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Fire engines responded Wednesday to a vehicle fire in the parking garage below a residential building in Bootlegger Cove, near downtown Anchorage.

The fire was reported at 11:30 a.m. It remained confined to the garage area, but due to heavy smoke, residents were evacuated from the apartment building.

At least one vehicle was on fire and others were damaged, according to Anchorage Fire Department safety officer Steve Brown. It took firefighters about 10 minutes to get the blaze under control, he said.

Brown said that without fast action, the fire could have been significantly more destructive.

“We had to get out ahead of this,” Brown said. “We used a lot of manpower.”...

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A monthslong investigation by the Alaska State Troopers' State Drug Enforcement Unit in the Matanuska Valley has come to a close with the arrest of two Anchorage residents, and the seizure of cash and nearly $10,000 of illegal drugs, troopers said.

On Monday, Vincenzo “Vinny” Yacovelli, 21, and Caitlynn Horton, 19, were arrested without incident near Swanson Street in Wasilla, troopers wrote in an online dispatch. During their arrest the duo was found in possession of more than 13 grams of heroin, and more than 26 grams of methamphetamine -- estimated to have a street value of $9,500 -- as well as $10,000 in cash, troopers said...

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Nearly a hundred wood bison roaming free in the area of the Lower Innoko and Yukon rivers are adjusting after being released into the wild last month, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

The agency said Tuesday that the animals' eating, roaming and herding habits are what they should be for wood bison in the wild.

The animals were flown to Western Alaska in early April from the Alaska Wildlife Conservation Center. Before their reintroduction, the species had been extinct in Alaska for more than a century.

Cathie Harms, Fish and Game's regional program manager with the Division of Wildlife Conservation, said that the day after their release some of the bison wandered as far as 10 miles away and were soon wary of humans...

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A 4.5 magnitude earthquake in the Alaska Range early Monday morning rattled residents from Alaska's Interior to Southcentral.

The earthquake hit about about 32 miles southeast of Cantwell at 1:25 a.m, according to the U.S. Geological Survey.

Though the quake’s epicenter was near Cantwell, a community of about 182 people about 28 miles south of Denali National Park and Preserve, it was felt 175 miles to the north in Fairbanks, and in Chugiak, Eagle River and as far away as South Anchorage, about 246 miles south.

There were no immediate reports of damage.

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Three 4-month-old Kodiak brown bear cubs were dehydrated, starving, cold, wet, exhausted and unprotected when a well-known hunting guide rescued them and put them up in his own cabin.

Without his help, Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologist Nate Svoboda said, the bears “probably wouldn’t have lasted another day.”

On May 1, the cubs’ mother was killed by an unguided hunter, Fish and Game said. Alaska Wildlife Troopers are investigating the sow’s death. Although brown bear hunting in Kodiak is open through mid-May, it is never legal to kill a sow with cubs.

At 4 months old, brown bear cubs are almost entirely dependent on the sow for food and protection. Only about half make it to adulthood, Fish and Game supervisor Larry Van Daele said...

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1:20 p.m. Friday update:

Carter Immingan has been located and is safe, police said in a release.

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The Anchorage Police Department is asking for the public’s help locating a 58-year-old man missing since Thursday night.

In a release, Anchorage police wrote that Carter Immingan was last seen around midnight outside a residence on the 2100 block of Belair Drive in West Anchorage. He was wearing a camouflage jacket, police said.

Immingan is nonverbal, with salty hair, brown eyes, and 5 feet 6 inches tall. Police said there is concern for his well-being.

Anyone with information on his whereabouts is being asked to call the Anchorage Police Department at 907-786-8900. Press “0” to speak with a dispatcher.

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A 26-year-old man who Alaska State Troopers say fired a gun into the air and stole ammunition from a store in the rural Alaska community of Tununak was arrested Wednesday.

Troopers in Bethel received a call on Wednesday afternoon from the tribal police officer in Tununak, which is about 115 miles northwest of the hub community of Bethel.

The tribal officer reported Greg Angaiak, 26, was walking through the village of about 384 people, firing his handgun into the air, troopers said. Angaiak then went into a local store where he stole ammunition and reloaded his weapon, they said.

Bethel troopers flew to the community and arrested Angaiak without incident. He’s been taken to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center, where he was being held without bail...

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Alaska fire officials say they are monitoring the first fire of the season that's required a significant response, a blaze burning a little more than 5 acres on the Kenai Peninsula...

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Alaska fire officials say they are monitoring the first fire of the season that's required a significant response, a blaze that has burned a little more than 5 acres on the Kenai Peninsula.

The Jim Howard Road Fire was sparked Monday afternoon, about half a mile south of the village of Nikolaevsk and some 8 miles east of Anchor Point, when a couple with a burn permit left their debris fire unattended for 15 to 20 minutes, Division of Forestry fire manager Howie Kent said.

“Wind coming from the west took the fire from the couple's burn into the grass, and headed toward neighboring properties,” Kent said.

Division of Forestry was notified of the fire at 4 p.m. Monday, and responded in about 25 minutes, Kent said...

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The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is probing the death of a North Pole 4-year-old, Alaska State Troopers said.

Few details were immediately available, but in an online dispatch posted Wednesday, troopers wrote that they received a report of the unresponsive child at 3:02 a.m. Tuesday.

The 4-year-old was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital, but was pronounced dead by emergency room staff, troopers said.

The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is the Alaska State Troopers' investigation unit responsible for major crimes.

Troopers did not immediately respond to requests for further information Thursday morning.

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