investigation

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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Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

Photo of Thomas Tom. Courtesy of AST

After four days of searching, Alaska State Troopers have found 57-year-old Tommy Tom of Aniak. Authorities were looking for Tom after a deceased person was found at his home over the weekend.

Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters says Tom was found dead Thursday around noon in the woods near a trail used by heavy machinery in the village.
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The plane was recovered from an area of mudflats. Photo by Devin Kelly/Alaska Dispatch News.

The plane was recovered from an area of mudflats. Photo by Devin Kelly/Alaska Dispatch News.

UPDATED: 8/14, 10:20 a.m. – Alaska State Troopers have released more information about their investigation into what happened with an emergency phone they believe came from pilot Seth Fairbanks after his Supercub crashed into Cook Inlet around midnight August 6th. Troopers launched an investigation into the initial call after receiving scrutiny about the timeline of the call and response, says Trooper Spokesperson Megan Peters.
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Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police Department logo. Courtesy of BPD

Bethel Police are investigating the death of a woman they say suffered a fatal gunshot wound. 25-year-old Roseanne Pitka of Toksook Bay was found dead early Friday at a residence in Bethel’s Larson Subdivision. Police report that she died from an apparent gunshot wound to the head. They received a call at about 4:50 a.m.

Police say the incident is suspicious and they are not ruling out anything, including homicide or a self-inflicted wound. At the time this story was filed they were still interviewing witnesses. Police believe alcohol was a factor.
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Bethel PoliceThe city of Bethel has hired an Anchorage law firm to represent them in recent cases involving the Bethel Police Department. Read more →

Anchorage PDPolice are investigating the death of a Hooper Bay woman in Anchorage. The Medical Examiner has positively identified the woman found dead outside Tuesday as 26-year-old Jessica Lake, originally of Hooper Bay. Read more →

Bethel PoliceBethel Police continue to investigate a knife fight that took place in Haroldson Subdivision, near the dump early Wednesday morning.  Read more →

Bethel PoliceEarly Wednesday (7/16) morning Bethel Police responded to a report of a group knife fight in Haroldson Subdivision, near the dump. Callers reported several people were fighting with knives and other weapons. Read more →

Redacted page in the investigation report.

Redacted page in the investigation report.

The Bethel City Council has released a redacted version of its investigation into city contracts, nepotism, and personnel issues. The investigation led to the firing of Bethel’s city manager in May.

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The investigation reveals improperly awarded contracts, special agreements, and violations of the city’s previous nepotism rule. It chronicles mismanagement by former city manager, Lee Foley. Bethel Mayor Joe Klejka says the case was clean cut.
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Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 5.46.55 PMThe Bethel City Council Tuesday night adopted a new nepotism policy for employing immediate family members within the city.

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