Police & Fire for Thursday, May 26, 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

Photo: Preserving the meadow

Gary Miller volunteers his time to remove young trees and bushes encroaching on the picnic area at the Eagle Beach on Monday. “It’s fun; I… Continue reading

Fairbanks to take over cemetery work after disputed bid

FAIRBANKS — Fairbanks is replacing its longtime groundskeeper of the city’s oldest cemetery with employees from the Public Works Department after a disputed bidding process.Starting… Continue reading

First National Bank warns of text message scam

MasterCard customers across the state Tuesday reported receiving text messages in a fraudulent attempt to gain private banking information, according to a press release by… Continue reading

Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, left, Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, and Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, watch the resolution vote to continue work on bills during the special session on Tuesday.

Legislators greet tax bill with skepticism

Members of the Alaska House Finance Committee showed a notable lack of enthusiasm Tuesday as they heard details of Gov. Bill Walker’s omnibus tax bill… Continue reading

Rep. Gabrielle LeDoux, R-Anchorage, left, Rep. Louise Stutes, R-Kodiak, Rep. Wes Keller, R-Wasilla, and Rep. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, watch the resolution vote to continue work on bills during the special session on Tuesday.

Anchorage police identify SUV suspected of impersonating officer

ANCHORAGE — A driver’s complaint of someone impersonating a police officer has led to an investigation by the federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms.The… Continue reading

Former municipal prosecutor sentenced for trust fund fraud

ANCHORAGE — A former Anchorage municipal prosecutor has been sentenced to more than 13 years in prison for a $52 million wire fraud and money… Continue reading

Lone survivor of Admiralty plane crash continues recovery

KETCHIKAN — The only survivor of a floatplane crash in Southeast Alaska that killed three Wrangell men remains in recovery at a Colorado hospital.Morgan Enright… Continue reading

Juneau Resident Joe Lassiter testifies against the Land Management Plan during Monday night's Assembly meeting. Lassiter was one of several people who spoke out on the proposed Pederson Hill subdivision during the public comment portion of the meeting.

Faced with developer concern, Assembly adopts Land Management Plan

The Juneau Assembly voted to adopt the 2016 Land Management Plan, which calls for the disposal and development of the Pederson Hill subdivision among other… Continue reading

Juneau Resident Joe Lassiter testifies against the Land Management Plan during Monday night's Assembly meeting. Lassiter was one of several people who spoke out on the proposed Pederson Hill subdivision during the public comment portion of the meeting.
People, some with their dogs, begin a 3 mile suicide-prevention walk Saturday in Anchorage. More than 700 Alaskans took part in the event to raise awareness about suicide.

Alaskans participate in yearly suicide-prevention walk

ANCHORAGE — Alaskans participated in a yearly community walk in the state’s largest city to raise awareness about suicide and remember loved ones who took… Continue reading

People, some with their dogs, begin a 3 mile suicide-prevention walk Saturday in Anchorage. More than 700 Alaskans took part in the event to raise awareness about suicide.
This photo taken Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Talkeetna, Alaska, shows Denali partially obscured by clouds. The U.S. Army helped the National Park Service by using Chinook helicopters to fly food and materials to set up base camps at the 7,200-foot and 14,000-foot level to assist climbers on North America's tallest mountain. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Tale of harrowing rescue on Denali unheralded for 35 years

EVERETT, Washington — In the spring of 1980, climbers Mike Helms and Bob Kandiko came upon two other climbers in peril near the summit of Alaska’s… Continue reading

This photo taken Sunday, April 24, 2016, in Talkeetna, Alaska, shows Denali partially obscured by clouds. The U.S. Army helped the National Park Service by using Chinook helicopters to fly food and materials to set up base camps at the 7,200-foot and 14,000-foot level to assist climbers on North America's tallest mountain. (AP Photo/Mark Thiessen)

Police and fire for Tuesday, May 24, 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

In this May 9 photo, Earl Wineck, 88, poses for a photo at the Alaska Veterans Museum in Anchorage. Wineck, who scanned the skies over Alaska for Japanese warplanes during World War II, supports President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima later this week.

Obama’s Hiroshima visit stirs differing views across Pacific

TOKYO — Two very different visions of the hell that is war are seared into the minds of World War II survivors on opposite sides… Continue reading

In this May 9 photo, Earl Wineck, 88, poses for a photo at the Alaska Veterans Museum in Anchorage. Wineck, who scanned the skies over Alaska for Japanese warplanes during World War II, supports President Barack Obama's visit to Hiroshima later this week.
Wilson Nicklie Jr. reflects on his past alcohol dependence during an interview at his Juneau apartment in early May. Nicklie was recently filmed for a documentary for the Salvation Army.

The road to recovery: Juneau man shares story of addiction with LA Salvation Army film crew

Four years ago, Wilson Nicklie Jr. would have reached for a bottle of alcohol — most likely some whiskey — to celebrate anything that was… Continue reading

Wilson Nicklie Jr. reflects on his past alcohol dependence during an interview at his Juneau apartment in early May. Nicklie was recently filmed for a documentary for the Salvation Army.

Aquatic center to be closed Sunday

The Dimond Park Aquatic Center will be closed on Sunday, May 29, to honor Juneau area high school graduates.The aquatic center will resume its regular… Continue reading

Alaska inmate escapes, then comes back to try to free others

FAIRBANKS — A minimum-security prisoner who escaped from a halfway house in Fairbanks came back three hours later, but it wasn’t to turn himself in.Alaska… Continue reading

Around Town

Women, Infants and Children walk-in clinic, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., SEARHC Juneau WIC Clinic, 3245 Hospital Drive, first floor. Free nutrition services for income-eligible women who… Continue reading

Risks in climbing Everest in focus as 3 die, 2 go missing

KATHMANDU, Nepal — An Indian climber has died while being helped down Mount Everest, just a couple of days after a Dutch and an Australian… Continue reading

Community dialogue on life after incarceration planned for Wednesday

Community dialogue on life after incarceration planned for Wednesday

Five formerly incarcerated individuals will tell their stories of what it’s like reentering the community at the Juneau Reentry Coalition’s May meeting Wednesday night.The community… Continue reading

Community dialogue on life after incarceration planned for Wednesday
Mark Anthony De Simone, 53, seen here during his first court appearance in Juneau District Court on Tuesday, May 17.

Ex-Arizona lawmaker’s murder trial set for August

The 53-year-old man accused of murdering a downtown Juneau jeweler during a hunting trip in Excursion Inlet entered a not guilty plea during an arraignment… Continue reading

Mark Anthony De Simone, 53, seen here during his first court appearance in Juneau District Court on Tuesday, May 17.