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Senate Bill 5, signed into law earlier this week, amends Alaska law regarding court-ordered restitution by requiring offenders to pay back their victims for loss of income and the market value of stolen property, but attorneys contend the change will have little affect on collecting the dues.

Gov. Bill Walker signed the bill sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, on Tuesday.

Micciche said he sponsored the bill due to a rash of drug-related burglaries in Southcentral...

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The four people found dead in a South Anchorage apartment Wednesday were a young couple and two children, who all suffered gunshot wounds in what the Anchorage Police Department is calling a "domestic violence-related incident."

Anchorage police identified the deceased as Curtis Young III, 24; Desiree Leandra Gonzalez, 27; Zaiden E. Young, 4; and 17-month-old Zarielle A. Young.

In a news conference Thursday, Anchorage police Sgt. Mike Couturier declined to comment on who pulled the trigger or describe the murder weapon, though he said a firearm was found in the home.

“I’d love to talk about that right now but we’re less than a day into the investigation,” Couturier said. “It’s important not to draw conclusions until all the evidence has been looked at.”...

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Anchorage police said Wednesday that they were investigating the "suspicious" deaths of four people found in a South Anchorage apartment.

Police were contacted by a relative of one of the residents around 12:30 p.m. The man told them he hadn't heard from his family and was going to check on them, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. The relative entered the apartment in a fourplex in the 500 block of East 74th Avenue to find four people dead. Castro wasn't sure how long it had been since the relative had last spoken with his family.

"There's a clear indication that the deaths seem suspicious," Castro said, though she wouldn't elaborate...

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Crime statistics presented Tuesday by Anchorage Mayor Dan Sullivan and Police Chief Mark Mew show declines in four of seven categories of crime in the city last year, including murder, robbery and theft.

Those decreases mean an overall reduction in crime over the past five years when compared to the previous five years, they said. In 2014, the number of reported crimes totaled 14,136, down by 340 from the previous year.

“It’s a good story for Anchorage. It shows crime is trending in the right direction,” said Sullivan. “We still have more work to do, obviously.”

Aggravated assault, burglary and motor vehicle thefts increased in 2014, according to the data...

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The widow of Alaska State Trooper Tage Toll, who died during a search-and-rescue flight more than two years ago, said Friday during a memorial service in Anchorage that no two losses are the same.

“Tage’s mom and I are two people who lost the same man,” said Nikki Toll, “but our losses are very different. The loss of a son cannot be compared to the loss of a husband.”

Nikki Toll said in the two years since her husband died, everything about her family life has changed. Their home is not a constant shrine to his death, she said, but her three sons honor Tage by striving to be “good men.”...

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The widow of Alaska state trooper Tage Toll, who died during a search-and-rescue flight more than two years ago, on Friday told a large crowd that no two losses are the same...

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Prosecutors said a 57-year-old Anchorage man faked injuries in order to collect disability checks over five years, claiming he was unable to work while still engaging in activities including dipnet fishing.

Amancio Zamora Agcaoili Jr. was sentenced Wednesday in federal court to 2 1/2 years in prison on charges of fraud and theft of government funds, according to court documents.

“Thirty months in prison will serve as a deterrent to others who are tempted to try similar scams. Agcaoili cheated every one of us when he lied about his injuries and his inability to work in order to receive hundreds of thousands of dollars in workers' compensation and disability payments,” said Kevin Feldis, first assistant U.S. attorney...

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Former Anchorage police lieutenant Anthony Henry has sued his former employers, the Anchorage Police Department and the Municipality of Anchorage, for what he argues were unwarranted retaliatory actions and wrongful termination.

Henry alleges, through his attorneys, that APD used secret internal investigations and broke policies before deciding to fire him, according to a civil complaint filed Wednesday in Anchorage Superior Court.

The retaliation included multiple “unsupported (internal affairs) investigations,” an order for an unofficial psychological evaluation and verbal criticism of Henry’s behavior, the complaint says...

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Threatening phone calls to schools in at least four Alaska school districts have prompted police responses in the past two weeks. In three communities, the threats were made by a caller using an automated or computerized voice, according to school and police officials.

The Fairbanks and Juneau school districts have received multiple calls, officials said. The Anchorage School District received a single threatening call on Monday, said district communications director Heidi Embley.

And the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District got a call Tuesday at Kenai Middle School after students had left for the day. Kenai police responded and are conducting an investigation, said KPBSD communications specialist Pegge Erkeneff...

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A federal judge has granted the state of Alaska’s request to dismiss a lawsuit originally filed by the widow of an airman who died in a military cargo-plane crash during a July 2010 training flight for the popular Arctic Thunder air show.

The crash of the C-17 at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson killed three Alaska Air National Guardsmen and one active-duty Air Force member. An Air Force investigation determined the transport plane crashed due to pilot error...

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