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Teresa Cotsirilos

Reporter

Teresa Cotsirilos reports on crime, criminal justice and public health in the Yukon Kuskokwim Delta.

A graduate of UC Berkeley’s Graduate School of Journalism, Cotsirilos most recently reported for Oakland North, where she covered Black Lives Matter and the Oakland Police Department. Her work has also appeared in the New York Times, the Nation and other publications.

Prior to becoming a journalist, Cotsirilos sold eyepatches and other pirate supplies in San Francisco, wrote for a travel guide in Jerusalem and taught sexual education in rural Namibia. Please send her news tips at teresa@kyuk.org.

Wilson Beaver, age 43, and Carl Konig, age 31, escaped from Bethel's Yukon Kuskokwim Correction Center this morning.
Courtesy of State Trooper Nicholas Hayes.

According State Troopers, Wilson Beaver and Carl Konig escaped from Bethel’s Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center this morning by wriggling their way through a storm grate.


Wilson Beaver, age 43, escaped from jail Saturday morning. He is a convicted sex offender and is considered very dangerous.
Courtesy of State Trooper Nicholas Hayes.

Two inmates are suspected to have escaped from Bethel’s Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center and should be considered very dangerous.

Akiak residents confront Jacques Cooper, who multiple community members claim sold alcohol and marijuana illegally.
Courtesy of Mike Williams Sr.

Two weeks ago, Jacques Cooper was banished from Akiak by the local Native tribe. Now, the Tuluksak tribe might banish him too.


Akiak Native Community Chief Ivan M. Ivan confronts Jacques Cooper at his home on Sunday, August 20.
Courtesy of Mike Williams Sr.

On August 10, Akiak’s Tribal Council banished Jacques Cooper from their community. According to Tribal Council Member Mike Williams Sr., the vote was unanimous.

  

The whale killed in the Kuskokwim River was butchered, and the meat and blubber distributed to people from up and down the river on Saturday, July 29, 2017. NOAA is still investigating the whale's death.
Katie Basile/KYUK

It’s been three weeks since a crew of hunters shot, harpooned, and killed a gray whale in the Kuskokwim River, and federal agencies are still investigating the incident.

Akiak residents confront Jacques Cooper, a former VPO who multiple community members claim sold alcohol and marijuana illegally. The confrontation was live streamed on Facebook.
Courtesy of Mike Williams.

Akiak residents are trying to banish a former Village Police Officer, Jacques Anthony Cooper. 

Alaska State Troopers have arrested a Tuluksak seventh grade teacher who was sought on charges of possessing and distributing child pornography.

A seventh grade teacher in Tuluksak is accused of possessing and distributing child pornography.

Warren Jones, the CEO of Qanirtuuq Inc., surveys Quinhagak's defunct processing plant.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

Several weeks ago, the financing fell through on a plan to bring the "Akutan," a floating fish processing vessel, to Kuskokwim Bay. For the second summer in a row, fishermen in the coastal community of Quinhagak have nowhere to sell their catch; many in the village are now struggling to make ends meet.


On Tuesday morning, the State Troopers responded to a shooting in Tuluksak. Joseph Hawk, age 43, was shot by a local homeowner and medevacked from the village.

No one is currently in custody and the investigation is ongoing.

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