Crime & Justice

Alaska State Troopers are creating a new unit to focus on violent crime in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta -- an area of Alaska with among the country’s highest rates of reported violence including assaults and sex crimes.

Lisa Demer
An inmate at Seward’s Spring Creek Correctional Center has been charged with attempted murder in an August attack on another inmate. Mark Todd Spencer, 47, faced the same charge in 2011.Alaska Dispatch News
A man attempting to shoplift power tools Friday threatened employees at the Lowe's store in Midtown Anchorage with a pistol, police said.Jeannette Lee Falsey
Alaska State Troopers say the 28-year-old Wasilla man arrested in a string of armed robberies in the Valley described his acts as a cry for help and meant to impress his estranged wife.Zaz Hollander
Anchorage prosecutors say it may take weeks to determine whether a shooting Monday night on the 4300 block of Wisconsin Street, which left one man dead and a second hospitalized, was a crime.Chris Klint
A host of the Sportsman Channel hunting show “Syndicate Hunting” and four other people pled guilty in federal court this month to crimes related to a poaching operation in Noatak National Preserve.Megan Edge
Crosby competed with 13 other applicants to replace Superior Court Judge Michael Spaan, who will retire at the end of November. Tegan Hanlon
Anchorage police said two men who confronted a resident of a Wisconsin Street home Monday night were shot by him, with one dying shortly afterward. No charges have been filed in the case so far.Megan Edge
A Soldotna woman’s night of drinking Sunday ended with her behind bars, after she bailed on a Soldotna-area cab company without paying -- twice, troopers say.Alaska Dispatch News
A Lower Kalskag woman accused of shooting a man in the Western Alaska village last week did so after an alcohol-fueled argument, according to troopers.Chris Klint