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Officer’s off-duty observation leads to assault arrest
On May 14 at around 5 p.m., an off-duty police officer reportedly saw a driver and passenger in a moving vehicle engaged in a fight. Police said the officer contacted police dispatch, who sent another officer to the scene. The second officer said a female passenger had fresh injuries to her face, an
Accused of attempted sex abuse of teen, former Alaska state trooper now faces child pornography charges
Vance Peronto, who worked as an Alaska state trooper for 16 years, was arraigned on April 30 at the Anchorage jail. (Marc Lester / ADN)
Stolen antifreeze, alcohol and fake fingernails: Fred Meyer shoplifting sting nabs 25 suspects
Some shoplifters stole alcohol or food. One man took fake fingernails. And one woman didn't steal anything, but police recognized that she was wanted on arrest warrants.Twenty-five people were arrested Thursday at the city's Midtown Fred Meyer on Northern Lights Boulevard as part of a "Retail Detail
Arrested on gun charge last week, an Eagle River man allegedly crashed a stolen truck Saturday morning
The vehicle’s owner, Jean Orengade-Gaffory, sustained minor injuries and was released from the emergency room Saturday morning, according to his uncle, Anchorage attorney Patrick Bergt. Orengade-Gaffory posted a photo to Facebook on Saturday showing skid marks and a stand of broken trees at the inte
A car ran a red light in Anchorage last weekend, hitting a truck that spun and struck a man, police say
While police continue toinvestigate the crash, they believe it started with a car running a red light at the intersection of West 36th Avenue and C Street, MJ Thim, a spokesman for the Anchorage Police Department, said Friday.
19-year-old dead after canoe capsizes on Wasilla lake
A 19-year-old Wasilla man drowned early Friday morning after the canoe he was in capsized in Finger Lake, Alaska State Troopers say.The man was identified as Bryce Adams.Authorities were alerted of a problem on the lake near Wasilla after reports came in of a man screaming for help from an island, t
Murder suspect looks down as autopsy pictures of David Grunwald shown to jury
PALMER, Alaska (KTUU) -State medical examiner Dr. Kenneth Gallagher testifIed Friday morning in the murder trial of David Grunwald. He told the jury that despite seven massive blows to the head, Grunwald could have survived his injuries. Instead, after being hit several times, floating in and out of
Canoe capsize leaves Wasilla teen dead
A young Wasilla man was found dead early Friday after a canoe capsized on Finger Lake, Alaska State Troopers said.Bryce Adams, 19, was found on the Palmer-area lake just after 6:15 a.m. after about four hours of searching, troopers said in an online dispatch. Word of the capsize initially reached tr
13-foot sinkhole closes Benson in Spenard
Watch out, drivers! There's a sinkhole in Spenard that's prompted lane closures through Friday morning's commute.A sinkhole opened up Thursday evening on Benson between Lois and Minnesota in Anchorage's Spenard neighborhood.
Midtown Fred Meyer hosts APD's largest-yet 'retail blitz'
Anchorage police have taken more than two dozen into custody during the latest of its “retail blitz” operations at a large local store, the third to host one of the undercover stings.Police announced the 25 arrests Friday, following a Thursday operation in which plainclothes officers backed up loss
Charges say Anchorage US Army officer lied about thefts to collect insurance money
A U.S. Army officer based in Anchorage faces federal charges alleging he made false insurance claims for more than four years, using the money to pay down personal debts and expenses like credit cards, multiple vehicles and mortgage loans.Christopher James DeMure, 40, was charged with one count each
Mount Spurr erupts: Anchorage wheezes to a halt in clouds of ash
Originally published on Aug. 19, 1992Mount Spurr erupted Tuesday for the second time this summer, blowing a plume of ash 11 miles high, halting air traffic and blackening the evening sky over southcentral Alaska. By 8 p.m, ash was falling like rain in West Anchorage neighborhoods, street lights flic
Almandinger detailed Grunwald murder to troopers in interview
Almandinger’s father, Rodney, and his grandmother, Myler, were present for the first part of his interview. His mother, Chrystal Carlson, sat in for the second half.
Police: Man smashed Anchorage DMV window because he wasn’t allowed in minutes after closing
Anchorage man Dekeitric L. Lewis was arrested Tuesday evening after police say he smashed out a window at the city's Midtown DMV office.Lewis, 41, went to the DMV on Benson Boulevard to pick up his new ID on Tuesday, but the doors had already been locked for the day, police spokesman MJ Thim wrote i
A timeline of crimes with connections to the Grunwald case
Following the disappearance of David Grunwald, five teenagers were arrested and charged in connection with his death. During the course of the Grunwald investigation, others crimes were uncovered, investigated and criminal charges filed.
Former Palmer High boys coach to lead East Anchorage basketball program
“I was not necessarily looking for another job when this one came about,” Martin said. “Two weeks ago, I wasn’t looking for another job.”
Palmer bans disposal plastic shopping bags
Wasilla, home to most of Mat-Su's big-box retailers, banned bags as of July 1 in a January vote. City officials said they heard little opposition in a series of public forums.
New shopping center coming to Wasilla
“I would say we are looking at probably two to three restaurants and a mix of small-box and junior-box retail. So, probably about 150,000-square feet of retail and restaurant space, a 25,000-square foot athletic club, and then about 40,000-square feet of professional office,” Johnson said.
Anchorage police: Suspects rammed stolen car into patrol vehicle 3 times before arrest
Suspects rammed a stolen SUV into a police car multiple times, ending with one vehicle partly on top of the other, before they were arrested Tuesday, according to the Anchorage Police Department.Torey J. Tuttle, 38, and Nicole M. Webster, 33, were both arrested Tuesday on existing felony warrants af
Palmer follows Wasilla in enacting plastic bag ban
Palmer’s City Council has voted to phase out the commercial distribution of disposable plastic shopping bags by next year, following a similar vote earlier this year in neighboring Wasilla.According to City Clerk Norma Alley,the ordinancewas adopted without amendments by council members at a meeting