Megan Edge

The host of the Sportsman Channel hunting show “Syndicate Hunting” and four other people pled guilty in federal court this month to crimes related to a poaching operation in Noatak National Preserve in Northwest Alaska, the U.S. Attorney’s Office said. On Monday, host Clark W. Dixon, 41, of Hazlehurst, Mississippi, pled guilty to two violations of the Lacey Act for his role in the illegal killing of a brown bear, the U.S. attorney said in a release. Dixon faces 18 months in prison, plus a $75,000 fine and the forfeiture of 17 trophies, including grizzly, Dall sheep, caribou, as well as bows and rifles used to illegally kill game in Alaska, according to the release. Dixon’s father, 70-year-old Charles Dixon, also pled guilty to two violations of the Lacey Act for illegally flying...Megan Edge
One of the two men shot at a West Anchorage residence Monday evening has died, according to the Anchorage Police Department. In a statement Tuesday morning, police provided an update on the victims of the double shooting at 5:19 p.m. Monday, at a residence on the 4300 block of Wisconsin Street near Lake Spenard. "One of them was pronounced deceased at the hospital a few hours after the incident," police wrote. "The other victim remains hospitalized in critical condition." Police spokeswoman Anita Shell didn't have an immediate update on the case, pending further word from investigators Tuesday afternoon. "The detectives were working on it all night, so they might be in later today," Shell said. Police said the men had confronted the shooter at his home. Witnesses told police all three of...Megan Edge
A Bering Sea storm that hit Western Alaska ON Sunday night made its way into the Interior by Monday night, Fairbanks based National Weather Service meteorologist Scott Berg said. “It is snowing heavily in the Fairbanks area right now,” Berg said around 8:15 p.m. Monday. “We’re getting about half of an inch every hour, and that's expected to continue for the next several hours.” Berg estimated that McGrath had also received about six inches of snow Monday, with more snow expected overnight. The storm moved out of Western Alaska quickly although strong winds lingered in the region Monday night, Berg said. But despite its quick departure, forecasters said the storm left its mark. Anchorage-based meteorologist Dan Peterson said NWS hadn’t received any reports of damage by Monday night, but...Megan Edge
On Thursday, Myra Wilson and her husband Jim Cehula sipped on glasses of French wine as they watched CNN’s replay coverage of the Nov. 13 Paris terror attacks from the comfort of their South Anchorage home. The news coverage was mesmerizing, Wilson said. But unlike most viewers, Wilson and Cehula had experienced it firsthand while they were vacationing in Paris during the attacks. While the couple was shocked by the attacks, it wasn't as traumatic an experience for them because they'd experienced something similar before, they said. On Sept. 11, 2001, Wilson was beneath the Pentagon waiting to get on the subway when terrorists flew American Airlines Flight 77 into the building. “I think on 9/11, I was a little more scared,” Wilson said. “I’d never experienced anything like that before...Megan Edge
A 23-year-old Anchorage man was convicted of murder Friday in the 2014 machete slaying of an elderly Butte farmer. A Palmer jury convicted Thomas Cottam on first- and-second-degree murder charges, as well as first-degree vehicle theft. In May 2014, 81-year-old Steven Garcia picked up Cottam, who was hitchhiking. Garcia offered Cottam a job on his small berry farm. A few days into his stay on the farm, Cottam attacked Garcia with a machete. After the killing, Cottam stole Garcia’s truck and fled to Anchorage, where he eventually turned himself in.Megan Edge
Anchorage police are looking for two people who may have witnessed the South Anchorage shooting that left a woman in critical condition Tuesday. That night, a 37-year-old woman was hit by a bullet while helping her 6-year-old with homework inside a duplex on Forest Village Drive, across from Dimond High School. On Friday, the Anchorage Police Department said no suspects had been taken into custody. Police believe a bicyclist was riding down West 88th Avenue, which intersects with Forest Village Drive, and a pedestrian was in the Dimond High School parking lot at the time of the shooting. Both people could be witnesses, police said. On Friday afternoon, the woman remained in critical but stable condition, and police have not publicly identified her. “We do not release victims' names in...Megan Edge
Much of Alaska was under weather watches and advisories Thursday night, although forecasters did not report any weather-related damage. A Western Alaska storm was making its way out of the region by Thursday night after it dumped 6 to 12 inches of snow on much of the region, Fairbanks-based National Weather Service meteorologist Dan Hancock said. Shortly before 9 p.m. he said the storm’s low pressure center was over Nome and moving north. Hancock said he hadn’t heard of any reports of damage in Western Alaska. In the Susitna Valley, a winter weather warning for heavy snow was set to expire by 6 a.m. Friday. “It’s been snowing hard up there,” Anchorage-based NWS meteorologist Bill Ludwig said. According to Ludwig, NWS had a hard time gathering snow totals for the region, but in a 4 p.m...Megan Edge
The death of a 56-year-old man found outside a Shuyak Island bunkhouse Tuesday is being investigated as a homicide, Alaska State Troopers said Thursday. Troopers responded to the Port William Wilderness Lodge near Kodiak Island after the agency received a welfare check request. They found the man with a gunshot wound, troopers reported in a dispatch. Troopers say they have a suspect who traveled to Anchorage after the incident. The suspect was later arrested by Anchorage police on an unrelated arrest warrant. “The suspect warrants were misdemeanor warrants, however, one was for failure to remand to jail, so the suspect is currently serving time and unable to post bail,” troopers said. The man’s body will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Troopers are working...Megan Edge
A 29-year-old Selawik man has been charged with sexually assaulting and giving alcohol to a 16-year-old girl who died in the Northwest Alaska village Wednesday, according to an affidavit filed Thursday in Kotzebue court. According to the affidavit, the Selawik Clinic received a call at 12:52 a.m. Wednesday from 29-year-old Brent Norton, who reported that someone at a residence in the village was choking on vomit, not breathing and cold. A local health aide told investigators the call came from the Selawik Police Office. Two health aides and a village police officer responded to Norton’s call and arrived at the residence eight minutes later, the affidavit said. When they arrived, they found the 16-year-old on the bathroom floor without a pulse. The responders performed CPR on the girl for...Chris Klint,Megan Edge
The Parks Highway was closed for almost four hours at Pittman Road near Wasilla on Thursday after a crash that left one man dead. Vincent Jenkins, 81, of Wasilla was killed after a truck headed southbound crossed the center lane and hit Jenkins’ sedan head-on, Alaska State Troopers said. The agency identified the driver of the truck as 41-year-old David Fraker, also of Wasilla. Mat-Su Emergency Services deputy chief Ken Barkley said the crash near Mile 48 was initially reported at about 9:10 a.m. Thursday. Jenkins was pronounced dead at the scene. Barkley said the other driver, Fraker, was extricated by medics and taken to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center with unknown injuries. The investigation is ongoing. The Parks Highway was reopened at 1:15 p.m.Chris Klint,Megan Edge