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Teddy Smith of Kiana was found guilty Tuesday of two counts each of attempted murder, robbery, theft and assault in a bizarre 2012 incident that saw him shoot two hunters at a remote cabin along the Squirrel River, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Smith was found guilty after a jury trial in Kotzebue Superior Court that lasted a little over a week. Jurors deliberated for four hours before handing down guilty verdicts on all eight charges Smith faced in relation to the incident, as well as three counts of third-degree assault related to an incident in Kiana more than a week earlier in which Smith fired a gun toward a crowd of people after the death of his mother...

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Kodiak police report that a "highly intoxicated" captain of a 152-foot landing craft grounded the vessel on Gull Island outside of Kodiak and was arrested on charges of DUI, reckless endangerment and assault.

The Kodiak Police Department reported receiving a 911 call at 8 p.m. Sunday from a 25-year-old crew member aboard the Polar Bear that the captain had run the vessel aground while intoxicated. Officers, with assistance from the Kodiak Harbor Master's office, arrived at the scene of the grounding and made contact with the captain of the vessel, identified as 50-year-old Edward Dyer.

"Dyer was found to be highly intoxicated not realizing the vessel was aground," Kodiak police wrote in a press release issued Tuesday...

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One week after Alaska State Troopers advised residents of Kodiak to lock their doors because of a series of home invasions and thefts -- including belongings rifled through and women's underwear being stolen -- officials reported Monday they arrested a man they believe to be behind the crimes.

Troopers said in an online dispatch that 18-year-old Ryan Cornelio of Kodiak had been arrested on three counts of first-degree burglary in relation to the home invasions. Authorities believe Cornelio burglarized seven homes over three months and attempted to enter three more residences in that time. Additional charges against Cornelio are likely to follow, troopers said...

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Within hours of a U.S. District Court judge's decision to strike down Alaska's ban on same-sex marriage as constitutional Sunday, a statement from the office of Gov. Sean Parnell vowed the state would appeal the ruling. On Monday, the state filed an emergency motion for a stay in the case in hopes of a hearing before a panel of judges with the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

Less than a half-hour after that statement from the governor's office Sunday, Parnell's campaign for re-election issued a release asking if Parnell's opponent, independent Bill Walker, would "defend Alaska's Constitution," referring to the constitutional amendment passed by Alaska voters in 1998 that explicitly defined marriage as between a man and a woman...

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A series of aftershocks continued Sunday near Fairbanks, initiated by a magnitude-5.1 temblor that rattled the Interior Alaska city just after 7 p.m. Saturday.

That first quake started from a fault line just 10 miles from the small community of Minto, and 43 miles from Fairbanks. Originating at a shallow depth of 10 miles, it was no surprise that the shaker was felt in the city, Alaska’s second largest...

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The U.S. Coast Guard on Tuesday found three men aboard a vessel that had been reported overdue returning from a two-day fishing trip out of Whittier into the waters of Prince William Sound.

According to the Coast Guard, Alaska State Troopers contacted the agency Tuesday morning to inform them of the missing men, identified as John Dimmick, 40, Mark Valdez, 28, and Cory Bicchinella, 25, of Anchorage. The three men were reportedly aboard a 24-foot Bayliner with a gray top, and had departed Whittier Sunday morning. They were expected to return to the small community by Monday night...

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A reportedly suicidal man was rescued Tuesday evening from a raft sinking in the waters of Cook Inlet just outside Anchorage. Initial reports that an Air National Guard helicopter used its rotor wash -- the force of air pushed downward from the helicopter blades, which can kick up waves when poised over water -- to push the raft toward shore turned out to be false, and the rescue occurred despite a convoluted chain of communication between rescue agencies...

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A Cessna 208 Caravan conducting a training flight crashed Tuesday night outside of Bethel, killing the two men aboard, Alaska State Troopers reported. An investigator with the National Transportation Safety Board and troopers were unable to visit the scene Wednesday but were expected to arrive at the crash site Thursday.

Two pilots were on the Hageland Aviation flight when the plane went down shortly before 4 p.m., according to the company. One of the pilots was reportedly in training. Troopers identified the victims of the crash as 42-year-old Derrick Cedars of Bethel and 46-year-old Greggory McGee of Anchorage. Hageland Aviation identified Cedars as the company's lead pilot in Bethel, who leaves behind a wife and two children. McGee is survived by his wife...

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A man who had been missing for almost exactly one year was discovered dead Monday inside his Eagle River home, which had reportedly been occupied by renters in the year after he died there. According to Anchorage police, the body of 37-year-old Samuel Ephram McAlpine was discovered in an under-stair storage area inside the home when his ex-wife entered the residence to get it ready for new renters...

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The security screening checkpoint at the Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport was shut down Sunday afternoon after a possible explosive device was discovered inside a passenger's bag, according to airport manager John Parrott.

According to Jesse Davis, chief of airport police, the suspicious device was discovered just before 2 p.m. Sunday, and security screening resumed shortly before 4 p.m...

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