Crime & Justice

Two explanations of how an Anchorage lawyer spent $52 million in six months from an elderly widow’s trust are beginning to unfold in a federal fraud trial in Anchorage.

Lisa Demer
Greg Salard, a 54-year-old former Wrangell doctor, was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in federal prison, plus a $25,000 fine, for receiving and distributing child pornography, the U.S. Attorney’s Office announced.Megan Edge
Anchorage attorney Tim Cook has sued Safeway over two turkeys purchased around Thanksgiving that he says were underweight. The suit isn't about money, he said, but rather upholding consumer protection laws.Jerzy Shedlock
A Bethel man who strangled his girlfriend and stayed in his apartment with her body for five days a year ago was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years in prison for murder.Lisa Demer
A federal charging document against a Wasilla woman tied to a string of Mat-Su burglaries last year says law enforcement found around 1,600 pieces of mail in her home.Jerzy Shedlock
A man in the Southeast Alaska community of Hollis has been charged with several crimes after he stole a van at a local ferry terminal and drove it drunk into a closed gate, troopers said.Chris Klint
Police are investigating an armed robbery at a South Anchorage sandwich shop early Tuesday morning. Nobody was hurt.Chris Klint
Violence Against Women Act training is underway in Bethel for the first time since Alaska's attorney general issued an opinion that state officials must uphold tribal protection orders.Associated Press
Jury selection has begun for the trial of a former University of Alaska Fairbanks hockey player accused of sexually assaulting a woman on campus.Associated Press
A federal lawsuit says a teacher in a Southwestern Alaska village became a target of hostility and harassment that escalated into men regularly banging on her door asking for sex. Eventually, the suit says, she was sexually assaulted.Lisa Demer