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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.

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

Mountain Village Village Police Officer Anna Bill at the Alaska Airlines terminal on October 16, 2018 during a layover in Bethel on her way to Anchorage to receive the 2018 Shirley Demientieff Award at the Alaska Federation of Natives Convention.
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It was 10 a.m. and Anna Bill had just fallen asleep. It had been another rough night. She’d taken one person into custody and had responded to a suicide attempt. The Mountain Village village police officer had already drifted off when Gov. Bill Walker called.


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Alaska State Troopers arrested a Napakiak tribal police officer on charges of sexually abusing a minor. 

The state of Alaska now has federal funds to advance a program to use tribal courts to handle misdemeanor crimes. Alaska Attorney General Jahna Lindemuth has been working with tribal courts to create a simple process for transferring cases, known as a civil diversion agreement, to enable tribal courts to handle low level crimes in a more culturally sensitive manner. But there has been a problem: Lindermuth says that the state and tribes need more resources to get the program rolling. 

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