investigation

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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Screen Shot 2014-05-23 at 5.46.55 PMOfficials are not speaking about the recent referral of the Bethel City Council’s investigation into contracts, nepotism, and personnel issues to the District Attorney’s office.

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The Bethel City Council met Monday night in executive session for three hours with the attorney they hired to conduct an investigation into nepotism, contracts, and personnel issues.

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The Bethel City Council will take a first look Tuesday at a rewrite of Title 9 in city code called Public Peace, Morals, and Welfare. In addition to clearing up the language, the ordinance would add a $300 fine for a vehicle parked too close to the fire station driveway or a fire hydrant. Illegally selling fireworks will carry a fine of $1,000.

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