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Report: At least 14 Alaska cities have officers with records

Jul. 20, 2019 8:26 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — At least 14 cities in Alaska have employed police officers whose criminal records should have prevented them from being hired under state law, the Anchorage Daily News and ProPublica reported Saturday. The news organizations said they found more than 34 officers who should have...

Some Alaskans feeling pain of Medicaid dental cuts

Jul. 20, 2019 2:06 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Budget vetoes by Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy eliminated Medicaid dental coverage for adults — a $27 million cut that is having an impact. KTUU reports that Michael Shelden had plans to get dentures after having all his teeth pulled following years of dental pain. The plan fell...

Bethel DMV office reopens after 2-month closure

Jul. 20, 2019 12:43 PM EDT

BETHEL, Alaska (AP) — The Bethel office of the state Division of Motor Vehicles has reopened after a two-month closure. KYUK reports the office was closed while a new employee was found and trained. The worker began Monday and found a line of people that stretched out the door. The office also was closed...

1 killed, 4 injured when Alaska flight aborted on takeoff

Jul. 19, 2019 9:53 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A Maryland man visiting Alaska with his family was killed and one of his three children was critically injured Friday after their floatplane's takeoff was aborted. Alaska State Troopers identified the deceased man as Joseph Patenella, 57. No hometown was disclosed. The critically...

The Latest: Troopers identify man killed in Alaska plane

Jul. 19, 2019 8:04 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Latest on fatal plane incident in Alaska (all times local): 3:10 p.m. Alaska authorities say a passenger killed when a floatplane's takeoff was aborted was a Maryland man. Troopers say 57-year-old Joseph Patenella died in the Friday incident at the mouth of Tutka Bay south of...

Suspect in fatal Alaska village shooting charged with murder

Jul. 19, 2019 6:38 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 34-year-old Togiak man has been charged with first-degree murder in a fatal shooting in the village last week. Richard Sears, who was shot and wounded by an Alaska State Trooper, was charged Friday in the death of 61-year-old Samuel Brito. Sears is jailed in Anchorage, where he...

Bullet from accidental shooting hits man's head, bounces off

Jul. 19, 2019 12:00 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An Anchorage man escaped serious injury when a bullet fired from an apartment above him penetrated his ceiling and hit him in the head. Anchorage police say the man in the lower apartment on Wednesday night was seated on his couch, holding his toddler. The bullet bounced off the...

Anchorage eyes homeless camp clearance rules for fire safety

Jul. 19, 2019 11:31 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — The Anchorage Assembly will consider an ordinance to protect neighborhoods from wildfires that start in homeless encampments, a report said. The proposed changes to the municipal code would enable authorities to declare danger zones and clear such camps, KTVA-TV reported Wednesday....

Lawsuit will not interrupt Alaska public school funding

Jul. 19, 2019 10:58 AM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A lawsuit involving state government will not interrupt funding of Alaska's public schools, officials said. Assistant Attorney General Maria Bahr said schools are scheduled to receive their first monthly payments within the next week, The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday....

Alaska man defends himself in assault case, gets 17 years

Jul. 18, 2019 7:21 PM EDT

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A 28-year-old rural Alaska man who acted as his own attorney in a felony domestic violence case, and cross-examined his ex-girlfriend on the stand for more than eight hours, has been sentenced to 17 years in prison. Michael Redfox of Emmonak (ee-MAHN-ahk) at a March trial in Bethel...