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Anchorage police are searching for a shooting suspect in West Anchorage and have shut down streets in the area.

Officers responded to the 3500 block of West 79th Avenue due to a shooting, said Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad around 5 p.m.

“An adult male victim has been transported to the hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound,” Oistad said.

Police have established a perimeter, and portions of roads near 79th are closed while police continue their search. Oistad didn't have an estimate for when the area would reopen for residents.

Police are searching for a single suspect, Oistad said. She was unsure if SWAT would be called out to the area...

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Alaska authorities are investigating the death of Gilbert N. Joseph, 57, at a Fairbanks jail.

Few details have been released, including how Joseph died.

The state Department of Corrections said Joseph was in the jail on a “non-criminal hold” and had been there since Wednesday.

Joseph’s death occurred around 3:40 a.m. Thursday at the Fairbanks Correctional Center, and Alaska State Troopers and the medical examiner's office were investigating, according to DOC.

Troopers responded to the jail around 4:13 a.m. after getting a report that Joseph was found unresponsive, according to an online dispatch.

Medics took Joseph to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital and unsuccessfully attempted to resuscitate him, troopers said...

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Jerry Active was sentenced to 359 years in prison Friday in Anchorage on multiple counts of murder and sexual assault for a brutal attack on a Mountain View family in 2013.

Active’s total sentence was 404 years with 45 suspended. A number of the dozen charges against Active were merged for the sentencing.

A state prosecutor gave emotional sentencing remarks during the hearing, while Active's defense attorney argued that insufficient evidence was presented at trial and asked the judge for leniency.

Assistant district attorney Gustaf Olson said the facts presented in the high-profile case were staggering. The state did not charge all of the crimes it could have, he said...

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Two women from the northern Alaska village of Anaktuvuk Pass have been charged with stealing deposits from the local post office, according to the U.S. attorney’s office.

Dorothy Gordon and Bernice Hart were separately indicted by federal grand juries in Anchorage for multiple counts of misappropriation of postal funds, prosecutors said.

Gordon faces 23 charges stemming from the theft of deposits at Anaktuvuk Pass Post Office, as well as for allegedly stealing delivery funds. Those thefts total more than $70,000, prosecutors said.

Hart faces 45 charges, some of which stem from her allegedly pocketing money orders, prosecutors said. She is accused of stealing more than $40,000...

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A Wasilla man was indicted Wednesday on a federal charge of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor, though the charges against him indicate he’d previously sexually abused two other girls.

The criminal complaint against Justin Nekeferoff was filed July 24 and the indictment was handed down Wednesday, according to federal court records.

An “associate” of Nekeferoff contacted the FBI and worked as a cooperating witness against the North Slope worker.

The associate showed texts from Nekeferoff to investigators, according to the complaint. Nekeferoff said in the texts he felt compelled to have sex with young girls, it says...

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Alexandra Ellis, who killed bicyclist Jeff Dusenbury while driving intoxicated in South Anchorage last year, was sentenced Wednesday to a year in prison.

During Ellis' sentencing hearing Wednesday there was tearful testimony from the family of Dusenbury and additional testimony from several witnesses for the defense. Ellis pleaded guilty in May to killing Dusenbury while driving under the influence July 19, 2014.

The full sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton was three years with two suspended on a charge of criminally negligent homicide, and a consecutive 360 days with 350 suspended for DUI...

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Bethel police said Tuesday they've identified five students as suspects in last weekend's vandalism of preschool classrooms and school district cars, resulting in the postponement of the new school year by at least a week.

Lower Kuskokwim School District Superintendent Dan Walker said the suspects are school district students but declined to offer additional details.

According to a press release from the Bethel Police Department, two of the suspects are 10 years old and three are 13 years old. Charges are being forwarded to the city’s Division of Juvenile Justice, the release says...

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Three people were presumed dead in Sitka on Tuesday after heavy rain caused six landslides and at least one sinkhole in the Southeast Alaska town, a municipal spokeswoman said.

The first call about a landslide came in at 9:41 a.m. Tuesday, and emergency responders focused their efforts on one slide near Kramer Avenue, on the outskirts of town, Sitka Police Department Chief Sheldon Schmitt said.

“There are new houses being built and (the landslide) came down the mountain, across the road and hit the houses below,” Schmitt said. “A construction crew and city worker were all in the area and we haven’t located them yet.”

One of the landslides destroyed a home on Kramer Avenue, said Sitka municipal clerk and spokeswoman Sara Peterson...

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The sentencing of Alexandra Ellis, the teenage driver accused of killing bicyclist Jeff Dusenbury in a hit and run that shocked the city, began in an Anchorage courtroom Friday, but is likely to continue into next week...

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The sentencing of Alexandra Ellis, the driver accused of killing bicyclist Jeff Dusenbury in a hit-and-run that shocked the city, began in an Anchorage courtroom Friday but remained unresolved as witnesses testified through the afternoon hearing.

Superior Court Judge Michael Wolverton said he would decide Monday when the sentencing hearing would resume.

In the Friday hearing, an accident investigator hired by the defense suggested that Dusenbury was speeding on his bicycle and that Ellis' vehicle was barely moving. But Dusenbury's friends and family ridiculed those conclusions...

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