Public Safety

A helicopter in the sky

Coast Guard IDs trio who went missing flying from Juneau to Yakutat

A Haines man and a couple flying from Juneau to Yakutat are missing after their plane never arrived at its destination.
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A Yakutat-bound charter flight is missing after leaving Juneau on Saturday

There were three people on board the Beechcraft Bonanza when it departed Juneau.
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Searches underway for 2 missing men on Chena and Yukon rivers

Elia Ansaknok was reported missing on the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks Friday, with Robert Peter reported overdue to Fort Yukon Saturday.
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King Cove man charged with killing parents in Anchorage house fire

Joshua Gould, 46, is charged with murder and arson in the February deaths of James and Kathryn Gould.

Anchorage police chief says body camera footage of Handy shooting to be released ‘probably within a week’

A new body camera policy starting on Monday mandates the release of footage of police shootings within 45 days.
Petersburg dispatchers

Alaska institutions and businesses reckon with impacts of wide-ranging cloud software glitch

Across the country, the faulty software update disrupted health care providers, airlines and banks, among others.
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Prosecutors clear Anchorage officers who shot and wounded murder suspect

Parker Boydston and Jordan Varak were legally justified when they shot 22-year-old Kaleb Bourdokofsky early on June 1, prosecutors say.
A stone sign in the middle of a lawn reads "James M. Fitzgerald United States Courthouse & Federal Building." In front of the sign are pink, yellow and orange flowers.

Federal prosecutors: Resigned Alaska federal judge had conflict of interest in 23 criminal cases

The revelations about the compromised cases illustrate the growing fallout over former U.S. District Court Judge Joshua Kindred’s resignation.
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Widespread technology outage disrupts Alaska 911 service, global flights and banking

The problem affected airline communications, causing the FAA to ground all domestic American Airlines, Delta and United Airlines flights.
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Fistfight led to fatal shooting outside Anchorage bar, police say

Two people are charged with evidence tampering in the Sunday encounter that left 30-year-old Tahjeay Baldwin dead and another man wounded.
Typhoon Merbok

FEMA announces $108M award to Merbok-related projects

Authorities announced the approval of $108.8 million for Alaskan communities reeling from 2022’s Typhoon Merbok.

Bristol Bay floating fish processor back at full capacity after fire

Northline Seafoods CEO Ben Blakey doesn't think this summer's electrical fire aboard the Hannah will have a lasting financial impact.
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Juneau residents hold vigil for homeless man killed by police

Both Steven Kissack, who was fatally shot Monday, and his dog Juno were familiar faces to those who live and work in downtown Juneau.
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Alaska officials say they’re working to speed up investigations of police shootings

So far this year, officers have shot nine people during responses, killing six of them. Five of those shootings involved Anchorage police.
A car parked near trees.

1 missing, 4 safe after boat capsizes near Noorvik

Dozens of searchers are looking for 30-year-old Brandon Sheldon on the Kobuk River north of Noorvik after Monday's capsize, troopers said.
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‘Strange’ bald eagle attacks at Kodiak harbor cause multiple injuries

Kodiak officials have asked people to keep an eye on the sky at St. Herman Harbor after the attacks, some of which have left people needing sutures.
a woman in an audience holding a sign urging passage of body camera resolution

Anchorage Assembly to APD: Publish recordings of recent police shootings and revise body camera policy

Police Chief Sean Case said he intends to discuss changes at the end of the week and have the new policy in place on July 22.
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Juneau police seek assault suspect as missing person

Corey B. Coleman of Juneau is listed as missing. He is a suspect at large for an assault earlier this year.
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Alaska oil and gas watchdog again fines Hilcorp for Cook Inlet violation

The $86,000 fine, issued Friday, is the fourth levied against Alaska's second-largest North Slope oil and gas producer this year.
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Coast Guard crews spot 4 Chinese warships near Aleutian Islands

Coast Guardsmen aboard the cutter Kimball and a search plane saw the warships in international waters of the Bering Sea on July 6 and 7.
A woman gives out food.

As encampment settles in next door, Anchorage nonprofit to build 6 tiny homes for the homeless

The leader of the nonprofit says there has been a lot of positive interest in the project. She hopes other groups emulate it.
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Juneau man shot by police dies from injuries

Police say Steven Kissack charged officers with a knife.
A sign that reads "Anchorage Police Department"

Anchorage police set timeline for release of body camera footage in new draft policy

The policy would have the department release footage of “critical incidents” like police shootings within 45 days.
a murderer

Brian Smith sentenced to 226 years for killing 2 Alaska Native women

The courtroom was packed for Friday's sentencing of a man who had bragged to police about killing two Alaska Native women.
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1 man dead, 1 wounded in downtown Anchorage shooting

Police are seeking to speak with witnesses in the shooting early Sunday, near police headquarters on West 4th Avenue.

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