Stories involving criminal activities.

Kalskag Man Arrested On Multiple Charges

Feb 7, 2017
Dean Swope

Kenneth Morgan Jr., age 30, was arrested Saturday morning in Lower Kalskag for domestic violence assault, reckless endangerment, endangering the welfare of a child, and assaulting a police officer while resisting arrest.

On Thursday at the Bethel Courthouse, Dale Thomas Fancyboy was sentenced to five years in prison for theft and assault after being convicted of breaking into a jail, holding guards at gunpoint, and then stealing a snowmobile to escape. This sentence comes after the presiding judge rejected a deal that would have let Fancyboy out with half the time and more probation. The judge has also taken a dim view of earlier plea deals.  

State of Alaska

On Thursday, Dale Thomas Fancyboy faces a sentencing hearing for crimes ranging from stealing to breaking people out of jail. 

Alaska State Troopers

A 62-year-old man from Kwethluk has been arrested for sexual assault. On Friday, Alaska State Troopers arrested Chris Alexie for one count of assault and for two counts of sexual assault. Troopers made the arrest after receiving a report from the village. During the investigation, another person steped forward to accuse Alexie of sexually assaulting her as well. Troopers believe there may be others and are asking anyone who would like to report that they were sexually assaulted by Alexie to contact them at 907-543-2294.

Gunman In Neighborhood Shooting Freed

Jan 6, 2017
Katie Basile / KYUK

On Thursday, the Bethel Superior Court concluded the case of Daniel Misner, a Bethel man who fired a gun at Bethel resident Charlie Smith last year on a public street.  

Daniel Misner To Be Sentenced

Jan 5, 2017
Dean Swope / KYUK

A man who fired shots at another man in a Bethel neighborhood is being sentenced this morning at the Bethel Courthouse.

Alaska Court System

Judge Michael A. MacDonald has been reappointed as a Superior Court judge in the Fourth Judicial District, which includes Bethel. Chief Justice Craig Stowers of the Alaska Supreme Court announced the decision in a press release.

Alaska State Troopers

One after another, Alaska State Troopers received reports of a rash of burglaries in Emmonak on Sunday. The door to the Emmonak Clinic was damaged and a window at the Ryan Air office was broken, as was the the door to its warehouse. The door to the airport's Department of Transportation building was also broken into, and its garage door damaged. Troopers are investigating the incidents and ask anyone with information to contact them at 907-949-1300.

Law enforcement, and other segments of Alaska's justice system, are quite concerned about deep changes the Legislature began making to the state Criminal Code this year. The aim of Senate Bill 91 is to reduce sentences and jail time for many low level offenders, opening the way to more rehabilitation and treatment options as well as reducing recidivism. In Western Alaska, proponents say that this could give local tribes power to take a seat at the table, but are they ready for that increased responsibility? 

State of Alaska

The justice community in Bethel - law enforcement, lawyers, and judges - gathered Monday for a briefing on Senate Bill 91. They heard a summary of changes to the justice system that have some people upset, and others just confused.