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Lane Douglas Wyatt, 24, was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison on Friday for killing 20-year-old Citari Townes-Sweatt in a drunken-driving accident last year...

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Lane Douglas Wyatt, 24, was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison Friday for killing 20-year-old Citari Townes-Sweatt in a drunken-driving collision last year.

Townes-Sweatt died June 30, 2013, after Wyatt, an Air Force airman at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson, ran a red light in East Anchorage and hit the car she was driving.

Wyatt entered guilty pleas to second-degree murder, first-degree assault and drunken driving and could have received up to 30 years in prison. He has no prior criminal record in Alaska.

Superior Court Judge Kevin Saxby said he recognized the many factors favorable to Wyatt but considered the death among the most serious of similar crimes...

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The federal government filed a civil lawsuit on Monday against a gold dredge captain who has appeared on Discovery Channel’s “Bering Sea Gold,” alleging he refused to take care of his 117-foot landing craft that sank in the Cordova harbor.

Federal prosecutors say it cost $1.6 million to recover the watercraft Sound Developer. The vessel leaked fuel into harbor waters and was littered with debris, according to a civil complaint. More than 450 gallons of various oils were spilled, reported the U.S. Coast Guard .

The government is asking for a judgment against John Mehelich for removal costs plus interest, among other cash penalties...

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Michael Memeo, 46, made an initial court appearance Wednesday at the Nesbett Courthouse on charges of murder and tampering with evidence.

Memeo stands accused of killing Irma Williams, a woman whose family reported her missing on Sept. 30. She had not been seen for two weeks, police said. Williams’ body was discovered Oct. 15 near Lions Park in Anchorage's Mountain View neighborhood.

He appeared in court wearing orange Cook Inlet Pre-trial Facility garb and did not speak during the brief arraignment.

A court document offered few details about the evidence that led to charges of first- and second-degree murder and tampering with evidence.

Superior Court Judge Philip Volland entered not guilty pleas for all of the charges on Memeo’s behalf...

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Javier Antonio Martinez, a convicted felon who had once been ordered out of the United States, was sentenced Tuesday to 99 years for the shooting death of his former supervisor at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel in October 2011. The life sentence will run consecutive to a decades-long federal sentence tied to the murder.

Family and friends of the victim packed a fifth-floor courtroom at the Nesbett Courthouse, delivering emotionally charged statements about the loss of their loved one and frustration over a prolonged court process...

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A 46-year-old man who Anchorage police have identified as the former boyfriend of Irma Williams, who was reported missing about two weeks before her body was found near a Mountain View park, has been charged with murder in Williams' death.

An Anchorage grand jury returned an indictment on Tuesday against Michael Memeo on three charges: first- and second-degree murder, and tampering with evidence.

“As a result of an investigation conducted by the Anchorage Police Department Homicide Unit, Williams’ former boyfriend, Michael Memeo, has now been charged for her murder,” APD said in a brief news release Tuesday evening.

Williams, 54, was reported missing to police on Sept. 30. She had last been seen by her family about two weeks earlier, police said...

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During a half-hour statement Friday, Stuart Ravn said he sought professional treatment for his compulsion to download child pornography. Handing down a nearly six-year sentence, Superior Court Judge Jack Smith said he recognized the defendant’s intentions but added that it is important to deter people from committing similar crimes.

Ravn, 26, was found guilty in July on 22 counts related to possession and distribution of child porn.

Ravn’s sentence is 69 months, though with “good time” served he may be out in 43 months. The sentence is four years fewer than the state had recommended. The maximum allowed under state law is 44...

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The 38-year-old man who stabbed Anchorage police canine MP was sentenced Friday to four years in prison, said assistant district attorney Daniel Shorey.

Noel Hommerding was charged with first-degree assault on a police dog and third-degree assault in July.

MP, a 7 1/2-year-old Belgian Malinois, was months from retirement when he and his handler, officer Nathan Keays, responded to reports of a man wielding a machete in Mountain View.

When confronted, Hommerding tried to escape through an alley with the large knife in his hand. Keays sent his four-legged partner after the suspect. MP bit Hommerding on the forearm...

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BARROW -- Ronald Fischer, 47, appeared in court Wednesday to face first-degree murder charges in the shooting death of assistant district attorney Brian Sullivan, 48, two days earlier.

At his initial court appearance Wednesday morning, Fischer sobbed as an Alaska State Trooper and a Barrow police officer sat him down alone at the defense table. Court attendants who sat behind Fischer were instructed not to speak with him.

An affidavit from a North Slope Borough police officer in the charging documents said law enforcement officials believe Fischer shot Sullivan twice in the face with a 20-gauge shotgun within 10 feet of where Sullivan was seated on a couch Monday evening...

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Alaska Supreme Court Chief Justice Dana Fabe announced on Friday the appointment of four judges who will oversee management of courts from Barrow to Ketchikan.

Fabe appointed Superior Court Judge Trevor N. Stephens to the First Judicial District; Superior Court Judge Paul A. Roetman to the Second Judicial District; Superior Court Judge William F. Morse to the Third Judicial District; and Superior Court Judge Michael A. MacDonald to the Fourth Judicial District.

Fabe, who is in her third term as the state's chief justice, is tasked with assigning presiding judges for each of the four districts in Alaska. The appointees oversee the allotment of cases, review and recommend budgets, and more...

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