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As the family of murder victim Norman “George” Dennis looked on, an Alaska prosecutor said repeatedly that the nine stab wounds found on Dennis’ body in October 2011 were not the result of self-defense. He argued Joshua Wagner was enraged and intended to kill Dennis, an intent he said is proven by the extent of Dennis’ injuries and Wagner’s reckless actions following the bloody fight.

Wagner, 35 at the time of Dennis’ death, is charged with first-degree and second-degree murder as well as two counts of criminal mischief.

Wagner appeared at his trial in a grey suit and black frame glasses. He showed little reaction to the attorneys’ arguments for and against the self-defense claim, a defense he’s maintained since shortly after being arrested...

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Allen Kelly Miller, a former patient care technician at Providence Alaska Medical Center charged with inappropriately touching two underage girls in his care, has entered into a plea agreement with the state. The 28-year-old has pleaded guilty to a single charge of second-degree attempted sexual abuse of a minor while two additional charges have been dropped.

Miller was originally charged with first-degree harassment and third-degree sexual abuse of a minor in addition to attempted sex abuse. Now, the state has dismissed the other two felonies through a plea deal...

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A disbarred California attorney was sentenced Tuesday to more than five years in federal prison for stealing millions of dollars from an elderly Anchorage woman. With the help of an ex-Alaska nurse, 61-year-old Philip Eric Myers convinced the victim and her daughter to sign documents and invest money into accounts they controlled.

Myers and Brian Ben-Israel, the 53-year-old former employee of Meridian Psychiatric Consulting Group, pleaded guilty in September. The former said he was guilty of mail fraud and wire fraud, resulting in a 64-month sentence...

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Following a more than month-long trial, an Anchorage jury found both the corporation behind the now-defunct Rumrunners Old Towne Bar and Grill and a former bouncer guilty of fourth-degree assault, a misdemeanor. The jury decided neither AB&M Enterprises Inc. nor Murville Lampkin were guilty of second-degree assault, a felony...

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As Alaska lawmakers debate whether the beloved Permanent Fund Dividend should be constitutionally protected or used to balance the state’s budget , criminal investigators with the Department of Revenue busy themselves protecting the annual checks from fraudsters. But according to criminal charges filed in Anchorage, one local woman has been stealing PFD money for more than two decades...

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A 23-year-old Anchorage man accused of killing a Mountain Village man was reportedly extremely drunk when he knocked over his alleged victim’s honey bucket and the two men began to wrestle in feces.

Alaska State Troopers reported Friday -- following two days of silence after announcing a death investigation in the western community of Mountain Village -- Anthony J. Beans would charged in the death of 56-year-old Clifford Schanrock. Despite the fact that the crime happened in the rural village, home to 862 residents, troopers say Beans is from Anchorage, Alaska’s largest city.

Now Beans faces charges of manslaughter and second-degree murder...

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An Anchorage woman has been charged with felony perjury after investigators discovered the process server lied on legal paperwork, indicating she appropriately served a Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson soldier who had moved out of state months earlier.

Thirty-five-year-old Donna Curtis faces a single perjury charge for the alleged crime.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation began looking into criminal allegations lodged at Curtis in mid-January. According to an Alaska State Troopers dispatch, 18 complaints have been made to the troopers about Curtis improperly serving court documents -- to give notice of legal actions like a lawsuit -- while operating her business...

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The rape victim who allegedly endured a violent assault at the hands of a former Anchorage public safety stalwart testified Thursday before a jury, more than two years after the crime. The woman, who was homeless at the time, and told the court she still is, said she simply wanted a ride.

Alaska Dispatch has chosen not to identify the alleged victim, and for the purposes of this story will refer to the woman as Ashley.

The state accuses Dwight “Sam” O’Connor of driving Ashley to his industrial worksite trailer, instead of her desired destination, and then abusing her sexually and physically. O’Connor had been out drinking and could not perform to his liking, said prosecutor Jenna Gruenstein...

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A former store manager for Alaska's Boy Scouts has been charged with stealing more than $27,000 from the youth organization. Michael David Saunders, 45, is accused of refunding hundreds of nonexistent purchases to personal credit cards over the course of four years while working as manager of the Boy Scouts' store in Anchorage.

Saunders faces three felony charges for the alleged crimes: first-degree theft, scheme to defraud and falsifying business records.

Anchorage police detective Anthony Pate went to the Great Alaska Council of the Boy Scouts of America in mid-December 2013 after Boy Scouts management reported suspicious transactions. Records showed multiple incidents of items sold from the store, only to be returned “a few days later,” an affidavit says...

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An hours-long standoff in Barrow ended peacefully Tuesday night after North Slope Borough police took a reportedly suicidal, unidentified man into custody. And while the dangerous situation unfolded, police say a 13-year-old was accidentally shot and killed just down the street.

Police in Barrow, the northernmost community in the U.S., are offering few details about the prolonged standoff that prompted local schools into lockdown out of caution before they fully understood the situation...

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