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Jerzy Shedlock

Anchorage police are investigating a fatal collision Wednesday afternoon between a vehicle and pedestrian at Benson Boulevard and the Seward Highway.

Police and medics responded to the scene around 1:30 p.m., where an unidentified pedestrian was declared dead, said Anchorage Police Department communications director Jennifer Castro.

Commuters were initially asked to avoid the area as police shut down lanes on both roads while they investigated. All lanes were reopened around 4 p.m.

Castro said Wednesday afternoon that a state medical examiner took possession of the body and will conduct an autopsy. The pedestrian's name likely will be made public on Thursday, she said.

No charges or citations have been issued, Castro said.

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Federal prosecutors said Tuesday three more suspects have been arrested in connection with the smuggling of pounds of cocaine to Alaska through the Las Vegas airport.

In August, an Anchorage federal jury charged three Las Vegas men for sneaking carry-on luggage packed with cocaine from Nevada to Alaska since 2012.

The new defendants are 46-year-old Clarence Anthony Hatton, aka “C-Money,” of Henderson, Nevada; 35-year-old Michael Vontrell Langdon, aka “Money Mike,” of Renton, Washington; and 38-year-old Antonio Demetrius Beckwith, aka “Twin,” of Anchorage.

They join accused co-conspirators Daren D. Cole, 47; Dewane E. Blue, 37; and Bryan M. Bledsoe, 36...

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A 44-year-old Anchorage man has been sentenced to nine years in prison for robbing a local bank with a firearm, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors say James Donald Surrells robbed an East Anchorage branch of First National Bank Alaska on Aug. 13. They had recommended a sentence of 10 years in prison after Surrells pleaded guilty to the robbery in September.

The FBI said Surrells wore a wig beneath a “Portland” baseball cap and was carrying a gun when he demanded money from a teller by handing her a note...

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Eight volunteers who make up the recently formed community action group We Are Anchorage gathered Monday morning in the parking lot of a Mountain View grocery store, encouraging others to help foster safety in the city.

An exchange of phone calls among the group’s core members followed the spate of gun violence in Anchorage through the month of January. Those conversations spurred the creation of We Are Anchorage, which has also organized a mayoral candidate’s forum set for March 12 at the University of Alaska Anchorage...

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A 54-year-old Anchorage man has been charged with federal firearms and drug offenses after law enforcement received information that he sexually assaulted a minor.

FBI Child Exploitation Task Force officer Dawn Neer wrote the criminal complaint against the suspect, Steven Maddox. She posed as an underage girl and texted Maddox before law enforcement arrested him Tuesday in the parking lot of the Costco along Debarr Road in Anchorage.

Maddox has felony convictions in California, including assault with a deadly weapon, the complaint says.

In 2013, the Anchorage Police Department received a tip that Maddox was dealing drugs out of an Anchorage strip club, the complaint says. That report was not investigated...

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Two young men arrested for a vandalism spree in Anchorage last year were sentenced Friday to 90 days of what the judge called “shock incarceration” and three years of probation.

They’ll be able to serve the imposed time through electronic monitoring, according to testimony.

Elijah Dutton and Evan Young, both 20, and a 17-year-old told police they decided to smash car windows with a baseball bat for fun, according to the charges. At least 50 vehicles were randomly targeted in five neighborhoods, police said...

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Two Fairbanks residents were arrested Tuesday for filing nearly 100 false tax returns claiming $214,560 in refunds, according to the U.S. District Attorney’s Office.

Last week, a federal grand jury indicted Earl Worthy and Tammy Jean Jackson, both 39, on charges of filing false income tax returns, mail fraud and aggravated identity theft.

According to the charges, Worthy and Jackson filed 95 false tax returns between May 2009 and September 2012. The returns claimed wages based on fake W-2 forms, each claiming thousands of dollars in refunds, the charges say...

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Anchorage police reported Thursday that they need help locating three suspects who severely beat a local cab driver when he asked for their fare.

The assault happened last fall, police said.

Police have released photos of the suspects , described in a news release as two black men and a Native woman.

On Oct. 4, the cabbie picked up three people in West Anchorage and drove them to multiple locations before dropping them off around 4:30 a.m. near Fifth Avenue and E Street.

“When the driver requested payment, occupants of the cab severely assaulted the driver by punching and kicking him about the head causing facial fractures which required hospitalization,” police said...

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A cache of firearms, 5 pounds of meth and ski masks were strewn over a conference table Wednesday as federal officials announced the convictions of three defendants tied to a violent drug trafficking ring in Anchorage, including the group's ringleader. Three others had previously pleaded guilty to a variety of charges. Several of the defendants terrorized and tortured their victims, prosecutors said.

U.S. Attorney’s Office deputy criminal chief Frank Russo said the defendants committed drive-by shootings, home invasions, kidnappings and sexual assaults. The group sold meth, heroin and cocaine...

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Johnathan Nichol, 29, was sentenced in Anchorage Superior Court on Monday to eight years in prison for producing and possessing child porn, charges stemming from his taking pictures of a girl younger than 2 and sharing them online.

Police arrested Nichol, of Chugiak, in July 2010. He pleaded guilty after about four years of court hearings, including 28 pre-trial conferences, according to the state’s sentencing memorandum.

Assistant attorney general Adam Alexander called the case an “egregious example of child exploitation.”...

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