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Distinctive accent on torture video leads police to suspect

Oct. 21, 2019 10:35 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The suspect in a torture killing in Alaska's biggest city ended up leading police right to him, first by losing a digital memory card labeled "Homicide at midtown Marriott" that contained video of the dying woman. Then came an even more innocuous blunder: He spoke on the tape in...

The Latest: South African pleads not guilty in Alaska death

Oct. 21, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on arraignment for a man accused of killing two Alaska Native women (all times local): 3:30 p.m. A man has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder and other charges stemming from the death of a second homeless Alaska Native woman. Brian Steven Smith entered his pleas...

1 dead after plane landing on Alaska island went off runway

Oct. 19, 2019 1:08 AM EDT

JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — One person died after a commuter airplane went off the end of a runway while landing at an airport in the remote Aleutian Islands fishing community of Unalaska, authorities said Friday. Alaska State Troopers identified the victim as David Allan Oltman, 38, of Washington state. The...

The Latest: City plans to remove plane from site Saturday

Oct. 19, 2019 1:03 AM EDT

UNALASKA, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a plane that went off the runway while landing at an Aleutian Islands community (all times local): 4:46 p.m. The city of Unalaska said in a statement Friday evening that it plans to remove on Saturday the PenAir airplane from the scene of a crash The state Department...

Man heard in strangling video charged in 2nd death in Alaska

Oct. 17, 2019 7:46 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man accused of killing a woman who was seen strangled in videos on a digital memory card was charged Thursday with the death of another woman, authorities in Alaska said. Brian Steven Smith acknowledged to detectives that he was the man in the images and videos recovered from the...

Man accused of documenting woman's killing pleads not guilty

Oct. 16, 2019 7:31 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A man accused of documenting the killing of a woman on a camera memory card has pleaded not guilty. Brian Steven Smith didn't speak during an arraignment that lasted about a minute Wednesday. A public defender entered his pleas for him. Smith faces charges of murder, sexual assault...

The Latest: Man faces murder, sexual assault charges

Oct. 15, 2019 8:03 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on a death investigation in Alaska (all times local): 3:40 p.m. A man faces murder, sexual assault and tampering charges in the assault and death of a woman that authorities say was captured in photos and videos on a memory card. A grand jury, in a special finding...

FBI helping in investigation of homicide recorded on video

Oct. 15, 2019 8:02 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The FBI is assisting police in Anchorage with the investigation of a homicide captured in photos and video on a camera memory card. FBI Special Agent Steve Forrest said the agency is helping investigate the death of Kathleen Henry, 30, whose remains were discovered Oct. 2 by a...

Woman gets 60 years in boyfriend's burning death

Oct. 14, 2019 9:07 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A woman who poured gasoline on the couch where her sleeping boyfriend lay and then shut the door after seeing him jump up and yell "hot, hot" will spend 60 years in prison for first-degree murder. Saying it represents as horrific an offense as he's ever dealt with, Anchorage...

Alaska Airlines scales back miles partnership with American

Oct. 10, 2019 1:08 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska Airlines and American Airlines will scale back their mileage plan partnership early next year. Alaska Airlines mileage plan members will not be able to earn miles on American Airlines international flights beginning March 1, the Alaska Journal of Commerce reported Wednesday....