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The Alaska Department of Corrections says a 26-year-old inmate who was being held at the Anchorage jail on a DUI charge died Thursday night.

In a release, corrections officials said medics responded to a report that Alexis Hathaway was having difficulty breathing at about 9:30 p.m.

Hathaway was taken to a local hospital and pronounced dead about an hour later.

Hathaway had been booked at the Anchorage jail Wednesday morning on a felony DUI charge, corrections officials said.

Corrections spokesperson Sherrie Daigle said she did not have additional information.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death...

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An Anchorage man who found his only child and two grandchildren dead in their apartment last week in what police are calling a domestic-violence-related murder-suicide remembered his daughter Thursday as a hard worker, a good mother and an independent child.

“She was my baby,” Edwin Gonzalez said of his daughter, Desiree Leandra Gonzalez, while sitting on a recliner in his living room Thursday afternoon.

The father found the bodies of Desiree and her family on the afternoon of May 13. Even before the deaths, there had been signs of violence in the household, according to court records...

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Police say a 27-year-old man has been arrested and charged for an early morning armed robbery of a South Anchorage liquor store.

Miguel Batista faces charges of robbery, theft, vehicle theft and assault.

Shortly before 1 a.m. Wednesday, officers responded to the robbery at Party Time Liquor on Lake Otis Parkway, Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad said in a news release.

“The lone suspect had entered the building, brandished a rifle at the employee, and demanded cash,” Oistad said.

As Batista left the store, he encountered another employee in the parking lot who was arriving for work; Batista took the man’s cellphone and car keys and left in the employee’s car, police said.

No one was harmed during the robbery, police said...

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Federal prosecutors announced Wednesday that a Bellingham, Washington, man was sentenced to eight and a half years in prison for distributing heroin in Fairbanks to make money and support his own drug habit over the course of three years.

Peter M. Thornton was sentenced to 104 months followed by five years of supervised release, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office. He pleaded guilty in February to drug distribution and money laundering conspiracy charges.

Thornton got couriers to fly the heroin, carried on their bodies, up to Fairbanks, or he mailed it, prosecutors said.

Money from drug sales were deposited into Alaska bank accounts at Thornton’s instruction, they said...

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An Anchorage judge has dismissed theft and fraud charges against a former store manager for Alaska’s Boy Scouts because his right to a speedy trial wasn't fulfilled, though the state says the charges aren’t going away.

The charges against Michael David Saunders, 46, were dismissed in early May.

Saunders stood accused of refunding hundreds of nonexistent purchases to personal credit cards over the course of four years while working as manager of the Boy Scouts' store in Anchorage...

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Drug enforcement officers on Monday busted a California man with nearly a quarter-pound of heroin at an Anchorage hotel and a 20-year-old local man who arrived at the scene with $3,000 and a loaded gun, according to Alaska State Troopers.

Around midnight Monday, Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit officers from the Mat-Su, along with Anchorage law enforcement, contacted 26-year-old Macario Jose Lopez of Stockton, California as part of an investigation into heroin flowing into Southcentral Alaska from California, troopers said.

Investigators obtained search warrants and arrested Lopez at the hotel. There, they reported finding 105 grams of heroin, which according to troopers has a street value of $31,000...

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The father of Henry Ningeok told an Anchorage judge Tuesday that the man who killed his son showed no remorse before asking the court to impose the maximum sentence allowed under a proposed plea deal -- seven years.

Ronald Ningeok sat behind the prosecutor’s table, but family members attended for both victim and defendant, Donald Leroy Williams.

Williams appeared in court wearing a yellow Goose Creek Correctional Center prison uniform. He said little else than “guilty” when Superior Court Judge Michael Spaan asked for his plea on a manslaughter charge...

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A young woman previously sentenced to 18 months in prison for a fatal 2011 hit-and-run was back in Anchorage Superior Court Monday, pleading guilty to an unrelated attempted perjury charge.

Ashley Bashore, 23, was sentenced to two years on an ankle monitor. The state originally charged her with perjury, according to court records. The charge was reduced to attempted perjury as part of her plea deal.

Bashore was accused of telling a grand jury a man had robbed her at gunpoint, and that she'd never met the assailant before. But police said there is a video showing Bashore and the man together at a store on the night of the alleged robbery...

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A 40-year-old man with ties to a violent drug ring that operated in Anchorage has received three life sentences for his crimes, according to the U.S. Attorney’s Office.

Stuart Seugasala, aka “Tone,” received the lengthy sentence following a conviction in January on drug trafficking conspiracy and kidnapping charges, prosecutors said.

U.S. District Judge Ralph Beistline also imposed a consecutive seven-year sentence for firearms offenses and concurrent 10-year sentences for violating health records laws.

“There is no parole in the federal penal system. Seugasala will spend the rest of his natural life in custody,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Stephen Collins said in a prepared statement...

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Senate Bill 5, signed into law earlier this week, amends Alaska law regarding court-ordered restitution by requiring offenders to pay back their victims for loss of income and the market value of stolen property, but attorneys contend the change will have little affect on collecting the dues.

Gov. Bill Walker signed the bill sponsored by Sen. Peter Micciche, R-Soldotna, on Tuesday.

Micciche said he sponsored the bill due to a rash of drug-related burglaries in Southcentral...

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