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Stories involving criminal activities.

Greg Kim / KYUK

There is a dumpster in Bethel that is generating a lot of conversation. Right next to city hall is a dumpster with “Black Lives Matter” painted boldly on the front. Last week, someone took a can of spray paint and crossed out those words.


COURTESY OF ANDREA POKRZYWINSKI.

Alaska State Troopers are investigating the death of a Tununak woman. Troopers say that 56-year-old Josephine Link was found unresponsive in an open field near the coastal community. 

A 22-year-old village public safety officer in the Southwest Alaska community of Eek has been charged with sexual assault and human trafficking.


Ida "Girlie" Aguchuk, age 10, loved playing with her friends, says her father Luther Aguchak Jr.
Aguchuk Family Photo

On Tuesday, June 30, a Bethel grand jury indicted a Quinhagak teenager on charges of sexually assaulting and killing a 10-year-old girl.

Two men in Alakanuk were found dead near the village annex store on the morning of July 1.

Alaska State Trooper Jerry Evan at a criminal justice reform and behavioral health panel on May 17, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

On June 20, Alaska State Trooper Jerry Evan, age 50, died in Bethel after sustaining life-threatening-injuries at his home. Investigators have concluded that Evan’s death was “non-criminal in nature.” According to an update by troopers, Evan died from apparent self-inflicted injuries. 

Alaska State Trooper Jerry Evan at a criminal justice reform and behavioral health panel on May 17, 2017.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

An Alaska State Trooper died in Bethel on June 20. According to a dispatch from the troopers, Jerry Evan, age 50, sustained life threatening injuries at his home before he was pronounced dead at the hospital at around 4:04 p.m. Troopers say that Evan’s family has been notified.

Bethel resident Tom McCallson wants the city to maintain a road to  Haroldson Subdivision so that police can drive to his house.
Bethel Police Department

The new Bethel police chief was in town June 9. Richard Simmons talked with several residents in a “meet and greet” session right before the city council meeting.

Meghan Crow, Jamin Crow, and Ethan Sundown march in solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd in Bethel, Alaska on June 2, 2020.
Katie Basile / KYUK

On the evening of June 2, over 100 Bethel residents gathered to peacefully protest the death of George Floyd, a black man who was killed by Minneapolis police. The Black Lives Matter movement has resonated with Bethel residents, who are predominantly Alaska Native, another group familiar with inequities in law enforcement.

Bethel resident Tom McCallson wants the city to maintain a road to  Haroldson Subdivision so that police can drive to his house.
Bethel Police Department

After almost a year of searching, the City of Bethel has found a new police chief. The candidate, Richard Simmons, and the city have agreed to a conditional offer of employment, but he still needs a background check and confirmation from the city council to finalize the agreement. The council’s decision to increase the police chief position’s salary to $140,000 is said to have been key to attracting a suitable candidate. 


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