Crime & Justice

A Superior Court judge erred in a child sex abuse case when he failed to follow court rules regarding admitting hearsay evidence, actions that have resulted in the Alaska Court of Appeals reversing a 99-year conviction, according to an appeals opinion.

Jerzy Shedlock
Four people were arrested in Kodiak early Sunday morning after home raids in which drugs with an estimated street value of $74,000 were seized, police said.Jerzy Shedlock
A dark SUV collided with a bicyclist Friday morning as the driver turned onto Spenard Road from Chugach Way, fracturing the cyclist’s leg, police said. Megan Edge
A fire Sunday evening at the old senior center building in Bethel is being investigated as a suspected arson, police said.Lisa Demer
Alaska Gov. Bill Walker announced Friday his appointment of Herman Walker, the second ever and only current African-American Superior Court judge in the state.Jerzy Shedlock
Alaska State Troopers have charged a 20-year-old from the Southwest village of Chevak with the death of Roxanne Smart, a 19-year-old woman whose body was found near a village heath clinic about a year ago. Jerzy Shedlock
A Big Lake man was charged with driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a chemical test, two counts of third-degree assault and resisting arrest after going after Alaska State Troopers with kitchen objects Friday afternoon, according to a trooper report.Lisa Demer
A Fairbanks man convicted of sexual abuse of a minor based on the video testimony of two young girls will have his cased reviewed.Dan Joling | Associated Press
A 32-year-old Wasilla man who claimed he shot a black bear in defense of life or property near Seward was charged after he did not properly surrender the carcass to the state, troopers said.Megan Edge
Kevin Tuckfield, who escaped from the Anchorage jail’s mental health unit in March, has been charged with murder in a 2008 cold case.Jerzy Shedlock