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A 19-year-old pedestrian in Nikiski received what Alaska State Troopers described as severe but not life-threatening injuries over the weekend after a Ford pickup hit him at Holt Lamplight and Anderson roads and then kept going.

Troopers identified the pedestrian as Jonathan D. Demilta of Nikiski. They responded to a report of the accident at about 12:30 a.m. Saturday. Demilta was transported to Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna.

The truck was described as a green Ford extended-cab pickup with damage to the front driver side, troopers said. Anyone with information that could help the investigation can call the Soldotna Public Communication Center at (907) 262-4453.

By ZAZ HOLLANDER Anchorage Daily News
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A Prince of Wales Island lodge faces criminal charges for feeding bears after an Alaska Wildlife Trooper on a stakeout watched employees toss salmon to the animals as guests looked on from a nearby skiff.

Clover Bay Lodge floats on an anchored barge on the eastern edge of Prince of Wales Island near Cholmondeley Sound, a 15-minute floatplane ride from Ketchikan. The 12-room lodge offers a secluded wilderness experience and guided fishing trips along with amenities like a fireplace lounge and heliport, its website says.

The state on Sept. 12 filed misdemeanor charges for feeding game without a permit against Clover Bay Lodge, along with several fishing-related charges. The state served lodge operator Ryan Morin with court documents on Tuesday...

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A Wasilla driver who reportedly hit a People Mover bus on 10th Avenue was arrested for driving under the influence Friday afternoon after another driver called 911, Anchorage police said.

There were no reported injuries and minor damage to the city bus.

Brian Vincent Cross, 55, was arrested for felony DUI and refusal to submit to a chemical test, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in an email. Cross was driving on a revoked license and is on probation for an earlier felony DUI conviction. Generally, three or more drunken driving arrests in a 10-year period constitute a felony...

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Update, 6:15 p.m. Friday:

Alaska State Troopers said Anjel M. Sherman was found Friday afternoon after getting lost looking for firewood along the Parks Highway. She got lost in the woods, managed to find her way to a road and was in Fairbanks safe, said troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters.

Earlier story:

A search was underway Friday afternoon for a 34-year-old Wasilla woman missing since Wednesday after she disappeared looking for firewood at a Parks Highway logging site, Alaska State Troopers said...

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Alaska State Troopers have arrested a married couple in Delta Junction on charges they sexually abused a 12-year-old child on multiple occasions in 2002 and 2003.

Troopers said they arrested Daniel Jensen, 53, and Diane Jensen, 54, on Thursday. Daniel Jensen was charged with three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and Diane Jensen was charged with one count of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor, troopers said.

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The Anchorage Police Department is warning the public: the jury-duty scam is back.

Since late August, APD has received a total of 57 reports of the "Jury Duty" scam and in some cases the complainants actually provided funds to the scammers - in one case thousands of dollars, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in an emailed statement. Reports indicate the scammers are now using actual officer names.

This time, phony callers are sometimes pretending to be police Chief Mark Mew or Capt. Bill Miller.

Police in August warned the public about a similar scam involving callers pretending to be police officers who told targets they'd missed jury duty but could avoid arrest by buying officers pre-paid debit cards...

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A boater in Behm Canal on Thursday found the body of a Craig hunter missing since Sept. 15, ending a search that started on Sunday, Alaska State Troopers said.

Garrett Hagen, 24, was hunting with 51-year-old Adrian Knopps of Grand Ledge, Mich., when the two hunters got separated.

Knopps survived a seven-day ordeal in cold, rainy weather with no survival gear and two or three protein bars, according to a Michigan newspaper account from family members. He was rescued on Sunday, severely hypothermic but alive.

Searchers looking for Hagen combed the canal and the area around Chickamin River where the men were hunting, troopers said. The area is located about 35 miles northeast of Ketchikan, at the edge of the wilderness of Misty Fiords National Monument...

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The National Weather Service has issued a flood advisory for a glacial outburst at Skilak Lake that could cause minor flooding in places along the Kenai River until noon Saturday.

Water is releasing from a lake that's built up behind Skilak Glacier, orecasters said in a statement issued Thursday morning. That's caused river levels to rise at Skilak Lake's for the last three days.

Riverfront residents, especially people in the Kenai Keys and Big Eddy areas, should be aware that the Kenai is expected to rise again during the next few days, the advisory states...

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Alaska State Troopers say they have arrested a Glennallen man accused of spray painting death and sexual threats toward local troopers on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

Ryan Vukson, 29, was taken into custody without incident, troopers said.

Pipeline security officers notified troopers on Wednesday morning that they'd found graffiti on the pipeline near the village of Tazlina. The graffiti was described as saying "Car Bomb" and also making death and sexual threats toward a trooper and his family in the Glennallen area...

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Four men were arrested and charged with murder Thursday in what Anchorage police described as a brutal attack on a 50-year-old man who was sleeping outside a building off East Tudor Road.

Police said surveillance video showed the four men punching, kicking and using a metal road sign to pummel Ferdinand Marquez, a 50-year-old seasonal fisherman who sometimes stayed at the nearby Anchorage Gospel Rescue Mission. One of the men stood over Marquez smashing the road sign into his head repeatedly, police said...

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