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Owners of Mini hardtop cars beware: thieves have been brazenly stealing sets of tires, rims and all, no matter the time of day, from multiple public places around Anchorage. The value and wide use of the sets make them a hot ticket for the vehicle vandals.

Downtown car dealership Mini of Anchorage sent out a press release Friday warning its core demographic of “an alarming number of thefts” involving the cars in the city, specifically the 2013 Mini Cooper model.

Mini Coopers are not a typical Alaska vehicle due to their small size and the state’s unpredictable weather. Still, the tiny sports cars are popular enough in the Last Frontier to merit a dealership in Alaska's largest city...

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Unable to come up with conclusive DNA evidence against an Anchorage man accused of raping two women in a downtown hotel room in 2013, prosecutors offered a plea deal to Robert Mitchell Gutierrez, and the young man was sentenced on Friday for a single second-degree theft charge.

A grand jury originally handed up 11 felony charges against Gutierrez: four counts of first-degree sex assault, five counts of second-degree sex assault, third-degree assault and theft. Everything except the theft charge was dropped as part of a plea deal...

Jerzy Shedlock

Unable to come up with conclusive DNA evidence against an Anchorage man accused of raping two women in a downtown hotel room in 2013, prosecutors offered a plea deal to Robert Mitchell Gutierrez, and the young man was sentenced on Friday for a single second-degree theft charge.

A grand jury originally handed up 11 felony charges against Gutierrez: four counts of first-degree sex assault, five counts of second-degree sex assault, third-degree assault and theft. Everything except the theft charge was dropped as part of a plea deal...

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Idaho resident Anthony Gilliam, 52, has been arrested following accusations of sexual abuse by two Alaska residents.

Alaska State Troopers say two Wasilla women in their 20s claim they were sexually abused by Gilliam. In early November, a 23-year-old woman called the troopers and reported that Gilliam had sexually abused her and her 22-year-old sister. A trooper dispatch issued Friday does not detail when or where the alleged abuse occurred.

Troopers say Gilliam is currently living in Idaho. After an "extensive investigation," the Palmer District Court issued an arrest warrant for Gilliam for 22 counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and three counts of coercion. Bail was set at $500,000 and a third-party custodian...

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A 24-year-old Anchorage man was sentenced Friday for first-degree robbery after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. The four-year sentence is a mere fraction of the amount of jail time Matthew Martin would have faced if the state hadn't dropped two additional second-degree murder charges stemming from the young man's suspected involvement in a brutal beating downtown in September.

Anchorage police arrested four men after investigators reviewed video footage from businesses near the beating. David Walent, 24; Jerrick Blankenship, 18; Lewis Martin, 33; and Matthew Martin were charged with the murder of 50-year-old Ferdinand Marquez, described as a seasonal fishing employee who alternated his residence between California and Alaska...

Jerzy Shedlock

A 24-year-old Anchorage man was sentenced Friday for first-degree robbery after reaching a plea agreement with prosecutors. The four-year sentence is a mere fraction of the amount of jail time Matthew Martin would have faced if the state hadn’t dropped two additional second-degree murder charges stemming from the young man’s suspected involvement in a brutal beating downtown in September...

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The president of the Alaska Correctional Officers Association has won a battle for reparations against his bosses in the Department of Corrections, although the victory happened outside the courtroom.

According to a letter from the ACOA to its members and provided to Alaska Dispatch, union president Randall McLellan "got his stripes back" and is receiving wages he lost due to a demotion and 96-hour suspension.

McLellan, a vocal critic of the DOC leadership, filed a lawsuit against Corrections Commissioner Joseph Schmidt and Director of Institutions Bryan Brandenburg in January, alleging a "systematic course of harassment" as retribution for his advocacy on behalf of corrections officers...

Jerzy Shedlock

The president of the Alaska Correctional Officers Association has won a battle for reparations against his bosses in the Department of Corrections, although the victory happened outside the courtroom.

According to a letter from the ACOA to its members and provided to Alaska Dispatch, union president Randall McLellan “got his stripes back” and is receiving wages he lost due to a demotion and 96-hour suspension...

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Anchorage police are asking for the public's help in locating 20-year-old Brian Semrinec.

Semrinec was last seen leaving the Ramada Inn on Third Avenue in downtown Anchorage when he checked out just after 9 a.m. Monday. Police say Semrinec is active duty military, and he failed to show up for work on Tuesday. This is believed to be unusual behavior for the young man, as he's new to Alaska and unfamiliar with Anchorage.

Semrinec is a white male, 6 feet 1 inch tall and 180 pounds, with military-cut brown hair and brown eyes. He also has a tattoo of a fish on his leg. He was last spotted wearing blue jeans and a white T-shirt. Police say he may be carrying a backpack as well...

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Police investigators say a 30-year-old Anchorage man charged with distribution and possession of child pornography told them he’d been downloading and sharing the illicit materials since college.

The cache of illegal images and videos found on Gregory Russell Edwards’ laptop is one of the largest seizures of child porn by the Anchorage Police Department to date, according to an affidavit filed May 9.

According to a Thursday statement from Anchorage police, investigators with the Alaska Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force, working in an undercover capacity, reported receiving more than 30 video files from Edwards, depicting children as young as 3 years old...

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