With a record-setting number of homicides, 2017 has been a deadly year for Anchorage – and one which has seen a slew of high-profile capital cases on the Last Frontier. Here’s a look at some of our most memorable crime stories, covering cases from across town and across the state.

Jan. 17 APD: Son charged with killing his mom's boyfriend at Anchorage motel

Elliot Myas was accused of murdering his mother's boyfriend at Anchorage's Econo Inn in January 2017. (File/KTVA)

Anchorage police have arrested and charged a 23-year-old man with killing his mother's boyfriend following an incident at an Anchorage motel.

March 7: Troopers say recent Fairbanks standoff, fire was part of a homicide-suicide

An Old Steese Highway apartment building is considered

Investigators are calling a recent incident in Fairbanks a domestic violence-related homicide and suicide.

March 13: Police find 2 dead dogs in Chugiak home; woman arrested on animal cruelty charges

An Anchorage Animal Care and Control vehicle (File/KTVA)

The Anchorage Police Department says two dogs are dead after a Chugiak lawyer moved out of her house and left them behind.

April 26: APD confirms James Dale Ritchie as killer in 5 Anchorage murders

 

James Dale Ritchie, suspected in five Anchorage killings in 2016 before his death in a confrontation with police. (From APD)

More than five months after the public first heard James Dale Ritchie's name, the Anchorage Police Department confirmed that he was responsible for the murders of five people in the summer of 2016.

May 19: Prosecutor: Anchorage man likely killed girlfriend during his own suicide attempt

Prosecutors say Victor Sibson shot and killed his girlfriend, Brittanymae Haag, as he was attempting to commit suicide in April 2017. (File/KTVA)

The Anchorage Police Department has arrested a man accused of killing his girlfriend at the couple's Lake Otis Parkway apartment.

July 10: Anchorage Jail inmate stabbed in the eyes by his cellmate, charges say

An Anchorage Jail inmate is facing attempted-murder charges after investigators said he stabbed his cellmate in the eyes with a pencil, before being restrained by correctional officers using a Taser and pepper spray.

July 27: ‘She would not stop laughing at me:’ Husband charged with wife’s cruise-ship murder off Juneau

A husband accused of killing his Utah wife aboard a cruise ship traveling along Southeast Alaska now stands charged with murder, according to federal authorities.

Sept. 12: 3 dead, suspect held in Spenard shooting

Anchorage police said three people were dead in a double shooting on the 3200 block of Spenard Road Tuesday, Sept. 12, 2017. (Nick Swann/KTVA)

Three men were killed in a shooting on Spenard Road according to Anchorage police, who say a suspect is in custody. 

Nov. 2: Fairbanks police chief: Shooter killed by officers was ‘true evil’

Fairbanks police display gear carried by Matthew Colton Stover, 21, during a June 19, 2017 confrontation which ended with four officers fatally shooting him. (From FPD)

Fairbanks’ police chief said that a 21-year-old man, fatally shot by his officers during a violent confrontation in June, had extensively prepared himself for violence and had “true evil” on his mind.

Nov. 29: AST: Mother 'decapitated;' son accused of murder at North Pole home

A Fairbanks man stands accused of killing his mother after she was found "decapitated" at a North Pole home, authorities say.

Dec. 11: Troopers say man's death marks Anchorage's 35th homicide

Alaska State Troopers say they've determined a homicide they're investigating actually occurred in Anchorage, which would put the city's annual homicide count at 35 -- a record.

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