Police & fire for Tuesday, June 7, 2016

This report contains public information available to the Empire from law enforcement agencies. This report includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed… Continue reading

Alaska Airlines VP to speak at chamber luncheon

A vice president from Alaska Airlines will be speaking at the Juneau Chamber of Commerce’s weekly luncheon Thursday.Joe Sprague, senior vice president in charge of… Continue reading

State says inmate died of suspected drug overdose

ANCHORAGE — A 36-year-old inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Complex died in April of a suspected drug overdose, and officials said Monday they are investigating… Continue reading

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND JUNE 4-5 2016 AND THEREAFTER - In this May 26, 2016 photo, Spc. Brittany Cobb-Lyttle stands in front of a Black Hawk helicopter on Ladd Army Airfield at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Erin Corneliussen/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP)

Fort Wainwright soldier works to live up to her dad

FAIRBANKS — When U.S. Army Spc. Brittany Cobb-Lyttle was in school, her dad would often come home to find parts of his U.S. Navy uniform… Continue reading

ADVANCE FOR WEEKEND JUNE 4-5 2016 AND THEREAFTER - In this May 26, 2016 photo, Spc. Brittany Cobb-Lyttle stands in front of a Black Hawk helicopter on Ladd Army Airfield at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska. (Erin Corneliussen/Fairbanks Daily News-Miner via AP)
Coast Guard and emergency medical personnel transfer patients from an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to an ambulance in Kodiak, Thursday.

Arson suspected in Lemon Creek fire

Capital City Fire/Rescue is investigating a fire that engulfed an entire outdoor carport Sunday as a possible arson case.CCFR Fire Marshal Dan Jager said in… Continue reading

Coast Guard and emergency medical personnel transfer patients from an Air Station Kodiak MH-60 Jayhawk helicopter to an ambulance in Kodiak, Thursday.
Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center Fact Sheet, June 2016, “Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault Committed Against University of Alaska Students”

New study reveals ‘disturbing’ findings about sexual assault on UA campuses

Results of a new study looking at the sexual victimization of University of Alaska students has alarmed Saralyn Tabachnick, executive director of Juneau’s AWARE.“I find… Continue reading

Alaska Justice Statistical Analysis Center Fact Sheet, June 2016, “Sexual Misconduct and Sexual Assault Committed Against University of Alaska Students”

Juneau grand jury indicts Anchorage felon for weapons possession

A Juneau grand jury indicted an Anchorage man Friday for possessing a weapon despite his felony background.Cory F. Anderson, 26, allegedly had a firearm with… Continue reading

Woman dies after raft overturns near Valdez

VALDEZ — A 48-year-old woman from the Fairbanks area has died in a rafting accident on the Lowe River near Valdez.City of Valdez spokeswoman Allie… Continue reading

Fairbanks to consider adding drone to police department

FAIRBANKS — The Fairbanks Police Department could be adding a drone to its crime-fighting toolbox soon.The City Council on Monday will decide whether to approve… Continue reading

Juneau man found dead aboard vessel

Alaska State Troopers found a 62-year-old Juneau man dead aboard a vessel Sunday afternoon on South Island.The U.S. Coast Guard alerted troopers that a 27-foot… Continue reading

Woman stabbed on Anchorage bike path during robbery attempt

ANCHORAGE — Anchorage police are investigating an attempted robbery and stabbing on a bike path along the Glenn Highway.Police said a man Sunday afternoon approached… Continue reading

Troopers find body of hiker who went missing in February

ANCHORAGE — Alaska State Troopers have found the body of a member of the Alaska National Guard who disappeared on a mountain hike in February.KTVA-TV… Continue reading

Taken at a fan event in 2014, Todd Jones poses with Nathan Fillion, who plays Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the cult-classic science fiction show "Firefly," and Adam Baldwin who plays Jayne Cobb.

Geeking out with comic con director and former Juneauite Todd Jones

Todd Jones never thought his career would one day involve driving his idol Leonard Nimoy, who is famous for his portrayal of Spock in the… Continue reading

Taken at a fan event in 2014, Todd Jones poses with Nathan Fillion, who plays Captain Malcolm Reynolds in the cult-classic science fiction show "Firefly," and Adam Baldwin who plays Jayne Cobb.
A member of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network tries to help an entangled humpback whale near Juneau.

NOAA still chasing entangled whale in Southeast

Attempts to free an entangled whale started up again Monday morning with the help of underwater cameras to examine the yellow floating line tied to… Continue reading

A member of the Alaska Marine Mammal Stranding Network tries to help an entangled humpback whale near Juneau.

State says inmate died of suspected drug overdose

ANCHORAGE — A 36-year-old inmate at the Anchorage Correctional Complex died in April of a suspected drug overdose, and officials said Monday they are investigating how… Continue reading

Officials to meet with engineers Monday after cruise ship hits berth

KETCHIKAN — Officials with the City of Ketchikan will have a better idea of how badly a Celebrity Cruises ship damaged Berth 3 after meeting… Continue reading

Alaska Native playwright Vera Starbard wrote "Our Voices Will Be Heard," a story about a community's reaction to child sexual abuse. She sits at her grandparents' house in Juneau on Friday afternoon.

Why the conversation on sexual abuse must continue

The day news broke that Alaska storyteller Jack Dalton was being charged with sexual abuse and attempted sexual abuse of a minor, Tlingit playwright Vera… Continue reading

Alaska Native playwright Vera Starbard wrote "Our Voices Will Be Heard," a story about a community's reaction to child sexual abuse. She sits at her grandparents' house in Juneau on Friday afternoon.

Photo: Preparing for Celebration

The All Nations Childrens dance group (Ldakát Naax Satí Yátx’i) performs at the Walter Soboleff Building on Friday in preparation of Celebration, the biennial gathering… Continue reading

A screengrab from the YouTube video showing a Sitka teen being repeatedly tased by police while in custody in the fall of 2014.

No word yet from FBI in Sitka Taser probe

SITKA — The Sitka Police Department is still waiting for results of an FBI investigation launched nearly seven months ago into the use of force… Continue reading

A screengrab from the YouTube video showing a Sitka teen being repeatedly tased by police while in custody in the fall of 2014.

Reporting of stats in Alaska is spotty

JUNEAU — Reporting of hate crime statistics by local law enforcement agencies in Alaska to the FBI has been spotty, with eleven departments filing no… Continue reading