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Stories involving criminal activities.

Chris Carmichael worked as principal of Gladys Jung Elementary School until his arrest in December 2019.
Katie Basile / KYUK

Former Gladys Jung Elementary School Principal Christopher Carmichael, arrested in December 2019 by FBI's Child Exploitation Task Force, is pleading guilty to federal charges of attempted coercion and enticement of a minor. The plea agreement was entered into court record Nov. 6.

Alaska Commercial Company main store, Bethel, Alaska
Dean Swope / KYUK

The grocer Alaska Commercial Company, also known as AC, has been fined $20,490 by the federal Department of Labor for child labor violations. 

AVCP President and CEO Vivian Korthius at the AVCP Annual Convention in Bethel, Alaska on Oct. 6, 2016.
Dean Swope / KYUK

As some activists in the lower  48 advocate for defunding law enforcement, rural Alaska tribes are doing the opposite. They’re working to get more funding for law enforcement for communities that have few, or no, public safety officers. A panel addressed this issue on the first day at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.


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

Bethel’s police department may have a new chief, but the same problems of not having enough people to police a city of 6,400 remain. Police Chief Richard Simmons arrived a few months ago after years in Texas with the Fort Worth Police Department. He looks at Bethel and sees a small town with big city problems.

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. 

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