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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
Seneca Neal, 37, of Anchorage, and Lamon Washington, 40, of Fairbanks, were charged after a months-long investigation that stretched across the state and netted some $400,000 worth of heroin, Alaska State Troopers said.Laurel Andrews
Michael Memeo, 46, made an initial court appearance Wednesday at the Nesbett Courthouse on charges of murder and tampering with evidence in the death of Irma Williams in September. A Superior Court judge entered not guilty pleas for all of the charges on Memeo’s behalf.Jerzy Shedlock
An investigating village public safety officer followed footprints in the snow to the home of two suspects in a burglary and vandalism at the Togiak medical clinic -- vandalism that knocked out the building's communication and electrical systems.Dave Bendinger | KDLG News
Javier Antonio Martinez, a convicted felon who had once been ordered out of the United States, was sentenced Tuesday to 99 years for the shooting death of his former supervisor at the Millennium Alaskan Hotel in October 2011. The life sentence will run consecutive to a decades-long federal sentence tied to the murder.Jerzy Shedlock
A 46-year-old man who Anchorage police have identified as the former boyfriend of Irma Williams, who was reported missing about two weeks before her body was found near a Mountain View park, has been charged with murder in Williams' death.Jerzy Shedlock
A North Slope oil field worker who argued that state and federal laws didn't apply to him, and who squirreled away hundreds of thousands of dollars while dodging taxes, has been sentenced in U.S. District Court in Anchorage to 16 months in prison and must pay a $10,000 fine plus $113,000 in back taxes. Alex DeMarban
The Eyak Alaska Native Village Corp. has agreed to pay $2.5 million and relinquish claims to additional payments in connection with a contract fraud case by two of its subsidiaries, the U.S. Department of Justice said Monday.Alaska Dispatch News
A Palmer grand jury has indicted a second teenager in connection with the March shooting death of 45-year-old Frank Pushruk at a Glenn Highway overlook above the Matanuska River.Zaz Hollander