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A man banished from the Interior Alaska village of Tanana by the community’s tribal council has filed a civil lawsuit in federal court arguing for his right to return.

The Tanana Tribal Council adopted a resolution May 14 banishing William “Bill” Walsh from the village. The community leaders decided to ostracize Walsh and Arvin Kangas following the shooting deaths of two Alaska state troopers in Tanana that month...

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Researchers at the University of Alaska Anchorage’s Justice Center released data on Friday showing the state’s ratio of sworn police officers to citizens falls well below the national average.

The Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center used figures for two decades spanning 1982 to 2012, provided by three agencies: the Alaska Department of Public Safety, the Criminal Records and Identification Bureau, and the FBI.

On average, over the two decades studied, the ratio of sworn police officers to citizens in Alaska was 1.8 per 1,000, compared to 2.2 per 1,000 nationwide.

“Since 1984, Alaska’s police-citizen ratio has lagged behind the rest of the United States,” the fact sheet said...

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With summer firefighting jobs in short supply, the mayor for the village of Tanana said she welcomes well-paid construction work created by an $11 million effort to link the remote community to the Alaska road system.

Work began on 20 miles of new road in July and is expected to be completed by fall or winter of 2015, according to the state Transportation Department. About 130 miles air miles west of Fairbanks, Tanana is currently only accessible by plane, river and snowmachine...

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State prosecutors have dropped two sexual assault charges against John Giacalone, an Alaska Regional Hospital security guard who was accused of raping a 17-year-old girl who’d been alone in the hospital’s emergency department waiting room.

In mid-July, the 56-year-old hospital guard and forensic scientist at the state’s Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory was arrested on two charges , first- and second-degree sexual assault.

Anchorage police investigated the alleged sex assault, and the city’s district attorney’s office initially determined there was probable cause based on the evidence...

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Three people, including a 22-year-old woman who is still on the run, have been charged with felony sexual assault of a man at an East Anchorage hotel, police say.

Charges against Casey R. Jones, Lydell T. Butler and Mariya K. Kalinina accuse the trio of beating and raping the man this month in what police say was revenge over missing heroin. A grand jury indicted the three Wednesday.

Police learned of the encounter when the victim, who is described in court documents only by his initials, appeared naked and bleeding at 10:45 p.m. Aug. 11 on Fireoved Drive. The man sought help, saying he had been sexually assaulted with objects moments earlier at the Arctic Tern Inn, according to a bail memo in the case...

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During a Thursday morning hearing at the Anchorage Correctional Complex courtroom, ex-Marine Christopher Brandon Lee waived his rights to fight extradition to California, where he’s accused of murdering 19-year-old Erin Corwin.

Assistant District Attorney Heather Nobrega said Lee, 24, made the decision after consulting with his attorney in California. The state of California will pay for his transfer, she said.

On Tuesday, San Bernardino, California District Attorney Michael Ramos announced that a murder charge was filed against Lee. The felony complaint says that Lee killed his alleged lover "intentionally ... by means of lying in wait."

Defendants wanted for charges in other states generally choose to waive extradition rights, Nobrega said...

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Jim West, Alaska weapons connoisseur and star of Animal Planet’s “Wild West Alaska,” pleaded guilty Tuesday to four misdemeanor hunting violations, bagging thousands of dollars in fines and two workweeks of community service.

What was set to be the courtroom drama of the year for Alaska reality TV -- "Alaska State Troopers" meets "Wild West Guns" -- has been called off.

After a 10-month paper war that left briefs and memos stacked almost 3 inches deep in the office of the clerk of court in rural Glennallen, state prosecutors and TV star West, or "Jimmy," as most court documents call him, have settled on a plea agreement...

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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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