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Ida "Girlie" Aguchuk, age 10, loved playing with her friends, says her father Luther Aguchak Jr.
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Charges filed Tuesday, March 24 in state Superior Court show what investigators think happened in the abduction and death of 10-year-old Ida “Girlie” Aguchak in Quinhagak on March 15.

Eighteen-year-old Quinhagak resident Jordan Tyler Mark faces felony criminal counts of murder, sexual abuse of a minor, kidnapping, and evidence tampering connected with her death.

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According to a written statement, Alaska State Troopers arrested an 18-year-old man for the murder of 10-year-old Ida “Girlie” Aguchak in Quinhagak on Monday, March 23. Jordan Tyler Mark is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, kidnapping, and evidence tampering.

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Alaska State Troopers say that a Quinhagak girl whose body was discovered on March 16 is the victim of homicide.

Alaska State Troopers have identified the young girl whose body was found in Quinhagak on Monday, March 16. Troopers are investigating the death of 10-year-old Ida “Girlie” Aguchak as a homicide.

The Kuskokwim River near Bethel.
Krysti Shallenberger / KYUK

The state government has been working in court to get Kuskokwim River waters cleaned up. The State Superior Court has ordered Faulkner Walsh Constructors, a Bethel construction company, to pay $4,234,414 to remove a barge that has been sunken for years. 

Creative Commons photo by IceCreamForEveryone

In May of 2019, a Ravn plane landed so hard on the Quinhagak airstrip that it knocked off one of its landing wheels and scared the three passengers on board. Those passengers are suing Ravn, but Ravn blames the Native Village of Kwinhagak, which owns the airstrip, for the incident.  


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Grant Aviation is suing the company that runs the air traffic control system at Bethel’s airport, claiming that the company was responsible for a plane crash on the runway last year. This lawsuit was filed after a report came out last week showing that Alaska had twice as many aviation accidents as the rest of the country. 


Courtesy of Carole Jung Jordan

This post has been updated. 
Fourteen-year-old Iris Jordan who was reported missing by her parents on Feb. 26 has been found. 
 

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A 14-year old girl has been reported missing in Bethel since Wednesday, Feb. 26. Iris Jordan was last seen walking out of Bethel Regional High School around 2 p.m. The parents are reporting it as a runaway.

Iris was last seen wearing gray leggings, a black coat, tan Sorel boots, a burgundy winter hat, and a black backpack. She is roughly 5 feet 3 inches and weighs approximately 130 pounds.  

The Bethel District Attorney's Office has filed two new charges against former principal Chris Carmichael for two counts of sexual assault of a minor in the second degree.
Lower Kuskokwim School District

Former Bethel elementary school principal Chris Carmichael’s trial has been rescheduled. It is now set for Oct. 5. 

Courtesy of Eliza Wassillie

A young man from Napaskiak who was charged with murder for killing an off-duty village police officer in 2017 was acquitted at trial last month. While the defense did not dispute that he killed the VPO, the jury decided that he was acting in self-defense and that his actions didn’t qualify as murder. 


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