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What was supposed to be a fun night out turned chaotic early Sunday when a shooting erupted not far from an after-hours hot spot in downtown Anchorage, leaving six members of a family with injuries, including one still in critical condition.

Michelle Theriault Boots
Witnesses told responding officers that three men forced their way into the home in the 1600 block of Early View Drive in the Muldoon area, beat the woman and stole her new TV set. Jerzy Shedlock
Two former Anchorage residents now living Outside face a total of 43 criminal charges for allegedly receiving Permanent Fund dividends illegally over the past several years.Jerzy Shedlock
Upon calling 911, the motorcycle's owner and his friends spotted Jonathan Ortiz Escalante, 44, exiting a residence and leaving on the Honda. The group followed the alleged thief, according to the charges, and confronted him in East Anchorage. Jerzy Shedlock
The trial of a former Glennallen dentist accused of repeatedly sexually assaulting a female colleague too drunk to consent began Wednesday with opening arguments that laid out two scenarios of the night in question. Michelle Theriault Boots
The Big Lake business community lost a longtime presence when wedding store Donna's Corner closed this year. Now a grand jury has indicted owner Donna Turner on fraud and theft charges linked to her time at the Big Lake Chamber of Commerce. Zaz Hollander
An Anchorage woman was arrested early Sunday after allegedly stabbing her boyfriend in the chest at a South Anchorage park, police said.Michelle Theriault Boots
Victims told police that a group of family and friends were standing outside the Kodiak Bar when an argument between one person and two suspects led to gunfire. Michelle Theriault Boots
James Whitman, 29, of Bethel is jailed on charges of beating his sister’s dog to death with a flashlight and then tussling with police, according to a criminal complaint filed Thursday in Bethel. Alaska animal activists, veterinarians and rescue groups are urging police and prosecutors to pursue a criminal case with a vengeance.Lisa Demer
The Alaska Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a state commission’s proposal to suspend Palmer District Court Judge William Estelle for 45 days without pay.Jerzy Shedlock

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