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Boats in Quinhagak
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

A young child in Quinhagak died on May 13 after being run over by a truck driven by a tribal police officer, according to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch. 

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In Kongiganak, a man is accused of firing shots inside a family member’s home on May 9.

Facebook groups where people play bingo and pull-tabs illegally for cash have proliferated during the pandemic. The State of Alaska is turning its attention to these groups, sending letters to cease and desist. 

Caution tape surrounds a Bethel residence where police responded to a report of a possible homicide on May 6, 2021.
Elyssa Loughlin / KYUK

A man was found dead at a home on B.I.A. Road in Bethel around 1 p.m. on May 6. Police responded to the scene after receiving a report of a possible homicide, according to a police press release. At the home, they found Scott Greydanus dead from traumatic injuries. Police arrested a suspect, his son, Nathan Greydanus, and remanded him to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center.

Kelsey Ciugun Wallace

Wednesday, May 5 is the day set aside to remember the Indigenous women who are missing or have been murdered. According to data gathered by Data for Indigenous Justice, Native women end up missing and murdered in disproportionate numbers. Kelsey Ciugun Wallace, with Native People’s Action, says that this is the first baseline report on the number of murdered and missing indigenous women, and can be found here

Family of Jerilyn Nicholson

The body of a 27-year-old Yup’ik woman was found over the May 1 weekend near Anchorage. Jerilyn Nicholson had last been seen on April 24. Anchorage Police found her body at the base of a cliff. 

Kongiganak, Alaska
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A former Kongiganak postal worker has admitted to embezzling money from the United States Postal Service.

After much negotiation with the state Court System, the Bethel City Council renewed the lease for the Nora Guinn Justice Complex for 10 years.
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

A convicted child molestor is once again facing charges of sexual abuse and kidnapping of minors. 

Representative Geran Tarr

A bill has been introduced in the Alaska legislature that would change Alaska laws concerning sex abuse and rape. House Bill 5, introduced by Rep. Geran Tarr of Anchorage, would change the definition of “consent” to make it easier to convict people accused of rape. Statistics indicate that in 2015, more than 90% of the reported felony-level sex offenses did not result in a conviction.

Courtesy of Tundra Women's Coalition

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. In March 2021, a Bethel woman protested the handling of her sexual assault case. In response, the City of Bethel held a virtual town hall last week, broadcast on KYUK, to discuss the city’s process for handling sexual assault cases and to respond to community member questions.