Missing or murdered: Jurors get Thomas Skeek murder case
Jurors are now considering the Thomas Skeek murder case after more than two weeks of testimony.
Claman: Let public defenders testify on crime bills in person
House Judiciary Committee Chair Matt Claman says public defenders should be allowed to travel to Juneau just as attorneys from the Department of Law do.
Anchorage felon gets nearly 6 years for possessing firearm
An Anchorage man was sentenced to almost six years in jail Friday after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of firearms.
Missing or murdered: Prosecution rests in Thomas Skeek trial
The state rested its case in the murder trial of Thomas Skeek on Thursday, but not before presenting a final witness who testified about the last time Linda Skeek's children saw their mother.
Idaho man charged with illegally guiding bear hunts
An Idaho man was indicted for illegal bear hunts in Noatak Preserve.
APD: Reckless driver had her child in the vehicle
Three 911 callers helped Anchorage police find and arrest a woman they believe was driving under the influence with her daughter in the truck.
Dunleavy chose not to fill a Palmer judge position. Constitutionally, he has to.
The executive director for the Alaska Judicial Council said it's rare for a governor to reject a nominee
Alaska bistro marked by racist graffiti, reference to Trump
An Alaska restaurant has been targeted by racist graffiti that also included a reference to President Donald Trump.
'Catch and Release' offender gets 8 years on gun charge
Shane Muse was sentenced Wednesday after pleading guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm during a June 2018 arrest.
APD says car thefts down, theft arrests up in 2019
Anchorage police say car thefts are down in the municipality and car theft suspect arrests are up so far this year.
Former gallery owner charged over fake Alaska Native artwork
Arctic Treasures Art Gallery's former owner allegedly had hundreds of items he falsely claimed were carved by Alaska Natives, as well as a polar bear skull and a walrus oosik.
Judge postpones decision on Erick Almandinger's sentencing
Judge Gregory Heath postponed Erick Almandinger's sentencing for the murder of David Grunwald to give the defense three weeks to decide if they want to have any psychological testing done.
APD looking for man who 'walked away' from halfway house
Anchorage police are trying to find 33-year-old Karl L. Gallow, who walked away from a halfway house.
Bail denied for Mainer who's fighting extradition to Alaska
A Maine man who is wanted in Alaska for killing a woman more than two decades ago will continue to be held without bail.
Man takes 80-year plea deal for Christmas Eve 'ninja' murder
Jaylyn Franklin, 22, is pleading guilty to murder for his role in the Christmas Eve 2016 shooting deaths of 38-year-old Christopher Brooks and his 32-year-old wife Danielle Brooks.
Man charged in Alaska cold case due in Maine court this week
A Maine man who is fighting extradition to Alaska for a murder charge is due back in court for his case.
Haitim Taha appears in court after extradition from Israel
Haitim Taha is one of two people accused of killing Leroy Lawrence, a 17-year-old caught in the crossfire of a drive-by shooting in April 2017.
Judge ups bail amount for woman accused of killing her daughter
The child was strapped into her car seat, appeared to have been stabbed multiple times and was obviously deceased, court documents say.
Fairbanks men plead guilty in identity-theft scheme
A wide-ranging Fairbanks identity-theft scheme exposed last year has led to guilty pleas by two men in federal court.
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Lawmaker's crime bill targets repeat thieves
The chair of the state House's Judiciary Committee added a bill Friday to this session's growing stack of crime legislation, introducing a measure targeting frequent thieves.
Court upholds man’s 99-year sentence under ‘3 strikes’ sex-crimes law
A man ordered to spend nearly a century in prison after his third conviction for a felony sex crime was properly sentenced under a state "three strikes" law, according to judges who rejected his appeal this week.
Man indicted for sexual assaults during massages
An Anchorage grand jury has indicted 37-year-old Travis Hermansen on multiple counts of second-degree sexual assault and there may be more victims.
Johnson to undergo 'testing' before sentencing for Grunwald murder
At a status hearing on Thursday, Dominic Johnson's attorney said he's retained an expert for "testing" he'd like done on Johnson before the killer's sentencing.
Half-built Midtown hotel burned in arson fire demolished
The partially constructed Midtown hotel that burned in January, during what police say was an act of arson, has begun to come down this week after a demolition order.
APD: Woman killed daughter then intentionally hurt herself
Anchorage police say officers found a girl dead and a woman wounded Wednesday morning in a vehicle at the Point Woronzof parking lot, as an investigation of what happened continues.
Johnson-Barr murder suspect to get mental health evaluation
The order for Peter Wilson, 42, was handed down by a federal judge in a case linked to the death of 10-year-old Ashley Johnson-Barr.
APD: Suspect arrested after hitting man on street with encased rifle
Anchorage police have arrested a suspect they say hit a man with an encased rifle in the middle of the street during an argument late Friday night.
APD names officers involved in Airport Heights shooting
Anchorage police have named the four officers involved in the Airport Heights neighborhood shooting that left one man dead last week.
Charges: Man beat girlfriend to death at Spenard apartment
The man accused of killing a woman in Spenard Thursday allegedly beat her to death, according to charging documents.
APD names suspect killed in Airport Heights officer-involved shooting
Anchorage police have named the man killed early Thursday by officers he allegedly fired on in the Airport Heights neighborhood.
Conviction in Dimond Center murder overturned due to court mistake
A murder conviction in a 2010 shooting at Anchorage's Dimond Center mall has been overturned, after an appeals court said the trial judge made a mistake in instructing jurors.
Woman dead, man held after Spenard domestic-violence attack
Anchorage police say a woman gravely wounded in a Spenard assault early Thursday has died, with new charges likely pending against the man arrested hours later.
APD IDs victim in ‘suspicious death’ at Dimond Boulevard home
Anchorage police say a woman’s death Friday afternoon at a residence along Dimond Boulevard is considered suspicious, and are asking the public for help learning more.
19-year-old murder suspect arrested at Anchorage airport
Terrance Paleka, Jr. believed responsible for February 4th murder of Salisa Loucks.
Suspected 'vehicle prowler' killed by Anchorage police
A man described as a vehicle prowler was shot and killed by Anchorage police officers early Thursday morning in Airport Heights, according to an Anchorage Police Department Nixle alert.
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Missing or murdered: DNA links apartment blood to Linda Skeek
A forensic scientist with the state crime lab is confident blood in the couple's apartment belongs to Linda Skeek, based on evidence at husband Thomas Skeek's murder trial.
Woman accused of attacking man with cane in Spenard assault
Norma Kashatok, 32, was arrested Monday on a first-degree assault charge in the Saturday case. The victim, police said, suffered life-threatening injuries in the attack.
Missing or murdered: Crime-scene images emerge in Skeek murder trial
Prosecutors showed jurors evidence of spattered blood throughout the Anchorage apartment Thomas and Linda Skeek shared.
Judge moves final Grunwald suspects' trial to Fairbanks
Judge Gregory Heath cited publicity surrounding Erick Almandinger's and Dominic Johnson's murder trials last year as one reason for moving Bradley Renfro and Austin Barrett's trial to Fairbanks.
Man arrested after stealing vehicle, making threats at Alyeska Resort
Anchorage police have arrested a man who they say stole a vehicle and later threatened to shoot people at the Alyeska Resort over the weekend.
Suspect arrested in assault that left one man with life-threatening injuries
A man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries and Anchorage police are looking for answers as to what happened to him.
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JPD: Officer hit, dragged several feet by vehicle during arrest
An officer with the Juneau Police Department was struck by a vehicle and dragged several feet while trying to arrest a man with a felony warrant over the weekend.
APD: Man arrested in early morning shooting investigation
Anchorage police have arrested a suspect in connection to an early morning shooting that sent one man to a local hospital.
Woman convicted of starving children had a baby while on bail
New information could mean a harsher sentence in the case of a woman convicted of starving her adopted daughters.
Anchorage murder conviction overturned over closing argument
A man’s second-degree murder conviction in a 2012 stabbing death has been overturned on appeal, after judges said a prosecutor in the case falsely assured jurors that any inaccurate verdict they rendered would later be fixed.
Trial starts Thursday for man accused of murdering his wife in 2016
More than three years after he reported his wife missing in 2016, Thomas Skeek finds himself on trial for her murder.
Woman accused in fatal Fairview hit-and-run appears in court
Adanna Francis, 19, faces six charges including second-degree murder and manslaughter in the June 5, 2018 death of Paul Winter.
New park helps continue Williwaw revitalization
The Mat-Su Borough recognized the community's hard work towards improving their neighborhood and donated a .37-acre parcel of land that will be used for a new community park.
Ousted judge offers change to 'Schneider loophole' bill
Legislation that’s become known as the "Schneider loophole" bill is set to undergo changes, including one suggested by the judge who lost his job over the now-infamous Anchorage assault case.
APD arrests 2 men who fled country following Fairview drive-by shooting
Anchorage police arrested two men who fled the country, after being wanted in a shooting that left a toddler injured.
Anchorage man sentenced for attempted sex trafficking, exploitation of minors
An Anchorage man has been sentenced to federal prison after authorities say he made arrangements with an undercover detective to pay to have sex with minors in 2017.
Missing or murdered: Relatives testify, new evidence emerges in Skeek trial
As the trial for a man accused of murdering his wife entered its third day, family members of Linda Skeek took the witness stand.
Juneau man gets 4-year sentence for flying in heroin, meth
A Juneau man has been sentenced to more than four years in prison for smuggling heroin and methamphetamine into Alaska’s capital city, federal prosecutors said Tuesday.
APD arrests dozens in citywide warrant sweep
Dozens of people wanted on felony arrest warrants were taken into custody in Anchorage last week, as police conducted a multi-agency sweep of the city.
Minnesota man sentenced for Alaska trip to exploit child
A 43-year-old Minnesota man who traveled to Alaska to have sex with a 9-year-old child has been sentenced to more than two decades in prison.
Police ID man found dead in fire at East Anchorage home
Homicide detectives have responded to the scene and police say the cause of the fire is still under investigation.
Troopers: Man and woman found near Wasilla died in murder-suicide
Alaska State Troopers are investigating the deaths of a man and woman who were found Monday night at a Wasilla property.
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Attorneys aim to avoid trial in cruise ship murder case
An attorney for the Utah man accused of killing his wife during a cruise to Alaska in 2017 says the parties hope to reach agreement on a plea and avert trial.
AST: Wasilla man arrested on assault, robbery charges
A Wasilla man was arrested on assault and robbery charges after troopers say he threatened someone with a firearm Saturday evening.
Stacey Graham to be resentenced in teens' DUI deaths
The Alaska Court of Appeals has thrown out Stacey Graham's 32-year sentence in the 2013 deaths of Brooke McPheters and Jordyn Durr.
Colony High student charged with sexual assault
Alaska State Troopers say Kaiden Jimenez, 17, "sexually assaulted and strangled a former girlfriend at the school."
APD: Man rammed police cars in stolen security SUV
A 22-year-old man is facing more than a dozen charges, after Anchorage police say he stole a security officer’s vehicle and used it to strike four other vehicles, including three APD cruisers.
Feds: Kotzebue man turned post office into pot office
A former Kotzebue postmaster has been accused of illegally distributing marijuana through the mail at the post office he ran for more than three years, federal prosecutors said.
Anchorage police have arrested the man they say tried to sell a large gold nugget stolen from the Wells Fargo bank's Alaska headquarters, but the thief remains at large.
APD seeks more victims in attempted child sex abuse
Anchorage police are seeking any other victims of a man charged with abusing a child in a 2018 case, following his arrest last week.
Colleagues failed to act on Nighswonger abuse, suit claims
The family of a boy allegedly abused by former Mat-Su Borough School District teacher Lukis Nighswonger is suing the district, alleging that its staff failed to quickly notify authorities as required by state law.
Barratt Inn guest accused of assault won't face charges
The case was declined by the District Attorney's office due to "evidentiary issues."
APD names person of interest in Cordova Street homicide
Anchorage police are asking the public for help solving a homicide that left a woman dead late Monday in Fairview.
Weekend homicide another violent crime along Spenard's 'motel row'
Alarming violent crimes, including shootings and murder, make one stretch of Spenard Road notorious.
'There must be some mistake': Cold case murder suspect fights extradition to Alaska
"This is a very old allegation your honor," said defense attorney Richard Charest while speaking for Downs. "He thinks there must be some mistake."
Senate Judiciary Committee hears public testimony on sexual assault bills
Legislators are working on changes to Alaska's sex offense sentencing laws and Monday the Senate Judiciary Committee heard public testimony.
Charges describe deadly Barratt Inn confrontation
The man accused of murdering a Barratt Inn employee last weekend allegedly confessed to shooting him several times, during an encounter that escalated to sudden gunfire.
APD: Victim identified in Barratt Inn shooting
Anchorage police have identified the victim of a shooting at Spenard's Barratt Inn Saturday evening.
Fairbanks officers who killed suspect on Elliott Highway named
Fairbanks police have named the four officers who fatally shot a man Tuesday afternoon on the Elliott Highway, after reports that he had recently been involved in two armed carjackings and an armed robbery.
Micciche questions Wildwood Correctional Center cuts
Sen. Peter Micciche says it doesn't make sense to shut down two wings at the Wildwood Correctional Center.
Troopers make Maine arrest in 25-year-old Fairbanks murder
Troopers announced the Maine arrest of 44-year-old Steven H. Downs in the 1993 sexual assault and murder of 20-year-old Sophie Sergie at the University of Alaska Fairbanks.
Man sentenced in Anchorage marijuana cultivator’s burglary
The Alaska Department of Law announced Nicholas Philemonoff’s sentence Friday in the Jan. 13, 2018 break-in at Parallel 64.
APD seeks person of interest in January homicide investigation
Anchorage police are looking for 24-year-old Timothy Wood as a person of interest in this investigation.
SERT troopers deploy gas, K-9 in ‘high risk’ Willow arrest
A Willow man was arrested Monday by Alaska State Troopers, after a deployment of its Special Emergency Reaction Team involving the use of gas and the help of a K-9 unit.
Sand Point man sentenced in series of crimes
A Sand Point man has received sentences totaling more than a year in prison, after he admitted that he tried to smuggle drugs into the Southwest Alaska community during a crime spree spanning much of 2018.
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Anchorage proposal could put brake on bike thefts
A proposed Anchorage ordinance would make it a misdemeanor to possess a bike which has had its serial number purposely removed.
Student arrested after East High shooting threat
An East High School student is facing charges for allegedly making a threat about a school shooting Tuesday, according to Anchorage police.
Fairbanks trooper catches alleged mail thief in the act
Alaska State Troopers arrested a Fairbanks early Monday after he allegedly tried to steal mail, but a trooper pulled his vehicle over festooned with envelopes.
APD: 1 injured in early morning shooting, investigation ongoing
Anchorage police are investigating an early morning shooting that left one man injured Sunday.
King Kong toy mailed to Anchorage yields kilo of heroin in bust
An Anchorage man faces federal drug charges, after authorities seized a kilogram of heroin – potentially worth $1 million in Alaska – sent to a local home camouflaged as a toy shipment.
Former Ravn supervisor sentenced in cargo thefts
Breadoflife “Presley” Faiupu, 37, will spend six months in a halfway house and pay $90,000 in restitution for his part in the two-year-long scheme.
APD names 1 of 2 suspects in sushi-restaurant fire
Anchorage police say 36-year-old John Vang is one of the two suspects at large in the Yakitori Sushi House fire Monday.
Ex-Port of Alaska engineer to be on house arrest in attempted murder
A former official at the Port of Alaska will soon be released under house arrest, after he allegedly tried to drown his young daughter.
Dunleavy AG to review some post-Schneider sexual assault pleas
Attorney General Kevin Clarkson said Wednesday that one of his first actions was to establish himself as a "filter" for plea bargains that have the potential to incite public outrage.
Tudor Road strip mall sees 2nd suspicious fire in a week
Firefighters responded early Thursday to a second suspicious restaurant fire in the same strip mall as one that occurred Monday.
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Anchorage DJ accused of strangling girlfriend
A local radio personality has been accused of strangling and injuring a woman he was dating in an assault near his East Anchorage home late last month.
Remaining Grunwald murder suspects want trial moved to Fairbanks
Attorneys for Bradley Renfro and Austin Barrett said extensive media coverage surrounding David Grunwald's murder would make it difficult to find a fair jury in the Mat-Su Borough.
APD: Fire at Midtown hotel construction site now arson
Anchorage police are looking for two persons of interest in a Midtown construction site fire that is now an arson investigation.
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State senators begin hearing Dunleavy crime bills
Lawmakers have faced constant public scrutiny for passing a sweeping crime bill three years ago called SB91, a change critics say wasn't not hard enough on criminals.
Anchorage car thefts falling from record high in 2017
After a record high in 2017 vehicle thefts in Alaska's largest city are starting to trend downward, according to new data released by the Anchorage Police Department.
Palmer teen held on raised $500K bail in murder case
Jordan Flowers had been out on $100,000 bail on initial manslaughter charges in friend Gunnar Swan's death, which was increased to $500,000 when it became a murder case.
APD: Sixth Avenue shooting that left 2 dead was homicide-suicide
A husband shot his wife before shooting himself, police say.
Sex offender arrested after picking up Anchorage child
An Anchorage sex offender who has repeatedly failed to register with the state was arrested last week in shortly after picking up a young child from school, court records show.
Man charged with murder in fiery crash with taxi
José A. Ibarra, 25, faces charges including second-degree murder and manslaughter in the Oct. 14 Old Seward Highway crash that killed taxi driver Bruce Orton.
AST: Kasigluk man arrested after exchanging nude photos with minor on Facebook
A Kasigluk man was arrested Saturday after troopers say he exchanged pornographic images with a minor on Facebook.