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


St. Mary's Man Shot By Alaska State Troopers

Aug 10, 2018

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

Kwethluk Man Accused of Injuring Teenage Daughter

Aug 7, 2018

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. 


The state of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
Dean Swope/KYUK

There’s a new judge in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and he’s one of the youngest in Alaska’s history.

The first thing that Judge Eugene Landlord does is listen. He watches his clients’ body language. There’s a certain look in their eyes that he tries to keep track of. If they seem depressed or at risk of harming themselves, he gives them his phone number.


Tundra Suites Hotel Charged With Medicaid Fraud

Jul 11, 2018
The owner of Bethel’s Tundra Suites hotel was charged with Medicaid fraud in June 2018.
Teresa Cotsirilos/KYUK

The owner of Bethel’s Tundra Suites hotel has been charged with Medicaid fraud.

Calls about public intoxication slowed down in the weeks after AC Quickstop Liquor store closed.
KYUK

Bethel became a different town after the AC Quickstop liquor store opened in 2016. Police and emergency services reported strained resources and higher calls for public intoxication. Residents say that Pinky’s Park was littered with broken glass and passed out people, but much of that has changed since the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board refused to renew AC's liquor license in May and the store abruptly shut down. 

Russian Mission saw one of its worst spate of runway vandalism in April.
Jim Duffy

The Alaska Department of Transportation has a problem: it’s hard to keep people from breaking runway lights in rural airports, especially in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The state is trying to mitigate this through a series of public service announcements, posters on bulletin boards, and outreach to villages, as the lack of working runway lights can keep flights from landing.  


A Village Police Officer has been arrested in Mountain Village for tampering with evidence in a high-stakes murder case. John Hunter, age 22, is accused of stealing a cellphone from the victim’s body at the crime scene. The alleged theft could complicate a particularly brutal homicide case, which involves two teenagers and a robbery gone wrong.


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