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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.

New and disturbing details have surfaced in the case against Alexie Walters Jr., a Mountain Village man accused of barricading himself in his home and then killing his girlfriend.

Bruce "Gotor" Morgan, age 24, was shot and killed in his truck in Aniak on August 27.
Courtesy of Audrey Leary.

Last August, Aniak resident Joseph Yaska allegedly armed himself with an AK-47 and started to shoot at his neighbors. They ran for cover or hid in their homes. The shooting spree wounded several residents and killed Bruce “Gotor” Morgan II, age 24.

Today, Aniak is still struggling to make sense of what happened. Last Thursday, the village celebrated the life of "Gotor" Morgan with a crowded Forty Day Feast, a traditional memorial service that’s common in both Russian Orthodox and some Catholic communities.

A Mountain Village man is accused of barricading himself in his home with a shotgun and then killing his girlfriend.

A Bethel resident is accused of possessing and distributing heroin within 500 feet of a school, and faces other charges related to dealing intoxicants.

Before moving to Juneau, Assistant District Attorney Bailey Woolfstead worked on thousands of cases in Bethel. Over 95 percent of them involved domestic violence.
Courtesy of Bailey Woolfstead.

On her last day in Bethel, Assistant District Attorney Bailey Woolfstead was too busy to attend her own goodbye party. She was only free to speak with KYUK after work while walking her dog, a black-spotted sweetheart named Wyatt, and fielding last minute text messages. They were leaving town in about two hours and Woolfstead didn't want Wyatt to get nervous on the plane.

Dean Swope / KYUK

Delegates voted public safety as their top priority at the 2016 Association of Village Council Presidents' annual convention. A year later, at the 2017 convention, they’ve learned that the number of Village Public Safety Officers, or VPSO’s, has declined. Now the Native nonprofit is appealing to communities for help.

On Monday evening, Bethel police found the body of Brandon Nicholai while responding to a call about an unresponsive person.

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