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Two Charged In Long House Beating

May 16, 2019

Bethel Police are looking for two people that were indicted in last month’s beating of the manager of the Long House Hotel. 

It was April 18, about 2:15 a.m. on the night before Easter, when Don Black, the hotel manager, was awakened to help deal with a noise complaint. In his pajamas, he and Wesley Alexie, another employee at the hotel, approached a second-floor room to find out what was going on. Black says that when he said he was the manager and tried to enter the room, things escalated quickly. He sent Alexie to call the police.

Sex Offender Jailed

May 15, 2019

An alcohol-fueled sexual assault in Newtok has landed a man in the Bethel jail. Troopers were called Friday about the assault. They arrived Monday. Their investigation revealed that Jonathan Usugan, age 41, allegedly broke into a home Friday morning and sexually assaulted a woman. Usugan is already on the state’s sex offender registry. He is now in the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center facing two charges for sexual assault and one for entering the house illegally. Troopers report that alcohol was “a factor in the incident.”

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Another death in a western Alaskan jail has occurred, this time in Akiachak. Tribal jail guards found Robert Nick, age 54, unresponsive on Friday, May 10. 

Emmonak Man Charged With Murder

May 10, 2019

On Thursday, May 9, Cornelius Benedict Jr. was arrested and jailed in Bethel on an outstanding warrant issued by the Fairbanks Superior Court. 

The Alaska State Troopers Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit personnel in Bethel were notified that a $100,000 arrest warrant had been issued by the Fairbanks Superior Court for the 47-year-old resident of Emmonak.

Alcohol And Cabs Don’t Mix

May 8, 2019

On Monday, a Bethel District Court judge sentenced the co-owner of a Bethel cab company to 10 days in jail and another year on probation for selling alcohol illegally three years ago. Min Sook Cha was driving a cab for Quyana Cab, a company she owned with Sungwoong Jeong, when she sold alcohol to an undercover officer. This took place in March 2016 when any alcohol sales in Bethel were illegal.                                

191 And Growing

May 5, 2019
Frank Bell

The statistics tracking the number of Native women who have disappeared in the U.S. are tough. And Alaska, with its small population, has the fourth largest number of missing or murdered Native women. Anchorage has the third highest number of all the cities surveyed in a report from the Seattle-based Urban Indian Health Institute. On Saturday, a group gathered at the Alaska Native Heritage Center to begin an effort to heal.

The Napakiak Public Safety building in September 2018. The building burned, killing two inmates on May 28, 2019.
Anna Rose MacArthur / KYUK

Two prisoners died early Sunday morning when flames engulfed the Napakiak jail. Alaska State Troopers have tentatively identified the victims as Becca White, age 24, and Isaiah Parka, age 22, both of Napakiak.

Bethel Police Department

Bethel Police are asking the public for help looking for a man being sought on a variety of criminal charges. Eugene Michaelson is 26 years old and goes by the name "A.J."

Bethel Police Department

Update: The Bethel Police Department arrested 27-year old Kyle Kilongak of Bethel on Thursday for the murder of David Carl. Kilongak is charged with murder in the second degree. Bail is set at $250,000. 

Students Watch As Alaska Stage Becomes Courtroom

Feb 27, 2019

Everyone knows that traveling from villages to go to court in regional hubs is not cheap. The question before the Alaska Supreme Court is which state agency should pay the cost for juvenile defendants whose parents can’t afford the airfare.

KYUK reports from Anchorage that on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2019, the stage at West High became a courtroom so that hundreds of high school students could watch two lawyers argue the issue of travel costs for juveniles before the state’s highest court.

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