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The Shell contractor that broke environmental and maritime safety laws during the oil giant’s troubled 2012 drilling season in Alaska was sentenced on Friday, Dec. 19, to pay $12.2 million in fines and community payments, serve four years’ probation and undergo a company-wide environmental compliance program that will be subjected to the scrutiny of third-party experts.

Erik Hill
A Barrow man was indicted Thursday for the murder of Barrow assistant district attorney Brian Sullivan. On Friday, the Attorney General's office announced that a fund had been set up for Sullivan's three daughters. Laurel Andrews

Lane Douglas Wyatt, 24, was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison on Friday for killing 20-year-old Citari Townes-Sweatt in a drunken driving accident last June. 

Jerzy Shedlock
A bomb threat forced a brief evacuation of East High School and halted a basketball tournament Friday as police swept the building, according to the Anchorage School District.Tegan Hanlon

The Shell contractor that broke environmental and marine-safety laws during the oil giant’s troubled 2012 drilling season was sentenced on Friday to pay $12.2 million in fines and community payments, to serve four years’ probation and to undergo a company-wide environmental compliance program.

 

Yereth Rosen
Two families, unknown to each other before the collision June 2013, shed tears in an Anchorage courtroom as Lane Douglas Wyatt, 24, was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison for killing a 20-year-old Anchorage woman.Jerzy Shedlock
Seven of eight felony counts concerned practices aboard the Discoverer, a ship that plagued with engine and operational problems throughout 2012. Many of those involved a required oil-water separator.Yereth Rosen
The government filed a civil lawsuit Monday against a gold dredge captain who has appeared on Discover Channel’s “Bering Sea Gold,” alleging he refused to take care of his 117-foot landing craft that sank in the Cordova harbor.Jerzy Shedlock
The Anchorage Assembly on Tuesday authorized the city to spend as much as $500,000 fighting a lawsuit filed by the family of an Anchorage man who was shot and killed by a police officer in 2012.Nathaniel Herz
A 28-year-old inmate was found dead early Friday in a bathroom at the Anchorage Correctional Complex hours after he was arrested, according to the Alaska Department of Corrections. Tegan Hanlon

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