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Had it not been for 15-year-old Lavinia Evon, a baby may have been left alone on a front porch in City Subdivision with her mother sitting next to her, passed out. Evon took little Marybeth Ulroan home with her to keep her warm. This happened after the police were called and had judged Marybeth's mother, Jerilyn Ulroan, to be capable of taking care of her.

This story was written by KYUK News Reporter Teresa Cotsirilos.

At 7:22 a.m., Jerilyn Ulroan called the police and asked if they knew where her daughter was. Ulroan had been drinking, she said, and now she couldn’t find her. Her one-and-a-half year old, Marybeth, was gone.

Bethel Police Chief Andre Achee has retired, effective Wednesday, June 14. Achee had worked in the Bethel Police Department for the past 23 years. City Manager Pete Williams confirms that Chief Achee notified the City of his retirement by e-mail.  Williams says that he’s coordinated with BPD sergeants to oversee policing operations and that they are currently seeking a replacement for Achee. Williams also says that as City Manager, he will be supervising, checking in regularly, and reviewing all police reports. 

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A Bethel woman was taken to the emergency room and faces charges after rolling her vehicle while apparently attempting to elude a police traffic stop.

According to police, the SUV driven by Joellen Ashepak rolled three times at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Main Street on Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. The 28-year-old was traveling at an estimated 55 miles per hour when she rolled the car. Police say that alcohol may have been a factor. 

Stabbing Suspect At Large

Jun 7, 2017

The Bethel Police and Fire Departments responded to a reported stabbing on the night of June 2, with alcohol involved. The suspect, identified by police as W.G. Anaruk III, age 19, fled the scene of the crime - a home on the 200 block of Blackberry Street. At last report, the suspect was still at large with a warrant out for his arrest on two charges of assault. Police did not identify the victim, but said that he was a male who was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Break-in At GCI Facility Causes Service Issues

Jun 7, 2017
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On Sunday, some Bethel-area GCI customers may have experienced service issues due to a break-in at one of the company's facilities.  

“After a break-in at our Denali Tower building earlier today, and damage to some of our equipment, GCI teams have restored all of the interrupted services. No employees were hurt in this incident," a statement released by GCI on Sunday afternoon said.

GCI said that Anchorage Police apprehended the suspect, but they could not yet provide further details on the investigation.

At a criminal justice reform and behavioral health panel, community officials spoke with two state health boards, bringing them up to date on current conditions here in Bethel on May 17, 2017. Pictured here are Alaska State Trooper Jerry Evan (left) and A
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Two State health care boards and local health and public safety officials discussed the general conditions that have been facing Bethel's behavioral health institutions. The discussion was part of an ongoing three-day meeting for the two state health boards, which wrapped up on Thursday.

 


A Kwethluk man who admitted to setting a house on fire with a family inside is facing charges of attempted murder and arson. The city says that no injuries were reported.

A man is facing charges after hitting a six-year-old with a vehicle in a Bethel neighborhood and fleeing the scene.

A Holy Cross man accused of assaulting a Tribal Police Officer on Friday was off his medication, according to State Troopers who took him into custody. Dino Peters, 22, was recently released from the Alaska Psychiatric Institute. He is currently being held at the Yukon-Kuskokwim Correctional Center, where he faces six assault charges, as well as a charge of reckless endangerment of a child. Troopers say Holy Cross Tribal Police Officer Justin Whitley was physically assaulted and chased by Peters with a hatchet.

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