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DNA evidence was the focus Monday in the Jerry Active trial, the man accused of killing an elderly couple in their Mountain View home in 2013 and sexually assaulting two other family members, including a young child.

A DNA analyst testified that a sample taken from Active's right hand included the DNA of another person, likely that of the granddaughter.

The defense did not get a chance to question the analyst Monday, that will come Tuesday in a trial that is now in its third week. Jerry Active is charged with 10 felonies including two counts of first degree murder and multiple accounts of sexual assault.

A 91 year old grandmother and a 2 year old granddaughter are believed to have been sexually assaulted the day Sorn Sreap and Touch Chea were killed.

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For his family, the mystery of Ezra Golilie's whereabouts ended sadly today when police identified him as the body found frozen in the ice of a pond in Cuddy Family Park on April 11. He was the father to four children, the youngest just 13-years-old, relatives say. 

No one is quite sure who saw Golilie last.

His daughter, Tracy Arrow, says she saw him in August 2014. His sister Lucy Golilie says she talked with Ezra two months later when she visited Anchorage. Both women agree that 49-year-old hadn't had a home in a long time and was often hard to find.

“I always had problems getting in touch with him. I usually called his daughter and our friends who live in Anchorage,” Lucy Golilie said.

“He used to call my grandmother once in a while to – in his own words – let her know he was alive,” Arrow said, describing her father’s long absences while living on the streets.

Arrow had reported her father missing to police in late October after she hadn't seen him in a long time. Passersby spotted his submerged body at the popular duck pond and playground park about nine days ago. 

Ezra and his wife Brenda had been homeless for years and sometimes lived out of hotels, Arrow said. When Brenda Golilie committed suicide in the summer of 2013, Ezra’s downward spiral into drinking began, according to Arrow.

“He took it pretty hard,” Arrow said. “He was drinking a lot and his friends said he was really heartbroken.” It was during this grieving process that he moved to the streets.

“My grandma gave him a place to stay and I told him he could stay with me. He did live with me for a while and helped with my son, but he soon moved out. He said he couldn’t take it,” Arrow said. “I think he was just always reminded of my mother.”

In the months leading up to his disappearance, Ezra was an occasional client of Bean’s Café, Director Lisa Sauder told Channel 2 News.

“We didn’t necessarily know he was missing because he would just come in for a while and then disappear again. That’s how he did it,” Sauder said. “But we are so sad to hear the news. He was pretty quiet and well-liked here at Bean’s. He was always willing to help out.”

Family members said they remember Golilie as hardworking and kind.

“When our father died, Ezra built the casket,” Lucy Golilie said. “He was strong. Every time there was a funeral he was always there building things and helping out,” she said.

The family held a memorial service at Evergreen Memorial Chapel on Friday, April 17 and have taken his body to Shageluk to be buried with his wife on Friday, April 24. 

Channel 2's Kyle Hopkins contributed to this story.

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Sandee Rice, a photographer in her spare time, was out at Westchester Lake Sunday afternoon hoping to take some shots of ducks -- when she saw one that someone had already taken a shot at.

As she watched a group of mallards, she noticed that a drake -- one of the males -- had something bright on its neck.

"At first I thought it was a collar, maybe a tracker," Rice said. "And as it turned around, that's when I saw the little spear coming through his neck."

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The duck eventually faced her, allowing for a straight-on shot of an orange blow dart sticking through one side of the bird's neck and protruding through the other.

Rice said the bird didn't appear to be hindered in its movements.

"I did watch it fly, so obviously it's not affecting his flight or anything," Rice said."I don't think it hit anything vital, maybe just this upper layer of skin maybe. I don't know, I'm not a bird person -- he got a piercing."

Rice said another friend had spotted the wounded duck last week.

Concerned about the bird, Rice said she contacted the Alaska Department of Fish and Game to see if anything could be done.

"I think it's cruel; the bird needs to have a normal life, like all the other birds," Rice said.

Rice later left the area to do some shopping. When she returned to the lake a few hours later, the darted duck was still there.

"I thought it would take off, but a lot of the other lakes are still kind of frozen," Rice said. "I'm surprised -- there's other lakes it could go to but it must like this one."

Rice said while she's happy the duck doesn't appear to be limited and swims frequently with a female mallard, she's just hopeful someone can remove the object from the bird's neck.

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The federal government is proposing removing most of the world's humpback whale population from the endangered species list. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Fisheries wants to reclassify humpbacks into 14 distinct populations, and remove 10 of those from the list. The federal agency said in a release announcing its proposal that protection and restoration efforts have led to an increase in humpbacks in many areas. Under the plan, two of the populations would be listed as threatened, in Central America and the Western North Pacific. The agency says these whales at times enter U.S. waters. The other two populations - in the Arabian Sea and off Cape Verde and northwest Africa - would remain listed as endangered. The public has 90 days to comment on the proposed changes.

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State crews have stepped into action Monday, after saturated soils slid out from under Kachemak Road in Homer and into the muddy beach of Kachemak Bay last weekend. The slide happened sometime Sunday morning. Alaska Department of Transportation and Public Facilities crews responded, blocking the road. On Monday, a crew worked to haul away the broken pavement. Carl High, DOTPF's regional superintendent, visited the site. He said it's clear that when the road was constructed, modern building techniques were not used. "We see some farmer type of building," High said, referring to logs used support the soil that holds up the road. High said it was water running through the mud that eventually caused the side of the bluff to slide. Before crews can fix the road, they need to find the source of the water. Environmental concerns are also key to the repair project. Before DOTPF can make much more progress, it needs to secure work permits. High said his office is working with several different agencies, including the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, to get a plan approved and continue the work. On Monday, several Homer residents walked on the Mud Bay Trail. The slide covered part of the trail, and the gash left in the road was clearly visible. Joshua Cardman-Peden was on a bike ride in the area. The broken road meant he took a detour on the trail below. "Hope we can get it all taken care of and Homer's back to usual," Cardman-Peden said.

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Satellite tracking data from a plane flown by a Wasilla pilot, who reported engine trouble and died in a Prince William Sound crash Tuesday, shows him flying low and slow over the water in the moments before impact. A preliminary National Transportation Safety Board report on the April 14 crash of 53-year-old Dale Carlson’s wheel-equipped Cessna 180, released Monday, said the plane was fitted with a Continental Motors O-470 series engine. Carlson’s flight plan took him from the Wasilla Airport to the Valdez Airport, operating under instrument flight rules. Carlson first noticed issues with his plane when was about 60 miles southwest of the Valdez Airport, and had been cleared for descent. Weather reported by the airport at the time included calm winds and visibility at 10 miles, with light cloud cover at 6,000 feet thickening to overcast conditions at 9,000 feet. “Shortly after the pilot began a descent from 10,000 feet (above mean sea level), he advised the (Anchorage Regional Traffic Control Center) controller of an engine problem,” investigators wrote. “The pilot stated his intentions to descend below a cloud layer and land on a nearby island. Shortly after, radar contact with the airplane was lost.” NTSB investigator Shaun Williams said Monday that Carlson’s voice traffic was being assessed for any hints about the nature of the engine problem he encountered. “We have a senior air-traffic specialist in Washington, D.C. who’s gathering all the data at this time for radio and voice communications,” Williams said. “We’re still in the information-gathering phase.” A second aircraft received a radio call from Carlson’s plane while it was inside a cloud bank, at an altitude of 5,500 feet. Soon afterward, at about 1:30 p.m., an emergency locator transmitter on the Cessna transmitted for roughly 20 seconds. According to the NTSB, Carlson’s plane was fitted with a Spidertracks tracking system, which broadcast the aircraft’s location to Iridium tracking satellites every two minutes. “The airplane's last known location was near the eastern shoreline of Culross Island, at an altitude of 69 feet, traveling at 80 knots, on a heading of about 270 degrees,” investigators wrote. Williams said that the Spidertracks data was consistent with an attempt to land the plane. “It looks like there was an effort made to positively control the aircraft,” Williams said. An air and water search launched Tuesday didn’t initially find Carlson, but recovered a duffel bag from his plane. The Alaska State Troopers vessel Churchill spotted his remains on the east shore of Culross Island at about 7 p.m. Wednesday. Carlson's family confirmed his identity at the time, but asked for privacy "during this time of grieving." “Also recovered was the left main landing gear strut and tire belonging to the accident airplane,” investigators wrote. “The rest of the airplane has not yet been located, and it is presumed to have sunk in the ocean waters of Prince William Sound.” According to Williams, reports from the troopers who recovered Carlson’s body offer a possibility that the Cessna’s wreckage might not have sunk in deep water. “That’s what we’re hoping,” Williams said. “After discussing it with some troopers that were on scene out there, I guess there’s a chance -- there’s a shelf that has some shallow water out there.” Investigators haven’t received any immediate word on when Carlson’s Cessna was last serviced, or any specific mechanical issues the aircraft may have exhibited. “We’re still gathering the information to review right now -- log books to identify anyone, mechanic or otherwise, who would have worked on the aircraft,” Williams said. Williams urges anyone in the Valdez area who sees plane wreckage that may be from last week’s crash to contact AST’s Cordova post at 907-424-3184, or the NTSB directly at 907-782-4849.

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Police say a 20-year-old man died early Sunday, when his sport-utility vehicle slammed into a tree off Northern Lights Boulevard near the University of Alaska Anchorage. In a Monday statement, APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said the vehicle’s sole occupant, Kevin Gonzalez-Bermudez, was declared dead at the scene of the crash. Police were informed shortly after 4:30 a.m. by a citizen of “a vehicle that had “swerved off the roadway and struck a tree near Wesleyan Drive.” Officers with APD and the University Police Department responded to the scene. “A preliminary investigation of the crash found that the vehicle, a white Toyota RAV4, was traveling westbound when it went over the center median, crossing into eastbound lanes and made impact with a large tree located on the south side of (East) Northern Lights Boulevard,” Castro wrote. Castro said Monday that police were trying to determine whether any medical or mechanical issues led to Gonzalez-Bermudez's loss of control in the crash. Officers are also awaiting toxicology results to determine whether any impairment was involved. "There was no initial indication of drugs or alcohol being involved," Castro said. Gonzalez-Bermudez’s next of kin have been notified, as police continue to investigate the cause of the crash.

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A Wasilla man reported as a dangerous driver on Knik-Goose Bay Road Sunday afternoon was subsequently killed in a single-vehicle crash, according to Alaska State Troopers. Troopers say in a Monday dispatch that they received a call just before 5 p.m. Sunday about a pickup truck near Mile 10.5 of the road, driven by 57-year-old Carl F. McDearman. “A Ford Ranger was reported to be driving southbound on Knik-Goose Bay Road while driving into opposing traffic, speeding, and passing in no-passing zones,” troopers wrote. “Responding troopers located the vehicle near Mile 12 (of) Knik-Goose Bay Road after it left the roadway and rolled several times.” AST spokeswoman Megan Peters said in an email Monday that McDearman crashed during troopers' search for him. "Troopers were in the area when the calls came in and went to see if they could locate the vehicle," Peters wrote. "The man wrecked a few minutes after the calls were made and troopers arrived at the wreckage a few minutes after that." McDearman, who was found dead at the scene, was wearing his seat belt. The state medical examiner’s office collected his body at the crash site. Peters said it wasn't clear whether drugs or alcohol were involved in the crash. "Toxicology tests will have to be done to determine if impairment played a part in the wreck," Peters wrote. "It doesn't appear that high speeds were involved. The road curves where the wreck happened. The driver did not turn with the road. It looks like he then overcorrected, then the vehicle rolled." Troopers are continuing to investigate the wreck.

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Martin Dennis Victor IV was arraigned in court Sunday afternoon, in a hearing replete with profanity and outbursts by the defendant. He is being charged in the attempted murder of his parents in a double-stabbing on Friday in Fairview.

According to charging documents, the suspect's father, Martin Victor III was trying to convince him to go to a hearing for another case against him, when the younger Victor became violent. 

"Martin Victor IV got a knife and began stabbing his father. He then attacked his mother in an attempt to keep her from calling the police," officials wrote in charging documents. Both victims had life-threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.

According to a statement by the investigating officer, Detective James Anderson, he was not able carry a conversation with him. "He has obvious mental issues," the officer wrote in his statement in court.

Martin Victor IV is being charged with two counts of first degree assault and and two  counts of first degree attempted murder.

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Alaska's Senate is poised to consider creating a special committee to address federal overreach. A resolution from the Senate Rules Committee would create a Senate Special Committee on Federal Overreach. The resolution calls for the new committee to submit reports to the Senate in January 2016 and 2017 about how to use state authority to oppose what it calls the unconstitutional exercises of federal power. The reports also are supposed to address how Alaska can work with other states on such issues. The resolution suggests the governor form a working group to create a new organization focused on state-federal relations. The resolution would create a seven-member committee that terminates in January 2017. Costs are expected to be absorbed in the legislative budget. The resolution was on the Senate's calendar Monday.

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Anchorage police have identified the remains of a man recovered from frozen Cuddy Lake earlier this month, releasing few additional details about his death.

Ezra Bobby Golilie Sr., 49, has been positively identified as the person whose body was retrieved from the lake at Cuddy Family Midtown Park on April 11, according to APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro. Dispatchers had received a call at about 10:30 p.m. that night from someone reporting a partially submerged body in the lake.

“(Golilie’s) next of kin have been notified,” Castro wrote in a Monday statement. “No foul play is suspected in the death at this time.”

Castro said Monday that Golilie's relatives had spoken with police late last year.

"There was a family member who contacted us in late October who had said (Golilie) hadn't been seen in a long time," Castro said.

According to the family member, Golilie was homeless and known to frequent both Bean's Cafe and the Brother Francis Shelter, but hadn't been seen in the last few weeks at the time of the call.

Castro said it wasn't clear whether drugs or alcohol were in Golilie's system, pending the results of toxicology tests.

"It's just ruled as an accidental death," Castro said.

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Anchorage was treated to a spring dusting of snow Monday morning, one of winter’s last gasps amid a forecast calling for potential rain early in the week. Channel 2 meteorologist and Morning Edition anchor David George said that the snow won’t stick, with temperatures in the low forties melting the flakes in the near future. “By noon it’s probably done,” George said. “It’s melting as it’s falling, so once it stops it’s over.” George said conditions will likely produce a few more sporadic snowfalls before May 15, when the season more or less wraps up. “There’ll be a few more episodes like this before we’re done,” George said. Channel 2’s forecast calls for snow or mixed rain, with possible rain showers and temperatures of 43 degrees Monday. Isolated showers and temperatures of 46 degrees Tuesday should give way to variable clouds on Wednesday.

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Attorneys for the state and Shane Heiman's public defenders painted two very different portraits of the same man. Those depictions were reiterated by the attorneys in closing arguments before the jury began deliberating at the Kenai Courthouse Friday.

Heiman, is charged with attempting to rape a woman he knew through his job as a construction worker. The victim, identified only as "E," worked with him a few times when E's parents hired him to do work on a cabin they were building for her.

According to witness testimony, E escaped her cabin and ran, naked to her family's house next door where she called 911.

Prosecutor Kelly Lawson introduced other alleged victims. One of them accused Heiman of raping her a month before entering E's home. Lawson also introduced a victim of trespassing in 2008. In that case, a woman alleged she and her boyfriend woke up to find Heiman in their bedroom.

Lawson called Heiman a "creature of habit" who deliberately parks his truck far away to escape suspicion and uses a knife to ply his victims.

Defense attorney Josh Cooley argued that Heiman was drunk and had no intention of assaulting E.

"Does anyone want to wake up with someone in their house?" Cooley asked. "Absolutely not. Especially in their bedroom. This is not OK behavior, but it's not sexual assault."

Heiman is also charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. The jury has heard more than a week of testimony and began deliberating Friday.

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Participants in an almost hundred-year-old tradition are watching the thinning ice under a wooden tripod stationed on the frozen Tanana River in Interior Alaska. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports for $2.50 a ticket, people can guess when the tripod is going to fall in and float downriver. The earliest it's moved was April 20, 1940, and a Nenana Ice Classic official says the ice could give any day now. Ticket sales closed April 6, when the ice measured at 33.5 inches. Sales have been down for this event compared to last year's record-setting numbers. It may take up to a month to get a ticket count, as organizers manually tally and record each guess entered.

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Anchorage Fire Department crews responded to a fire at a residence rocked by exploding propane in the Mountain View area Sunday evening. Crews arrived on the 300 block of North Flower Street, off Peterkin Avenue, to find smoke and flames coming from a back deck of the building at about 7:15 p.m. Sunday. Fire was spreading from the deck into the over-hanging eaves and into second-story rooms. AFD reported at least one explosion inside the residence from a propane bottle. In a Sunday email to Channel 2, viewer and Mountain View resident Angelique Mendez-Mena said the blasts carried beyond the building. “Our place on North Klevin Street was rocked by two explosions about one block over to the southwest,” Mendez-Mena wrote. “(There was an) initial explosion, fire shooting up from (the) second story and while I was on the phone to 911, a second explosion. By the time I got off the phone, I could hear the fire department had responded.” At least four occupants of the North Flower residence were displaced by the fire. Damage to the structure was isolated to the back deck, attic and kitchen. Fire crews say initial reports indicate the fire may have started by cooking the residents did earlier in the day.

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To many, pets are key family members but for one three year old autistic boy, a five pound brown and tan dachshund means comfort.

Jordan Carlson's three year old dog disappeared nearly 10 days ago from the family's front yard in the Glenn Court trailer park in East Anchorage, causing him to regress back to old behaviors.

Carlson's mother Natasha Anderson said while her son is non-communicative, Adora or "Dora" for short, offers companionship that he doesn't have with anyone else.

"It really means a lot to have a dog that can interact with a child that has autism," Anderson said. "It's almost like they have a better understanding than a human and that may seem strange, but that's the way it seems."

Dora seemingly vanished after just a few minutes outside for a routine bathroom break.

"When we got home to let her outside to go to the bathroom and she never came back,"  Anderson said.

The timing couldn't have been worse as the family moved from Anchorage to Palmer over the weekend.

While she wasn't officially trained as a service dog, Natasha said the soothing effects the dachshund had on her son are slowly wearing away.

"He's gotten into hitting himself again," Anderson said.

Dave McLaughlin who works for Arctic Paws for Service say the impacts of losing the dog could be huge for Jordan.

"It's amazing how those children learn to stay they love the dogs, so I can see why he's having problems because his dog is gone," McLaughlin said.

It's rare, McLaughlin said to find a dog with natural abilities like Dora, but it's important to find fully trained service dogs like a standard poodle named Yancy that he's currently training.

Yancy is currently training to help people with various health conditions.

"I have vertigo and sometimes I fall down," McLaughlin said. "If I fall I can call him in and I tell him to pose and whoa and I can push off him to get up."

McLaughlin said it's dogs like Yancy that could one day help someone like Jordan who needs a comforting best friend.

The family is offering a $500 reward to the person who returns the dog to Jordan.

Anyone with information about the dachshund's whereabouts is asked to call 907-775-0024.

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UPDATE 4:30 p.m.: The driver of a Mercedes who hit a motorcyclist Saturday in North East Anchorage was arraigned Sunday afternoon.

According to court documents, 44-year-old Franklin Townsend, who already has four previous DUI convictions, one reckless driving conviction and one negligent driving conviction, was suspected to be drunk when he hit the 47-year-old motorcyclist.

In a statement made from the hospital, the victim told police that he was stopped at a red light when the Mercedes "abruptly changed lanes and struck him from behind." 

"He (the victim) remembers hitting the Mercedes windshield and then being thrown to the road and sliding on his head," officials wrote in court documents. 

According to the doctor's report, the victim suffered from "five broken ribs, fractured pelvis, fractured sacrum, a fractured spine and pulmonary contusion."

Townsend is being charged with one count of first degree assault, DUI and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

ORIGINAL STORY: A 47-year-old motorcyclist is in critical condition after being hit by a suspected drunk driver Saturday in North East Anchorage, police wrote in a press release Sunday. 

Police responded to reports of a collision around 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Debarr Road and Edward Street. 

Police investigations revealed that a motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Debarr and stopped at a red light at the intersection with Edward Street. 

44-year-old Franklin Townsend, driving a 2008 white Mercedes, "struck the motorcyclist from behind and proceeded another 50 feet or so through the intersection before the vehicle came to a stop," police wrote. 

Police say that the 47-year-old motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition.

"Upon making contact with the driver of the Mercedes, 44-year-old Franklin Townsend, officers could smell an odor of alcohol," police wrote. 

According to investigating officers, Townsend did not pass the standard field sobriety tests that they conducted at the scene as well. 

Townsend was arrested and charged with an OUI and remanded to the Anchorage Jail. At the jail, Townsend refused to take a breathalyzer test and is being additionally charged with refusal to submit and third degree assault.

Townsend's bail was set at $5000 cash or corporate or a $1000 performance bond with a third party custodian.

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UPDATE April 19: Troopers have positively identified the deceased victim in Saturday's Talkeetna double shooting as 33-year-old Andre Lafrance of Wasilla. 

The victim's next of kin have been notified but no other information is being released at the time.

Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen wrote in an email to Channel 2 News that the other man involved in the shooting is still listed as being in critical condition and his family has not yet been notified.

ORIGINAL STORY: One man was killed and another critically injured with gunshot wounds in Talkeetna, early Saturday morning, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch.

Troopers say that the Palmer Police Department received a call from a person calling on a cell phone around 12:51 a.m. Spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers, Beth Ipsen told Channel 2 News that the caller reported that he had killed someone. But he provided no other information.

"Several hours later using information provided by the cell phone provider, Talkeetna Troopers were able to locate the scene in the Montana Creek area of Talkeetna," troopers wrote.

Initial investigations revealed that there were two men with gunshot wounds in the house.

"One of the male subjects was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was flown to an Anchorage hospital," troopers wrote.

The man found dead at the scene has not yet been identified and the man flown to Anchorage has been listed to be in critical condition. Troopers are attempting to contact the injured man's next of kin at the time.

Officers and investigators are at the scene. 

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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Kachemak Drive in Homer is currently closed to traffic due to a road slough Sunday morning, according to a press release from the Homer Police Department. 

According to the release, the road slough took place around 8:00 a.m. and the road will remain closed until further notice.

"The road has washed out approximately 1/2 mile in from the intersection of Spit Road / Ocean Drive," police wrote.

On their website, Homer police advise all traffic to avoid the area and to use the E. End Road Access.

Homer News reports "Wet soils apparently caused the slope below the road to slide into Mud Bay, taking out about a 100-foot section of the east-bound lane. The slide pushed one clump of spruce trees that had been by the edge of the road about 100 yards into Mud Bay."

This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.

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Two Wasilla residents are facing a slew of charges in connection to six separate residential burglaries and hundreds of mail thefts, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch Sunday. 

Troopers and investigators from the Criminal Suppression Unit were involved March 11, in the investigation and search of a home and storage unit in Wasilla.

Investigators found that 35-year-old Timothy W. Taylor and 31-year-old Linda Friend of Wasilla were responsible for at least six different burglaries of homes in the Mat-Su area. 

"During the investigation several hundred stolen items were recovered to include 35 stolen firearms, rare paintings, sporting equipment, tools, family heirlooms, and personal documents (passports, photo ID's, U.S. Postal mail, birth certificates, bank / credit cards, Tax / IRS Information etc.)," troopers wrote.

Based off of the recovered items, investigators say they were able to solve six unsolved burglaries.

According to troopers, further investigations revealed that the two had also been stealing U.S. mail from mailboxes.

Authorities contacted the U.S. Postal Service and they identified several hundred individuals and businesses that were victims of the mail theft. Those affected by the thefts were notified by USPS.

"Through the investigation CSU determined Taylor had stolen, forged and cashed several checks from one of the burglary victims," troopers wrote. "The estimated total value of all the recovered items is approximately $20,000, however many of the stolen items were family heirlooms and keepsakes and had more sentimental value than dollar value."

According to investigators at least one of the victims was a former customer of the company called 'Harding Ranch Meats,' with whom Taylor had worked in the past. 

Taylor and Friend have been arrested and are in custody, investigators say. They are being charged with first degree burglary, second, third and fourth degree theft, first degree forgery, fraudulent use of an access device, scheme to defraud and evidence tampering.

Two others were identified as having been involved in the crimes as well, but are still unaccounted for.

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