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A 47-year-old Soldotna man has been charged with kidnapping and assault after he allegedly held a woman against her will at a residence for several days, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Charles Brady has been charged with kidnapping, two counts of second-degree assault, fourth-degree assault and interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime. According to court records, all of the charges are domestic violence-related.

Under Alaska law, a defendant can be charged with kidnapping if a person restrains another with intent to “inflict physical injury upon or sexually assault the restrained person. …”...

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Anchorage police are seeking a young woman who allegedly stole a truck after threatening its driver with a gun early Tuesday.

The carjacking occurred in South Anchorage, police said.

The victim told police she’d been trying to find a parking spot at an apartment complex on the 1700 block of Lore Road at 12:30 a.m. She was approached by a woman carrying a handgun, police said.

“At gunpoint, the suspect demanded the victim get out of her truck; the suspect then fled the scene in the stolen vehicle, leaving the victim unharmed,” police said...

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A 43-year-old Anchorage woman has been sentenced in federal court to five years of probation for passport fraud. She used her false citizenship to obtain federal and state benefits including Permanent Fund dividends, according to the Alaska U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Maualuga Leaana was indicted in April on multiple charges: passport fraud, nine counts of falsely claiming U.S. citizenship, and aggravated identity theft. She is a citizen of Samoa, said Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Bradley in a news release.

Leaana pleaded guilty to the passport charge in late July, admitting she applied for and obtained legal documents using her sister’s name...

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A 24-year-old Holy Cross resident has been charged with second-degree burglary and other crimes after stealing pull tabs and cash from the local city office, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Aniak-based troopers started investigating the burglary Oct. 11 and made an arrest two days later, but the agency did not report alleged crimes until Monday.

Troopers’ investigation revealed that Andrew S. Demientieff forced his way into the building in Holy Cross, “and an undetermined amount of pull tabs had been taken, as well as money.”

Holy Cross, population 167, is on the west bank of Ghost Creek Slough off the Yukon River. The community is 40 miles northwest of the troopers post in Aniak...

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Coast Guard boats, aircraft and personnel from Alaska assisted in the recovery Monday of a disabled Russian container ship carrying hundreds of tons of fuel. Commercial tugboats safely towed the vessel, which lost power late last week, to Prince Rupert, British Columbia.

The U.S. Coast Guard helped Canada’s coast guard after being called upon by the Joint Rescue Coordination Center in Victoria -- British Columbia’s capital -- on Friday. The JRCC reported the Simushir lost propulsion while traveling from Port Angeles, Washington, to Russia and was at risk of running aground on Haida Gwaii, formerly the Queen Charlotte Islands, south of Prince of Wales Island in Southeast...

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Residents in the eastern Interior Alaska town of Eagle are hunkering down for another cold winter and the added seclusion to what many already consider a rural existence. As the state stopped seasonal maintenance of the Taylor Highway on Wednesday, the prospect of traveling to “town” halted as well.

The City of Eagle and Eagle Village are 6 miles from the Alaska-Canada border. Because of their location along the seasonally maintained highway, the communities’ 120 or so residents live on the road system in the summer and in the Bush in the winter. Unlike the more than 200 communities in Alaska that can’t be reached by road, Eagle can be -- at least, for half the year...

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An Alaska nonprofit released results Tuesday from a candidate survey on domestic violence and sexual assault, and while the responses appeared to demonstrate a high level of awareness of the issues, some candidates expressed an unwillingness to prioritize areas of concern.

The Alaska Network on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault conducts the candidate survey each election cycle in the hope of educating the public about candidates’ views on addressing what Gov. Sean Parnell, who is currently facing scrutiny for his handling of sexual assault allegations in the Alaska National Guard , has called an epidemic...

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The Anchorage Police Department’s homicide unit is investigating the death of a woman found in the neighborhood of Mountain View on Wednesday morning.

Police identified the woman as 54-year-old Irma Williams. Her family has been notified, police said.

Williams was reported missing to police on Sept. 30. She was last seen by her family about two weeks earlier, police said.

On Oct. 1, police asked for the public’s help in locating Williams. According to a news release, she lived in the neighborhood and had been known to frequent three parks in the Mountain View area. Her family told police that Williams had never gone missing before, and they were concerned for her well-being...

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A 52-year-old man with two dozen criminal convictions has been charged with terroristic threatening after calling in a bomb threat and grounding flights at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport on Saturday evening.

According to the charges against Joe Cunningham, an anonymous caller told police around 9 p.m. Saturday that the next plane to depart from the airport would “blow up.”

All flights at the airport were stopped due to the threat, said the deputy chief of the airport’s police, Dave Schulling. Travelers and airport employees were not evacuated from the terminal, and police took no additional measures as a result of the threat, he said.

Threats at the airport are infrequent, Schulling said; the last threat happened “years ago.”...

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Alaska State Troopers say they’ve made two arrests after locating a man wanted on a $25,000 arrest warrant hiding in a Wasilla residence with the help of another man.

On Thursday around 1:45 a.m., troopers got information on the whereabouts of Johnnie W. Weber, 22, of Wasilla. He was wanted for failing to appear for a court hearing stemming from multiple sexual assault and sex assault of a minor charges, as well as a theft charge.

An hour after getting the info, Weber was located hiding in a residence near Mile 12 of Knik Goose Bay Road in Wasilla, troopers said.

“Further investigation revealed Emerson Thompson, age 25 of Wasilla, hindered the apprehension of Weber by hiding him in his residence,” troopers said...

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