Assistant Public Defender David A. Case has spent most of the past decade representing the accused and bulldogging prosecutors in Bethel’s courtrooms. Now, after nine years of service, he’s reluctantly leaving the region for good.
A Kwethluk man is accused of severely hurting his teenage daughter last Friday by dragging her behind his ATV. The case raises larger questions about child abuse in the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta, and what residents can do to prevent it.
The first thing that Judge Eugene Landlord does is listen. He watches his clients’ body language. There’s a certain look in their eyes that he tries to keep track of. If they seem depressed or at risk of harming themselves, he gives them his phone number.
Bethel became a different town after the AC Quickstop liquor store opened in 2016. Police and emergency services reported strained resources and higher calls for public intoxication. Residents say that Pinky’s Park was littered with broken glass and passed out people, but much of that has changed since the state Alcoholic Beverage Control Board refused to renew AC's liquor license in May and the store abruptly shut down.