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Man shot in leg over debt, police say

Police are asking for help locating Quincy Hernandez, who is accused of shooting another man over a debt Sunday night in Anchorage.Police are asking for help locating Quincy Hernandez, who is accused of shooting another man over a debt Sunday night in Anchorage.

From Kyle Hopkins --

Anchorage police are searching for a 21-year-old man accused of shooting another man in the leg Sunday night over a debt.

Quincy Hernandez fired a pistol at Curtis Mannings about 7:30 p.m. as Mannings ran down an alley north of 1139 Gambell St., police say.

Mannings was treated and released from an Anchorage hospital, according to police. Police are asking for help in the hunt for Hernandez, who is wanted for first-degree assault.

Anyone with information about his whereabouts is asked to call police at 786-8900 or 561-7867.

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Man with stolen shotgun fires on, wounds cabbie, police say

From Kyle Hopkins --

An Anchorage man is being charged with attempted murder after blasting a cabdriver early this morning in Spenard, police say.

The cabdriver suffered a “grazing, abdomen wound,” said police spokeswoman Anita Shell. He is expected to be released from the hospital today, she said.

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Anchorage bodybuilder accused of dealing steroids

From Kyle Hopkins

A 24-year-old Anchorage bodybuilder who police say has been dealing anabolic steroids, Ecstacy and marijuana is in jail today following his arrest in an East Anchorage parking lot.

Vice unit detectives investigated Brion Ingram for three months, flagging the bodybuilder as a “key distributor” of illegal drugs including steroids such as Testosterone Cypionate, Dianobol and Methyltrienolone, police say.

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Vandals flip desks, spray fire extinguishers at West High, district says

From Casey Grove in Anchorage --

The Anchorage School District says five West High School students broke into the school through a window on its roof early Thursday and made a mess by overturning desks, spraying a fire extinguisher and throwing papers around.

The district is recommending expulsion for the four juniors and one sophomore.

Here's a press release the district sent to reporters, followed by some more pictures:

West High students and staff work quickly to help solve vandalism case
Students’ attempted prank caused school disruption

Five West High School students are on emergency suspensions for their alleged roles in a vandalism that took place early Thursday morning at the school. Four students are in 11th-grade and one is in 10th-grade. They all will be recommended for expulsion.

The students reportedly climbed on the school’s roof and entered the building through a window. Once inside, the teens overturned desks and a cabinet, sprayed a fire extinguisher, threw papers across some classrooms and entered the building’s underground tunnels.

“It doesn’t appear their intent was to cause significant damage but they did cause a significant disruption,” said Gardner Cobb, ASD director of Security and Emergency Preparedness. “There was some vandalism and many hours of staff time were consumed by cleaning the mess and tracking down the suspects.”

West’s School Resource Officers Gary Winborg and Ben Yoon worked closely with school staff and students, who were reportedly upset about the mess caused at the school. In this situation, the students and staff worked together with the SROs to solve the case.

Having the students and staff coming together so quickly to solve this situation is an outstanding example how students and staff at West High School will not tolerate any disrespect to our school,” said Principal Rick Stone. “Students and staff have a high level of respect for this school and the outstanding education that happens every day at West. These types of situations are rare.”

Superintendent Carol Comeau said the actions of these five young people are unacceptable. “They may have thought it was a harmless prank but it caused quite a mess at the school. Vandalism in any form is not tolerated in our schools. I applaud the students and staff who stepped forward to share information about this case and appreciate the work of the school’s SROs who were crucial to the solving of the crime.”

Anchorage police are working on a criminal case against the five teens.

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Police accuse man of molesting boy, detectives looking for more victims

From Casey Grove in Anchorage --

Anchorage police say they arrested a 50-year-old Wasilla man last week and charged him with sexual abuse of a minor.

Police said the suspect, Mitch Hull, frequented kids' hockey games and was known to spend time with minors at his Wasilla home. Detectives suspect Hull may have additional victims.

Hull is accused of molesting a 15-year-old boy and was arrested last Wednesday, police said.

Here's a press release sent to reporters this morning:

Subject – Man Arrested for Sexual Abuse of a Minor
Case Number – 11-13631

Anchorage Police Department Special Victims Unit Detectives completed the initial investigation of Mitchell “Mitch” Hull, a 50 year old Wasilla resident with his arrest on 8-24-11. Hull was charged with Sexual Assault 2nd degree and Sexual Abuse of a Minor 2nd degree. Hull is currently being held without bail and faces a Pre-indictment Hearing today in Courthouse Room B-1 at 14:00 hours.

The charges stem from a report from a 15 year old male who told detectives that he had been sexually molested by Hull. In interview with detectives, Hull made statements indicating that he had sexual contact with the juvenile male.

Det. Bianca Cross of APD’s SVU believes there to be more victims who have not come forward. Mitchell Hull is known to frequent youth hockey events and is known to spend time at his Wasilla residence with juvenile males, often giving them rides in his vehicle. One witness told investigators that Hull would supply the young males with alcohol and money with which to purchase marijuana.

Anyone with additional information about possible victims should contact Det. Cross at 786-2438.

Mitchell "Mitch" Hull (Photo courtesy Anchorage Police Department)Mitchell "Mitch" Hull (Photo courtesy Anchorage Police Department)

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Police arrest child porn suspect at airport

From Casey Grove in Anchorage --

Airport police arrested an Anchorage man yesterday on a charge of distributing and possessing child pornography.

Daniel K. Baumgartner, 26, had a warrant for his arrest after he allegedly sent images of child sexual exploitation to an undercover officer in April, police say.

Here's a notice sent to news media this morning:

Subject – Police Arrest Child Pornography Suspect
Case Number – 11-17412

On August 31, 2011, 26 year old Anchorage resident Daniel K. Baumgartner was arrested by officers from the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport Police and the Anchorage Police Department. Baumgartner had an outstanding $5000 Cash/Corporate arrest warrant for 1 count of Distribution of Child Pornography (B Felony) and 2 counts of Possession of Child Pornography (C Felony).

This investigation began in April of 2011 when APD Cyber Crimes Detective Mark Thomas was working in an undercover capacity and received illicit images depicting the sexual abuse of young children from Baumgartner. Members of the Alaska ICAC task force, including APD Detectives, AST Investigators, and a Special Agent from Homeland Security Investigations, served a search warrant on Baumgartner’s residence where numerous computers and digital media were seized. Forensic examinations of these devices revealed hundreds of images and videos that depict the sexual abuse of young children. Some of these videos were more than an hour in length.

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The Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force is made up of Local, State, and Federal Agencies who develop effective responses to cyber enticement and child pornography cases. This support encompasses forensic and investigative components, training and technical assistance, victim services, prevention and community education.

Daniel K. Baumgartner (Photo courtesy Anchorage Police Department)Daniel K. Baumgartner (Photo courtesy Anchorage Police Department)

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Beagley will serve no jail time

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

Jessica Beagley and her husband Gary in court today. (Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News)Jessica Beagley and her husband Gary in court today. (Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News)

3:30 p.m. UPDATE

Jessica Beagley will serve no jail time and pay no fine for punishing her adopted son with hot sauce and a cold shower, under sentencing delivered today by District Court Judge David Wallace.

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Linehan withdraws request to leave state after bail scare

Mechele Linehan today at a bail hearing in Anchorage court. Erik Hill/Anchorage Daily News - More photos from the bail hearingMechele Linehan today at a bail hearing in Anchorage court. Erik Hill/Anchorage Daily News - More photos from the bail hearing

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

Mechele Linehan today withdrew a request to leave the state for medical treatment after a bail scare that could have sent her back to jail.

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Music teacher sentenced for sexual abuse of minors

West High teacher Christopher More appears Jan. 3, 2011, in Anchorage jail court. (Erik Hill photo/Anchorage Daily News)West High teacher Christopher More appears Jan. 3, 2011, in Anchorage jail court. (Erik Hill photo/Anchorage Daily News)

From Casey Grove in Anchorage --

A local music teacher who admitted to having sex with two teenage students will serve 12 years in prison under a plea agreement accepted today by an Anchorage judge.

Christopher More, 30, pleaded guilty in March to two counts of second-degree sexual assault of a minor. The girls were choir students at West High School, police said.

More admitted to detectives in early January, when the allegations surfaced, that he'd had sexual relationships with the two girls starting in 2009.

Today, Superior Court Judge Philip Volland accepted a plea deal between state prosecutors and More's public defender and sentenced More to 25 years in prison with 13 years suspended. After the total 12 years More must serve, he will be on probation for 15 years, Volland said.

Volland said earlier in the hearing that he was surprised to see a standing-room-only crowd in his courtroom, many of whom were apparently from More's church. The judge said he was also surprised at the light sentence recommended in the plea agreement.

"I've sentenced people to a lot more for a lot less," Volland said.

For about the next two hours, Volland heard statements from Assistant District Attorney Brittany Dunlop, public defender John Cashion, More himself, and several of More's supporters, including many congregants from ChangePoint Church.

Later, Volland announced he would accept the recommended sentence.

"(The sentence) is on the edge, but still within the range of reason," Volland said.

UPDATE: This post originally stated that a pastor from ChangePoint spoke at the hearing, as indicated in court. An official from the church says the man is not a pastor, but More's spiritual adviser.

Check back for updates to this story.

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Jury finds Beagley guilty of child abuse in hot sauce case (UPDATED)

Update, 8:20 p.m.: We have posted a longer, updated story on our homepage.


Jessica Beagley in court today after the jury found her guilty. (Marc Lester photo/Anchorage Daily News)Jessica Beagley in court today after the jury found her guilty. (Marc Lester photo/Anchorage Daily News)

From Casey Grove and Kyle Hopkins:

An Anchorage jury today found Jessica Beagley, 36, guilty of one misdemeanor count of child abuse.

Beagley made national headlines after an appearance on the "Dr. Phil" show that featured footage of the Anchorage mom disciplining her adopted son by forcing him to take cold showers and putting hot sauce in his mouth.

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'Hot sauce mom' was trying to get help, lawyer says

Frame grab of Jessica Beagley on the Dr. Phil show in November 2010.Frame grab of Jessica Beagley on the Dr. Phil show in November 2010.

From Casey Grove at the courthouse --

An Anchorage jury heard opening statements today in the trial of Jessica Beagley, an Anchorage mother accused of abusing her adopted Russian son by putting hot sauce in his mouth and forcing him into a cold shower as punishment for bad behavior.

Beagley, 36, faces one misdemeanor count of child abuse.

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Child abuse trial begins for mom made famous on 'Dr. Phil'

Jessica Beagley in a frame grab from the "Dr. Phil" showJessica Beagley in a frame grab from the "Dr. Phil" show

From Casey Grove in Anchorage --

Jury selection began today for the child abuse trial of Jessica Beagley, an Anchorage mother of six, including adopted Russian twin boys.

Municipal prosecutors charged Beagley, 36, in January with one count of misdemeanor child abuse for her unorthodox discipline of one of the 7-year-old twins.

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Man stole friend's identity to hunt bear

From Kyle Hopkins --

A Florida man who stole a friend’s identity to illegally kill a brown bear in Alaska –- then complained about the hunt because he wanted a bigger bear -- has been sentenced to pay more than $66,000 in penalties.

People get in trouble for breaking hunting and fishing laws in Alaska all the time. But this case has at least one unusual twist.

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(UPDATED) Troopers investigate alleged jailhouse attack on man accused of punching girl

Byron Edward Syvinski in court on Friday, June 10. (BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News)Byron Edward Syvinski in court on Friday, June 10. (BOB HALLINEN / Anchorage Daily News)

3:25 p.m. UPDATE: Judge Patrick Hanley has denied Syvinski's motion for lowered bail and release to a halfway house. Syvinski appeared in court today with his left arm in a sling and what looked to be a bruise under his eye.


ORIGINAL POST:

From Casey Grove --

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City Hall protester arrested yet again

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

Homeless City Hall protester John W. Martin has been arrested yet again, this time for violating conditions of his release on a previous trespassing charge, police say.

The problem? Judges have twice told Martin, 39, he's not allowed to camp on city land, prosecutors said.

Martin was arrested 3:51 this morning after officers found him sleeping in a sleeping bag beneath a tarp at 6th Avenue and G Street, said police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker.

It’s against city ordinances to camp anywhere on city property except at designated camp sites or with a special permit. (Do it yourself and you can get a ticket for it, but you won’t go to jail like Martin did today. It’s under the same set of rules that prohibit people from breaking bottles or building fires on city land.)

Judges twice told Martin in early July that he was not to camp in the city as a condition of his release on an earlier Campbell Creek trespassing charge, said city prosecutor Cynthia Franklin.

That led to today's misdemeanor charge.

“He promised the judge he would not camp and he broke his promise,” Franklin said.

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Police want help catching speedy motorcyclist, abusive shoplifter

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage –

The first time police tried to stop the mystery motorcyclist, he gunned his blue-and-silver Yamaha to 125 mph on the Glenn Highway. The second time police spotted him, the man sped the wrong way on Gambell Street to escape arrest. (Police believe the bike is stolen.)

And the shoplifter? Smacked a JC Penney security guard with a backpack when she tried to stop him from stealing clothes, police say.

APD today is asking for your help catching these two. Here are the two announcements from the police department, beginning with the motorcyclist. Find a picture and description of the shoplifter, accused in an unrelated case, after the jump:

Seen someone riding a motorcycle like this, going way to fast? Police are looking for him.Seen someone riding a motorcycle like this, going way to fast? Police are looking for him.

Subject – Police Seek Reckless Motorcyclist

Anchorage Police Department Officers are requesting the assistance of the public in identifying the driver of a motorcycle who recklessly eluded police on 7-17-11.
On 7-17-11 at 0825 hours Anchorage Police Officer Palmatier saw the blue and silver Yamaha YZF-R1 inbound on the Glenn Highway near the Birchwood Exit carrying a rear seat passenger and travelling in excess of 100 MPH. Ofc. Patzke set up at the weigh scales and activated his emergency lights hoping to slow the driver down but instead the driver sped up to 125 MPH and continued inbound.
The officers did not pursue the motorcycle because of the danger such a pursuit would present to the motorcyclist, passenger and other drivers on the road.
The bike was seen a few minutes later by Officer Burton at 5th Avenue and Karluk Street and when he tried to stop it, the driver eluded him going the wrong way on Gambell Street. The motorcycle is believed to be a stolen vehicle.
The driver of the motorcycle is a white male adult who wears a silver helmet with a “Mohawk” ornamentation down the middle of the helmet, and a black leather jacket. The passenger wore a red helmet with a black leather jacket.
Anyone with information which might assist in this investigation should contact Ofc. Palmatier at 786-8771.

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And the alleged shoplifter:

Courtesy of Anchorage Police Department.Courtesy of Anchorage Police Department.

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Trooper shoots pit bull in head, dog lives

From Casey Grove in Anchorage --

An unruly pit bull in North Pole was shot in the head early Friday by an Alaska State Trooper, and the dog has apparently survived, according to a trooper report.

The trooper was responding as backup to a disturbance about 12:30 a.m. when the chained dog lunged at him, troopers said. The trooper drew his gun and fired, striking the dog in the head. After a visit to the vet, it looks like the dog will live, troopers said.

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City Hall protester arrested for trespassing at coffee shop

John Martin camps out in front of City Hall in downtown Anchorage on July 1.John Martin camps out in front of City Hall in downtown Anchorage on July 1.

From Casey Grove in Anchorage --

An Anchorage man protesting the city’s treatment of its homeless population by sleeping on downtown sidewalks was arrested Monday for trespassing at a coffee shop.

John Martin III, 39, says he first camped in front of City Hall to draw attention to Mayor Dan Sullivan’s policies toward local homeless people, which Martin described as heavy-handed. More recently, Martin and others have taken up residence a half-block away at the corner of Sixth Avenue and G Street, across from the Kaladi Brothers downtown coffee shop.

Monday afternoon, Martin went into the shop with an empty coffee cup to get a free refill of drip coffee, according to both Martin and police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker.

Martin says he was talking to two female employees when a man approached him. The man told Martin he had to leave and started pushing him toward a door, Martin said.

“I just sort of stood in my stance, until he pushed me harder,” Martin said.

Both men tumbled to the ground, he said. Martin had scrapes on his knuckles and a bruise on his shoulder that he said were from the fall.

Police officers arrived and arrested Martin for trespassing. He was taken to jail, paid $100 for bail, and was out about two hours later, Martin said.

Martin is a registered sex offender whose protests frequently land him in Anchorage news stories. In October of 2009 he slept under a blue tarp at the corner of Lake Otis Parkway and Abbott Road. He said at the time that he was fasting and praying in an effort to bring attention to people camping in city parks.

Martin on the corner of Lake Otis Parkway and Abbott Road on Oct. 4, 2009. (Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News)Martin on the corner of Lake Otis Parkway and Abbott Road on Oct. 4, 2009. (Bill Roth / Anchorage Daily News)

In May, police asked the public for help locating Martin, who police said was missing. He had told a friend he planned to walk barefoot from Anchorage to Iliamna, police said at the time.

By summer, Martin was back in Anchorage making headlines again.

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The free ride is over. Meet the new downtown parking enforcers

The Sentinel PMV parking enforcement scooter.The Sentinel PMV parking enforcement scooter.

From Rosemary Shinohara in Anchorage --

Heads up, downtown drivers. Especially those of you who have been parking illegally and counting on lax enforcement to avoid those $20 tickets.

Newly hired parking enforcement officers will begin issuing tickets for expired meters and other parking violations sometime in the middle of next week. City officials laid out details of the new parking enforcement effort today at City Hall. (Look for the full story later today.)

Some highlights:

Frequent downtown parkers will notice that they're more likely to get tickets. Lately, as few as two cops have been writing citations for illegal parking. Now there will be five officers who are not police but employees of the Anchorage Community Development Authority, a city agency that also runs parking garages and parking lots downtown.

The new parking officers will be driving electric scooters -- three-wheeled, state-of-the-art vehicles like this one:

(Their scooters will be labeled "EasyPark" -- the name of the new parking division -- rather than "Police." The community development authority cribbed the name from Vancouver, B.C.)

The officers will be wearing uniforms with navy sweater vests, white or light blue shirts and navy cargo pants.

During the start-up period, through September, people will get a free get-out-of-citation card with their ticket. If you go to their website and take a quiz -- with the answers readily available -- you won't have to pay the ticket, which costs $20.

The city charter used to restrict ticket-writing duties to police. But voters chose to amend the charter earlier this year, paving the way for the new crew of parking officers.

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Man robs Subway restaurant, strikes clerk with gun

From Kyle Hopkins in Anchorage --

A man robbed a Subway restaurant today on West Northern Lights Boulevard, pistol-whipping a clerk before fleeing with the cash, police say.

Here's the statement police just sent to reporters:

Subject: Man Assaulted During Robbery

A man was assaulted today following a robbery at a local sandwich shop in west Anchorage.

Anchorage Police were called to the Subway Sandwich Shop located on the 1300 block of West Northern Lights shortly after 7 a.m. this morning. Officers arrived to find a male employee had just been robbed at gun point. Although the victim complied with the robber’s demands, the robber struck the worker on the back of the head with the gun before fleeing with an undisclosed amount of cash.

The suspect is of unknown race, 6’0 to 6’2” tall, about 150 pounds. He was wearing black pants, a black puffy jacket, hood, and black ski mask. The back of the jacket has red writing on it with the words Phat Farm, similar to the one shown below.

If anyone has information as to the identity of the robber, call Anchorage Police at 786-8900 or to remain anonymous and be eligible for a cash reward, call Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or submit your tip on the secure website: www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

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