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Prosecutors say Alaska dentist rode hoverboard at procedure

Dec. 6, 2019 12:34 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Alaska dentist accused of fraud and unnecessarily sedating patients also performed a procedure while riding a wheeled, motorized vehicle known as a hoverboard, authorities said. Prosecutors charged 34-year-old Seth Lookhart with felony Medicaid fraud and reckless endangerment. A...

Anchorage police investigate man's death as homicide

Dec. 6, 2019 12:22 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Anchorage police are investigating the death of a man at an east-side home as a homicide. Police at around 10:30 p.m. Tuesday received a report of an unconscious man in a home on east Fourth Avenue. Anchorage Fire Department responders pronounced the man dead at the scene. Police...

Troopers arrest suspect in fatal Fairbanks shooting

Dec. 6, 2019 12:05 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — A 22-year-old Fairbanks man has been arrested on suspicion of first-degree murder in a fatal shooting last month. Alaska State Troopers on Thursday arrested Ryder Smith. Online court documents do not list his attorney. Troopers say Smith was arrested in the death of 24-year-old...

Alaska to receive $36M federal grant for earthquake recovery

Dec. 6, 2019 11:57 AM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A federal agency awarded Alaska a $35.8 million federal grant to support earthquake disaster recovery efforts, officials said. The Department of Housing and Urban Development awarded the grant in response to the damaging quake that struck parts of south-central Alaska Nov. 30,...

Coast Guard, Navy boats collide in Alaska; 9 injured

Dec. 5, 2019 11:31 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A U.S. Coast Guard vessel collided with a U.S. Navy boat, injuring nine people, including one critically, off Alaska's Kodiak Island. The accident occurred Wednesday evening in Women's Bay near Kodiak's Coast Guard base, said Lt. Comm. Scott McCann, a Coast Guard Alaska District...

Alaska governor to host holiday open house

Dec. 5, 2019 6:15 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy and first lady Rose Dunleavy will host the traditional holiday open house at the governor's mansion Tuesday. The governor's office, in a release, said more than 15,000 cookies are being prepared, and more than 100 pounds of fudge and chocolate candies will be...

Layup of ferry Aurora to affect more than 20 workers

Dec. 5, 2019 5:51 PM EST

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The state ferry system said Thursday that more than 20 employees will be affected by the expected, long-term layup of the Aurora. The state transportation department, in a release, said about 24 employees will be relieved of duties effective Jan. 14. The department previously said it...

Robbers hit east Anchorage bank; employee, customer injured

Dec. 5, 2019 3:28 PM EST

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The FBI is looking for two men who robbed a bank in Alaska. One of the suspects carried a shotgun into the bank. An employee and a customer inside the Anchorage bank were injured, KTUU-television reported. One person was taken to a hospital with what Anchorage police described as...

University of Alaska regents reject consolidation plan

Dec. 5, 2019 3:20 PM EST

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) — The University of Alaska Board of Regents has rejected a proposal to consolidate the state's three separately accredited universities into one. State lawmakers last session included language in the operating budget asking regents to consider a plan for a single accredited...

Soldotna man dies in rollover crash into water along highway

Dec. 5, 2019 11:54 AM EST

COOPER LANDING, Alaska (AP) — A 54-year-old Soldotna man died in a one-car crash on the Sterling Highway near Cooper Landing. Alaska State Troopers say Robert Scott was killed Wednesday morning when his sport utility vehicle left the roadway near Mile 53. The SUV rolled and came to rest on its top in a...