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A blaze that began in the boiler room of an East Anchorage apartment building displaced four families Wednesday night, Anchorage Fire Department Sr. Capt. Ted Fussell said. AFD received the initial report of the fire at 521 E. Pine St. around 6:30 p.m., but by 8 p.m. the fire had been put out. There were no reported injuries. According to Fussell, the fire burned through the floor of the building and took out the heat, electricity and gas. “It’s not livable right now,” Fussell said. He estimated the total cost of the damage to be between $30,000 and $50,000. Fussell also added that firefighters were able to rescue several pet birds from the building. A Red Cross of Alaska disaster action team was also on-site offering assistance. Although Fussell did not know exactly how many people were...Megan Edge
The body of a missing 53-year-old Wrangell boater whose return was more than a week overdue was recovered from Earl West Cove Wednesday, according to Alaska State Troopers. In an online dispatch, troopers said Kenneth Trammel’s body was spotted floating in the cove about 12 air miles southeast of Wrangell. His body was positively identified by next of kin in Wrangell, troopers said. Trammel’s 38-foot Bayliner, the Thalasa, was not located with his body. According to troopers, no one heard from Trammel after he left Wrangell Nov. 5 for a five day fishing trip. He was set to return Nov. 10. On Sunday, troopers were notified that he was overdue. Trammel’s body is being sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for an autopsy. Reporter Chris Klint contributed to this story.Megan Edge
Employees at the Costco store on DeBarr Road subdued a 29-year-old man after he tried to steal merchandise and pistol-whipped an employee, Anchorage police said. Anchorage police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said officers got a call from the store at 4125 DeBarr Road just after 12:30 p.m. Thomas Schultz Jr. was in the store with two other adults when a security guard saw him “concealing merchandise in a box,” police said in a release. It wasn’t clear what the man had allegedly tried to take. “The suspect was confronted by a loss prevention employee at the store and during the engagement produced a firearm and pistol-whipped the employee,” Castro said. “The employee and other employees were able to subdue the suspect and get the gun away from him until officers were able to arrive at 12:45...Chris Klint,Megan Edge
A 37-year-old woman who was shot Tuesday evening in a South Anchorage neighborhood was helping her 6-year-old with homework when a bullet hit her in the face, Anchorage police say. The woman has not been publicly identified and was in stable, but critical condition Wednesday afternoon, police said. Police responded to the home where she was shot, a condominium on Forest Village Drive across the street from Dimond High School, after a report came in at about 6:30 p.m. Tuesday. In a Wednesday afternoon update, the Anchorage Police Department said multiple shots were fired at the home from outside. On Tuesday evening, a window in a car in the driveway was shattered. “Following the shooting, police believe the suspect(s) fled the area in a vehicle heading west on West 88th Avenue and...Megan Edge
The Juneau area has received more than a foot of snow since Tuesday, and although the area seemed to have a bit of reprieve by Wednesday evening, forecasters say, another winter storm is headed that way. From 12 a.m. to 3 p.m. Wednesday, 9.8 inches of snow accumulated at Juneau International Airport and 8.8 inches in the Mendenhall Valley. On Wednesday night, National Weather Service meteorologist Edward Liske said weather in the Juneau area had calmed down a bit. “It’s not snowing hard if it’s snowing at all,” Liske said. By Thursday, another storm is expected to make its way to Southeast Alaska from the Alaska Peninsula, Liske said. NWS issued a winter weather advisory for the Juneau area, which is in effect from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday. The storm that dumped snow on the area Tuesday...Megan Edge
Note : An updated version of this story can be found here . A woman was shot in a South Anchorage condo Tuesday evening and is in critical condition, Anchorage police say. The Anchorage Police Department received a report of a woman being shot at a condo on the 8800 block of Forest Village Drive -- across the street from Dimond High School -- just after 6:30 p.m., APD said in a release. She was taken to a hospital and was in critical condition, APD said. Shortly before 9 p.m. police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said police had not arrested any suspects and added the “suspect(s) left the scene after the shooting.” Officers were surveying the neighborhood with flashlights. One identified the home as number 8813, where a car in the driveway had shattered glass in the rear window. “We are...Megan Edge
Southeast Alaska got plenty of snow Tuesday as a mass of frigid Arctic air entered the region. Juneau-based National Weather Service meteorologist Rick Fritsch said Yakutat appeared to have been hit the hardest with 10.6 inches of snow falling from midnight to 2 p.m. Tuesday. “Believe it or not, that’s not actually the record,” Fritsch said around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday. The previous record for Nov. 17 in Yakutat was set in 1951, with 13.2 inches of snow. It snowed in Sitka for about eight hours straight, but the temperatures stayed above freezing for most of the day, so Fritsch wasn’t sure how much snow actually accumulated there. The bulk of the snow that fell in Juneau happened in mid-afternoon, Fritsch said. From 12 a.m. to 3 p.m., 4.1 inches of snow fell in Fairbanks. Meteorologist...Chris Klint,Megan Edge
A 33-year-old man was arrested Friday night after stealing a car and crashing into an Anchorage Thai restaurant, police say. According to the Anchorage Police Department, around 8 p.m. an officer tried to pull over a Ford Explorer that had been stolen earlier in the evening. The driver got away briefly by running a red light just north of Lake Otis Parkway and East 68th Avenue. Then the driver hit a car, a light pole and the side of the Thai Orchid restaurant near the intersection of Lake Otis Parkway and Dowling Road. Police said the restaurant was full of patrons, but only one person suffered minor injuries. Police have taken Junior Mikaele into custody for questioning. He faces several charges. Mikaele also had other outstanding warrants, police said.Megan Edge
A 4-year-old boy was partially run over in Palmer on Friday evening after he jumped out of his mother's car, Palmer Police Department Sgt. Jamie Hammons said. According to Hammons, the mother was about to take her son sledding on a hill behind the old Carrs grocery store when the boy jumped out of the back seat of the car while she was reversing. Hammons didn’t immediately know the boy’s condition, but said he appeared to have suffered back and neck injuries. When emergency responders got to the scene, the boy was breathing and conscious, Hammons said. He was flown by helicopter to a hospital for treatment. Police are not looking to file any criminal charges against the mother, Hammons said.Megan Edge
Outdoor enthusiasts, beware: Alaska’s serving up a slew of early-season avalanches, even without a large amount of snow accumulation. On Wednesday, more than a dozen avalanches were observed at Hatcher Pass, north of Palmer. According to Hatcher Pass Avalanche Information Center avalanche specialist Jed Workman, it was the most active avalanche day this season and most were human-triggered. “It was a large number of remotely triggered avalanches,” Workman said. “It means the snowpack is very sensitive.” A remotely triggered avalanche is one that doesn’t occur beneath your feet. A slight movement can cause an avalanche hundreds of feet away. “If you’re 300 feet away, you might not even be aware that you triggered something,” Workman explained. That's especially dangerous in a highly used...Megan Edge