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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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Anchorage police said Friday they will target drivers high on marijuana through the weekend and Monday in anticipation of the unofficial stoners holiday “420."

“With the recent legalization of recreational use of marijuana in the state of Alaska, police anticipate a possible increase of impaired drivers that may be celebrating the ‘420 holiday’ this year,” said Anchorage Police Department communications director Jennifer Castro in a news release.

“The origin of the term ‘420’ usually depends on who you ask but is celebrated by marijuana consumers around the world every April 20,” the release says.

The OUI (operating under the influence) marijuana detail will begin Friday evening and continue through Monday, police said...

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Anchorage police say 40-year-old Martin Victor IV has been charged with attempted murder and assault, the result of a Friday morning stabbing in the Fairview neighborhood.

Two people were hospitalized with life-threatening injuries after the stabbing, police said.

“The stabbing victims, an adult male and female couple who were occupants of the home, appear to be in stable condition at this time with severe injuries,” police said Friday evening.

Victor faces four charges: two counts each of first-degree attempted murder and first-degree assault. He is being held at the Anchorage Correctional Complex with no bail set, police said...

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A state prosecutor said Thursday that Bukurim Miftari has been dishonest with his family about committing murder before an Anchorage Superior Court judge gave him a 61-year sentence.

“No one else had the motive to kill (Kristen Reid),” said district attorney Sharon Marshall.

Miftari, 24, was found guilty in December of murdering Reid, his ex-girlfriend, in 2012. He was convicted on all counts, which included charges of kidnapping and tampering with evidence in addition to first- and second-degree murder.

After maintaining his innocence over the course of the trial, Miftari chose not to speak at the sentencing...

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An Anchorage detective testified Thursday in the double murder case against Jerry Active that DNA from one of the alleged victims, a 2-year-old girl, was found on Active’s body following his arrest.

Active, 26, is charged with killing an Anchorage couple -- Touch Chea and Sorn Sreap -- in their Mountain View apartment in May 2013. He is also accused of sexually assaulting three generations of their family, including the young girl and her 90-year-old great-great-grandmother, and assaulting two relatives living in the same apartment who returned home to find their loved ones dead from blunt-force trauma...

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Federal prosecutors said Tuesday that a 60-year-old man who previously lived in Eagle River and Houston under the identity of his dead stepbrother was sentenced to 12 years in prison for eight felonies.

An FBI tactical team arrested Joseph Keenan May at a home in Eagle River on June 20, 2014. He’d been wanted for sexual battery in Bradenton, Florida, since 1991, prosecutors said...

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While the speakers at an annual Alaska Native storytelling event on Saturday stuck with traditional forms of oration, the added category of “new media” offered glimpses of change in their cultural expression.

“I think every village, city and town has a few elders … If you don’t find too many elders, learn what you can, listen deeply and become the elder that your community needs,” said keynote speaker Ishmael Angaluuk Hope.

Hope, whose heritage includes Tlingit and Inupiaq, is known as a Native writer, poet and playwright. More recently, he worked on the video game “Never Alone” as a writer and helped ensure the accuracy of its source material...

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The Coast Guard reported the rescue of a 55-year-old woman Saturday who’d gone missing from a lodge at Gull Cove on Chichagof Island.

The lodge’s operators became worried when the woman’s dog returned to the lodge without her, according to the Coast Guard.

Gull Cove is 65 miles west of Juneau on the south shore of Icy Strait.

Alaska State Troopers called on the Coast Guard to launch an aerial search for the hiker, and Air Station Sitka deployed a Jayhawk helicopter crew.

Responders were preparing to return to the base for fuel when they spotted the woman on a shore and landed to pick her up, according to the Coast Guard.

She was able to walk, but hypothermic. The weather was reported as 36 degrees, 17 mile-per-hour winds and snow squalls...

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Anchorage police reported Friday that one of the drivers involved in a fatal Glenn Highway collision on April 3 was driving over 90 mph.

The crash claimed the lives of 38-year-old Derek Monk and 25-year-old Thomas Kobel.

Around 4:30 p.m., Monk’s Dodge Durango, traveling north on the highway near the Eklutna exit, crossed the median and hit a Hyundai Santa Fe driven by Kobel head-on, police said...

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