Immigration officials in Alaska told radio reporter Catie Quinn her job didn’t fit visa requirements and she had to leave the country , but she breezed through a similar approval process at the U.S. consulate in Sydney, Australia.
Now she’s back on the Kenai Peninsula managing a newsroom and broadcasting current events in a distinctive Aussie accent.
“I was told by USCIS that I wasn’t close to qualified for the visa; I was wasting my time. I had the exact opposite response at the consulate,” Quinn said. “They kind of looked at me like I was stupid and said, ‘You’re approved. Get out of here.’ ”...
A married couple entered guilty pleas on Friday in Anchorage Superior Court to sex trafficking charges stemming from an investigation that found they ran a prostitution ring in cities across Alaska.
Amber Batts, 40, pleaded guilty to second-degree sex trafficking. The charge could mean 10 years in prison for Batts due to a prior felony conviction in 2009, when she was sentenced for stabbing a man in the neck with a broken beer bottle, according to records.
Quinn Batts, who appeared for the hearing out of custody dressed in plain clothes, pleaded guilty to third-degree sex trafficking.
Amber Batts has also been charged with violating her parole in the older case, and the court could impose two additional years of jail time that were previously set aside...
The pistols were painted blue and loaded with blanks or paintballs and the hostage's cries for help weren't real. This week, police officers from around Alaska are training in an empty office building in southwest Anchorage, acting out scenarios involving active shooters.
Twenty-three officers from police departments in Unalaska, Kenai and Nome, among others, took part in the five-day training program.
The Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training at Texas State University brought the program north at no cost to the Alaska police departments. ALERRT is funded through the university, the Bureau of Justice Assistance and the Department of Justice.
The FBI’s SWAT team is also participating in and helping with the training...
Jury selection started Monday in the state’s case against Jerry Andrew Active , the man accused of a notorious 2013 double murder and sexual assault in Anchorage. The case prompted an Alaska Department of Law policy change regarding plea deals and appeared in political ads during the 2014 race for U.S. Senate.
The high-profile nature of the case is expected to make finding an impartial jury difficult, a state prosecutor said.
Active, 26, is accused of murdering an elderly couple and sexually assaulting a toddler, a 71-year-old woman and a 90-year-old woman shortly after being released from jail in May 2013...