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Armed Conflict In Chevak Leaves One Dead

Sep 8, 2016
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One person is dead and another is wounded after an armed conflict yesterday in the village of Chevak. According to a village police officer, the suspect shot another officer three times and then turned the gun on himself. The suspect died instantly; the officer’s status has not been released at this time. 

Bethel Gets New Investigator

Sep 1, 2016
Bethel Police Department

Bethel Police Officer Eric Pavil has been promoted to Detective after serving on the force for almost two years. His new title is Investigations Corporal. KYUK spoke with him in May about how he balances his role as a community member with his duties as a policeman.

Police have arrested Mathew Romer for a stabbing that occurred in Bethel this weekend. The 25-year-old faces one count of assault in the first degree. The victim, a 26-year-old man from Newtok, was found Saturday morning, lying on the ground in the 200 block of Akiak Drive bleeding from the abdomen. Emergency workers transported him to the Yukon Kuskokwim Health Corporation before flying him to Anchorage where he’s listed in stable condition at the Alaska Native Medical Center. Bethel Police continue investigating the case and ask any witnesses to contact them.

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State prosecutors last week used the term "bad apple" to describe former Bethel Police Officer Andrew Reid, who pled guilty to assault and misconduct charges in the beating of an Alaska Native man.  A key witness in the case doesn't think that's the right description.

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Federal and state authorities followed up Wednesday's sentencing of former Bethel Police office Andrew Reid with a news conference in Anchorage.  Alaska Department of Law Criminal Division Director John Skidmore said that Reid's plea deal means that he can't return to police work.

Former Bethel Police Officer Andrew Reid has been sentenced by a Bethel judge to the maximum penalty allowed for the two crimes he pled guilty to: one count of first degree assault, and one count of fourth degree official misconduct. Reid will spend a maximum of 120 days in detention. Reid's sentence would have carried a maximum of 180 days in detention, but was reduced under the recently passed Senate Bill 91.

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Former Bethel Police Officer Andrew Reid has been sentenced for assault after a 2014 altercation with Wassillie Gregory of Bethel.

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Two school district pickup trucks were stolen Thursday morning from the Lower Kuskokwim School District office parking lot.

Superintendent Dan Walker says that around 5:30 a.m. Thursday, vandals hotwired one truck and rammed it into the side of a school van before speeding away. 


Later, they returned the truck, hotwired another one, and drove away again. The second truck was found in a ditch off BIA Road, just past Larson Subdivision. All the vehicles involved were damaged.

Alaska State Troopers

Troopers confiscated 19 bottles of Vodka on their way into the dry village of Alakanuk on Wednesday. Joey Buster, age 20, of Anchorage was flying the contraband through the St. Mary’s airport on his way to Alakanuk. During the flight, one of the bottles broke in his bag and blew his cover, “making the contents readily apparent,” according to a trooper dispatch. Criminal charges for alcohol importation are pending.

Bethel Police Department

An accused sex offender made a run for it by the Bethel courthouse Tuesday morning.