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Crime

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Patrick Sergie.

The Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta has the highest rate of airport runway vandalism in the state, and the village of Kasigluk is the latest community to suffer from it. This time the consequences are severe: medevacs weren’t able to land in the village at night this week. 

Former Mountain Village Police Officers Anna Bill and Joseph Rivers discuss their work at the Mountain Village police station. On September 14, 2018, Bill interviewed Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan about the state's support for rura
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Last week, KYUK ran a four-part series on the experiences of Anna Bill, a former village police officer in Mountain Village who reluctantly quit her job after helping to save dozens of lives. While her community supported her, Anna still responded to calls without adequate equipment or reinforcements. So last Friday, she sat down with Department of Public Safety Commissioner Walt Monegan and asked him what the state could do support officers like her. This interview was moderated by KYUK's Teresa Cotsirilos and has been condensed for time.


Former Mountain Village Police Officers Anna Bill and Joseph Rivers enjoy a quiet moment between calls in June, 2018.
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In June 2018, KYUK flew to Mountain Village to meet with former Village Police Officer Anna Bill. We followed Anna as she helped save her neighbors from suicide attempts, navigated a frustrating health care system, and coped with personal tragedies of her own. Like many Village and Tribal Police Officers, Anna performed a difficult job with no training, inadequate equipment, and little financial support. This series explores those challenges.

Former Mountain Village Police Officer Anna Bill and her son, Ramond Landlord.
Courtesy of Anna Bill.

Anna Bill became a cop in Mountain Village because she felt that God wanted her to help her neighbors.


Village Police Officers Anna Bill and Joseph Rivers chat between calls in Mountain Village.
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It's Friday night in Mountain Village, and Village Police Officer Anna Bill is trying to stay awake. "It’s only just starting," she says, then groans. "I'm on one hour of sleep."


The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, AK.
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Alaska State Troopers arrested an alleged child sex offender in Bethel on Thursday following a year-long cyber investigation.

Assistant Public Defender David A. Case is leaving the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta after nine years of service.
Courtesy of David Case

Assistant Public Defender David A. Case has spent most of the past decade representing the accused and bulldogging prosecutors in Bethel’s courtrooms. Now, after nine years of service, he’s reluctantly leaving the region for good.


Alaska State Troopers shot a St. Mary’s man last week after an alleged domestic violence incident spiraled out of control.

A Kwethluk man is accused of severely hurting his teenage daughter last Friday by dragging her behind his ATV. The case raises larger questions about child abuse in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and what residents can do to prevent it.


Alaska State Troopers and the Bethel Police Department arrested a Bethel woman for driving while intoxicated after a vehicle chase Monday morning. 


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