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Alaska News: Alaska Felon, Gregory Michael Christensen Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Firearms

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Gregory Michael Christensen, 45, of Haines, Alaska, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess to serve five years in federal prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon. According to court documents, on … Continue reading Alaska News: Alaska Felon, Gregory Michael Christensen Sentenced for Illegal Possession of Firearms

Alaska News: Dillingham Man, Andrew Madison Straley III Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

Drugs Found inside Man’s Luggage at Anchorage Airport, Bound for Dillingham, Alaska Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that a Dillingham man has been indicted on federal drug trafficking charges, arising from the seizure of methamphetamine found inside his luggage at the Anchorage International Airport. Andrew Madison Straley III, 50, of Dillingham, … Continue reading Alaska News: Dillingham Man, Andrew Madison Straley III Indicted on Federal Drug Trafficking Charges

Alaska News: Tiffany Spaulding, Juneau Couple Sentenced for Roles in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that a Juneau couple has been sentenced to federal prison for their roles in a drug trafficking conspiracy to distribute drugs in Juneau, Alaska. Tiffany Spaulding, 35, of Juneau, was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy M. Burgess, to serve five years in prison, followed … Continue reading Alaska News: Tiffany Spaulding, Juneau Couple Sentenced for Roles in Drug Trafficking Conspiracy

Alaska News: Anchorage, Antonio Travis Steward Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearm

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Antonio Travis Steward, 41, of Anchorage, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason, to serve 10 years in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for illegally possessing a firearm as a convicted felon, on numerous occasions that involved criminal activity in … Continue reading Alaska News: Anchorage, Antonio Travis Steward Sentenced to 10 Years in Federal Prison for Illegal Possession of Firearm

Alaska News: Wasilla Man, Timothy Carrol Smith Sentenced for Embezzling Approximately $80k from Labor Union in Alaska

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that a Wasilla man has been sentenced in federal court for embezzling approximately $80,000, over the course of nearly five years, from the Alaska Chapter of the Association of Civilian Technicians labor union. Timothy Carrol Smith, 49, of Wasilla, was sentenced on Friday, Oct. 19, 2018, by … Continue reading Alaska News: Wasilla Man, Timothy Carrol Smith Sentenced for Embezzling Approximately $80k from Labor Union in Alaska

Alaska News: Skagway Man, James Terrance Williams Indicted for the Illegal Export/Import of Walrus Ivory, Lacey Act Violations

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that a Skagway man has been indicted on charges alleging smuggling of walrus ivory and the illegal export and import of walrus ivory in violation of the Lacey Act. James Terrance Williams, 67, of Skagway, d.b.a. Inside Passage Arts, was named in the 10-count indictment charging … Continue reading Alaska News: Skagway Man, James Terrance Williams Indicted for the Illegal Export/Import of Walrus Ivory, Lacey Act Violations

Alaska News: Anchorage, Myles Gonangnan Sentenced For Role in Two Armed Coffee Stand Robberies, Shooting at Pursuing Police Officer

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that an Anchorage man has been sentenced in federal court for his role in the Sept. 25, 2017, armed robbery of Caffé D’Arte and the attempted armed robbery of Heavenly Cup, which led to a vehicle chase during which defendant shot at one of the pursuing APD … Continue reading Alaska News: Anchorage, Myles Gonangnan Sentenced For Role in Two Armed Coffee Stand Robberies, Shooting at Pursuing Police Officer

Alaska News: Anchorage, Anchorage Group Indicted on Federal Kidnapping and Drug Trafficking Charges

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that five Anchorage residents have been indicted on federal kidnapping and drug trafficking charges, among other offenses, in connection with the August 2017 beating and placing of a victim into a dog kennel. Macauther Christmas Vaifanua, 29, Faamanu Junior Vaifanua, 28, Jeffrey Jeremey Ahvan, 30, Rex Faiva … Continue reading Alaska News: Anchorage, Anchorage Group Indicted on Federal Kidnapping and Drug Trafficking Charges

Alaska News: Anchorage, Inmate, Spencer Daniel Johnson Sentenced to Federal Prison for Smuggling Heroin into Goose Creek Correctional Center

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that an inmate has been sentenced in federal court for his role in a scheme to smuggle heroin into the Alaska Department of Corrections (DOC) Goose Creek Correctional Center (GCCC) for distribution to inmates in April 2016. Spencer Daniel Johnson, 25, who was an inmate at GCCC … Continue reading Alaska News: Anchorage, Inmate, Spencer Daniel Johnson Sentenced to Federal Prison for Smuggling Heroin into Goose Creek Correctional Center

Alaska News: Anchorage Hip-Hop Impresario, Rico Paris Gillespie Sentenced to 87 Months

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that Rico Paris Gillespie, a/k/a “Rico G The Mayor,” 31, of Anchorage, was sentenced yesterday by U.S. District Judge Sharon L. Gleason, to serve 87 months in prison, followed by four years of supervised release, for his conviction of distribution of methamphetamine. According to court documents, on … Continue reading Alaska News: Anchorage Hip-Hop Impresario, Rico Paris Gillespie Sentenced to 87 Months

Alaska News: Anchorage Woman, Mi Ran Yu Who Defrauded Alaska Medicaid Program Sentenced to Federal Prison

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that an Anchorage woman was sentenced yesterday by Chief U.S. District Judge Timothy Burgess to serve eight months in federal prison for defrauding the state of Alaska Medicaid Program out of $90,000. Mi Ran Yu, 41, of Anchorage, acted as a personal care assistant for her parents, … Continue reading Alaska News: Anchorage Woman, Mi Ran Yu Who Defrauded Alaska Medicaid Program Sentenced to Federal Prison

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | 3 hackers get light sentences after working with the FBI

ANCHORAGE, Alaska — Three young computer hackers whose “botnet” known as Mirai virtually paralyzed chunks of the internet two years ago have received light sentences after helping the FBI with cybercrime and cybersecurity. Paras Jha, 22, of Fanwood, New Jersey; Josiah White, 21, of Washington, Pennsylvania; and Dalton Norman, 22, of Metairie, Louisiana, were sentenced … Continue reading ANCHORAGE, Alaska | 3 hackers get light sentences after working with the FBI

Florida News: Alaska Resident, Esteban Santiago-Ruiz Sentenced to Life in Prison in Connection with Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

MIAMI, FL – Esteban Santiago-Ruiz (Santiago) was sentenced today to life in prison by United States District Judge Beth Bloom, after previously pleading guilty to charges of committing acts of violence at an international airport resulting in five deaths and serious injuries, in connection with the mass-shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport on January 6, … Continue reading Florida News: Alaska Resident, Esteban Santiago-Ruiz Sentenced to Life in Prison in Connection with Shooting at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport

JUNEAU, Alaska | US House hopeful for Alaska seat has never been to the state

JUNEAU, Alaska — Carol Hafner is on the Democratic primary ballot for an Alaska U.S. House seat. She doesn’t live in Alaska. In fact, she’s never been to the state. Hafner, who listed New Jersey and South Dakota addresses in her candidate filing, says she’s serious about running, though she doesn’t plan to campaign in … Continue reading JUNEAU, Alaska | US House hopeful for Alaska seat has never been to the state

JUNEAU, Alaska | Alaska plane survivor: ‘Thankful that I am alive’

JUNEAU, Alaska  — Ginny Hacker Eiseman had spent the weekend reeling in a bounty of colorful fish at Steamboat Bay Fishing Club on remote Noyes Island in southeast Alaska. She was returning home to Ketchikan when the unthinkable happened. The chartered Taquan Air flight that she and 10 others were on crashed Tuesday on a … Continue reading JUNEAU, Alaska | Alaska plane survivor: ‘Thankful that I am alive’

Alaska News: Anchorage, Group Sentenced for Roles in Anchorage Mail Theft Ring

Anchorage, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced that six Anchorage residents have been sentenced for their roles in a local mail theft ring.  The two lead defendants were sentenced this week, and were the last of six defendants to be sentenced in this case. Sara James, 31, was sentenced yesterday to serve 42 months … Continue reading Alaska News: Anchorage, Group Sentenced for Roles in Anchorage Mail Theft Ring

ANCHORAGE, Alaska | US says no softening in stand as envoy heads to North Korea

ANCHORAGE, Alaska  — The State Department pushed back Thursday against suggestions the Trump administration has softened its stance on North Korea as the top U.S. diplomat traveled to Pyongyang for crucial nuclear talks and the president reiterated his belief that Kim Jong Un is sincere about changing his country. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is … Continue reading ANCHORAGE, Alaska | US says no softening in stand as envoy heads to North Korea

Alaska News: North Pole Man, Eric Whitebread Convicted of Receiving and Distributing Child Pornography

Fairbanks, Alaska – U.S. Attorney Bryan Schroder announced today that on June 20, 2018, a federal jury in Fairbanks convicted Eric Whitebread, 42, of two counts of distribution of child pornography, and one count of receipt of child pornography. The jury found Whitebread guilty after a five-day trial before U.S. District Judge Ralph R. Beistline … Continue reading Alaska News: North Pole Man, Eric Whitebread Convicted of Receiving and Distributing Child Pornography

Alaska News: Alaska Governor Walker Lowers Flags to Half-Staff for Memorial Day

Anchorage, AK – Alaska Governor Bill Walker Friday ordered that U.S. and Alaska state flags be lowered to half-staff on Monday, May 28th for Memorial Day.  The Governor’s order follows a directive from the White House lowering all U.S. Flags to half-staff. “Donna and I ask that Alaskans around the state pause to honor members … Continue reading Alaska News: Alaska Governor Walker Lowers Flags to Half-Staff for Memorial Day

Alaska News: 30th Legislative Session Sends Alaska Forward & Gravels Out

JUNEAU, AK – The 30th Alaska Legislature adjourned for the final time early Sunday morning, after passing priority legislation and a budget approving $4.8 billion for government services and capital projects. Lawmakers agreed with many legislative and spending priorities proposed by Governor Bill Walker in December, passing the Governor’s most important legislative goals focused on … Continue reading Alaska News: 30th Legislative Session Sends Alaska Forward & Gravels Out

Alaska News: Legislature Sends Bill Strengthening Ethics Rules, Limiting Per Diem to Governor’s Desk

JUNEAU, AK – The Alaska Legislature on Friday evening finalized legislation that strengthens conflict of interest rules and makes it so lawmakers will not receive per diem after 121 days in legislative session unless an operating budget has passed. That aspect of House Bill 44 is similar to one of Governor Bill Walker’s legislative proposals.  … Continue reading Alaska News: Legislature Sends Bill Strengthening Ethics Rules, Limiting Per Diem to Governor’s Desk

Alaska News: Alaska Receives Federal Designation To Combat Drug Trafficking

ANCHORAGE, AK – The Office of National Drug Control Policy announced today that Alaska will receive new funding to combat drug trafficking. The judicial districts of Anchorage, Fairbanks, and Juneau have officially been designated High Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas (HIDTA), so Alaska will get more resources and flexibility to coordinate state, federal, local, and tribal … Continue reading Alaska News: Alaska Receives Federal Designation To Combat Drug Trafficking

Alaska making progress on processing sexual assault evidence

JUNEAU, AK — Former Alaska State Trooper Sergeant Michael Burkmire begins work as a sexual assault cold case investigator, Governor Walker announced today, as the state’s Scientific Crime Detection Laboratory continues to shrink the number of backlogged sexual assault evidence kits. Investigator Burkmire is a retired Alaska State Trooper Sergeant who oversaw the AST Child … Continue reading Alaska making progress on processing sexual assault evidence

Alaska Governor Walker Stands with Congressional Delegation in Effort to Focus Offshore Plan

JUNEAU, AK (STL.News) Alaska Governor Bill Walker today joined the Alaska Congressional Delegation in thanking Interior Secretary Ryan Zinke for reversing the federal trend of limiting and deferring oil and gas leasing and development in the Outer Continental Shelf. While the prospect of renewed lease sales in the coming years is very promising for Alaska, … Continue reading Alaska Governor Walker Stands with Congressional Delegation in Effort to Focus Offshore Plan

Governor Walker Appoints Members of Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team

JUNEAU, ALASKA/December 12, 2017 (STL.News) – Governor Bill Walker today appointed the 15 public members and five ex-officio members of the Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team, established in October by Administrative Order 289. Governor Walker announced the team following an extensive internal review of nearly 100 applications. The team will focus on mitigation, adaptation, … Continue reading Governor Walker Appoints Members of Climate Action for Alaska Leadership Team

Governor Walker & Lt. Governor Mallott Donate Portion of Salaries Towards Safer Alaska

ANCHORAGE, ALASKA/December 9, 2017 (STL.News) – As a part of their continuing work to address the opioid crisis and build a Safer Alaska, Governor Bill Walker and Lt. Governor Byron Mallott will each donate $3,500 for a new drug detection K9 that will serve Yakutat and Cordova, and help reduce the flow of illegal drugs … Continue reading Governor Walker & Lt. Governor Mallott Donate Portion of Salaries Towards Safer Alaska

Governor Walker Signs SB 54 To Provide Law Enforcement With More Tools

ANCHORAGE, AK/November 27, 2017 (STL.News) – Governor Bill Walker signed into law Senate Bill 54, the majority of which took effect at 12:01 a.m. today. “The passage of SB 54 helps to build a Safer Alaska,” Governor Walker said.  “While some portions of the legislation may need to be addressed by the court system, this … Continue reading Governor Walker Signs SB 54 To Provide Law Enforcement With More Tools