Public Safety

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Alaska’s domestic violence rates remain high, as advocates push for more preventative measures

Alaska women are more likely to be murdered by their spouse or boyfriend than in any other U.S. state.
Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson

Military members’ survey responses could protect Alaska cost of living allowances

Alaska-based service members are losing hundreds of dollars to lower allowances. The Living Pattern Survey is a chance to weigh in with the Pentagon.
A police car marked as Anchorage Police.

Anchorage man accused of murdering unborn child in domestic violence assault

Iohani Wilhem Dean, 21, was indicted Wednesday on new charges in the death of his girlfriend's unborn child after an April assault.

In Bristol Bay and beyond, organizers push for change in tackling MMIP cases

Advocates say that until 2018, no one institution had put together a statewide list of cases involving missing and murdered Indigenous persons.
Leonard "Pete" Hicks

Bethel police chief resigns after a year on duty

Leonard "Pete" Hicks' letter, effective Jan. 1, cited "internal and external interference and challenges" that hindered efforts to maintain discipline.
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Anchorage police fire on suspect who then jumped from Midtown hotel window

Police say an officer fired on Ryan A. Hunt, who was wanted on a felony warrant, before he jumped from a second-story window Wednesday.
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Wrangell search suspended for 12-year-old boy still missing in deadly landslide

Derek Heller was never found after the Nov. 20 slide that killed four other members of his family and 65-year-old Otto Florschutz.
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Ex-Alaska Airlines pilot arrested in Horizon Air scare indicted on lesser charges

Joseph Emerson faces 84 counts of endangering the Horizon Air jet and those aboard, after jurors didn't indict him on attempted-murder charges.
A police car marked as Anchorage Police.

Anchorage police roll out body cameras, with about a quarter of officers outfitted so far

Anchorage voters approved a $1.6 million tax levy more than two years ago to buy and equip city police officers with body cameras.
the Alaska State Capitol

Funding gap looms for Alaska’s domestic violence programs, but need for services is as high as ever

Domestic violence advocates are scrambling to adequately fund the groups that keep one of the state’s most vulnerable populations safe.
Two people walk through a prison.

Inmate at Alaska’s Goose Creek prison dies at 69

The Alaska Department of Corrections said Artemy Arthur Hapoff, Jr.'s Sunday death was expected. He is the ninth state inmate to die this year.
Tommy Tuberville

Sen. Tuberville drops his monthslong hold on hundreds of military promotions

Sen. Tommy Tuberville, R-Ala., still has holds on four-star generals' promotions over a Pentagon policy covering travel for abortion care.
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Alaska Police Standards Council turns down plan to lower hiring age of corrections officers — for now

The Department of Corrections floated the proposal as a tool to combat its staff shortage, decreased applicant pool and high vacancy rate.
Goose Creek Prison. Photo by Ellen Lockyer, KSKA - Anchorage.

Grunwald murderer, 12 others charged with smuggling drugs into Alaska prisons

Dominic Johnson, serving 99 years for David Grunwald's death, is among 11 inmates and two visitors indicted on charges of promoting contraband.
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‘We could still hear the hillside cracking’: How Wrangellites helped each other after the landslide

People stuck on the far side of the fatal Nov. 20 slide described a night of confusion and an improvised evacuation.

Experts detonate historic cache of TNT discovered near Tok

Eielson Air Force Base officials say the 98 blocks of explosive were likely meant for use building the Alaska Highway, some 80 years ago.
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Soldotna man pleads guilty to illegal harvest of collared moose

Troopers say the moose's guts and hide were found near Soldotna in early October. Its Alaska Department of Fish & Game radio collar had been cut off.
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Power restored to homes cut off by last week’s Wrangell landslide

Two people remain missing after the deadly Nov. 20 slide. State officials are taking applications for assistance from people affected by the disaster.
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Anchorage teen’s accused killer on trial 45 years after her murder

Prosecutors say DNA links an Oregon man to the killing of 16-year-old Shelley Connolly. The defense says it also points to other suspects.
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Deadly Wrangell landslide is part of a pattern in vulnerable Alaska mountainous terrain

Scientists say climate change increases precipitation and extreme rainfall, adding to risks, and that more knowledge is needed for public safety.
Little Diomede

Little Diomede school struck by collapsing building closed indefinitely

Students are switching to remote learning after the city building partially collapsed onto the Diomede School Sunday morning.

With law enforcement sparse, Alaska villages build network of safety for survivors

Advocates for domestic violence victims are seeking solutions as federal money goes to small Tribes with limited access to law enforcement.
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City of Diomede building slides into school

The village experienced a power outage after the partial collapse of the city building Sunday, which also affected water and TelAlaska phone services.
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‘It saves lives’: Kenai center trains aircraft crews for cold-water crashes

The Challenger Learning Center of Alaska is training aviators at a Kenai pool on how to escape a helicopter crash in the state's frigid waters.

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