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AK Beat: Two 'vulnerable adults' found safe in Anchorage

  • Author: Craig Medred
  • Updated: September 28, 2016
  • Published June 8, 2014

Two missing 'vulnerable adults' found safe in Anchorage: Anchorage police said in separate releases Sunday evening that they were asking for the public's help in locating two missing men, 62-year-old Curtis Lynch and 26-year-old Gabe Debrill, but both men were later found safe shortly after 9 p.m. Lynch was last seen leaving his assisted living home in East Anchorage around 3:30 Sunday afternoon, while Debrill had last been seen at a church function near Downtown Anchorage a couple of hours later. The Anchorage Police Department said Lynch suffers from dementia, and that "there is concern for Debrill's well-being and health circumstances which need to be attended to." Police tweeted at about 9:15 p.m. that both men had been located, and thanked the public for their assistance.

FBI assists in search for missing Kenai family: Kenai police say they are getting help from the FBI in the search for a Kenai family with two young children who have been missing for more than a week. Brandon Jividen, 37, Rebecca Adams, 22, and her children Michelle Hundley, 5, and Jaracca Hundley, 3, haven't been seen since May 27, according to posters distributed by the Facebook group "Seeking Alaska's Missing." Police "don't know what may have happened to the family or where they are," but are getting help from the FBI and search agencies, said Lt. David Ross of the Kenai Police Department in a news release Sunday. Ross wrote that several FBI agents are "on the ground in Kenai" helping with what he called a "very detailed investigation." "We have also enlisted the help of Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs, the Mat-Su Search and Rescue Dogs, and the Alaska State Trooper's helicopter," Ross wrote. Police have asked anyone who lives in the areas of Wildwood Drive, California Street, First Street or Second Street in Kenai and may have seen suspicious activity in recent weeks to call police at 907-283-7879.

Juneau police seek suspect in theft of safe: Juneau police are looking for leads in a case that saw a safe containing gold, silver and more than $16,000 in cash stolen in May, according to the Juneau Empire. Juneau Police are asking for the public's help in tracking down any information about the missing safe, which was apparently taken by a burglar and contained the cash, an ounce of silver, an ounce of gold and 85 gold Krugerrand coins, according to the 59-year-old homeowner, who reported his door had been pried open and he'd discovered the safe missing. The suspect was described by a witness who reportedly saw a man carrying the safe as 30 years old, with brown hair and a medium build, and was wearing jeans and a black sweater at the time of the theft. Anyone with information is asked to call Juneau police at 907-586-0600.

Wasilla teen arrested following high-speed chase: A Wasilla teenager was arrested for leading authorities on an early morning high-speed chase down the Parks Highway Friday, the Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch. At 2:10 a.m., Troopers tried to pull over a 1991 Toyota pick-up truck driven by Colton R.W. Renfro, 18, of Wasilla for driving with a suspended license. Renfro led troopers on a "short pursuit" along the Parks Highway with speeds reaching 80 mph, according to the dispatch. Troopers boxed the vehicle on Lucas Road, near the highway. Renfro, according to troopers, tried to run away but was arrested. He was taken to the Mat-Su jail, where he faces charges of eluding police, reckless driving, resisting arrest and driving with a suspended license. Less than two weeks ago, a Wasilla property owner held Renfro at gunpoint after troopers said he broke in to try and steal car parts, troopers said in a dispatch from May 28. In that incident, Renfro was arrested on criminal trespassing and theft charges, along with driving with a suspended license and possessing brass knuckles.

Three rescued from Cook Inlet: Three people were rescued from a 16-foot boat sinking in Cook Inlet near Fire Island Saturday night, the U.S. Coast Guard said. Alaska State Troopers notified the Coast Guard of a report of a sinking vessel on Saturday evening at about 6 p.m. After the Coast Guard put out an urgent marine information broadcast, the crew of an Anchorage Fire Department rescue boat pulled the three adult boaters, who were wearing lifejackets, out of the water and took them to the Port of Anchorage, said Coast Guard Petty Officer 1st Class Shawn Eggert. No injuries were reported. The Coast Guard, Anchorage Fire Department, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and troopers collaborated on the rescue. Eggert said. All three boaters were adults. Eggert did not have their names or ages on Sunday.

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