Public Safety

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Coast Guard says a wave likely overwhelmed charter boat near Sitka last year, killing 5

A U.S. Coast Guard team spent the past year reconstructing the Awakin's final trip, trying to learn what befell the boat and the five people on board.
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Anchorage Assembly passes new rules for homeless camps

The measure prohibits campsites within a half-mile of a shelter and limits campsites to no more than 25 tents.
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Billions from Russia’s frozen assets will go to help Ukraine’s military, the EU says

The European Union will send as much as $3.25 billion in profits from frozen Russian assets to Ukraine for military and reconstruction efforts.
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Anchorage Assembly rejects a right-on-red ban in downtown

The measure would’ve banned vehicles from turning right at red lights in the area between 3rd and 9th avenues and Gambell and L streets.

Native advocates celebrate passage of bill to address Alaska’s MMIP crisis

Alaska Native groups say they've worked for years to get agencies to address the state's high rate of missing and murdered Indigenous people.
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Former Yute Commuter Service manager charged in $200K embezzlement case

Prosecutors say Nathan McCabe, 40, defrauded Yute and Bethel's Riverside Apartments of the funds over a period of several months.
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A mother moose killed a Homer man trying to photograph her new calves

Dale Chorman, 70, was looking at newborn moose calves on his property Sunday when the cow moose kicked him, according to his family.
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Anchorage police arrest man in fatal Midtown hit-and-run collision

Police say Larry W. Anderson, Jr., 40, struck and killed a woman crossing A Street Monday night, then left the scene.

Family of man fatally shot by Anchorage police demands release of officers’ body camera footage

"They have six other videos for body cameras and two dash cameras with different angles of what transpired that night,” said Travis Handy.
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Kenai repeals laws on public sleeping, begging and curfew

The Kenai City Council unanimously repealed three ordinances Wednesday, as the U.S. Supreme Court considers a homelessness case this summer.
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Plane in deadly lake crash near Nondalton was making brief flight, troopers say

Troopers say Dave Hedgers, 58, and Aaron Fryar, 45, planned to fly just 30 miles from Port Alsworth to Pedro Bay. But they never arrived.
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An Alaska smokejumper talks about his job as wildfire season picks up

Smokejumpers like Dylan Brooks parachute in to fight some of the most remote fires, often providing the first boots-on-the-ground attack.
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After several deadly drownings, Alaska Legislature votes to require harbor safety ladders

House Bill 345 is aimed at reducing drownings. It was one of more than 60 bills that the Legislature passed in its final hours.
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2 found dead in crashed plane in lake near Nondalton

The bodies of Dave Hedgers, 58, and Aaron Fryar, 45, were found by a dive team dead inside the aircraft, Alaska State Troopers said.
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Kodiak police shift away from 24/7 patrols due to staff shortages

Police Chief Tim Putney said this will be the first time since the 1980s that the department has not been able to maintain overnight patrols each night.

Ketchikan tourist sues borough after scooter tips over on public bus

Attorneys for 91-year-old Donald Gillingham say the scooter wasn't secured when it fell, breaking his ribs and puncturing his lung.

Security footage calls into question Anchorage police account of fatal shooting

Police have said Kristopher Handy pointed a gun at officers before they opened fire. A neighbor with security footage of the incident says otherwise.
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Bethel hires new chief of police

James Harris has 32 years of experience in law enforcement, and has served as the chief of police in Belen, N.M. since 2019.
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Supreme Court upholds Consumer Financial Protection Bureau funding

The 7-2 ruling overturns a lower 5th Circuit Court of Appeals decision that the federal consumer watchdog's structure is unconstitutional.

State opens applications for Kuskokwim River breakup flooding relief funds

Now that breakup is finally over on the Kuskokwim, individuals affected by flooding can apply for disaster relief funding.
Kenai City Hall

Kenai council to consider repealing public sleeping, loitering, begging prohibitions

Kenai Police Chief David Ross says the three items are outdated, unenforceable and may even violate individual rights.
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DOJ says Boeing broke deal that avoided prosecution after 2 fatal 737 Max crashes

Prosecutors told a judge Boeing had broken its three years of probation after the crashes, which ended days after January's 737 Max door-plug blowout.

Why hasn’t Alaska executed anyone since statehood? Juneau’s last hangings may be the reason.

Austin Nelson and Eugene LaMoore's 1948 and 1950 trials were riddled with misconduct and errors, according to a legal historian who researched them.
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Multi-boat fire at Juneau’s Douglas Harbor causes $500K in damages

Capital City Fire/Rescue Assistant Chief Dan Jager says the cause of the fire is still being investigated.
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Coast Guard decommissions longtime Southeast Alaska cutter Anacapa

The 110-foot Anacapa was stationed in Petersburg for more than three decades, patrolling Southeast waters and helping to save many lives.

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