Bethel Police Department

Caribou in Denali. Photo courtesy of ADF&G

Caribou in Denali. Photo courtesy of ADF&G

Alaska State Troopers say 32-year-old Bethel resident Kenlynn Nicholai was arrested in Bethel after allegedly stealing and selling antlers.

Wildlife Troopers in Bethel say they received a call from a Bethel resident on Wednesday around 4pm, saying someone had stolen a pair of caribou antlers from their back deck earlier that day.
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David Hames, age 50 of Bethel. Photo courtesy of BPD

David Hames, age 50 of Bethel. Photo courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police are searching for an escaped inmate who’s fled the Tundra Center Corrections Facility.

50-year-old David Hames of Bethel escaped the facility yesterday with 28-year-old Thaddues Johnson, also from Bethel.
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A fishcamp at the lower end of Straight Slough near Bethel. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK

A fishcamp at the lower end of Straight Slough near Bethel. Photo by Charles Enoch/KYUK

After a spree of fishcamp break-ins, the owners of the vandalized camps are offering a reward as Bethel Police continue their investigation.
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Former Bethel Police Officer Andrew Reid is facing criminal charges for assaulting and violently arresting a man in the Bethel AC parking lot.

Alaska Dispatch News’ Lisa Demer reports, Reid, who was fired by the BPD last year, is facing charges of fourth-degree assault and official misconduct for the 2014 incident. A surveillance camera captured the encounter, showing Reid slamming Wassillie Gregory to the pavement multiple times.

A hearing is set for March 15 in Bethel and doesn’t require Reid to attend. Reid’s lawyer Wally Tetlow of Anchorage says it’s too early to say whether Reid intends to fight the charges.

The FBI is investigating the incident and refused to answer questions about the case.

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Bethel Police Department logo. (Courtesy of BPD)

Bethel Police Department logo. (Courtesy of BPD)

Bethel police are looking for suspects following a spree of recent fish camp break-ins.

The incidents occurred over the weekend along Straight Slough, Steamboat Slough and upriver by the bluffs, according to a press release from the Police Dept.

The culprits destroyed property, attempted to burn down a camp, and stole multiple items, including firearms and electronics.

Police continue their investigation.

The logo of the Bethel Police Department. Courtesy of BPD

The logo of the Bethel Police Department. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police and emergency responders have recovered the remains of 52-year-old Frank Mojin of Bethel.
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The logo of the Bethel Police Department. Courtesy of BPD

The logo of the Bethel Police Department. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel police arrested 44-year-old Frank Chanar of Bethel for kidnapping and multiple assault charges.

According to a press release, the Bethel Police Department received a call on Monday that a female had been assaulted and required medics. Police investigated and released the woman to be treated at the local emergency room.
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The aftermath of the Alcohol Treatment Center fire. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The aftermath of the Alcohol Treatment Center fire. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Officials have reopened the investigation into the alcohol treatment center in fire in late 2014. The fire destroyed the new PATC alcohol treatment center, which was under construction.
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Bethel Family Clinic with Bethel Police vehicle parked outside. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

Bethel Family Clinic with Bethel police vehicle parked outside. (Photo by Dean Swope / KYUK.)

The Bethel Family Clinic is cleaning up after a recent break-in.

Among the items stolen are about $300 in cash, syringes, and narcotics with a street value around $24,000, according to Latesia Guinn, executive director of the clinic. Read more →

Bethel PoliceIn a little over a year, the Bethel Police Department has had two high profile cases of police misconduct–one involving police brutality and the other an attempted rape.

The department is still working to improve its hiring practices, and its unclear if either of these men still have their police certification.

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