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U.S. Attorney General William Barr heard concerns from Alaska Native leaders about the lack of law enforcement and high rates of sexual assault and domestic violence in rural Alaska.
Joey Mendolia / Alaska Public Media

U.S. Attorney General William Barr is in Bethel and Napaskiak today, May 31. The visit continues his Alaska tour, meeting with public officials and Alaska Native leaders to discuss public safety, the lack of law enforcement in rural communities, and how the federal government can help.

Maggie Odinzoff

Update: Kimberly Odinzoff, age 14, is on her way home. Her older sister, Maggie Odinzoff, says that Kimberly called their dad at 4 p.m. on Friday, telling him that she is okay and on her way back to their house. The family had just filed a missing person's report before she called.

Original story: A 14-year-old girl is missing in Bethel, and her family is asking for help finding her. Kimberly Odinzoff did not come home on Wednesday night, and her family has not heard from her since.

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A suspect in an attack on Don Black, who manages the Long House Hotel in Bethel, has been caught in Kotlik, Alaska. State troopers arrested 30-year-old Jarvis Prince, who is charged with assault in the first degree.

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska has the nation’s highest rates of sexual assault, and the state wants to improve how it responds to people who report these crimes to the Alaska State Troopers. A researcher leading the project is asking victim-survivors in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta for help.


Kalskag went into lockdown Tuesday morning. Schools and stores in both Upper and Lower Kalskag shut their doors, and people were told to stay inside. This followed a domestic violence incident in Upper Kalskag.

Ray Steeves, a 35-year old man from Upper Kalskag, assaulted someone in his home. Alaska State Troopers were called, but Steeves fled before they could get there. That was when the lockdown began.

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.                                

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