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Alaska State Troopers

One after another, Alaska State Troopers received reports of a rash of burglaries in Emmonak on Sunday. The door to the Emmonak Clinic was damaged and a window at the Ryan Air office was broken, as was the the door to its warehouse. The door to the airport's Department of Transportation building was also broken into, and its garage door damaged. Troopers are investigating the incidents and ask anyone with information to contact them at 907-949-1300.

Law enforcement, and other segments of Alaska's justice system, are quite concerned about deep changes the Legislature began making to the state Criminal Code this year. The aim of Senate Bill 91 is to reduce sentences and jail time for many low level offenders, opening the way to more rehabilitation and treatment options as well as reducing recidivism. In Western Alaska, proponents say that this could give local tribes power to take a seat at the table, but are they ready for that increased responsibility? 


State of Alaska

The justice community in Bethel - law enforcement, lawyers, and judges - gathered Monday for a briefing on Senate Bill 91. They heard a summary of changes to the justice system that have some people upset, and others just confused.  

Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Kenneth Napoka has pled guilty to strangling his family member with his hands and to attempting to sexually assault her while she was intoxicated.

Alaska State Troopers

A Napaskiak woman has been released from custody and the murder charges against her have been dropped after evidence surfaced that she acted in self-defense.

Nunapitchuk Man Faces Multiple Sexual Assault Charges

Nov 21, 2016
Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers arrested a man from Nunapitchuk on a warrant connected to multiple sexual assault charges, but they believe that there are other incidents involving the accused that they don't know about.

Bethel Offers Deal To ATV Drivers Cited Last Month

Nov 16, 2016
Dean Swope / KYUK

Another wrinkle in this fall's long and twisted saga of Bethel's ATV enforcement came in the mail to those caught in the city's initial crack-down on ATV drivers using the state highway. It came in the form of a letter offering to remove the charge in exchange for a donation to the city's Volunteer Emergency Services.

Dean Swope / KYUK

State budget cuts have reduced Bethel's Sex Offender Treatment Program to a fraction of its former self. In a year, the program’s staff has gone from three members, with a combined experience of almost 40 years, to one member with four months experience. Now board members, former employees, and advocates are saying the change is too much, too soon. They fear recidivism will increase, costing the state more money down the line and damaging YK Delta communities along the way.


Three Dead In Bethel; No Foul Play Suspected

Nov 15, 2016
(Creative Commons photo adapted from Holy Trinity Orthodox Church)

Over the weekend, three people were found dead in their homes in Bethel.  Police believe that two of those deaths were from natural causes, while the third death, that of 34-year-old Josephine Fisher found Saturday, is still under investigation. An autopsy will be conducted, but police say that there was no sign of foul play.  

The Bethel Police Department has released a statement denying that it failed to submit evidence to prosecutors in the case of Daniel Misner, who pled out to assault charges after firing shots in a residential neighborhood of Bethel earlier this year. 


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