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On Thursday, 24-year-old Hannah Scott and 53-year-old John Hardy will receive their Anchorage Police Department badges after five months of training at police academy.

Scott and Hardy joined the force for similar reasons. They said they’re passionate about clearing the community of drugs and working in a police department with strong loyalty and integrity among officers.

But they said current staffing levels and an ongoing labor law dispute concern them...

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The .44 Magnum revolver found in Aaron Michael Sullivan’s abandoned car had three spent shell casings in its cylinder, and he admitted to shooting at an Anchorage police officer after he was arrested Monday, according to charging documents.

Sullivan, 26, stands accused of shooting at the officer who tried to pull him over on an arrest warrant.

Sullivan made an initial court appearance Tuesday afternoon at the Anchorage Correctional Complex courtroom. He limped to the podium before hiding his face from a TV camera with papers that described the charges against him: first-degree attempted murder, first- and third-degree assault, weapons misconduct, eluding and reckless driving...

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A 60-year-old Anchorage man faces a federal drug charge after he allegedly sent a package containing more than a pound of heroin from California to a vacant residence here.

Billy Ray Lang, aka “Freeze,” has been charged with attempted possession of 100 grams or more of heroin with intent to distribute, according to a federal criminal complaint.

Anchorage police detective Gordon Dorr wrote in the complaint that on Thursday law enforcement agents learned of a suspicious FedEx Ground package headed to Anchorage from Sacramento. The package was bound for a vacant residence on Longbow Drive in South Anchorage...

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Alaska State Troopers say the body of a 20-year-old Kasigluk man was found in the Johnson River several days after he left his family’s home “highly intoxicated and distraught.”

Search-and-rescue efforts ended Friday when Walter Nicholas’ body was recovered from the river, trooper said.

Nicholas’ father reported his son missing on the evening of Sept. 30. He told Bethel-based troopers Nicholas left the family’s residence in Kasigluk drunk and upset during the early morning hours that day.

Troopers’ spokesperson Megan Peters said it’s unknown why Nicholas was upset.

Kasigluk, population 599, is on the Johnson River in the Kuskokwim River delta, 26 miles northwest of Bethel...

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It’s alright if you’ve never met Karen Loeffler. Some Alaskans become acquainted with the prominent prosecutor in a federal courtroom, which most of us try and avoid....

Jerzy Shedlock

It’s alright if you’ve never met Karen Loeffler. Some Alaskans become acquainted with the prominent prosecutor in a federal courtroom, which most of us try and avoid. Chances are you know her face, though, with Loeffler serving as the head of Alaska’s federal prosecutor's office and the voice rallying against some of Alaska’s most notorious criminals.

She’s headed the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska since October 2009, managing attorneys and her administrative duties. In that time, convictions were handed down in federal court for:

• Alaska Peacemakers Militia founder Schaeffer Cox, for his involvement in a murder conspiracy plot of law enforcement and judicial officials;...

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A North Slope worker employed by Alyeska Pipeline Service Co. was convicted Thursday of multiple tax crimes after defending himself in federal court in Anchorage.

According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office District of Alaska, 60-year-old James R. Back was found guilty of six federal tax crimes after a three-day trial. The jury reached its decision after less than an hour of deliberation, said chief criminal division prosecutor Kevin Feldis.

Back, a Soldotna resident, worked as a pipeline technician at Pump Station 1 in Prudhoe Bay for over 30 years, according to federal court records.

He filed false tax returns from 2006 to 2008, and he didn’t file returns from 2009 to 2012, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office...

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Alaska State Troopers say a death investigation is underway in the Southwest village of Tununak.

Shortly before 1:30 a.m. Thursday, Bethel-based troopers got a report about a death in Tununak, 115 miles northwest of the regional hub.

Troopers flew to the village in a state aircraft and arrived around noon the same day, said spokesperson Megan Peters.

The deceased, identified as 36-year-old Walter “Jason” Walter, was found near the old Tununak Clinic, troopers said.

Walter’s family has been notified of his death.

Peters declined to say whether investigators suspected foul play, citing an ongoing investigation.

Walter’s body is being taken to the State Medical Examiner Office in Anchorage for an autopsy, troopers said.

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Juneau police are searching for a local woman who rented a car for one day on Sept. 16, because the 2014 white Chevrolet Impala hasn’t been returned.

Officers haven’t located the Chevy or the 31-year-old woman who rented it, Tiffany Spaulding.

Police have contacted “multiple associates” of Spaulding, but they denied knowing where she or the vehicle was, according to a news release.

Those associates did not report the woman as missing, police say, and officers would like to confirm that she’s safe.

The Juneau Police Department is asking for the public’s help in locating Spaulding and the rental car; its license plate reads GTC 565.

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After years in court, tiny Alaska software company Recreational Data Services has won a $51.3 million verdict against GPS giant Trimble Navigation, which stood accused of stealing confidential information and creating a carbon copy of an RDS project.

On Friday, an Anchorage Superior Court jury awarded the money to RDS for lost profits, although it decided punitive damages were not appropriate in the case.

RDS describes itself as a corporation that develops outdoors-based software. In its trial brief, RDS says it holds exclusive rights to a patent for software used to identify hunting and fishing areas and display the regulations that apply to those areas...

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