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An ex-Marine from Alaska accused of killing a California woman and dumping her body in a remote desert mine shaft made an initial court appearance at the Anchorage Correctional Complex courtroom Tuesday.

The state has charged Christopher Brandon Lee, 24, for being a fugitive from justice. Assistant District Attorney Heather Nobrega requested bail be set at $2 million “cash only,” which the court granted...

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Anchorage police say they have assisted in the arrest of Christopher Brandon Lee, a former U.S. Marine who authorities suspect was the lover of a California woman who went missing in Joshua Tree National Park more than a month ago.

The Anchorage Police Department’s Special Assignment Unit and the Anchorage Safe Streets Task Force “assisted in the apprehension” of 24-year-old Lee on Sunday at 9 p.m. Lee had a extraditable warrant out of California.

“Lee was taken into custody without incident during a traffic stop and was transported to the Anchorage jail,” police said in a news release...

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The government has charged another former Dutch Harbor seafood plant employee for working with his supervisors to cover up their failure to use emissions reducing systems.

James Hampton worked as the assistant chief engineer at Westward Seafood Inc.’s Aleutian facility in Unalaska. He is the third defendant federal prosecutors in Alaska have charged with a Clean Air Act violation, a crime that carries a potential two-year jail term and a $500,000 fine.

The facility’s powerhouse supervisor, Raul Morales , was in charge of generating daily reports that monitored the use of the emission systems, but he has been charged with falsifying those records...

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A Palmer Superior Court judge on Thursday denied the request of a woman accused of sexually abusing at least two children over the course of a decade to have a third-party custodian requirement removed from her bail conditions, following emotional testimony from a family member who is one of the victims.

Judge Kari Kristiansen ruled against Mailiea O'Shea-Grantham’s request due in part to testimony from the state and two victims. Kristiansen said their comments showed that O'Shea-Grantham posed a risk to the community “without someone watching her.”...

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The FBI has released photos and a description of a bank robbery suspect who held up a First National Bank Alaska branch Wednesday morning.

FBI Anchorage Division said in a news release that the alleged bank robber is a white male with “light to medium skin tones.” The man is believed to be in his late 20s to early 30s. He is between 5 feet 4 inches and 5 feet 7 inches inches tall, with a small to medium build.

When the suspect robbed the Northern Lights Boulevard bank, he wore a black shoulder-length wig and facial hair that may have been dirt or makeup in an attempt to disguise himself...

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Alaska State Troopers say a tribal police officer in the Southwest village of Tuntutuliak reported finding the remains of a man who went missing after leaving Bethel and never arriving for a funeral in the nearby village last October.

Troopers wrote in a Monday evening dispatch that the Tuntutuliak officer said a body had been found on the bank of the Kuskokwim River just south of the mouth of the Kialik River. The village of more than 400 residents is three miles from the confluence of the Kusko on the Qinaq River.

“The remains are believed to be a man that was the subject of a search-and-rescue” that began in late October, the dispatch says. The body was sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for positive identification...

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Two family members of a French adventurer missing in Alaska for more than two months have traveled thousands of miles in hopes of finding some, if any, clues about his disappearance. They think there’s a chance Francois Guenot is hiking in the area of Katmai National Park and Preserve due to important survival items missing from recovered belongings.

Philippe and Robert Guenot -- Francois’ brother and father, respectively -- currently are hunkered down in Homer. A friendly local pilot opened his household to the men, and they’ve been staying there for two weeks.

When the men arrived in Alaska in early July, U.S. Coast Guard personnel ushered them to an airport side room and showed them two boxes filled with Francois’ belongings...

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Federal prosecutors in Alaska have charged a previously unnamed Dutch Harbor seafood plant employee with a Clean Air Act violation, stemming from allegations he falsified emissions forms that were then used unwittingly by his employer.

Raul Morales faces a single charge for violating the federal law that regulates air pollutant emissions. The government filed a plea agreement on Tuesday. Morales is set to enter his plea on Aug. 21. He faces up to two years in prison and a $500,000 fine.

Morales worked as the powerhouse supervisor at Westward Seafood Inc.’s Dutch Harbor facility. The company is a subsidiary of Japan-based Maruha-Nichiro Holdings Inc., which maintains a headquarters in Seattle. It processes 254 million pounds of seafood each year...

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The state’s Supreme Court issued an opinion Friday stating the Alaska Judicial Council has authority to dole out new information about judges up for retention votes in the three months leading up to an election.

The opinion is the result of a nearly four-year court battle. In October 2010, a handful of voters challenged the constitutionality of the council’s powers to make retention recommendations, as well as its ability to release new information 60 days before an election...

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The trial of Yoder Blalock began Wednesday in Anchorage Superior Court nearly three years after he was arrested and accused of pepper-spraying Nathan Tanape, then plunging a bayonet into the man’s torso.

State prosecutors argue Blalock, 37, intended to kill Tanape. The state indicted him for second-degree murder shortly after the October 2011 incident . He also faces a driving under the influence charge for injecting methamphetamine while cruising in his truck before the confrontation.

The defense argues their client feared for his life and only resorted to deadly force after Tanape refused to back down...

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