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Yesterday | via Anchorage Daily News
Federal prosecutors said Tuesday three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the smuggling of pounds of cocaine to Alaska through the Las Vegas airport. In August, an Anchorage federal jury charged three Las Vegas men for sneaking carry-on luggage packed with cocaine from Nevada to Alaska since 2012. Comment?
Tuesday | via Anchorage Daily News
A 44-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for robbing a local bank with a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney's Office. Prosecutors say James Donald Surrells robbed an East Anchorage branch of First National Bank Alaska on Aug. 13. They had recommended a sentence of six years in prison after Surrells pleaded guilty to the robbery in September. Comment?
Monday | via Anchorage Daily News
A career mining geologist accused in an Alaska environmental crimes case involving the dormant Platinum Creek Mine is cooperating with authorities and will plead guilty on Wednesday to three federal charges, according to a plea agreement filed Monday in U.S. District Court in Anchorage. Robert Pate, 63, is one of five executives and managers with Australian-led XS Platinum Inc. accused of polluting Alaska salmon streams when they restarted the old platinum mine in Western Alaska at the edge of Kuskokwim Bay. Comment?
Sunday Mar 1 | via Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police responded to a shoplifting call at a Fred Meyer on Saturday, Feb. 28, 2015 that saw a suspect flee the scene before colliding with another vehicle at the intersection of Angela Place and Dimond Boulevard. Police said the suspect then got out of the vehicle and fled on foot. Comment?
Saturday Feb 28 | via Anchorage Daily News
Anchorage police say a tip led to the arrest Saturday morning of a 42-year-old man suspected of a stabbing in East Anchorage. Kevin Campbell was arrested at a McDonald's on Northern Lights Boulevard and Muldoon Road about 10:23 a.m., after an "observant citizen" spotted him and called police, Anchorage Police spokeswoman Anita Shell wrote in a statement. Comment?
Friday Feb 27 | via Anchorage Daily News
Two young men arrested for a vandalism spree in Anchorage last year were sentenced Friday to 90 days of what the judge called "shock incarceration" and three years of probation. Elijah Dutton and Evan Young, both 20, and a 17-year-old told police they decided to smash car windows with a baseball bat for fun, according to the charges. Comment?
Wednesday Feb 25 | via The Wichita Eagle
Eddie Ray Routh, 27, faces life in prison without parole in the deaths of Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend, Chad Littlefield. More than 46 million cars and trucks on the road in the U.S. - about one-fifth the total - were recalled because of safety defects but never repaired, a study shows. Comment?
Wednesday Feb 25 | via Park Record
STEPHENVILLE, Texas - Jurors in Texas have rejected the insanity defense of a former Marine in the shooting deaths of famed "American Sniper" author Chris Kyle and another man. Comment?
Wednesday Feb 25 | via Alaska Star
At approximately 1 a.m., on the corner of Eaglewood and Montague Loops, Anchorage police officers made contact with a 17-year-old intoxicated juvenile who was screaming while one of his friends held his mouth in an attempt to quiet him, and tried to get him into a vehicle. The drunk youth's 18-year-old friend was kicked and injured for his efforts. Comment?
Tuesday Feb 24 | via Evening Sun
A federal judge will decide whether a man accused of setting off a small explosion near a Colorado NAACP office should stay jailed before his trial. A detention hearing is set for Wednesday for 44-year-old Thaddeus Murphy, who was charged with arson of a building and being a felon in possession of a firearm after the Jan. 6 blast. Comment?
Tuesday Feb 24 | via Home
Mental health experts say the case of an 87-year-old Alzheimer's patient suspected of killing his roommate at an assisted living facility in suburban Denver is rare and shows the difficulty of caring for those with the unpredictable disease, even for the specially trained. Homer Castor, who faces charges in the beating death Saturday of Gerald Propp, 76, was known to be a challenge to staff at Atria Applewood in Lakewood because he would wander the facility at night. Comment?
Tuesday Feb 24 | via Graham Leader
Trying a man for murder in the 1979 disappearance of 6-year-old Etan Patz has come with obstacles created by the passage of time: Many witnesses, including the lead detective, have died. Memories of those still alive have faded. Comment?
Tuesday Feb 24 | via Chambersburg Public Opinion
A former Marine was convicted Tuesday in the deaths of the "American Sniper" author and another man at a shooting range two years ago, as jurors rejected defense arguments that he was insane and suffered from psychosis. The trial of Eddie Ray Routh has drawn intense interest, in part because of the blockbuster film based on former Navy SEAL Chris Kyle's memoir about his four tours in Iraq. Comment?
Tuesday Feb 24 | via Deming Headlight
DEMING >> A local man wanted by police in connection with a shooting at a local convenience store turned himself into authorities on Monday. Jose Rubio, 23, was accompanied by his attorney as he walked into the Deming Police Station to answer for charges of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Comment?
Tuesday Feb 24 | via El Paso Times
Four alleged members of the Barrio Azteca gang, linked to the deaths of five Juarez valley men earlier this month during a birthday party in the Felipe Angeles neighborhood in northwest Juarez, have been arrested, Chihuahua state authorities announced Tuesday. Chihuahua Attorney General Jorge Gonzalez Nicolas said he will seek life in prison for Juan Alfredo Vazquez Garcia, 31, alias "El Suavecito"; Gabriel Gustavo Ramirez Lopez, 25, alias "El Canels"; Luis Manuel Barraza Torres, 33; and Ramon Gabriel Verdin Uvalle, 27, alias "El Cabe." Comment?
Tuesday Feb 24 | via The York Daily Record
Hundreds of residents of a small town in southeastern Czech Republic have gathered to honor the victims of the worst shooting attack in the country's history. Braving rain, they lit candles in front of the Druzba restaurant in Uhersky Brod on Wednesday, a day after the gunman opened fire during lunchtime, killing eight and seriously wounding a woman before he fatally shot himself. Comment?
Jan 10, 2015 | via The York Daily Record
The Justice Department's decision to not prosecute a civilian neighborhood-watch volunteer for a hate crime in the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager isn't necessarily a harbinger of how it will rule in two other high-profile deaths of unarmed black men at the hands of police. Legal experts say that's because the standards used to gauge the existence of a hate crime committed by civilians are different from those used to measure the behavior of police officers. Comment?
May 4, 2014 | via Anchorage Daily News
Unalaska's historic Holy Ascension Russian Orthodox Church, shown here in 2013, was vandalized by a California man reportedly frustrated by his failure to secure a standby flight departing the Aleutian community. A man went on a rampage last weekend in Unalaska, allegedly vandalizing a church and biting a police officer after stealing a truck. Comment?
Mar 26, 2014 | via Anchorage Daily News
Three young men arrested in connection with a massive overnight vandalism spree in Anchorage on Wednesday allegedly told police they decided to drive around and smash car windows with a baseball bat "for fun," according to a charging document in the case. The episode involved at least 50 vehicles that police said were randomly targeted in five Anchorage neighborhoods early Wednesday morning, with the damage ranging from broken mirrors to smashed windshields and windows. Comment?
Feb 15, 2012 | via Anchorage Daily News
A 21-year-old Napakiak man faces murder charges after a grand jury indictment in the death of a Bethel cab driver. Alaska State Troopers say Kyle Motgin killed Young Suk Chong, a 45-year-old driver for Taxi Cab Company, on Jan. 31. Three days later, troopers arrested Motgin on outstanding assault charges. Comment?
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