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Doreen O'Brien addresses the Bethel City Council on the heroin problem. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

Doreen O’Brien addresses Bethel City Council on the local heroin problem. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The City of Bethel is organizing to combat the growing heroin problem. The Bethel City Council voted Tuesday night to direct the city manager and her team to develop an action plan and partner with community leaders to take on illicit narcotics.
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The Bethel City Council will discuss the local heroin situation. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council will discuss the local heroin situation. Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.

The Bethel City Council plans to take a stance on the local heroin situation in their Tuesday meeting. The Council can direct the city manager to develop an action plan with local organizations to prevent heroin addiction and increase awareness.

City Council Member Byron Maczynski, who recently received a death threat for talking about Bethel’s heroin issue at meetings, is introducing the action memorandum. Read more →

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Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.

Surveillance video shows the arrest on July 12, 2014. Screenshot from AC surveillance video.

A judge has dismissed the harassment conviction of a man who was roughly arrested by a former Bethel police officer in the AC parking lot. Judge Bruce Ward approved the application Monday for post conviction relief filed by Wassillie Gregory’s attorney after video surfaced last month. From a distance it shows the arrest by officer Andrew Reid, in which the intoxicated Gregory is slammed to the ground several times.
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Aaron Moses was sentenced in Bethel court on May 8, 2015.  Video still from witness videol

Aaron Moses was sentenced in Bethel court on May 8, 2015. Video still from witness videol

A man who was shot by Bethel police after chasing and striking an officer with a baseball bat was sentenced to three years in prison with two suspended. Aaron Moses was sentenced Friday in Bethel Superior Court. Because he’s been in custody since last summer, he will have time served credited to his sentence.
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A teacher is charged with felony sexual abuse of a minor. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A teacher is charged with felony sexual abuse of a minor. Photo by Ben Matheson / KYUK.

A teacher in Kwigillingok has been arrested for allegedly having sex with a 15-year-old student.

31-year-old Michael Wier was arrested Thursday and is being held at the Bethel jail on $50,000 bail. Another teacher had reported that he was concerned for the student after she had been “lingering” around Wier for a couple months.
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