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An Anchorage woman who moved here from American Samoa in July 2011 has been charged for allegedly filing false tax returns claiming more than $200,000 in refunds.

Jerzy Shedlock
After a fire broke out early Sunday morning inside The Prospector store, the retail establishment was forced to close. Then three would-be looters attempted to use a propped open rear door to gain entrance.Associated Press
Alaska State Troopers said 32-year-old Richard Wilson barricaded himself in a South Tongass Highway home with a firearm after the homeowner arrived while Wilson was in the process of burglarizing it.Alaska Dispatch News
A Soldotna woman was arrested Saturday for allegedly driving drunk with three children in a minivan, according to Alaska State Troopers.Alaska Dispatch News
One person was injured after being shot in the torso on a downtown sidewalk early Sunday, Anchorage police said.Alaska Dispatch News
Alaska State Troopers reported Saturday they had arrested three suspects in the theft of $30,000 of steel, aluminum and copper from a backup fish hatchery in Eklutna. The crime reportedly took place over the course of weeks and may have involved as many as nine people, troopers reported.Ben Anderson

The Shell contractor that broke environmental and maritime safety laws during the oil giant’s troubled 2012 drilling season in Alaska was sentenced on Friday, Dec. 19, to pay $12.2 million in fines and community payments, serve four years’ probation and undergo a company-wide environmental compliance program that will be subjected to the scrutiny of third-party experts.

Erik Hill
A Barrow man was indicted Thursday for the murder of Barrow assistant district attorney Brian Sullivan. On Friday, the Attorney General's office announced that a fund had been set up for Sullivan's three daughters. Laurel Andrews

Lane Douglas Wyatt, 24, was sentenced to nearly 18 years in prison on Friday for killing 20-year-old Citari Townes-Sweatt in a drunken driving accident last June. 

Jerzy Shedlock
A bomb threat forced a brief evacuation of East High School and halted a basketball tournament Friday as police swept the building, according to the Anchorage School District.Tegan Hanlon