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Crime & Justice

Alaska House and Senate Judiciary Committee members met Monday in Anchorage to discuss “criminal justice reinvestment,” or how the lofty goals set in a crime omnibus bill passed during the legislative session are being addressed.

Jerzy Shedlock
Guy Merculief's death is Anchorage's third pedestrian fatality in less than two weeks. Police say they have arrested the man believed to be the driver, who provided a breath sample approximately twice the legal limit for alcohol.Devin Kelly
One Wasilla-area resident hopes the urn holding his infant son's ashes is among the contents of a stolen pickup that was driven by a man who died Thursday after a brief pursuit by Alaska State Troopers. Zaz Hollander
Kenai resident Michael Keith Ellis stands accused of raping or sexually abusing at multiple children from infancy until they were about 8 and 9 years old. Some of the victims were allegedly abused into their teen years.Jerzy Shedlock
Alaska State Troopers say a brief pursuit just outside Wasilla ended Thursday afternoon when the driver of a stolen car was killed in a single-vehicle rollover. Zaz Hollander
Wasilla police have identified the officer involved in the fatal shooting of Michael Bonty early Monday as a two-year veteran of the department. Zaz Hollander
An Anchorage man found guilty of fraudulently billing Medicaid more than $20,000 has been sentenced to two months in prison in addition to restitution and loss of the privilege to bill the federal program.Jerzy Shedlock
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
The Mat-Su Activity and Respite Center near Wasilla closed in June amid a state Medicaid investigation. The state last week charged the center and owner Laura Sasseen with felony falsifying business records and misdemeanor medical assistance fraud charges. Zaz Hollander