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A 49-year-old Palmer man was sentenced Tuesday in federal court to 50 years in prison for sexually exploiting two children more than a decade ago. Prosecutors said Robert Cunningham used his large physique and a tank of nitrous oxide to make his victims cooperate.

Jerzy Shedlock
The owner and operator of Paradise Inn stands accused of selling a pound of methamphetamine to an FBI informant in the basement of his Anchorage business. The drug deal was recorded by a wire, according to a federal criminal complaint.Jerzy Shedlock
The last of three federal defendants who pleaded guilty this year to Clean Air Act violations  at a Dutch Harbor seafood plant -- including failing to operate emissions control systems and lying on government-required reports -- was sentenced Tuesday to three years of probation. Jerzy Shedlock
Former Alaska oil man Bill Allen is no longer on federal probation. He watched his business empire implode amid a high-profile public corruption probe, and eventually pleaded guilty to corruption charges.Jerzy Shedlock
A 25-year-old Palmer man was arrested for DUI Friday after driving his car into a ditch in Hatcher Pass and then offering "cold beer" to passers-by, according to the Alaska State Troopers. Alaska Dispatch News
An Anchorage jury was unable to reach a verdict on an attempted murder charge Thursday against a man accused of grabbing an 11-year-old boy away from his mother inside a mall sky bridge over Sixth Avenue and holding the boy at knifepoint.Jerzy Shedlock
A 56-year-old Fairbanks man imprisoned there on weapons charges since last October now stands accused of asking an unidentified person to murder federal officers.Jerzy Shedlock
The Anchorage Police Department has ruled the death of 54-year-old Irma Williams, reported missing Sept. 30 and found dead in mid-October, a homicide.Jerzy Shedlock
A state prosecutor argued during opening statements Thursday in Anchorage Superior Court that Bukurim Miftari, 24, killed his girlfriend because he could not suppress emotions over their deteriorating relationship.Jerzy Shedlock
A man who police say threatened people with a knife in Muldoon on Wednesday afternoon, then barricaded himself in a home, was arrested late Wednesday after the deployment of tear gas, according to Jennifer Castro, police spokeswoman.Tegan Hanlon,Jerzy Shedlock