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Students Watch As Alaska Stage Becomes Courtroom

Feb 27, 2019

Everyone knows that traveling from villages to go to court in regional hubs is not cheap. The question before the Alaska Supreme Court is which state agency should pay the cost for juvenile defendants whose parents can’t afford the airfare.

KYUK reports from Anchorage that on Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2019, the stage at West High became a courtroom so that hundreds of high school students could watch two lawyers argue the issue of travel costs for juveniles before the state’s highest court.

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A former Ravn Alaska supervisor was recently sentenced for his role in stealing mail, including 343 computers, from airplanes bound for villages. Some of those villages included St. Mary’s, Emmonak, Kotlik, Aniak, Alakanuk, Grayling, Kalskag, Koyuk, and Stebbins.

Law enforcement arrested a teenager after he grabbed the controls of an airplane in midflight from Napakiak to Bethel, causing the plane to shoot towards the ground. With the help of a passenger, the pilot took back control of the aircraft and no injuries have been reported.


A recent report offers details on Roman Catholic Jesuit priests, deacons, and laypeople accused of sexual abuse in dozens of communities across Alaska. Those communities include 13 villages in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta. The region has a long history with the Roman Catholic Church, dating back to the late 1800s. Most of the church officials accused of abuse in the report are deceased. Jesuits West issued the recent report listing the perpetrators in December. Anchorage Daily News editor Kyle Hopkins has been following the story and talked with KYUK about his reporting on the issue.


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On New Year’s Day, Alaska State Troopers arrested 23-year-old Jonathan Thompson for a stabbing in St. Mary’s, according to a trooper’s report.

Thompson was charged with one count of assault in the first degree and one count of assault in the third degree.

Thompson was taken to the Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Facility in Bethel; no bail has currently been set. The victim, who was said to be a household member of Thompson's, was medevaced for treatment.

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A Kwethluk man has been sentenced to 21 years in prison for biting off his the tip of his brother’s finger and assaulting a second person who tried to intervene. The second attack burst that victim’s bladder, according to a press release from state prosecutors.

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This story will be updated as KYUK gets more information. 

The Bethel Police Department reported 61-year-old Daniel Smith missing on December 27. He's from Hooper Bay and was visiting Bethel this fall. Alaska State Troopers notifed BPD that Smith was missing on Dec. 21. 

Bethel Police Chief Burke Waldron says that Smith's brother and sister, Jonathan and Wilma Smith told BPD that they had not seen him since October or early November. He was last seen in Bethel during September and October. 

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On December 8, a young man in Nunapitchuk stabbed a family member in the rear of the shoulder with an ulu, strangled another family member, and then assaulted a third, according to the Alaska State Troopers. The troopers responded to the attack from Bethel and say that alcohol played a role. 

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Gov. Bill Walker tapped a Bethel lawyer to fill a Bethel Superior Court vacancy.

Terrence Haas currently works as an assistant public defender in Bethel, where he supervises both Bethel and Dillingham’s public defender offices.

Haas earned a law degree at the Roger Williams University School of Law in 2007, and clerked for the Rhode Island Supreme Court before coming to Bethel 10 years ago.

Google Maps screenshot of Kwethluk, AK

A Kwethluk man is being charged with the attempted murder of his uncle after a Thanksgiving Day hunting trip went bad. 

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