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A man was arrested in Wasilla Friday morning after leading Alaska State Troopers and the Wasilla Police Department on a highway pursuit in a motorhome.

Wasilla resident Eligah Christian, 49, was arrested Friday morning after the chase, according to troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Christian had been wanted on an arrest warrant for 37 charges, including scheming to defraud, theft and issuing bad checks. Charges had been filed Thursday, according to online court records.

On Friday, troopers got a tip about Christian’s whereabouts and at about 11:15 a.m. Friday went with the Wasilla Police Department to investigate...

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Update, 5 p.m.: The Anchorage Police Department has taken suspect Dustin Arthur Badillo into custody. At 5 p.m., Badillo sat in the back of a police vehicle on West 27th Avenue, not far from where the alleged sexual assault occurred.

Original story: The Anchorage Police Department is seeking 20-year-old Dustin Arthur Badillo, who is believed to be involved in a sexual assault of a woman and kidnapping of her and her children Wednesday, and is considered armed and dangerous.


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Alaska’s Alcoholic Beverage Control Board director, Cynthia Franklin, was named Monday by the Brookings Institution as one of 12 people to watch in marijuana policy.

Franklin is listed by the Washington, D.C.-based think tank alongside U.S. Attorney General nominee Loretta Lynch, Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., and U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy, among others, in an article by John Hudak posted Monday...

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One lane of the Parks Highway is closed at milepost 271, between the Interior communities of Healy and Nenana, due to a crash involving a tractor-trailer hauling fuel.

The state Department of Environmental Conservation was notified of a crash involving a fuel tanker at 2:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Patricia Bower, program coordinator for the department's Division of Spill Prevention and Response.

An estimated 2,000 gallons of No. 1 diesel fuel was spilled in the crash, according to Bower.

The spill occurred on state-owned land in a state Department of Transportation right-of-way, DEC reported in a press release...

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Two marijuana bills surfaced Sunday as legislators scrambled to finish the regular 2015 session. The Marijuana Control Board bill passed out of the Legislature, while a bill clarifying municipal regulations of marijuana businesses was sent back to the Senate Rules Committee, signifying it didn’t have the votes to pass.

The Marijuana Control Board bill, House Bill 123 , passed the House chamber Sunday morning by a vote of 37-1. Rep. Tammie Wilson, a Republican from North Pole, was the sole dissenting vote...

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Two pieces of marijuana legislation were heard on the Senate floor Saturday afternoon. A Marijuana Control Board bill moved forward, while a bill clarifying municipal regulations of marijuana was held for reconsideration in the final days of Alaska’s legislative session.

House Bill 123 , which would create a Marijuana Control Board, passed unanimously on the Senate floor, 20-0.

Sen. Lesil McGuire, R-Anchorage, said before the vote that the bill was “a responsible step … to respond to the voter initiative.”...

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Two pieces of marijuana legislation -- one that would create a Marijuana Control Board and a second that would clarify municipal marijuana regulations -- were heard in the Alaska Legislature on Friday afternoon in the final days of the regular session.

The Marijuana Control Board bill, House Bill 123 , was moved out of the Senate Finance Committee on Friday afternoon after public testimony.

The bill includes a fiscal note for $1.57 million that would allow for expansion of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board’s staff and resources. The Marijuana Control Board would share the ABC Board’s staff and director...

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The Alaska House of Representatives on Wednesday tweaked a bill that would create a state Marijuana Control Board, adding an amendment that would prohibit anyone with a felony conviction in the last five years from getting a license for a commercial marijuana grow, testing facility, manufacturing facility or retail store.

On Tuesday, the House passed the bill 25-15, but majority leader Charisse Millett, R-Anchorage, held the bill for reconsideration.

Millett said before the floor session Wednesday that some Republican members had wanted to revisit an amendment shot down the day before. The failed amendment had prohibited people with recent felony convictions and misdemeanor drug convictions from owning marijuana establishments...

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A 17-year-old male suspected of burglarizing a home on the Anchorage Hillside was arrested Monday following a string of phone calls alerting officials to suspicious activity in the area, according to police.

Around 10:15 a.m. Monday, the Anchorage Police Department received calls from three people with reports about a young male in the residential neighborhood in the Upper O’Malley area. The male would knock on the doors and ring the doorbells of residences. When someone answered the door, he would flee on foot.

The behavior was unusual, APD spokesperson Jennifer Castro said, as the residential area has relatively isolated homes with long driveways, and it's not an area conducive to walking from house to house...

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Three climbers who’d been stranded on Knik Glacier for a week were reached by airmen from the Alaska Air National Guard Friday morning.

The climbers were en route to Anchorage’s Providence Medical Center around 9 a.m., according to Alaska State Troopers. The three were suffering from weather-related injuries, troopers wrote.

In an online dispatch, Alaska State Troopers identified the climbers as Benjamin Still, 35, Danielle Varney, 32, and Sean Cahoon, 31, all of Anchorage...

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