Crime & Courts

Troopers arrest Napakiak woman trying to enter homes intoxicated, armed with rifle

A Napakiak woman was arrested Sunday for allegedly trying to enter homes in the village while intoxicated and armed with an AR-10 rifle, Alaska State Troopers said Sunday.

A state trooper was visiting the Western Alaska village, which is about 10 miles southeast of Bethel on the Kuskokwim River, on Saturday morning when someone reported that a woman carrying a rifle was "attempting to gain entry into residences," the troopers said in an online dispatch.

Elaine Andrew, 23, was arrested and charging with possessing a firearm while intoxicated.

She was taken to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.

The AR-10 rifle she was carrying was reported stolen in Bethel in 2016, according to troopers. Troopers are investigating the stolen firearm.

Michelle Theriault Boots

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