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Police: Woman threw gas on roommate in arson killing - 6/9/2012 10:46 pm

Side character takes center stage in militia trial - 6/7/2012 1:37 pm

Cox gets choked up over evidence tape, returns to stand - 6/6/2012 1:32 pm

Man punches wife, shoots his SUV, goes to jail - 6/6/2012 12:37 pm

Traffic cops go airborne this holiday weekend

Law enforcement officers plan to hit the streets — and skies — in force this holiday weekend to crack down on drunk drivers, speeders and other traffic scofflaws, according to Anchorage police.

The joint effort between police and Alaska State Troopers will include a troopers helicopter hovering above the Anchorage bowl and the Seward Highway safety corridor to watch for violators, police said.

Increased scrutiny is already in effect and will last until Monday, according to police.

Police and fire fighters are also reminding Anchorage residents that fireworks are illegal within the boundaries of the municipality and to use caution when using camp fires. Fires should be monitored at all times and completely extinguished when no longer needed.

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Thursday's trooper dispatches

A Noorvik woman accused of breaking into two teacher housing units and causing $10,000 in damage has been arrested on felony charges of burglary and criminal mischief. See the dispatch out of Noorvik below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, July 03, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment

Location: Sitka

Case number: 08-52734

Type: Search and Rescue

Text: At 1550 hours Alaska State Troopers were notified of a missing
hiker near Reed Falls near Sitka. Chenghaw Quin 18 yoa, of China, a

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Tuesday's trooper dispatches

Troopers are reminding the public to enjoy the Fourth of July weekend responsibly by not illegally lighting off fireworks. See the release below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Location: Ketchikan

Case number: 08-52050

Type: Arrest Warrant

Text: On 6-30-2008 at approximately 1509 hours, AST arrested Bryan W.
Grizzle age 39 of Ketchikan on a no bail warrant. The warrant came from

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Monday's trooper dispatches

Soldotna police first scared off a man trying to fill a forged hydrocodone prescription at an area pharmacy earlier this month, troopers said. The man was arrested a week later when he attempted the same crime at another pharmacy. See the dispatch below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, June 30, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Location: Ketchikan

Case number: 08-51578

Type: Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree

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Friday's trooper dispatches

An Aniak woman was arrested after she allegedly bit her boyfriend on the leg, according to troopers. See the dispatch below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, June 27, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Location: Juneau

Case number: 08-50993

Type: Warrant Arrest

Text: On 6/27/08, at 0940 hours, James Brown, age 22 of Juneau, was
arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on the

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Thursday's trooper dispatches

A North Pole man was nabbed on a DUI charge after troopers found him passed out on his steering wheel with the engine running. See the dispatch out of North Pole below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, June 26, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment...No news reported.

B Detachment

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Location: Wasilla
Case number: 08-50627, 08-50625
Type: DUI, Warrant Arrest
Text: On 06/26/2008 at approximately 0226 hours the AST South-Central

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Wednesday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers are investigating an assault in Shungnak that left a victim beaten, choked and unconscious. See the dispatch below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Location: Ketchikan

Case number: 08-49971

Type: Warrant Arrest

Text: On 06/24/08 at about 1139 hours, Alaska State Troopers in
Ketchikan arrested Robert Phillips, age 23, of Ketchikan on an

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Man shoots girl in head, booby-traps home

An Alakanuk man accused of shooting a 14-year-old girl in the head barricaded himself in a home and booby-trapped the front door with a gun, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Paul Morris Phillip Jr., 36, was taken into custody and lodged at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center, troopers said.

The girl, who was not named, survived the gunshot and was medevaced to Bethel for treatment, troopers said.

Troopers got the call at about 5 a.m. Sunday and headed to the scene from Emmonak on a boat. After trying unsuccessfully to get Phillip Jr., 36, to leave the house, they entered and took him into custody, troopers said. He was reportedly intoxicated.

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Monday's trooper dispatches

Thieves broke into the Delta Junction high school over the weekend and cleaned up, making off with 52 laptop computers, two desktop computers, a surveillance system and other items, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Losses are estimated at $100,000 and damage at an additional $6,000.

See the dispatch out of Delta Junction below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, June 23, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Friday's trooper dispatches

A Fairbanks man was arrested Friday on charges that he used the Internet to sexually entice a child, according to Alaska State Troopers. See the dispatch below out of Fairbanks.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, June 20, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

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Location: Ketchikan

Case number: 08-48166

Type: Theft IV

Text: On 6-19-2008 at approximately 0850 hours, AST received a report of

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Thursday's trooper dispatches

A Pitka's Point man has been charged with criminal trespass after he allegedly forced his way into a woman's home and had to be removed by troopers. See the dispatch out of Pitka's Point below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, June 19, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment...No news reported.

B Detachment

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Location: Wasilla
Case number: 08-48068
Type: MVC-D
Text: On 6-18-08, at about 2038 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded

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Wednesday's trooper dispatches

A brawl inside a Denali salmon bake bar ended with blood in the taco bar and an Oregon man charged with criminal mischief. See the dispatch out of Denali below.

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Wednesday, June 18, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment

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Location: Ketchikan

Case number: 08-47749

Type: Warrant Arrest

Text: On 6/17/2008 at approximately 2020 hours, 29 year old Simon McCamy
of Ketchikan turned himself into Alaska State Troopers. McCamy had an

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Accused serial rapist appears in court

A man accused of three rapes spanning a year's time faced a judge Tuesday to be arraigned on nine felony counts, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Gareth Demoski, 20, is accused of three separate attacks that took place beginning in June 2007 and ended this month, troopers said.

He was charged in Fairbanks Superior Court with multiple counts of sexual assault, attempted sexual assault, burglary, criminal mischief and assault.

Demoski was booked at the Fairbanks Correctional Center on $125,000 bail, troopers said.

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Tuesday's Alaska State Trooper dispatches

A search of a Kenai residence last week turned up a Methamphetamine lab in the home's master bedroom, Alaska State troopers said Tuesday. See the dispatch out of Kenai below--

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and
the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment

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Location: Ketchikan

Case number: 08-46857

Type: Arrest Warrant

Text: On 6-15-2008 at approximately 1214 hours, AST arrested, Dylan

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Guardsman charged with child molestation

An Anchorage man was arrested at the National Guard armory on Fort Richardson Tuesday and charged with three felony counts of sexual assault of a minor, according to Alaska State Troopers.

John John Bill, 36, was arrested at about 10:30 a.m. and charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault of a minor and two counts of second degree sexual assault of a minor, according to troopers.

Anchorage police, who conducted the investigation into Bill, a member of the Air National Guard, got the tip last week and soon discovered at least two victims, said Sgt. Cindi Stanton, supervisor of the crimes against children unit.

The first to report was a friend of Bill’s family who reported the assault immediately after it happened, she said. Another victim subsequently came forward with previous assaults, she said. Both known victims were pre-teen children, Stanton said.

She said police believe there are more victims and they are asking the public to call 786-8900 with any relevant information.

Bill was booked at the Anchorage jail on $10,000 bail. According to court records, he has no criminal history in Alaska.

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Whale breaks up illegal fishing trip

A whale reportedly struck a small boatload of Canadian fishermen who had illegally taken salmon and halibut near the Southeast community of Hoonah, according to Alaska Wildlife Troopers.

Troopers escorted the 24-foot fiberglass Get Real into Hoonah for repairs after the impact at about 11:30 a.m. Monday that stopped its motor and caused a steady stream of water to spew into the boat.

According to the U.S. Coast Guard, the Get Real was travelling at about 30 knots at the time of impact. The three people aboard did not report any injuries.

After arriving on the scene, troopers on the P/V Gow-tukan gave the fishermen hand pumps and took two of their coolers onto the Gow-tukan to help steady the foundering boat.

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Babysitter's drug dealing prompts charges against parents

Two Nome residents accused of allowing their babysitter to sell marijuana out of their home during the Iditarod have been charged following a months-long investigation, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The charges, filed Monday, were the result of the investigation into the actions of Stephanie Anasogak, 30, and Andrew Kunayak Jr., 36, troopers said.

Troopers say the drug dealing took place the week of the Iditarod and that the sitter sold the drugs while the couple's child was present.

Both were charged with several counts of misconduct involving controlled substances and endangering the welfare of a child.

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Sex offender sought by task force

A convicted sex offender who has failed to register as required under state law is being sought by the Alaska Fugitive Task Force.

Benjamin Allen Jakoski, 51, is also being sought on a felony warrant for theft, according to Anchorage police.

Jakoski is white, 5 feet 9 inches tall, 170 pounds with brown hair and brown eyes.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP. Anonymous tips can also be submitted at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

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Suspected felony offender on the lam

The Alaska Fugitive Task Force is looking for Shane Cole Twigg, who is wanted on a felony warrant for his arrest because of his failure to appear in court on weapons and drug charges.

Twigg is a 26-year-old Indian male, 6 feet 5 inches tall, 260 pounds with black hair and black eyes. He has a scar on his face.

Anyone with information on Twigg's whereabouts is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP. Anonymous tips can also be submitted at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com

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Coffee stand break-in nets empty cash register

A thief or thieves caused hundreds of dollars in damage to a Palmer coffee stand when they broke in and stole an empty cash register, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Your Way Cup coffee stand on Bogard Road near Trunk Road reported the theft at 6:15 a.m. Thursday, saying the $300 electronic cash register was missing.

The thieves broke out the stand's windows sometime during the night, causing about $750 in damage to the building and its contents.

The investigation is continuing.

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