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December 10, 2014 at 11:33 AM

Police: Felon killed former Tacoma lawmaker in jealous rage

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — A convicted Alaska felon with a history of assaulting women was charged with first-degree murder Wednesday in the shooting death of an assistant state prosecutor in Barrow. Ronald Fischer, 47, was arraigned in the death of Brian Sullivan, an assistant district attorney in the country’s northernmost community. In a charging document, North Slope…


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December 9, 2014 at 12:51 PM

Former Tacoma legislator Brian Sullivan shot and killed in Alaska

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — A former Washington state representative working as an assistant district attorney in Alaska was killed Monday night in a shooting. KTUU-TV reports 48-year-old Brian Sullivan died Monday night in a shooting at a home in Barrow, the northernmost community in the United States. North Slope Borough officials say a man was taken into…


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November 18, 2014 at 9:40 AM

Alaska man arrested in women’s underwear thefts

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say they have detained a man suspected of stealing women’s underwear during burglaries in Kodiak. KTUU-TV reports an 18-year-old was taken into custody Monday. Online court records early Tuesday didn’t indicate he had been formally charged. Troopers say the burglaries occurred over three months. Residents would return home to find…


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November 13, 2014 at 7:48 AM

FBI: Alaska leads nation in rapes per capita

ANCHORAGE — The FBI’s crime statistics for 2013 indicate Alaska leads the nation in rapes per capita. The Alaska Dispatch News reports the FBI counted 922 rapes last year, a rate of 124.4 per 100,000 residents. That’s three times the national average. The number has increased in part because the FBI has revised its definition of rape. The agency’s…


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November 5, 2014 at 9:00 AM

Camas man kills 2 bears while defending friend in Alaska

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers say a hunter killed two bears after one of the animals attacked his friend. Troopers say the Coast Guard reported the attack Tuesday afternoon. KTUU-TV reports 68-year-old Sitka resident Michael Snowden had been attacked by a brown bear while hunting on Sally Island, about 30 miles west of Kodiak in the…


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October 10, 2014 at 7:38 AM

Juneau police sorry for telling wrong family of death

The Associated Press JUNEAU, Alaska — Police in Juneau are apologizing for mistakenly informing a Palmer, Alaska, family that their son died in a vehicle crash. A 33-year-old driver named Justin Donald Priest died Wednesday night in a crash when his vehicle hit a tree. The Juneau Empire newspaper reports police contacted the family of Justin D. Priest…


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September 30, 2014 at 6:32 AM

Army aircraft spots stranded beluga whales, their escape

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — An Army unmanned aerial aircraft captured something pretty tragic in the waters of Cook Inlet. Then it captured something joyful. KTVA reports  the aircraft was taking part late last month in an exercise in Knik Arm. The aircraft’s operator from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson was giving helicopter crews an observational view of their…


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September 28, 2014 at 2:40 PM

‘Run like there’s a bear’ proves good advice for Alaska cross country racers

KETCHIKAN, Alaska  — A black bear disrupted a girls’ race at the Region V Cross Country meet in Ketchikan, forcing most of the field to re-run the course. Thorne Bay’s Taylee Nyquest led the first heat of runners on the course at Ward Lake on Saturday as her mom and coach, Sheila Nyquest, cheered her on….


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September 4, 2014 at 11:09 AM

Body of Alaska serial killer’s victim exhumed

The Associated Press ANCHORAGE — The remains of an unidentified victim of recently deceased Alaska serial killer Robert Hansen were being exhumed from an Anchorage gravesite, 30 years after her killer led authorities to her body near a lake north of the city. Hansen confessed to killing 17 women in the 1970s and early ‘80s, hunting victims…


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August 28, 2014 at 9:50 AM

7 students disciplined for Juneau hazing

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Seven high school seniors in Juneau will be disciplined for hazing incoming freshman last May. Superintendent Mark Miller at a press conference Wednesday announced results of a school district investigation. The Juneau Empire reports the upperclassmen used a paddle to beat six freshmen. Miller says the school district will not release names of…


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