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Prosecutors said Tuesday that a Michigan man was convicted in Anchorage federal court for soliciting donations for fake charitable organizations that claimed to help find jobs for handicapped people, among other crimes.

Alan Michael Bartlett, 46, of Owosso, Michigan, was found guilty of two counts of mail fraud, 20 counts of bank fraud, five counts of wire fraud, five counts of false statements to the United States Postal Service and five counts of aggravated identity theft, according to a statement from the U.S. District Attorney’s Office...

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A U.S. Coast Guard petty officer acquitted of state child sex abuse charges in 2013 has been convicted of perjury and stalking after a court martial in Kodiak.

Petty Officer 2nd Class John Blackman, previously of Soldotna, was found guilty of violating two articles of the Uniform Code of Military Justice.

A military court imposed six months of confinement in a complex at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state, said Coast Guard spokesman Kip Wadlow...

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The Alaska Court of Appeals has reversed a 99-year conviction in a child sex abuse case after a Superior Court judge failed to follow court rules on admitting hearsay evidence, according to an appeals opinion published Friday .

In May 2013, Arthur Augustine, 57 at the time, was sentenced to four back-to-back life sentences, or 396 years, for abusing two young girls he cared for. The jury deliberated for less than a day.

The Court of Appeals' decision throws out one first-degree sex abuse conviction but upholds another. And after adjusting for an incorrect sentence imposition, Augustine's minimum sentence falls to 99 years and two days...

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Four people were arrested in Kodiak early Sunday morning after home raids in which drugs with an estimated street value of $74,000 were seized, police said.

Kodiak police with support from the FBI and U.S. Coast Guard investigations served search warrants on three residences on Sunday, according to a statement from the Kodiak Police Department.

Their efforts reportedly resulted in seizure of 120 grams of heroin and 146 grams of methamphetamine. In addition, more than $23,000 in cash and nine firearms, including a sawed-off shotgun and an “armor piercing” assault pistol, were seized, the statement says.

Joseph Garcia, 27, Danielle Juarez, 33, and Virginia Andrewvitch and Wayne Buck, both 36, have been arrested on felony drug and weapon charges, police said...

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Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday his appointment of the second ever -- and only current -- African-American Superior Court judge in the state.

Herman Walker Jr. was appointed to the Anchorage Superior Court and will replace judge Philip Volland , who is retiring at the end of August...

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Bristol Bay Borough police reported Saturday afternoon that an Anchorage man died and a Idaho man was injured in a vehicle accident on the Alaska Peninsula Highway.

On Saturday morning at 4:30 a.m. police responded to Mile 3 of the highway for a report of a vehicle striking a pedestrian, police said in a statement.

An investigation found that 28-year-old King Salmon resident David Stichler was driving for Alaska Redline Taxi Co. when he struck two individuals, police said.

Zachary Krom, 25, of Anchorage was pronounced dead at the scene. Joshua Fullmer, a 34-year-old from Boise, Idaho, was medivacked to Anchorage for his injuries, police said...

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A 20-year-old from the Southwest Alaska village of Chevak admitted to Alaska State Troopers that he killed Roxanne Smart last year, according to charging documents.

Troopers have charged Samuel Atchak in the murder of Smart, 19, whose family members have frequently posted to social media about their search for answers since her death last August.

Atchak was arrested in Chevak on Friday shortly before 1 p.m., troopers said in an online dispatch.

Troopers went to the village of 1,000 residents on Thursday to conduct follow-up investigation into Smart’s death...

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A 5.0 earthquake rattled Southcentral at about 11:57 a.m. Saturday. The epicenter of the quake was located about 66 miles west of Willow in the Mat-Su, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Mike Yencha, operator of Deshka Wilderness Lodge in Willow, said the earthquake shook his building but wasn’t strong enough to knock anything out of place.

The jolt was "not that bad," he said.

The epicenter of the earthquake was closer to the tiny community of Skwentna, population 37.

Co-owner of Skwentna Roadhouse Cindi Herman said the earthquake felt like it lasted a long time.

“I stood in the kitchen listening to the pans rattle for probably close to a minute,” Herman said.

Nothing was damaged at her lodge, she said...

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Two Wasilla men were killed Friday night in a crash involving two motorcyclists and a minivan on the Glenn Highway, according to Alaska State Troopers.

At 10:55 p.m., troopers responded to a collision at Milepost 37.5 of the highway.

Troopers say a preliminary investigation found that a group of motorcyclists were speeding on the highway north from Anchorage. Two of the motorcyclists, identified as Adam Johnson and David Hecker, both 21 and from Wasilla, struck a 2001 Honda Odyssey traveling southbound on the Glenn near Echo Lake.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email that the motorcyclists hit the van as it was turning across the northbound lane...

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A 29-year-old convicted rapist who escaped from the Anchorage Correctional Complex’s mental health unit in March has now been charged with murder in a 2008 cold case.

According to District Attorney Clint Campion, Kevin Tuckfield faces charges of first- and second-degree murder in the shooting death of Travis Villa in the Anchorage neighborhood of Mountain View in September 2008.

Tuckfield also was charged with attempted murder in the shooting of Morgan Meadows, Campion said...

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