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Representative Zach Fansler
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People in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta haven’t been talking much about SB 54, the crime bill working its way through the special session of the Alaska State Legislature, but House Representative Zach Fansler says that it’s time to start paying attention.


An alleged rape victim took the stand yesterday and testified against Tuntutuliak resident Charlie Steven, the man charged with attacking her last year. Steven, age 43, is accused of raping the alleged victim in his home when she had blacked out after drinking.


The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
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A little over year ago, Kipnuk resident Nace Paul allegedly slipped into a woman’s home and sexually assaulted her. Yesterday was first day of his criminal trial and Judge Dwayne McConnell spent most of it corralling a crowded room of Paul’s potential jurors.

The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
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He never did it when he was sober, but Kenneth Dostert stole things when he drank. The 22-year-old Bethel resident was sentenced to 7 months in prison yesterday, after pleading guilty to a string of theft and assault charges.

Bethel's Legislative Information Office.
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Tonight is your last chance to tell the State Legislature what you think about revisions to the criminal justice code.

The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
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Twenty-four bootlegging cases are working their way through Bethel’s court system, the product of a two-year undercover operation by the Alaska State Troopers. Most of the accused are cab drivers and as their cases progress, many of them also insist that they are innocent.


Alaska Troopers search homes and cabs in Bethel's Trailer Court, on June 7, 2016, looking for evidence of illegal alcohol sales.
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The Quyana Cab Company is charged with 18 counts of bootlegging. On Wednesday it pleaded not guilty to all of them.

The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
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Aniak resident Joseph Yaska appeared in court Thursday during a crowded omnibus hearing in Bethel. 

On Tuesday, Tununak resident Edward Moses was sentenced to 65 years in prison for the murder of his two-year-old son.

Stephen Simeon, Mike Fontaine, Jesse Lang, and Rebecca Tanner were thanked for their heroism on the night of the shooting. The city also recognized State Trooper Anthony Wiles (not pictured).
Courtesy of Kevin Toothaker.

Last week, the city of Aniak thanked several residents for their courage under fire.

The village is still recovering from last August’s shooting spree, an ordeal that left one man dead and several people wounded. When the bullets started flying that night, five people risked their lives to help their neighbors.

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