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Dave Detling

Stories by Dave Detling

  • Local

    Troopers conduct sexual assault prevention training

    by Dave Detling on Apr 25, 7:17

    Alaska State Troopers and village public safety officers are working to cut back on Alaska’s high sexual assault rates with a new campaign called “My Body, My Life.” It’s part of an intensive, week-long training program intended to help troopers and victim advocates tackle tough issues like rape, drug and alcohol abuse and self-esteem. They […]

  • Local

    Easter fire scorches Wasilla neighborhood

    by Dave Detling on Apr 21, 13:19

    A Matanuska Valley homeowner is being cited for a massive fire that destroyed more than three acres Easter Sunday. The fire broke out on the 5900 block of East Fetlock Drive in Wasilla around 2:45 p.m., according to the Central Mat-Su Fire Department. The homeowner was burning debris in his backyard when the blaze got […]

  • Local

    Troopers crack down on distracted driving

    by Dave Detling on Apr 19, 9:47

    April is Distracted Driving Awareness month and across the state, troopers are cracking down on dangerous driving. At the forefront of that mission is Alaska State Trooper Sgt. Andrew Gorin. Much of his 10-hour shift is spent on traffic patrol, making sure drivers obey the law, especially near the Parks Highway. “The highway is a […]

  • Local

    Cellmate says jail staff failed to respond to sick prisoner

    by Dave Detling on Apr 18, 5:43

    Rachelle Hamilton knew something was wrong when she first met her cellmate, Amanda Kernak. “She was very thin, very ill,” Hamilton said. “She didn’t look healthy.” Hamilton shared the 8-by-10-foot cell with the 24-year-old for roughly eight hours on April 8. Hamilton said she was locked up in the holding cell because she missed a […]

  • Crime

    Anchorage physician charged with Medicaid fraud

    by Dave Detling on Apr 16, 19:13

    An Anchorage doctor is accused of billing Medicaid hundreds of thousands of dollars for services he didn’t provide. Dr. Shubhranjan Ghosh, 39, of Anchorage was arrested Tuesday. He is the founder of Ghosh Psychiatric Services, which specializes in mental health stabilization of Alaskan youth, the website says. Charging documents say Ghosh attempted to siphon more than […]

  • Local

    Man recounts suspect’s request for death

    by Dave Detling on Apr 09, 23:49

    Robert Maxwell says he’ll never forget what he saw and heard inside a hallway at Safe Harbor Inn Tuesday. “She looked me in the eyes and said, ‘I need you to kill me,’” he said. Court documents confirm Maxwell’s description of the brief conversation he had with 40-year-old Tracia Hetty Jordan-Sainte. More disturbing, Maxwell, said […]

  • Health

    New housing facility for city’s mentally ill unveiled

    by Dave Detling on Apr 09, 23:35

    ANCHORAGE – Come May, a new housing option will be available to six Anchorage adults coping with mental illness. Anchorage Community Mental Health Services unveiled the Fairview property at a ribbon-cutting event this week. The estimated cost of the project was $750,000, which was paid for by the state and foundation grants. According to ACMHS, […]

  • Money

    Online news organization set to purchase Alaska’s largest newspaper

    by Dave Detling on Apr 08, 18:25

    A media shakeup is in the works as online news outlet Alaska Dispatch announced its plan Tuesday to purchase the Anchorage Daily News. The sale, which is set to close in May, is estimated to cost $34 million. According to Alaska Dispatch Publishing, the sale covers the Anchorage Daily News, the ADN.com website and the […]

  • Local

    Stop the Violence campaign preparations

    by Dave Detling on Apr 04, 22:55

    More than 80 pounds of sugar, flour and frosting filled Rayshawn Mayberry’s kitchen Friday. Mayberry is the cousin of 15-year-old Precious Alex. The teen was killed Tuesday when shots were fired through her basement bedroom window. Mayberry and a friend have been busy baking 640 cupcakes for this weekend’s Stop the Violence campaign. “This is […]

  • Money

    Poor risk assessment resulted in Shell grounding, report says

    by Dave Detling on Apr 03, 20:55

    A recently released report by the U.S. Coast Guard says poor risk assessment and management were all factors in the grounding of Shell’s mobile oil drilling rig, the Kulluk. The rig grounded on Sitkalidak Island near Kodiak back in December 2012. Thursday’s report suggests Alaska’s tax laws may have influenced the decision by Shell to […]

  • Local

    Election officials see increased voter turnout

    by Dave Detling on Apr 01, 5:45

    The Anchorage Municipal Clerk’s Office estimates a turnout of roughly 5,000 early voters for this year’s municipal election. “Our numbers are up,” said Deputy Clerk Amanda Moser. The clerk’s office and countless volunteers have been busy at early polling stations, but the most work comes when the polls open Tuesday at 7 a.m. Voters are […]

  • Local

    AK National Guard responds to rape investigation

    by Dave Detling on Mar 29, 9:07

    The Pentagon will conduct a federal investigation of sexual abuse allegations by members of the Alaska National Guard. The investigation follows a request made by Gov. Sean Parnell. Earlier this week, the governor’s office released a letter it sent to National Guard Bureau Chief Gen. Frank Grass on Feb. 28. In the letter, it requested […]

  • Local

    The Great Alaska ShakeOut

    by Dave Detling on Mar 27, 22:17

    Across the city and state, families and organizations are preparing for big earthquakes. Huffman Elementary was one of dozens of schools that participated in the Great Alaska ShakeOut drill Thursday. At 1:36 p.m., the entire school was instructed to “drop, cover and hold on.” “It’s a simple drill that can help save your life,” said […]

  • Politics

    Sponsors push for sexual abuse and assault classes in public schools

    by Dave Detling on Mar 25, 22:17

    ANCHORAGE – Rep. Geran Tarr is anxiously awaiting a House Bill 223 presentation to members of the House Education Committee that’s slated for Friday. Tarr’s bill, also named Erin’s Law, would require public schools in Alaska to teach students about sexual abuse and sexual assault, as early as kindergarten. The goal of the bill is […]

  • Local

    APD adds 16 new officers

    by Dave Detling on Mar 24, 23:06

    ANCHORAGE – After five months of grueling training, 16 men and women took an oath to serve and protect the Municipality of Anchorage. Recruit Class 13-1 received their badges after successfully graduating from November’s police academy. Tuesday they begin their 14 weeks of field training. “I can’t believe five months went by that quickly,” said […]

  • Local

    Tenants fear eviction from Big Timber Motel

    by Dave Detling on Mar 21, 23:49

    ANCHORAGE - It’s been 24 hours since new ownership took over at the Big Timber Motel and tenants fear eviction. Tenants say they received a letter from property management demanding rent and deposit within 24 hours. KTVA obtained a copy of the letter. It was issued and signed by the former owner of the property Terry Stalman. In the letter, Stahlman […]

  • Local

    Former boyfriend indicted for murder of missing woman

    by Dave Detling on Mar 21, 0:09

    WASILLA - For four years Andrea Borsetti clung to hope that her sister Nichole Millsaps’ missing persons case would be solved. Last month, her remains were discovered along a hiking trail in Indian. Her death is still a mystery, but investigators believe Simon Douglas Smith, her ex-boyfriend, is responsible. A grand jury indicted Smith, 34, for […]

  • Local

    DOT works to increase safety along Seward Highway

    by Dave Detling on Mar 20, 6:07

    ANCHORAGE – The state Department of Transportation says it is committed to making the most dangerous state-maintained roads and highways safer. This includes the Seward Highway. Since 2013, the state has spent more than $16 million in improvements, and state transportation officials say those improvements are paying off. “We have seen a number of projects completed […]

  • Local

    Police: Home invasions were not random

    by Dave Detling on Mar 18, 6:57

    ANCHORAGE - Police say they are actively investigating a second armed robbery on Anchorage’s south side. Investigators say the second robbery in less than two weeks happened on the 12000 block of Brandon Street early Monday morning. Police say there were multiple suspects involved, but no one inside the home was physically harmed. According to Sgt. Mike Couturier, the robberies […]

  • Local

    Fire destroys Fishhook Dairy barn

    by Dave Detling on Mar 07, 5:35

    WASILLA – Firefighters in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough spent a good portion of the afternoon battling a blaze at the Fishhook Dairy barn Wednesday. “It’s pretty amazing how powerful fire is, and how fast … quick it is,” said Amy Harmon. Harmon is the granddaughter of June and Clyde Oberg, who helped build the dairy three […]