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A man was found dead after his Eagle River house went up in flames Friday night. The Anchorage Police Department identified the victim Saturday night as 57-year-old Anthony Fuentes. Anchorage Fire Department spokesman John See said the first 911 call came in at 6:47 p.m. and they dispatched 15 units to the house on West Parkview Terrace Loop, near Gruening Middle School. AFD paramedic captain Delbert Simineo said responders were on the scene within minutes. The 911 caller had said a person might be trapped inside the burning house, so responders initially searched the main living area, Simineo said. They eventually found Fuentes' body in the garage, which Simineo said was "strange." Flames were shooting out from under the melted garage door when responders arrived, Simineo said, adding...Megan Edge,Egan Millard
Update, 8 a.m. Sunday: Alaska State Troopers have identified the victim of Saturday's avalanche in Hatcher Pass as 25-year-old Warren Carlyle of Anchorage. His next of kin was notified. Original Story: One person died in an avalanche in Hatcher Pass Saturday afternoon, marking the area’s second avalanche death this month, Alaska State Troopers said. Troopers learned of the avalanche near Summit Lake around 2:16 p.m., said Megan Peters, troopers spokeswoman. “The person caught in it was recovered deceased,” Peters wrote in an email. She didn’t have further details and said more information would be released once the person’s family members were contacted. Jed Workman, director of the Hatcher Pass Avalanche Center, said the victim and another person had been snowshoeing. One of them had a...Devin Kelly,Egan Millard
An Anchorage police officer shot and killed a man while responding to a report of a fight at an apartment in Spenard on Tuesday evening. At a press conference later Tuesday night, Anchorage Police Chief Chris Tolley said two officers responded to the apartment at West 32nd Avenue and Arctic Boulevard. Tolley would not say exactly what prompted the shooting or whether one or both officers fired. Medics came and pronounced one male dead at the scene, Tolley said. The man was armed with a knife, Tolley said, adding that alcohol may have been a factor, though he would not say why police thought so. A homicide unit and a crime scene team were investigating the scene Tuesday night, where a sheet was draped over the apartment's open doorway. All that could be seen through the front window was a...Egan Millard
Update, 1:30 p.m. Sunday: Anchorage police have identified the man who jumped to his death at the Dena'ina Center Saturday as 49-year-old Anthony Choquette. Read more here. Original story: A man died after jumping from the third-floor balcony at the annual Alaska Federation of Natives convention at the Dena'ina Center on Saturday afternoon, according to Anchorage police, who described the death as a suicide. The man died around 3:30 p.m., just before the end of the three-day convention. The drop from the railing was just over 59 feet, APD officer Sean Keating said. Just before 4 p.m., firefighters and police officers surrounded the body with black curtain panels. Security also put panels around the edge of the third-floor balcony and evacuated people from the first floor of the convention...Megan Edge,Alex DeMarban,Egan Millard
On film, two depictions of Alaska seem to prevail: the postcard-perfect nature documentaries, with their sweeping helicopter shots of pristine glaciers and sped-up aurora footage, and the increasingly idiotic “reality” shows, in which Alaska is a deadly wasteland populated by trigger-happy morons. The Alaska presented to Outsiders on screen is almost always a heavily edited backdrop painted to suit whatever version of the Last Frontier the director thinks people want to see. Which is what makes “Wildlike” so refreshing. The film, which opened the Anchorage International Film Festival last year, follows Mackenzie, a jaded teenager from Seattle who’s been shipped up to Juneau to stay with her uncle while her mother is in rehab. Mackenzie’s situation spirals out of control after her uncle...Egan Millard
The FBI and the Anchorage Police Department are searching for a man they say robbed an Anchorage bank and tried to rob another on Wednesday. Gregory Cannon, 48, walked into the First National Bank at 1100 Muldoon Road and gave a teller a note that demanded money and said he had a gun, according to an FBI press release. However, he left without any money, the release said. Then, around 4:15 p.m., he robbed the Northrim Bank at 8730 Old Seward Highway of "an undisclosed amount of money" using the same tactic, the FBI said. No weapon was ever seen. The FBI's Anchorage office also released several images taken by security cameras at both banks and urges anyone with information on the robbery or the whereabouts of Cannon to call the office at 276-4441 or the Anchorage Police Department at 786-...Egan Millard
The Anchorage Police Department is looking for a man who robbed a Midtown bank Saturday morning, according to a press release . Police responded to the Northrim Bank at 3111 C St. around 11 a.m. after a man walked into the bank, handed a teller a note and walked out with "an undisclosed amount of cash," the release said. The man did not have a visible weapon. Police describe the suspect as a 50- to 60-year-old clean-shaven white man with shoulder-length gray and white wavy hair. He is said to be wearing all black and a dark baseball hat with light-colored stitching and a white logo. APD is urging anyone with information about the robbery or this man to call them at 907-786-8900 or the FBI at 907-276-4441. To remain anonymous, dial 907-561-STOP or go to .Egan Millard
A 28-year-old woman was found dead Friday morning after falling into a swift-moving creek on Thursday in Denali National Park and Preserve, according to a news release from the park Saturday night. KC Boehly of Seattle, who worked at Camp Denali, had been camping with a coworker in the park's backcountry and was trying to cross a swift-moving tributary of Stony Creek when she fell in and was swept downstream, according to the release. About 40 people searched for her before her body was found on Friday morning by a Park Service helicopter crew, the release said. The park has experienced several days of rain and rivers and creeks are running high and fast, according to the release.Egan Millard
A wildfire around Mile 91 of the Parks Highway between Willow and Trapper Creek had burned about 35 acres, and crews from the state Division of Forestry, the Willow Fire Department, the Matanuska-Susitna Borough and other agencies were working to get it under control Saturday night. The blaze, about a half-mile from the road, had not damaged any structures, and none were immediately threatened as of Saturday night, said Division of Forestry Mat-Su fire management officer Norm McDonald. Air crews on Kodiak Island, where a wildfire ravaged the village of Chiniak Friday, were being called up to the Susitna Valley to contain the Parks Highway fire. Efforts to contain the fire were initially hampered by the fact that 600 to 700 Alaska firefighters are in the Lower 48 fighting wildfires there,...Egan Millard
The body of an Eagle River man who fell to his death from a cliff over the Eklutna River canyon Tuesday evening was recovered around noon Wednesday, according to Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Company Chief Clifton Dalton. Jeremiah Tikiun, 25, had been sitting on a rock near the edge of a steep cliff at Mile 1.5 Eklutna Lake Road when he slipped or tripped and tumbled several hundred feet, according to the Anchorage Police Department. Alcohol was thought to be a factor. Friends he was with called 911 just before 9:30 p.m. Tuesday to report his fall. The death was the second this year from a fall into the canyon, an easily accessible but hazardous spot along the road that climbs to Eklutna Lake from the Glenn Highway. The Alaska Mountain Rescue Group conducted Wednesday’s recovery...Zaz Hollander,Egan Millard