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A 4-year-old boy was playing in his family's home in Bethel when he fatally shot himself Monday, state troopers say. On Tuesday, troopers identified the child as William Anderson. Emily Hardy, the boy’s aunt, said Anderson had just returned home from sledding. His mother and grandmother were in the kitchen and had told the children to go play in the living room. “They weren’t far, but somehow he got a hold of dad’s gun,” Hardy said. “It was just a freak accident.” The boy's father is a trooper, Hardy said. According to troopers, the Bethel Police Department and medics were called to the state troopers' housing in Bethel for a child who had been injured Monday afternoon. Investigators found the child had gotten the privately owned weapon while playing unsupervised. The Alaska Bureau of...Megan Edge
A 19-year-old man was shot in the Mountain View neighborhood Monday evening and suffered non-life threatening injuries, police say. Few details were immediately available, but according to witnesses the 19-year-old got into an altercation with another male at about 7:30 p.m. in the parking lot of a liquor store near Mt. View Drive and Klevin Street, the Anchorage Police Department said. Subsequently, the victim was shot in the arm and the other male fled the scene in a vehicle. Police declined to identify the victim who was taken to a local hospital for treatment.Megan Edge
Up to 18 inches of snow fell in some areas of Turnagain Pass Friday, raising avalanche danger through the weekend. The Chugach National Forest Avalanche Information Center said avalanche conditions are high above the tree line. In the tree line, avalanche dangers are considerable, the agency said. According to the avalanche information center, the snow fell during a windy storm onto a very weak pre-existing surface. The agency said avalanches probably happened throughout the night during the snowfall. Human-triggered avalanches were expected throughout Saturday in terrain steeper than 30 degrees. Bonding between the new and old snow packs isn’t expected to be quick, the center said. The danger was rated high above 2,500 feet and considerable from 1,000 to 2,500 feet. Below 1,000 feet, the...Megan Edge
A 24-year-old woman was arrested on Christmas after driving recklessly, crashing into a gas station and trying to flee the scene, the Anchorage Police Department said. According to police, at 11:24 p.m. Friday, Brittany Haselow was driving southbound on the Old Seward Highway through Midtown when an officer saw her swerving across lanes and hitting a median several times. The officer tried to pull her over but she continued down the Old Seward Highway, ran a red light at the International Airport Road intersection and tried to turn westbound onto Dowling Road, police said. “Because the vehicle was traveling at such a high rate of speed at this point, it was unable to make the corner,” Anchorage police said. “The vehicle became airborne, ran over a curb and up a hill, crashed through a...Megan Edge
Parts of Alaska could see some heavy snow and winter storms over Christmas weekend. The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning for Portage Valley and Turnagain Pass, with forecast 13 to 26 inches of snow forecast. The highest accumulation will likely fall in the Turnagain Pass and Girdwood areas. In some areas, visibility could be less than a half-mile with heavy and blowing snow. The warning is in effect from 9 a.m. Friday until 6 a.m. Saturday, the weather service said. The Anchorage Bowl can expect flurries gusts up to 50 miles per hour at higher elevations and along Turnagain Arm. Temperatures are expected to reach a high of 15 degrees and isolated snow showers are expected in the evening. A blizzard warning for the Bethel area, which was in effect Thursday morning,...Megan Edge
A 43-year-old man was hit and killed by a pickup truck on the Seward Highway in Midtown Anchorage on Thursday night. At 5:06 p.m., the driver of the truck called 911 to report hitting a pedestrian near the Northern Lights Boulevard intersection, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad said. “After reading the report, it looks to me like the pedestrian attempted to ‘beat the light’ and didn’t make it,” Oistad said Saturday. “According to witnesses, the man had just run northbound across Northern Lights. At this time, the light for northbound (Seward Highway) traffic had just turned from red to green. The driver of the pickup -- who hit the pedestrian -- proceeded through the intersection once they got a green light, crossed through the empty crosswalk, and then saw the...Megan Edge
Two Christmas Eve fires in Anchorage left residents displaced and at least one person injured. The first was reported at 2:54 a.m. Thursday at an apartment building on Lunar Drive in East Anchorage, Anchorage Fire Chief Denis LeBlanc said. According to LeBlanc, the blaze was likely caused by a fireplace fire that flickered back to life after being put out for the night. No one was injured in the fire but residents were displaced, he said. LeBlanc said a couple who lived on the building's bottom floor were at the scene when firefighters arrived and said they'd gone to sleep after securing a fire by closing a screen and glass doors to their fireplace. Later, a tenant upstairs woke to hear crackling noises and realized a fire was in the walls, coming from the downstairs fireplace, the fire...Megan Edge,Jerzy Shedlock
A hunting guide from Colorado has been charged with wasting game and filing a false record in Alaska. Thomas Shankster, 60, faces eight counts of hunting violations while acting as a big game guide in Game Management Unit 19, which encompasses McGrath, Alaska State Troopers said. According to troopers, an investigation into Shankster and his guide business, Alaska Trophy Hunts, began in the fall of 2014, when wildlife troopers in McGrath found evidence that Shankster had failed to fully harvest the edible meat from moose and caribou on at least five occasions. Shankster also failed to report two known violations by assistant guides. On one occasion, a sub-legal sheep was taken and on another, antlers were taken before meat, troopers said. Shankster also falsified a hunt record and claimed...Megan Edge
A snowmachiner was found dead on railroad tracks outside Fairbanks Wednesday after his snowmachine flipped, Alaska Railroad Manager of External Affairs Tim Sullivan said. The rider, 28-year-old Jason Campbell of North Pole, was not hit by a train. According to Sullivan, around 9 a.m. railroad crews spotted Campbell’s body on the Eielson branch of the tracks, east of the city. Sullivan said it appeared Campbell had been riding his snowmachine next to the tracks when it was caught in the tracks or on a railroad switch, which launched him off the machine. Sullivan did not know the man’s exact cause of death, but said his body was taken to the State Medical Examiner Office for an autopsy and has since been released to next of kin.Megan Edge
Meghan Pugh, charged with murder in connection with a double homicide Monday in Anchorage, told investigators she brought a handgun to an early morning drug deal as "backup" because she had a bad feeling about the transaction, according to charging documents. When the deal took a turn for the worse, gunfire was exchanged and two people -- including Pugh's new husband -- ended up dead. Pugh, 31, was arraigned Tuesday in the Anchorage jail on three charges: second-degree murder, manslaughter, and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Dressed in a yellow prison uniform, she remained silent during the brief hearing. She’s the only person charged in connection with the shooting, although charging documents say she wasn’t the only one who fired a weapon. Anchorage Police...Megan Edge