Megan Edge

A 54-year-old former Wrangell doctor was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in federal prison, plus a $25,000 fine, for receiving and distributing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced. According to prosecutors, an FBI investigation r evealed that Greg Alan Salard shared child pornography online in 2014 . Investigators also found “hundreds” of child pornography images on his laptop, prosecutors said. Salard was found guilty on July 28, 2015, after a 6-day trial. Salard was previously employed by Alaska Island Community Services and served under a contract with the Wrangell Medical Center.Megan Edge
A 15-year-old pedestrian was struck and killed by a motor vehicle in Wasilla on Monday. According to Alaska State Troopers, at 3:05 p.m. the agency was notified of the collision at the Pittman Road and Golden Drive intersection. They were told CPR on the pedestrian was in progress. Wasilla and Palmer troopers responded. They discovered the vehicle was being driven southbound on Pittman Road by Bryon Melton when it struck 15-year-old Austin Edenfield, troopers wrote in a dispatch. Edenfield was walking on the southbound shoulder of the road, troopers said. He was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. Edenfield’s body was sent to the State Medical Examiner Office for an autopsy. His next of kin has been notified. Additional information from troopers was not immediately available...Megan Edge
A man was found dead after his Eagle River house went up in flames Friday night. The Anchorage Police Department identified the victim Saturday night as 57-year-old Anthony Fuentes. Anchorage Fire Department spokesman John See said the first 911 call came in at 6:47 p.m. and they dispatched 15 units to the house on West Parkview Terrace Loop, near Gruening Middle School. AFD paramedic captain Delbert Simineo said responders were on the scene within minutes. The 911 caller had said a person might be trapped inside the burning house, so responders initially searched the main living area, Simineo said. They eventually found Fuentes' body in the garage, which Simineo said was "strange." Flames were shooting out from under the melted garage door when responders arrived, Simineo said, adding...Megan Edge,Egan Millard
The public can soon weigh in on a bill that would give financial compensation to wrongfully convicted Alaskans who have been exonerated. House Bill 55 is sponsored by state Rep. Scott Kawasaki, D-Fairbanks, who said the bill was inspired by the Fairbanks Four case, although because they were technically not exonerated, they would not reap the benefits of the bill. Kawasaki could not cite a specific Alaska exoneration case the bill would apply to, but said 30 states have similar practices in place. He also referenced national data that showed the number of exonerations increasing with the availability of DNA testing and other technologies. In 2015, a record number of people in the U.S. were exonerated, according to a report from the National Registry of Exonerations . Out of the 149 people...Megan Edge
A bit of Friday evening snow and rain in Anchorage and the Matanuska Valley could create hazardous conditions for commuters, the National Weather Service said. On Friday morning, the NWS said rain and snow was expected by the early afternoon. But the snow isn’t expected to fall for long at any location, NWS wrote. “The bulk of the precipitation should fall as rain, though where the precipitation is heaviest it could mix with or change completely over to snow,” the NWS wrote in a Facebook post. “Well below freezing ground temperatures could cause patchy black ice development even where air temperatures remain above freezing.” Jan. 14 was the last time Anchorage received any measurable snowfall and only one-tenth of an inch fell, NWS meteorologist Joe Wegman said. He added that more snow...Megan Edge
A Fort Wainwright soldier, who died of a single gunshot wound Sunday, shot himself with a single round left in the gun’s chamber after the magazine was removed, the Fairbanks Police Department said. Fairbanks police officers responded to a home on the 3700 block of Geraghty Street just before 3 a.m. Sunday to investigate the shooting, police spokesperson Officer Doug Welborn said Tuesday. Paramedics found Sgt, Nathan Higginbotham slumped over a couch and declared him dead at the scene. He suffered a single gunshot wound to the head. According to Welborn, Higginbotham, 25, had been consuming alcohol. A 9mm pistol was recovered from Higginbotham at the scene, police said Monday. "Investigation revealed Higginbotham was in the process of confirming his personally owned .40 caliber...Megan Edge
A 39-year-old North Pole man was sentenced Friday to 13 years in federal prison for trafficking methamphetamine and heroin. According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office, an investigation into Ray Don Groskreutz began on July 27, 2015, after Alaska State Troopers conducted a welfare check at the hotel Groskreutz was staying at. At the time, Groskreutz was out on court-ordered release in connection with three other cases. Groskreutz told troopers he had been “shooting up” that day and agreed to let them search him, prosecutors said. Groskreutz had a loaded handgun, a Taser and $6,000 in cash on him, the U.S. Attorney's Office said. Troopers also found a backpack in his room that held 200 grams of methamphetamine, 71.1 grams of heroin, $11,000 in cash, a drug ledger, a digital scale and drug...Megan Edge
A 27-year-old Kotzebue man was killed by three teens for marijuana and alcohol, court records say. Then they allegedly hid the evidence on the sea ice. According to a criminal complaint filed in Kotzebue court Sunday, Joshua Sours Jr., awoke around 1:18 a.m. to the sound of a gunshot. He found his son, 27-year-old Joshua Floyd Sours III, bleeding from a gunshot wound. His son claimed “Brandon” had shot him, the document says. Joshua Floyd Sours III was taken to a hospital, where he died of his injuries. Investigators found a single spent .243 rifle casing just outside the Sours home. Police interviewed 17-year-old Brandon Nelson. According to the complaint, Nelson told investigators he drove Tony Jackson, 18, and Frank Jackson, 19, to the Sours home by four-wheeler on Jan. 22. Nelson told...Megan Edge
Anchorage police say they're investigating the deaths of two people discovered early Thursday at Point Woronzof as a double homicide. No arrests had been made by Thursday evening. The Anchorage Police Department identified the victims as 20-year-old Foriegnne Aubert-Morissette and 19-year-old Selena Annette Mullenax. Police didn’t immediately know what the relationship was between them, if any. When asked whether there was a public safety risk, APD spokeswoman Renee Oistad said detectives hadn’t told her about one. “I promise if we were worried about the public being in danger we would of course put out information to that effect,” she said. Police were called to Point Woronzof, a scenic overlook on the edge of Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport, at 8:37 a.m. Thursday after a dog...Megan Edge,Chris Klint
UPDATE 7 a.m. Thursday: All power has been restored after an outage in East Anchorage Wednesday evening. Chugach Electric said on its Facebook page that power was fully restored by 11 p.m. Wednesday, after the problem was tracked to a fault at its Boniface substation. Crews had been working earlier Wednesday night to route power from other substations to affected customers. Customers still without power should call Chugach’s outage hotline at 907-762-7888. Original story: More than 1,000 Chugach Electric customers serviced by the Boniface substation in East Anchorage lost power Wednesday night around 7:15 p.m., company spokesperson Phil Steyer said. Steyer had little information on what caused the outage, but said a crew was en route to find the cause. Steyer did not immediately know when...Megan Edge