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If anyone should have been locked up tight, it was Kevin Tuckfield.

At the Cook Inlet Pre-Trial Facility, blocks from downtown Anchorage, the 28-year-old was classified as a “two-man” inmate -- so dangerous that two correctional officers were required to escort him every time he left his cell in the jail’s M or “Mike" module, which houses the state’s most acutely mentally ill prisoners.

Tuckfield was serving a sentence for a 2008 abduction and rape...

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Two senators from opposite sides of the political spectrum jointly introduced legislation Wednesday aimed at reforming Alaska’s expensive, overburdened “revolving door” of a correctional system.

Modeled on an approach that found success reducing prison overcrowding in Texas, Senate Bill 91 would create more ways for Alaskans to serve sentences for nonviolent crimes outside cells.

“Other states have had success getting people out of expensive hard-bed prisons and saving those for rapists and murderers,” said Sen. Johnny Ellis, D-Anchorage. He and Sen. John Coghill, R-North Pole, are the bill’s co-sponsors...

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Human remains and clothing found on a trail northwest of Kenai on Saturday night may be linked to a family of four who went missing from the area last May, the Kenai Police Department said Sunday.

Rebecca Adams, 23, her two children Michelle Hundley, 6, and Jaracca Hundley, 3, and Adams’ boyfriend Brandon Jividen, 37, were last seen in late May at their apartment in the Kenai Peninsula town of about 7,000. Their family dog “Sparks” vanished with them. The family’s sudden disappearance spurred one of the biggest search efforts the Peninsula has seen and made national headlines.

On Sunday, Dennis Giffords of Kenai, Adams’ uncle, asked for privacy on behalf of Adams’ and Jividen’s families...

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It has been two months since the January afternoon when Jared Smallwood got a strange feeling while eating a bowl of cereal in the Arctic Boulevard trailer he shared with his older sister.

He hadn’t heard anything from the bedroom for a while. He wondered what she was doing.

Inside, he found Summer Myers slumped over on a bed strewn with clothing, a needle next to her. A tourniquet sat on the bedside table, along with an overflowing ashtray, prescription pill bottles and a bottle of chocolate milk.

He lifted her up. She was stiff. Her face was contracted as if she’d had a seizure.

The 19-year-old tried to resuscitate his sister as he called 911.

When medics arrived, they dragged her into the kitchen and declared her dead...

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Despite new details revealed in court documents Monday, what happened on a secluded Eagle River road early Sunday morning before June Mary McCarr was shot to death largely remains a mystery.

James Andrew Baker, 32, is charged with murder in the 56-year-old’s death, as well as attempted murder for allegedly shooting two other men in a parked car packed with people. Both survived and were released from the hospital Monday, the Anchorage Police Department said.

McCarr’s daughter said Monday in a phone interview from Bethel that she and her five siblings are bewildered by what they’ve heard from police about their mother’s death. McCarr had been visiting Anchorage from Bethel, her children say...

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An Anchorage man was charged with murder Sunday after police say he opened fire on the occupants of his car while parked on a lonely Eagle River residential road early that morning. A 56-year-old woman was killed and two men critically injured.

James Andrew Baker, 32, was charged with murder in the incident, police said.

The Eagle River shooting was not the only gun violence in the Anchorage area early Sunday. Within a span of just a few hours, APD officers also found a woman suffering from a gunshot wound in downtown Anchorage and responded to a report of gunfire at a home on the east side of town.

"It has not been determined whether any of these cases are related," wrote APD Communications Director Jennifer Castro in a statement Sunday...

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Just as workers were opening the doors to clients at a downtown Anchorage church food bank on Feb. 2, the building's pipes burst.

The resulting damage took a month and tens of thousands of dollars to repair, including replacing walls...

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For two decades, a liquor store at 12th Avenue and Gambell Street in Anchorage has drawn the ire of some residents and business owners, who say its business practices stoke problems associated with street alcoholics and drug dealers in the neighborhood.

Now, the fight over the Spirits of Alaska liquor store is intensifying.

After protracted discussions between the Fairview Community Council and the store’s owner, members of the Anchorage Assembly are moving to protest Spirits of Alaska’s liquor license in hopes that the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board will not renew it.

If that doesn’t work, another option is on the table: Revoking an existing conditional use permit, which would also force the business to close...

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Every year at the Fur Rendezvous Hide and Horn auction in Anchorage, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game auctions items confiscated from hunters, recovered from road kills or taken in defense of life and property...

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Every year at the Fur Rendezvous Hide and Horn auction in Anchorage, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game auctions items confiscated from hunters, recovered from road kills or taken in defense of life and property...

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