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A state prosecutor said Thursday during closing arguments in the double-homicide trial against Jerry Active that witness testimony alone was enough to find Active guilty of a dozen crimes.

Assistant Attorney General Adam Alexander added the state had much more than just testimony, including a significant amount of physical evidence that proves 26-year-old Active killed two beloved grandparents and raped three victims.

The defense stuck to its general argument that Active is not responsible for the crimes. Attorney Chong Yim spent much of his argument attempting to cast doubt on the results of DNA tests and investigators’ methods of collecting evidence...

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Five people, including two juveniles, have been arrested in connection with a March 28 shooting in Spenard. Court documents say the shooting was the result of a 15-year-old’s plan to rob a pot dealer.

The alleged dealer, Steven Gene Holley, 28, has been charged with first-degree assault, weapons misconduct and drug crimes. He intended to sell a quarter-pound of marijuana for $800 to the teen, but ended up in a gunfight, according to documents.

Holley fired three shots at Shawn Vent, who returned fire in the parking lot of a fast-food restaurant, the teenager told police...

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Nearly a year has passed since former Veco boss Bill Allen was sued by a woman claiming to be his teen-sex victim, but her lawyers have been unable to proceed with the case because they can’t find him.

They’ve tried serving papers against Allen in Colorado, New Mexico and Washington state, all places where Allen’s three children live. Allen served out his federal probation on bribery and tax charges in New Mexico, the state of his birth and where his son Mark has a horse ranch ...

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Anchorage police are looking for a 20-year-old man wanted on felony warrants for violating parole.

Dustin Arthur Badillo’s parole violation is tied to original charges of escape and burglary, police said.

Badillo is described as a 20-year-old white male, 5 feet 8 inches tall, 140 pounds with black hair and brown eyes.

Anyone who knows the whereabouts of Badillo is asked to call the Anchorage Police Department at 907-786-8900 or Anchorage Crime Stoppers at 907-561-STOP.

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Updated 9:25 p.m.

Police are asking for help locating a man suspected of sexually assaulting a woman and kidnapping her and her children from a driveway in West Anchorage on Wednesday morning.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, the woman was leaving her home on the 1000 block of West 22nd Avenue just after 8 a.m. with her two children when a man approached the family. He entered the woman’s garage armed with a gun, police said.

“The suspect forced the female to submit to a sexual assault,” police said.

Following the assault, the man forced the woman into her minivan -- along with her children -- to drive around Anchorage to various banks and ATMs to withdraw money from her bank account, police said...

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Nearly a year has passed since a pair of Alaska state troopers were shot and killed in the Interior village of Tanana. With the trial of one of the suspects underway, villagers say they have taken steps to put the tragedy behind them while also learning from it.

Fairbanks-based troopers Sgt. Patrick “Scott” Johnson and Gabriel “Gabe” Rich were killed on May 1, 2014. Nathanial Kangas was charged with murder and assault in their deaths; his trial is set for November...

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Anchorage police have released a sketch of a suspect in an April 8 sexual assault in the woods near Mosquito Lake. They hope someone from the public may have more information about the case.

A composite sketch of the man was created based on information provided by the victim, a release from the Anchorage Police Department said.

Just after 11 p.m. April 8, a woman flagged down an officer at the University of Alaska Anchorage to report that she’d been sexually assaulted near the lake, police said.

“According to the victim, she had met the suspect in the downtown area and spent most of the day with him; she was going to spend the night at his house,” police said...

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Anchorage police said Monday that a driver died Sunday morning after swerving off the road and striking a tree.

Police said they received a report just after 4:30 a.m. that a vehicle driving on East Northern Lights Boulevard had hit the tree near Wesleyan Drive in East Anchorage.

Officers from the Anchorage Police Department and the University of Alaska Anchorage located the wreck and found a man, the vehicle's only occupant, dead at the scene, police said.

The driver was identified by police as 20-year-old Kevin Gonzalez-Bermudez. His family has been told of his death, police said...

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Yoder Blalock was sentenced Friday in Anchorage Superior Court to 45 years in prison for killing a local man with a bayonet, according to a prosecutor.

State prosecutors said Blalock, 38, intended to kill Nathan “Nate” Tanape, whom he pepper-sprayed before striking multiple times with a short sword shortly after he injected methamphetamine on a night in October 2011.

The defense had argued Blalock attacked Tanape in self-defense...

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Police are searching for a man who robbed a Northrim Bank branch in Juneau by claiming he had an explosive device, according to the Juneau Police Department.

Police got a 911 call shortly after 11 a.m. Friday about the robbery at the bank on the Glacier Highway, the department said.

“The investigation revealed that a male entered the bank, claimed to be in possession of an explosive device, and left on foot with an undisclosed amount of cash,” police said in a news release.

No one was hurt during the robbery, police said.

JPD is asking for help in identifying the man they describe as white and/or Alaska Native, 40 to 60 years old with gray “scruffy” facial hair. The man was wearing blue jeans, a black hooded coat and a backpack, police said...

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