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Eagle River resident David Joseph Thomas, 28, was taken into custody on Wednesday night after calling police and stating that he wanted to surrender. The body of his 19-year-old girlfriend was found in the back of his car.Jerzy Shedlock and Laurel Andrews
A jailed former village schoolteacher in Northwest Alaska agreed in a court hearing Wednesday to return to Missouri and answer charges he sexually abused his adopted child there.Michelle Theriault Boots
A U.S. District Court judge on Wednesday granted the government’s request for $1.4 million in restitution against James Michael Wells, who was sentenced to four consecutive life sentences for killing two co-workers at a Coast Guard installation on Kodiak Island in April 2012.Jerzy Shedlock
Anchorage police said a woman was taken to the hospital after a pickup truck collided with her motorized wheelchair in Midtown Anchorage on Wednesday afternoon.Tegan Hanlon
A 50-year-old Juneau man faces burglary and assault charges after, police say, he broke down his neighbor’s door and dragged her down a flight of stairs because he was tired of hearing the woman talk.Jerzy Shedlock
Since 2000, juvenile marijuana arrests have increased while arrests for narcotics have fallen, and adults have seen a decline in both marijuana and narcotics arrests, according to a report from the University of Alaska Anchorage Justice Center.Suzanna Caldwell
A new study, timed with the 20th anniversary of the Violence Against Women Act, says Alaska's rate of killings with one female victim and one male killer is more than double the national average.Megan Edge
An early morning car chase turned into a more than 10-hour standoff in Fairbanks on Tuesday as police shut down a busy intersection and attempted to negotiate with a man with an outstanding warrant who was threatening suicide. He man was taken into custody Tuesday afternoon.Laurel Andrews
More than 50 friends and family members who crowded outside the Anchorage Police Department on Monday argued that Michelle Lane, 21, couldn't have committed suicide, as police have tentatively ruled. She loved her 1-year-old daughter too much, and she was just about to move back to Point Hope, her hometown. Tegan Hanlon
Almost two years after a prominent heli-skiing pioneer fell to his death from an escalator in Anchorage's Dena'ina convention center, his family has sued the city and center managers, alleging safety and building code violations and that he was over-served alcohol before the accident.Devin Kelly