An Eagle River man died in a single-vehicle rollover accident shortly after 7 a.m. Tuesday.
47-year-old Russell James lost control of a 2010 Ford pickup truck he was driving when he reached an icy stretch of road at the intersection of Kogru Place and Prudhoe Bay Avenue. The intersection is not far from heavily-trafficked Eagle River Road.
The truck flipped and made its way down an embankment.
Witnesses of the crash and first responders administered first aid to James, who was unconscious and had trouble breathing. The efforts were unsuccessful, and the driver was pronounced dead on the scene at about 7:30 a.m.
James' next-of-kin has been notified.
The man who police say opened fire on three people yesterday evening, killing two and severely injuring a third, was still at large Tuesday as police continued their investigation.
The shooting happened in a tent east of Karluk Street and 5th Avenue around 6 p.m. Monday. One man was pronounced dead at the scene; a woman who was also shot was transported to a local hospital but died “a few hours after the shooting,” police said.
A third man was also transported for medical care with “severe injuries” and remains hospitalized, police said.
In a statement Tuesday afternoon, police said that autopsies were being performed on the two victims who were pronounced dead after the shooting and said identification of the victims will come once the autopsies are completed.
No one has been taken into custody at this time, put on Monday police released a description of the man suspected in the shooting.
The description depicts a man of unknown race, about 5 ft. 8 in. tall, with a medium build, wearing a black jacket with vertical stripes on the back. Police said he was last seen heading west on foot toward 6th Avenue and Karluk Street.
The surviving victim described the shooter as taller than 6 ft., with black or brown shoulder length hair.
Police said information on the case can be shared by calling 786-8900. Anonymous tips can be given to Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP (7867) or online at Anchorage Crimestoppers
Employees of the Alaska office of the National Archives and Records Administration have been told their facility will be shut down and moved to Seattle.
The Anchorage Daily News reports the facility in Anchorage will close this year as part of cost-cutting that will save the federal government $1 million annually.
Consolidation also is planned for facilities in Philadelphia and Fort Worth, Texas.
The president of the Alaska Historical Society says closure of the facility on Third Avenue would be devastating. Katie Ringsmuth says she used the archives recently for a map project to commemorate Anchorage's centennial.
She says it will take an army of digitizers to process the 12,000 cubic feet of Alaska historical records.
Two Quinhagak men were rescued after becoming lost traveling from Eek to Bethel around 1 a.m. Thursday.
Alaska State Troopers report that Quinhagak brothers Herman Wassillie, 27, and Wilson Wassillie, 28, were taking a four wheeler from Eek to Bethel when they were reported overdue Thursday, Mar. 6.
The elder Wassillie was able to use a cell phone and reported that he and his brother had lost the trail just before 1 a.m., Troopers reported.
The men were prepared to stay out overnight in the elements and had made a fire to stay warm.
Bethel Search and Rescue conducted a ground search. Around 9:30 a.m. a Department of Public Safety pilot located the brothers on a slough of the Kuskokwim River.
Troopers say the pilot landed his plane on the river, picked them up, and flew them back to Bethel.
Both men declined medical treatment.
The Senate Judiciary Committee began taking testimony Monday on a bill allowing civil penalties for the death of an unborn child.
A 2006 law established the unborn can be found by a court to be a victim of murder, manslaughter or negligent homicide.
A bill sponsored by Anchorage Republican Sen. Lesil McGuire attaches possible civil penalties to those convicted of a crime in the death of an unborn child.
Sen. Bill Wielechowski, a Democrat from Anchorage, says he wants to hear from physicians and nurses who could be affected by the measure.
Forty states have similar laws in place allowing civil and criminal penalties in the death of an unborn child.
The committee will take additional testimony on the bill Wednesday.
Images from the Iditarod XLII finish in Nome, including race champion Dallas Seavey.
A bill that would allow village public safety officers to carry firearms unanimously passed the Alaska House on Monday.
H.B. 199 moves to the Senate following the 38-0 vote.
While armed officers visit rural communities to address serious crimes, they can be hours or days away when something goes wrong.
VPSOs serve as the first line of defense in many rural communities, but they are not allowed to carry firearms.
That has long been a point of contention and has grown into one of the top public safety issues being considered by state lawmakers since Manakotak VPSO Thomas Madole was fatally shot last March.
"There's going to be places that a police officer or VPSO, is going to walk into a family dispute situation, and for this reason, I feel it's appropriate to arm the VPSOs," said Rep. Gabrielle Ledoux, an Anchorage Republican.
While the bill allows the regional corporations that employ VPSOs to arm their officers, it does not mean that every officer will be armed.
"No community would be forced to have an armed VPSO," said Rep. Bryce Edgmon, a Dillingham Democrat who sponsored the proposed legislation. "The bill is designed with the notion that those who desire to have a VPSO, should have the opportunity to have an armed VPSO."
Previous efforts to arm VPSOs fell short in part due to rural concerns that all of the officers would be armed without local feedback from villages.
Moses Owen is a member of the Akiak Tribal Council, and in February he said the key is making sure the community knows and trusts the officer before they are armed.
“We have to make sure these individuals are trained, that they will work with the community and that they won’t use the gun as something that will make them bigger than the members of the community here,” Owen said.
Gov. Sean Parnell, a Republican, supports the proposal along with many members of the Alaska Senate.
A state bill allowing village public safety officers to carry guns, proposed in response to the fatal shooting of a Manokotak officer, is one step closer to becoming law.
A slain Anchorage woman’s mother and sister asked a judge for the maximum sentence in court Monday against a man who murdered his girlfriend in 2012.
Superior Court Judge Jack Smith sentenced James Marquez, 36, to 75 years in prison for the death of Carla Webb.
According to charging documents in the case, Marquez initially told police dispatchers that Webb’s shooting in the left eye, on the evening of April 9, 2012, was an accident. Soon afterward, though, he told police “I’m guilty” and surrendered to responding officers at the apartment where Webb was shot, on the 3000 block of West 42nd Avenue.
At Monday’s sentencing, both Marquez and his victim’s sister, Evelyn Brazzell, said he bore responsibility for the crime.
“To justify the death, to blame Ms. Webb's choice on why I killed her, those are just stinking errors,” Marquez said.
“I hope you never forget never forget two faces of Carla Webb, and that is the face when she said she loved you -- and the last face of her, laying in a bed with a bullet hole in her head, the woman you were supposed to love,” Brazzell said.
A jury convicted Marquez of murder in July 2013, despite arguments by his defense that he deserved a manslaughter charge because Webb had allegedly had an abortion -- a claim denied by her family, who said she wasn’t pregnant.
Marquez had faced up to 99 years in the case.
Editor's note: An initial version of this story which gave Evelyn Brazzell's as "Branson" has been corrected.
Anchorage police say a second person of three shot in downtown Anchorage Monday afternoon has died.
APD officials say one of the initially injured victims, who suffered life-threatening injuries and was taken to a local hospital, died Monday night. The other injured victim sustained non-life threatening injuries and is receiving treatment.
At about 9 p.m. Monday, APD provided an updated description of a male suspect in the shooting.
"An original description of the suspect was a male, unknown race, approximately 5'8", medium build, wearing a black jacket with vertical stripes on the back last seen heading westbound on foot toward 6th Avenue/Karluk (Street)," police wrote. "A suspect description recently provided by the surviving victim describes the shooter as taller than 6', with black or brown shoulder length hair."
The shooting occurred just before 6 p.m. at the edge of downtown along Fifth Avenue near Karluk Street, just before the road branches out and becomes the Glenn Highway.
Police say the shooting occurred inside a tent in a wooded area just past a business parking lot.
Well-known buildings near the incident include the Lucky Wishbone restaurant and Karluk Manor.
The shooting suspect remained at-large at 7 p.m., when an array of officers were surveying the area: K9 units, SWAT, detectives and other officers were investigating.
Please watch Channel 2 News and check KTUU.com for updates to this developing story. KTUU has a news crew on scene and will provide updates as information becomes available.
Anchorage assembly candidates participated in a forum hosted by the Anchorage Chamber of Commerce on Monday. While all candidates were invited, not everyone showed up. Eight candidates, representing four out of the five contested Assembly seats, shared their vision for Anchorage and touched on issues such as municipal spending, education and Anchorage's controversial labor law, AO 37.
Each candidate was asked if the municipality is spending too little, just enough or too much. Pete Nolan and and Bill Evans, two of the three candidates running for the District 6 seat representing South Anchorage, said the city's spending is too high. However, Bruce Dougherty said Anchorage schools are in crisis right now and that it is important to advocate for a strong education system.
"That eventually leads to a vibrant economy, a workforce that's prepared and a city that is a great place to live and work," said Dougherty.
The South Anchorage race is the only one without an incumbent since current assemblyman Chris Birch has served the maximum of three terms. When the candidates were asked about their thoughts on a repeal of AO 37, Anchorage's controversial labor law rewrite that prohibits unions from striking and eliminated binding arbitration, Nolan said he supports a repeal so the law can be rewritten. Evans said it should stand.
"I don't support repealing it. I'd much rather prefer us to have an argument abut what the merits of that ordinance are and try to convince voters of why they should be supporting it," Evans said.
Candidates for the East Anchorage assembly seat also weighed in on city spending. Challenger Pete Petersen said municipal spending is in the right range since it takes money to make money.
"We have facilities that have to be maintained and roads that have to be maintained so that our economy can continue to grow. Those take investments," he said.
But incumbent Adam Trombley disagrees.
"The city does things that would be better done by the private sector," he said.
A portion of the forum also focused on education. West Anchorage incumbent Tim Steele said the municipality should focus on investing in children -- its future.
"We are not spending enough on education. It's criminal that our schools are suffering the way they are with three years, four years of flat funding," said Steele.
Challenger Phil Isley, who said Anchorage needs a more conservative assembly, said the school budget is too high as it is.
"I think we could probably decrease the school budget by some. I don't know why we need a teacher with a masters degree teaching elementary school," he said.
In the Anchorage Assembly race, current assembly woman Elvi Gray-Jackson is running unopposed to maintain her hold on Midtown Anchorage's Seat G. Hers is the only race without a challenger.
The Anchorage Municipal election is Tuesday, April 1.
Eight candidates for Anchorage Assembly, representing four out of the five contested seats shared their views on the direction of Anchorage's future.
Reporter: Abby Hancock / Photojournalist: Dan Carpenter (KTUU-TV)
Throughout the Iditarod, Jeff King has spoken highly of a couple of all stars in his team... Skeeter and Barnum... They are very close to bringing him another championship.
Alaska State Troopers are recovering human remains from the Koyukuk River this week believed to be those of a 57-year-old man last seen in Koyukuk nearly two months ago.
According to a Monday AST dispatch, a trapper who had checked a trapline and headed back to the village saw the apparent remains of Ralph Silas in the frozen river, about a mile upriver below bluffs in the area. Troopers were first informed of the discovery Thursday afternoon.
“A trooper responded from Galena to recover the remains that are in the process of being transported to the State Medical Examiner's Office in Anchorage for positive identification and an autopsy,” troopers wrote.
While Silas often traveled between Koyukuk and Nulato, he was last seen Jan. 18.
“When residents of both villages realized he hadn't been seen for an extended period of time, he was reported missing to AST on (Feb. 12),” troopers wrote. “It was unknown what direction Silas may have headed, what clothes he was wearing or what equipment he was carrying when he went missing.”
Neither an Alaska Wildlife Trooper flying in the area on Feb. 12 nor ground searches including PAWS search dogs spotted any sign of Silas.
AST spokesperson Megan Peters wasn’t immediately available for comment Monday night.