and Casey Grove –

A Selawik woman faces disorderly conduct charges for ranting and playing music last night over the VHF radio, troopers say.

The report:

Location: Selawik
Type: Disorderly Conduct:

At approximately 2130 hours on 1-5-12, Florence Mitchell (50) of Selawik was reported by numerous villagers that she was using the local VHF village radio ranting, cursing and playing music not appropriate for children in the village to be exposed to having to listen to for almost two hours.
She was contacted by the Village Police and troopers at her residence and subsequently discovered to be intoxicated from consumption of homebrew. Three young children were inside the home and were taken to a family nearby for the night. Mitchell was charged with disorderly conduct. Alcohol was a factor.

In many villages, VHFs are as common as phones and a must-have communications tool for tracking everything from search-and-rescue efforts to school activities.

But inappropriate music?

We called the Selawik store, where a resident said the woman had been intoxicated, missing her dead grandparents and playing Hank Williams, who reminded her of them.

Troopers later clarified that the music selection included "rap music laced with vulgar language." That's according to an email from agency spokeswoman Beth Ipsen.

"(Mitchell) would also get on the radio and talk about a dead family member, use obscenities and call people names," Ipsen wrote. "She did this on and off for about two hours. Numerous people complained about it. She was cited and the radio was seized. This is not the first time someone has been cited for this in Selawik for doing this."

While Selawik has, at times, had little or no police presence, Trooper Capt. Barry Wilson said the state this year is planning to station two troopers in the village to help with law enforcement in the region.

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