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A sexual assault case in which a Dillingham man was initially represented by an attorney who later became a judge and presided over his trial has been sent back to Alaska Superior Court.

In an opinion issued Wednesday, the Alaska Court of Appeals said it was unclear whether the defendant, Tyrone Billie Gamechuk, knew the significance behind the trial judge previously serving as his public defender in the same case.

Gamechuk appealed his attempted first-degree sex assault conviction on several grounds, including the argument that he is entitled to a new trial because of the judge's dual roles in the case...

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A 31-year-old Anchorage man faces multiple sex trafficking-related charges after Alaska investigators wrapped up a five-month investigation.

Mark Daniel Alexander was charged with eight felonies, including first-, second- and third-degree sex trafficking as well as a fourth-degree drug charge, according to court records.

When authorities carried out a search warrant, they discovered Alexander was “cultivating a commercial marijuana grow in his residence,” according to an Alaska State Troopers online dispatch posted Tuesday .

Troopers’ Special Crimes Investigation Unit started its investigation against Alexander in January...

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Anchorage police responded to a shooting in the neighborhood of Mountain View on Monday night, the second reported in about a week.

Like last week’s incident , the victim and shooter appeared to have known each other, said Anchorage Police Department communications director Jennifer Castro.

Drugs may be a factor in the shooting, Castro said. No suspects had been taken into custody as of Tuesday afternoon, she said.

Police were called to an apartment building on the 400 block of North Bragaw Street around 5 p.m. Monday...

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An Anchorage woman was sentenced Monday to three years in prison for possessing an unregistered firearm, a charge stemming from the 2013 discovery of a large cache of stolen guns in a rented storage unit.

Megan Lindsey O’Connor, 26, was also sentenced for “being a drug user in possession of firearms,” an infrequently prosecuted offense that’s generally tied to more serious crimes, said assistant U.S. attorney Bryan Schroder.

O’Connor pleaded guilty to the charges June 16.

The defendant is an admitted methamphetamine user, prosecutors said, and the girlfriend of convicted drug trafficker Max Jewett...

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An Anchorage Superior Court judge on Monday said Carl Leedom’s actions leading to the death of 23-year-old Harvey “Charlie” Albright in 2010 were “cowardly.”

After hours of passionate argument and personal remarks, Judge Jack Smith sentenced Leedom to 55 years in prison on a second-degree murder charge. Six other charges, including murder in the first degree, were dismissed four months ago as part of a plea deal.

Leedom, 27, was the last of three defendants charged with Albright’s death in August 2010. Leedom, Philip Floor and Kenneth “Kenny” Upton beat Albright over a stolen backpack full of money...

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Four people were injured in a shooting at Club Manchu early Friday morning, according to the Fairbanks Police Department.

Shots were fired at the bar around 1:30 a.m., police said. A man entered Club Manchu and pulled a gun from his waistband while approaching “his intended victim” in an enclosed patio area, they said.

The man who was targeted pulled out a gun of his own and fired three times. All three shots struck the alleged instigator, police said.

Having suffered three gunshot wounds, the man Fairbanks police are calling “the attacker” was taken to a hospital and treated. He is expected to recover...

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Samantha Herbert, 24, pleaded guilty to criminally negligent homicide and was sentenced to three years in prison Friday in Anchorage Superior Court for her part in what was described as a drug deal gone wrong.

Herbert was with Jerel Williams when he stormed into the bedroom of Christopher Fulton Jr., 22, in his East Anchorage apartment. Williams, 27, fatally shot Fulton during a struggle, police said.

A witness to the September 2014 shooting told police everyone involved had bought heroin from or sold the drug to one another...

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Alaska State Troopers say a potential search and rescue was canceled Wednesday when texts for help turned out to be sent by a malfunctioning cellphone.

A mother in Soldotna called emergency dispatchers at 8 a.m. Wednesday and reported she’d received texts from her daughter’s phone that read “SOS” and “I need help.” The texts included GPS coordinates, troopers said in an online post published Friday.

The daughter was on Kalgin Island in Cook Inlet, assisting at a setnet site. After receiving the texts, the concerned parent was unable to contact her daughter to figure out what was wrong, troopers said...

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An 18-year-old arrested in January and charged with murder for his part in a drug deal gone wrong at an East Anchorage parking lot has entered into a plea deal with the state.

On Wednesday, Nathaniel Kile Jr., one of several people charged in connection with the shooting, pleaded guilty to a single count of manslaughter during a brief court hearing at the Nesbett Courthouse.

Kile was originally charged with second-degree murder and first-degree robbery.

He said little else than “Yup” and “Yes, sir,” in response to Anchorage Superior Court Judge Jack Smith’s questions...

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The number of women housed in Alaska's prisons nearly doubled between 2004 and 2013, and the overall population of state prisoners grew by about 29 percent in the same period, according to statistics released Monday by researchers at the University of Alaska Anchorage.

Over the 10-year period, about a quarter of all admissions to Alaska Department of Corrections facilities were women, according to the data. While there are still more men than women imprisoned in Alaska, the female inmate population has increased by about 87 percent. The male population increased by about 24 percent, according to the data...

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