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Stolen batteries, clothes, cosmetics: 14 arrested in Anchorage Fred Meyer shoplifting sting

Another undercover shoplifting sting at an Anchorage Fred Meyer netted 14 arrests, a seized handgun and heroin, along with stolen food, clothing and other merchandise, police said Saturday.

ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS - 2018-06-23 20:37:53

Death in the mighty: Matanuska Two river rescues ended tragically this week

PALMER — For the second time in a week, Mat-Su Borough Water Rescue teams were unable to save the life of someone in the Matanuska River. After a mother and child fell in late Tuesday night before drowning, a parachuter fell to his death just after 5 p.m. on Friday.

FRONTIERSMAN - 2018-06-23 22:20:00

Alaskan dream: Wasilla family perseveres through mother’s cancer journey

WASILLA — Twelve years ago in Colorado, Sean Haldeman met Jenn while he was working for a plumbing company where she was the dispatcher. Sean eventually left the company for a new job and took Jenn on their first date. Three years later they married, and after Sean’s father passed away from cancer,

FRONTIERSMAN - 2018-06-23 22:08:00

Former corrections officer sentenced in child porn case

A former Alaska corrections officer was sentenced in a child pornography case Thursday in Palmer.Stewart Blakeslee, 35, was sentenced in Palmer Superior Court Wednesday on a consolidated count of possession of child pornography.

KTVA - 2018-06-23 00:56:00

Skydiver dies after landing in the Matanuska River

Claudia Blydenburgh, a manifest clerk with the Alaska Skydiving Center, says the skydiver was spotted drifting away from the landing zone. Realizing something was wrong, Blydenburgh says store owner Shannon Jardine flew up and parachuted down to try and rescue the man.

KTUU - 2018-06-23 20:51:00

Report details moments prior to fatal plane crash

WASILLA — The National Transportation Safety Board report of a midair collision between the Cessna 175 piloted by Bruce Markwood and James Poelman, flying a Cessna 207 20 miles west of Anchorage near the mouth of the Big Susitna River, revealed that Markwood saw two shadows converging seconds before

FRONTIERSMAN - 2018-06-23 02:27:00

Third trash-eating bear killed in Eagle River

"These situations are, unfortunately, a routine part of what we do," wrote Marsh, who noted the department was also busy Wednesday dealingwith a double mauling near the end of Hiland Road.

ANCHORAGE DAILY NEWS - 2018-06-24 00:58:25

From bad to worse: State announces more king salmon fishing shutdowns for Susitna Valley

State fish manager Sam Ivey, left, talks with 3 Rivers Fly & Tackle owner Mike Hudson at the Wasilla shop Thursday. Ivey is going fishing for pike amid new chinook salmon closures. (Zaz Hollander / ADN)


Palmer man arrested for DUI after Thursday morning pursuit

Joshua Sanchez, 45, was apprehended after driving over a tire deflation device near Mile 1.5 of Palmer-Fishhook Road just before 2 a.m. Thursday, according to Alaska State Troopers. Sanchez, who has two prior felony DUI convictions and a felony refusal conviction since 2005 according to a trooper di


Mauling official cause of death for hiker as search for bear continues

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) -Anchorage Police say the official cause of death for Michael Soltis, who went for a hike from his home Monday evening and never returned, is being mauled by a bear. Soltis wasfound dead two days later, after another man searching for him was attacked by a bear as well.Alaska Fish a

KTUU - 2018-06-22 12:30:00

NTSB: Shadow was midair survivor’s first sign of other plane

The crash site of a Cessna 207 near the mouth of the Susitna River on Wednesday, June 14, 2018 which killed Spernak Airways pilot James Poelman, 53. (Credit: From AST)


Man Sees His Pal’s House Being Burglarized, Sends Them Packing

WASILLA, AK — A man was driving by his friend’s house when he noticed something strange — his friend’s house was occupied, and it wasn’t by anyone he knew.

CONCEALEDNATION.ORG - 2018-06-23 00:00:00

A brown bear killed a hiker in Eagle River. A man searching for him was mauled.

Mike Soltis, the Eagle River hiker missing since Monday night, was killed by a bear, said MJ Thim of the Anchorage Police Department. Soltis' body was found in the same area - near where Hiland Road ends - that a brown bear attacked a member of a search party Wednesday morning. "It appears the br


Death penalty sought against Palmer man in double murder

ANCHORAGE — The United States Attorney’s Office for the District of Alaska today filed its notice of intent to seek the death penalty against John Pearl Smith II, 32, of Palmer, for the murders of Wasilla residents Ben Gross and Crystal Denardi on June 5, 2016.


US Attorney seeks death penalty in Wasilla-area murders

The investigation into their deaths began on June 5, 2016. Troopers said around 4 a.m. they received a 911 call about a possible shooting. When investigators arrived at a home on West Cole Road, they found the garage on fire and Denardi and Gross inside. Autopsy results showed Denardi, 30, and Gross


NTSB: Pilot was avoiding different plane before mid-air collision that turned deadly

ANCHORAGE (KTUU) -The pilot who survived a midair collision last week told investigators he was in radio communication with and had eyes on another plane when he saw the shadow of the plane he ultimately collided with.The pilot of that Spernak Airways plane, James Poelman, was killed when the plane


Borough assembly postpones decisions on additional police, Wolf Lake Airport issue

“Right now we can’t take any action on police service without an actual vote on asking for the service,” Assemblyman Jim Sykes said. “What we’re asking for is one thing: are you interested in having the borough participate in police service regardless of what options come forward?”


Planned Parks Highway improvements take heat from residents

WASILLA — A Parks Highway expansion and improvement project slated to begin late next summer is already creating problems for residents and business owners along the route, who say the project, as planned, will permanently harm their road access and businesses.The project, which could begin as early


Fish and Game continues search for bear suspected in hiker’s death, attack on searcher

“Anytime there’s a clear public safety threat, we neutralize the threat by killing the bear,” he said.


Assembly meets with community to discuss crime and possible solutions

PALMER — The Mat-Su Borough Assembly hosted a public meeting at the borough office Wednesday to discuss crime in the borough, and gauge the community’s top priorities regarding their concerns, possible solutions and expectations.