Stories involving criminal activities.

Burke Waldron Offered Job As Acting Police Chief

Jul 3, 2017

The City of Bethel has conditionally offered Burke Waldron the position of acting police chief. Waldron is retired from the state's Public Safety Department with over 25 years of law enforcement experience and hasn’t been to Bethel in over a decade.

Family Offers Reward For Information In Michael Chris' Death

Jun 26, 2017
Michael Chris and family
Photo courtesy of the Bethel Police Department

The family of Michael Chris is offering a $25,000 reward for any information that could help the police identify a suspect in his death.

Marybeth Ulroan
Photo courtesy of the Bethel Police Department

Had it not been for 15-year-old Lavinia Evon, a baby may have been left alone on a front porch in City Subdivision with her mother sitting next to her, passed out. Evon took little Marybeth Ulroan home with her to keep her warm. This happened after the police were called and had judged Marybeth's mother, Jerilyn Ulroan, to be capable of taking care of her.

At 7:22 a.m., Jerilyn Ulroan called the police and asked if they knew where her daughter was. Ulroan had been drinking, she said, and now she couldn’t find her. Her one-and-a-half year old, Marybeth, was gone.

Bethel Police Chief Andre Achee Has Retired

Jun 19, 2017

Bethel Police Chief Andre Achee has retired, effective Wednesday, June 14. Achee had worked in the Bethel Police Department for the past 23 years. City Manager Pete Williams confirms that Chief Achee notified the City of his retirement by e-mail.  Williams says that he’s coordinated with BPD sergeants to oversee policing operations and that they are currently seeking a replacement for Achee. Williams also says that as City Manager, he will be supervising, checking in regularly, and reviewing all police reports. 

Katie Basile / KYUK

A Bethel woman was taken to the emergency room and faces charges after rolling her vehicle while apparently attempting to elude a police traffic stop.

According to police, the SUV driven by Joellen Ashepak rolled three times at the corner of Seventh Avenue and Main Street on Wednesday at 9:10 p.m. The 28-year-old was traveling at an estimated 55 miles per hour when she rolled the car. Police say that alcohol may have been a factor. 

Stabbing Suspect At Large

Jun 7, 2017

The Bethel Police and Fire Departments responded to a reported stabbing on the night of June 2, with alcohol involved. The suspect, identified by police as W.G. Anaruk III, age 19, fled the scene of the crime - a home on the 200 block of Blackberry Street. At last report, the suspect was still at large with a warrant out for his arrest on two charges of assault. Police did not identify the victim, but said that he was a male who was treated for non-life threatening injuries. 

Break-in At GCI Facility Causes Service Issues

Jun 7, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

On Sunday, some Bethel-area GCI customers may have experienced service issues due to a break-in at one of the company's facilities.  

“After a break-in at our Denali Tower building earlier today, and damage to some of our equipment, GCI teams have restored all of the interrupted services. No employees were hurt in this incident," a statement released by GCI on Sunday afternoon said.

GCI said that Anchorage Police apprehended the suspect, but they could not yet provide further details on the investigation.

At a criminal justice reform and behavioral health panel, community officials spoke with two state health boards, bringing them up to date on current conditions here in Bethel on May 17, 2017. Pictured here are Alaska State Trooper Jerry Evan (left) and A
Christine Trudeau / KYUK

Two State health care boards and local health and public safety officials discussed the general conditions that have been facing Bethel's behavioral health institutions. The discussion was part of an ongoing three-day meeting for the two state health boards, which wrapped up on Thursday.


A Kwethluk man who admitted to setting a house on fire with a family inside is facing charges of attempted murder and arson. The city says that no injuries were reported.