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The State of Alaska courthouse in Bethel, Alaska.
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On July 21, a state judge sentenced former Bethel elementary school principal Christopher Carmichael to a 25-year sentence with 10 years suspended. The judge imposed what he called a severe sentence because the former principal had abused the trust he cultivated in his victims and the community.


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A Korean cab driver in Bethel was shot in the face earlier this month and survived. The attack marks the third Korean cab driver in Bethel to have been shot or violently assaulted in the last 15 years. 


Bethel Police Department

On July 13 at around 6 p.m. in Bethel, police found a woman dead in her apartment. The woman is 33-year-old Jamie Brink. Police said that her boyfriend called them after finding her in her apartment on 6th Avenue in the Alligator Acres Subdivision.

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A former Bethel elementary school principal will spend 15 years in prison for trying to entice a child to engage in sexual activity in 2019.

A team of intrepid reporters at Gladys Jung Elementary School explored the impact of climate change on their communities last spring.
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Former Bethel elementary school principal Christopher Carmichael’s federal sentencing hearing is set to begin July 13 at 9 a.m. The hearing will be held in Anchorage. 

Kooteen Creations

This story has been updated with additional information from the trooper affidavit, and to reflect updated charges.

There were some tense moments on a Ryan Air flight from Bethel to Aniak on July 7 when a passenger tried to take control of the plane. The other passengers restrained the man, and the pilot was able to land the plane safely. 


Bethel Police Department

Early on the morning of July 5, a man shot a Bethel cab driver in the face and stole his cab on the 200 block of Ptarmigan Road. A passerby who noticed a man with a gunshot wound in his lower face lying on the road called the police to report the incident at around 3:30 a.m.

Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center
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On June 29, a Bethel man allegedly tried to run from law enforcement officials just after being convicted of incest and sexual assault in the second degree. Clarence E. James’ conviction stemmed from a 2017 incident in Tununak in which he sexually assaulted his victim while she slept.

Nita Gregory

A drunk driver struck a man driving a four-wheeler in Bethel this past weekend, according to Bethel police. 

Gladys Jung Elementary School in Bethel, Alaska.
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Former Bethel elementary school principal Christopher Carmichael’s federal and state sentencing hearings have both been rescheduled for early July 2021. They were initially scheduled for June.