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    ‘I’m going to protect what I got’: Elderly Fairview man robbed 3 times in a month

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 24, 23:24

    A 71-year-old Fairview man said thieves robbed him at his home three times between Jan. 19 and Feb. 20. Lee Perkins has lived in an apartment on Karluk Street for about one year. He said during the first incident, a man knocked on his door asking for a cigarette. When Perkins turned around, the man […]

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    Body cam shows use of deadly force by Fairbanks officer, no criminal charges filed

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 24, 18:40

    In an unprecedented move, the Fairbanks Police Department have released body camera footage of an August 2016 incident during which a sergeant shot and killed an armed man. James Robert Richards, 28, was shot twice in the head after assaulting two people at the Alaska Motel and leading police on a chase through downtown Fairbanks, according to the […]

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    Fairbanks grand jury indicts 4 in theft of 500-pound safe

    by Associated Press on Feb 24, 9:18

    A Fairbanks grand jury has indicted four people suspected of stealing a 500-pound safe from a North Pole home. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the safe contained almost $100,000 in coins, jewelry and guns. The theft was discovered Jan. 22. A man called Alaska State Troopers reporting the stolen safe and the ransacking of his […]

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    Alaska village banishes 4 people for dealing meth

    by Associated Press on Feb 24, 7:33

    The chief of an Alaskan tribe says four community members have been banished for dealing methamphetamine. Allakaket Chief PJ Simon tells the News-Miner that 25 residents confronted the suspected meth dealers and escorted them out of town. They were placed on a Tuesday afternoon flight. The banishment came after an emotional town hall meeting, which […]

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    Police: Fairbanks mother killed by ex-boyfriend in apparent murder-suicide

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 23, 15:13

    Fairbanks police are investigating an apparent murder-suicide that took place in a residence sometime Wednesday afternoon, according to a press release issued Thursday. The victim, 24-year-old Vanessa Reese, and her estranged boyfriend, 26-year-old Thien Tran, were found dead from gunshot wounds inside Tran’s home. “The preliminary investigation indicates that Tran shot Reese then killed himself,” Fairbanks Police […]

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    Suspect arraigned on new charges related to deadly shooting

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 21, 21:06

    A man accused of killing an Anchorage 19-year-old appeared in court Tuesday on two new charges in the case. Christopher Birotte, 23, was arraigned for first-degree murder and first-degree attempted murder in connection to a Jan. 24 shooting that resulted in the death of Tiwan Johnson. Birotte was previously arraigned on other charges of second-degree […]

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    Frank Woodford’s mom faces son’s suspected killer in court for the first time

    by Sierra Starks on Feb 21, 19:37

    Michelle Woodford admits she didn’t get much sleep Monday night as she prepared to come face to face with the man accused of killing her son. “It got harder knowing that this court date was today,” she said. “I mean, I knew it was coming, but it just got harder.” Damien Peterson was arraigned in […]

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    ‘We want to stop it’: Coast Guard, DEA explain efforts to curb drug use in Alaska

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 21, 8:27

    In a recent interview with KTVA, Anchorage police Capt. Bill Miller said increased drug use is part of the reason why crime is rising in Anchorage. Chief Chris Tolley said finding the source of drugs like heroin, however, is the responsibility of federal agencies like the Drug Enforcement Administration, as drugs come from outside of […]

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    Juneau teen charged in connection with BB gun damage to 6 businesses

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 20, 21:50

    A Juneau teenager was jailed in connection to broken windows and doors at multiple businesses, which amounted to roughly $8,700 in damage. A Juneau police officer was flagged down around 8 a.m. on Saturday to investigate a broken window at the Alaskan Fudge Company, which is located on Franklin Street. “A glass pane from the […]

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    20 years later: Anniversary of Bethel school shooting still emotional

    by Rhonda McBride on Feb 20, 8:54

    Feb. 19, 1997. If you lived in Bethel on that day, you would remember exactly where you were and what you were doing, even though it was 20 years ago. That’s the day Evan Ramsey took a 12-gauge shotgun to school and opened fire in the lobby just before class started. The shooting rampage at […]

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    ‘Beautiful in every way’: Friend describes murder victim allegedly killed by estranged husband

    by Eric Ruble on Feb 18, 18:59

    Brandy Sullivan was a customer service agent with Alaska Airlines at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport for about eight years. Two years ago, Kim Crisafulli joined the company, and Sullivan trained her. “She was that lady that women envy,” Crisafulli said. “She’d come into work and she had so much class, no matter what was […]

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    Troopers investigate Fairbanks shooting, robbery

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 17, 14:44

    Early Friday morning, a 22-year-old man showed up at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital with a gunshot wound to his abdomen. Although his injury was serious, Alaska State Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters said, he was lucky — it was non-life threatening. The investigation is still in its early stages, but a trooper dispatch said they responded to […]

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    FBI searching for man who robbed a Midtown bank Thursday morning

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 16, 19:07

    The Federal Bureau of Investigation in Anchorage is looking for a man who robbed a Midtown bank in broad daylight Thursday. The man, pictured above, walked into the First National Bank location at 201 W. 36th Avenue at around 11:30 a.m. and demanded money from the clerk, according to an email from Staci Feger-Pellessier, FBI […]

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    APD identifies murdered Anchorage woman, arrests suspect

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 16, 18:14

    Last updated at 5:45 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18 Adam Wayne Sullivan smelled like alcohol when Anchorage police contacted him for the first time, after his estranged wife was shot and killed Thursday, according to a criminal complaint filed. Brandy Marie Sullivan’s 13-year-old daughter called 911 shortly before 4 p.m. to report her mother had been shot. […]

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    Lawyer: Esteban Santiago mentally competent to stand trial

    by Associated Press on Feb 16, 15:45

    Defense lawyers say the Alaska man accused of fatally shooting five people and wounding six at a major airport in Florida is mentally competent to stand trial. Attorneys for 26-year-old Esteban Santiago told a federal judge Thursday that he understands court proceedings and can assist in his defense. Santiago is accused of flying from Anchorage, […]

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    Man charged with manslaughter for collision that killed 10-year-old girl

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 15, 12:56

    A 25-year-old man has been arrested for manslaughter and driving under the influence, for hitting and killing a 10-year-old pedestrian in November, according to a release from the Anchorage Police Department. APD said Christopher Lee Turner was arrested Tuesday. Police were called to Jewel Lake Road and 88th Avenue on Nov. 13 at 5:22 p.m., […]

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    Man charged with assaulting woman with stock of shotgun

    by Associated Press on Feb 15, 8:22

    UPPER KALSKAG, Alaska (AP) – A 48-year-old man suspected of assaulting a woman relative in a southwest Alaska village has been charged with two counts of felony assault. Wayne Holmberg of Upper Kalskag is being held on $100,000 bail at the Bethel jail. Medical personnel at the Upper Kalskag Clinic on Sunday reported the woman’s […]

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    Money or jail: Scammer impersonates trooper, claims to have arrest warrant

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 14, 20:35

    A familiar scam is making another appearance in Alaska — someone is pretending to be an Alaska State Trooper in an attempt to get Alaskans’ money. According to an online dispatch, troopers received a report of the scam on Monday. As in previous versions of the scam, someone impersonated a trooper during a phone call […]

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    A timeline of crimes with connections to the Grunwald case

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 14, 12:11

    There have been multiple crimes that have been uncovered since 16-year-old David Grunwald disappeared last year, including Grunwald’s kidnapping and murder. Above is a look at the cases, in the order they were investigated, leading to an arrest. Each case listed has ties to Grunwald.

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    Boston Street standoff suspect arraigned

    by KTVA CBS 11 News on Feb 14, 6:52

    Last updated at 5:44 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 15 An armed man has been taken into custody after he barricaded himself inside an east Anchorage home Thursday morning, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Police have since released new details about the case. In a statement Tuesday afternoon, police explained that the standoff began after a […]