News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 3:40 a.m. AKST
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - More than a year after a Stony River man died in what was believed to be a suicide, another man has been arrested and charged with his death. Jason Bobby of Stony River is charged with second degree murder, manslaughter, criminally negligent homicide and evidence tampering in the May 2018 death of 66-year-old Deacon Evan. Bobby was arrested Thursday. Alaska State Troopers say authorities determined Evan's death was staged to look like a suicide. Bobby is being held in Bethel on $250,000 bail. The 41-year-old man is represented by the Alaska Public Defender Agency, which did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A 25-year-old Nikiski man died and another individual sustained life-threatening injuries in a collision on the Kenai Spur Highway. Alaska State Troopers say Alexander Henry was heading north shortly before 8 a.m. Friday when his Ford Fiesta crossed the center line and struck a pickup truck. Troopers say Henry died at the scene. He was not wearing a seatbelt. The driver of the pickup was flown to an Anchorage hospital.
FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - Authorities at an Alaska airport say they have seized more than $133,000 in illegal alcohol and more than 140 grams of drugs in the past six months. KTVF-TV reported the Fairbanks Airport Police and Fire Department has seized 59 gallons of illegal alcohol in addition to the drugs. Authorities say the seizures have led to 32 charges filed against 21 bootleggers and that the arrests are often the result of tips from rural residents concerned about the impact of the substances on their communities.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Alaska prison officials have proposed giving inmates copies of their incoming mail rather than originals to crack down on smuggling. Alaska’s Energy Desk reported the state Department of Corrections is asking lawmakers to approve a $400,000 budget increase for the program. Officials say opening inmate mail is not completely successful in stopping contraband. The department’s request says four employees would copy more than 908,000 pages of mail annually. The Alaska ACLU opposes the proposal.
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