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Jerzy Shedlock

Anchorage police say a senior citizen was severely beaten during a Monday home invasion robbery, and they’re looking for three suspects.

Police responded to the robbery at about 1:30 p.m. after a neighbor reported it. Witnesses told responding officers that three men forced their way into the home in the 1600 block of Early View Drive in the Muldoon area, according to a news release.

The men “beat the 63-year-old female homeowner about the head and face and then stole her new TV,” the release says. The woman suffered multiple cuts, facial swelling, “open fractures to the skull, and possible internal injuries.”

The television was the only item reported as stolen, said Anchorage Police Department spokesperson Dani Myren...

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Two former Anchorage residents face a total of 43 criminal charges for allegedly receiving Permanent Fund dividends illegally over the past several years.

According to a Superior Court indictment filed Sept. 3, 38-year-old Nichelle Smith and 35-year-old Olivia Duron-Smith have been charged with numerous counts of first-degree unsworn falsification and second-degree theft. Smith also faces a charge of scheme to defraud.

The charges stem from false statements made on dividend applications submitted between 2009 and 2014, according to the Alaska Department of Law.

Smith pocketed $15,736 from applications for herself and her minor children, according to the indictment; Duron-Smith received $6,212 for herself and her children...

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For the second day, the Coast Guard is searching for a missing boater in the area of Coghlan Island near Auke Bay in Southeast Alaska.

Fifty-two-year-old Paul Keithahn’s wife said she hasn’t heard from her husband since Saturday, the Coast Guard reported in a news release.

Coghlan Island is about 11 miles northwest of Juneau.

Passers-by spotted the pleasure craft “Spellbound” turning in circles near the island on Monday afternoon, said Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert. The boat was reportedly unmanned, he said.

A response boat and auxiliary vessel from the Coast Guard’s Station Juneau, as well as an MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter crew from Air Station Sitka began searching for Keithahn after receiving the report from the good Samaritans...

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A 44-year-old Anchorage man faces multiple charges after allegedly stealing a motorcycle and then shooting a gun to scare off a pursuer.

Jonathan Ortiz Escalante has been charged with vehicle theft, second-degree weapons misconduct, criminal mischief and assault. The charges haven’t gone before a grand jury yet.

The owner of the bike and his friends found the stolen red Honda sports motorcycle on Sept. 7. The owner later told police the bike had been damaged and its license plate changed, according to the charges against Escalante. Additionally, the charges say, the bike was spray-painted, its ignition had been ripped out and several other parts were missing...

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Alaska State Troopers say two Anchorage men were rescued a mile offshore of Lake Louise on Sunday morning, while a local resident there died after a boating accident.

Around 8:40 a.m., troopers got a report that a locator beacon had been activated on the lake. Troopers coordinated with lake residents and, around 11 a.m., searchers located 42-year-old Brian Johnson and 45-year-old Jeffrey Watson, both of Anchorage, floating about a mile offshore. Both were wearing life vests, troopers say.

Johnson told troopers that 61-year-old Howard W. Jaidinger , a third member of their hunting group, was directly ahead of him and Watson in a separate boat when their boat capsized and sank due to strong winds and large waves on the lake...

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The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a state commission’s proposal to suspend Palmer District Court Judge William Estelle for 45 days without pay.

Estelle filed 16 untrue affidavits between September 2011 and February 2013, falsely swearing that he had completed cases within time constraints -- although, the Supreme Court opinion noted, the group that investigated Estelle found that the falsification had not been intentional, but rather due to office practices and the way his caseflow was managed...

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Anchorage prosecutors have charged a 36-year-old in-home personal trainer with sexually abusing his client's teenage daughter.

Marvin Colbert provided services to the victim and her mother, according to the Anchorage District Attorney's Office. The assault is alleged to have occurred in July.

"Following the personal training session, the teenager's mother left her alone with Colbert," assistant district attorney Jason Gist said in the news release. Colbert is alleged to have sexually abused the girl at that time, he said.

According to the indictment, Colbert faces one count of second-degree sex abuse of a minor...

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Jurors found 22-year-old Anchorage man Keng Her guilty of assault charges and misconduct involving a weapon for firing multiple shots at a Mountain View property manager trying to stop two men from towing away a wrecked car before police arrived.

The state argued Her shot the manager, Mark Harms, in the back and foot. Assistant District Attorney Laura Dulic said during opening statements that one bullet pierced Harms above the base of his spine and exited through his front torso.

On Friday, after a two-week trial, an Anchorage Superior Court jury convicted Her of first-, second- and third-degree assault, as well as first-degree weapons misconduct...

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The search was called off Thursday afternoon for a Kasilof man believed to have gone kayaking earlier in the week on the Kenai Peninsula, according to Alaska State Troopers.

The U.S. Coast Guard, Alaska National Guard and the troopers had all participated in search efforts for 38-year-old Leif Osmar on Wednesday, with the Coast Guard continuing its search through the night and into Thursday morning.

Around 4 p.m. Thursday, trooper spokesperson Megan Peters reported the search had been called off.

"We believe that everything that could be searched has been searched thoroughly. The family has been notified. Leif Osmar’s case will remain in the missing persons clearinghouse until he is accounted for," she said...

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A U.S. District Court judge on Wednesday granted the government’s request for $1.4 million in restitution against James Michael Wells, sentenced in July to four consecutive life sentences for killing two co-workers at a U.S. Coast Guard installation on Kodiak Island in April 2012. The prosecutors are asking the court to award the money to the murder victims’ estates.

Judge Ralph Beistline called the amount of restitution “conservative” but added that the parties still need to determine where that money will come from...

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