News Minute: Here is the latest Alaska news from The Associated Press at 4:40 p.m. AKST
PALMER, Alaska (AP) - A 47-year-old Palmer man suspected of firing a shot in an apparent road rage episode has been charged with felony assault and misdemeanor reckless endangerment. Brian Burton was arrested Sunday. Online court documents do not list his attorney. Alaska State Troopers shortly after 4 p.m. Sunday were contacted by a man who said a driver had fired a shot at him and his son near Palmer High School. Troopers and Palmer police contacted Burton at his home.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A driver died on the Parks Highway south of Talkeetna after crashing into a semi-tractor trailer. Alaska State Troopers say a southbound sedan drove in the wrong lane of traffic Sunday night and crashed head-on with a northbound commercial tractor-trailer at Mile 95. Troopers responded to the crash at about 8 p.m. Heavy snow had fallen on the highway and conditions were icy.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A Republican who owns his own hunting and fishing guiding business has been appointed to the Alaska Legislature. Gov. Mike Dunleavy’s office announced late Sunday night that Melvin Gillis has been selected to replace Josh Revak to an open seat for the Anchorage area in the House of Representatives. Revak was confirmed to the Senate seat that was held by Republican Chris Birch, who died in August. House Republicans will have to approve Gillis’ appointment.
TULUKSAK, Alaska (AP) - Alaska State Troopers arrested a southwest Alaska woman after she reportedly struck a family member with a fireplace tool. Troopers say 29-year-old Melissa Mike of Tuluksak (too-LOOK-sak) on Friday struck the family member and caused a serious injury with a fire stoker. Mike was held on suspicion of assault. Online court documents do not list her attorney. The family member was flown to Anchorage with what troopers describe as possible life-threatening injuries.
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