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By Jason Lamb, Rebecca Palsha and Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | October 30, 2011
A former Millennium Alaskan Hotel waiter accused of shooting his ex-boss to death at the Spenard hotel Saturday night was arraigned Sunday. Victor Rodriguez Flores, 45, has been charged with first-degree murder. Flores, who had been fired from the hotel at 4800 Spenard Rd. nine days ago, allegedly killed 55-year-old manager Kerry Fadely at about 6:30 p.m. Saturday. APD spokesperson Lt. Dave Parker says Fadely was specifically targeted and that the attack wasn't random. In charging documents Sunday, APD Detective Mark Huelskoetter summarized witnesses' accounts of the shooting.
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By Neil Torquiano and Channel 2 News | October 5, 2012
The Anchorage Police Department arrested Thursday an Anchorage man for allegedly having child pornography. APD said 24-year-old Stuart Ravn was charged with three counts of possession of child pornography. On Sep. 28, APD began an investigation after a report was made to the Alaska Office of Children Services. APD's Cyber Crimes Unit conducted an investigation and served a search warrant for Ravn. Police seized numerous computers, hard drives, and digital media and found nude images of children.
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By Austin Baird and Channel 2 News | July 12, 2013
Editor's note: This story contains a graphic description of the crime. An Anchorage woman's family has received a measure of justice in her cold-case killing Friday, as a man who admitted to playing a part in her stabbing death 13 years ago was sentenced to 15 years in prison. Derrick Torian apologized to the family of his victim, 28-year-old Genevieve Tetpon, but when addressing the court he focused on how the sentence will affect him personally than on how his actions forever affected many lives.
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By Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | July 22, 2013
A plane-boat collision near King Salmon Sunday left the plane flipped on the Naknek River with its seven occupants underwater, but Alaska State Troopers say everyone involved survived with only minor injuries. According to a Monday AST dispatch the Cessna 207 floatplane, piloted by 62-year-old Raymond Petersen of King Salmon, was taking off upriver at about noon Sunday. The plane struck a guide fishing boat with three people aboard, operated by 29-year-old Ted Gibson of Wisconsin.
NEWS
February 8, 2012
Alaska has the highest rate of suicide per capita in the country. The rate of suicide in the United States was 12.0 suicides per 100,000 people in 2009 (the most recent year available from the Centers for Disease Prevention and Control). In 2010, Alaska's rate was 22.6 suicides per 100,000 people. Alaska had 1,389 suicides between 2001 and 2010 - an average of 139 deaths by suicide per year. At least one suicide occurred in 176 Alaskan communities between 2000 and 2009.
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Erin Kirkland | December 3, 2010
‘Tis the season, all right. Time to dig out dusty boxes of sentimental ornaments from their hiding place in the garage and pay homage to one of the most recognizable symbols of Christmas; the Tree. While sales of artificial trees are on the rise, a segment of the population remains who refuse to settle for anything but the real thing. Yes, one can go to the local Big Box Store and purchase a live tree shipped from points south, but it’s still not enough for these determined tree-getters.
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By Matthew Simon and Channel 2 News | July 12, 2012
Nearly three years after a small majority of Bethel voters approved unlimited alcohol sales, a Channel 2 News investigation reveals that crime rates in the region have increased, especially in some of the 56 smaller villages nearby. In October 2009 Bethel voters decided, 615 to 523, to change Bethel from a "damp" community to a "wet" one, removing the previous alcohol import limit of 10.5 ounces per person per month. Perhaps because of the fact there are still no liquor stores or bars located in the Kuskokwim River's main port city, population 6,080, there is a popular opinion among many Bethel residents that not much has changed.
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By Jackie Purcell and Channel 2 Weather | February 3, 2011
Sixty-four years ago, Anchorage was cold. The city met a meteorological milestone, but probably not the kind anyone was thrilled about. According the National Weather Service Records, on Feb. 3, 1947, Anchorage recorded its all-time lowest temperature of minus 38 degrees. Records begin in 1914. That coldest reading was measured at the east end of 5th Avenue, what is now the Merrill Field area. That cold spell reached into Canada as well -- on the same day Canadians recorded a minus 81 degree temperature just 20 miles from the border with Alaska.
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By Andrew Jensen and Alaska Journal of Commerce | May 1, 2012
Long before there was an oil boom in Alaska, the U.S. military was the main driver of the state economy and while its impact has lessened from Cold War peaks, it remains an indispensable part of life in the Last Frontier. Eighteen months before Pearl Harbor was attacked in 1941, the first military personnel arrived in Anchorage and by 1943 there were 152,000 troops in Alaska. World War II spurred the construction of the Alaska-Canada Highway as well as Elmendorf Air Force Base and Fort Richardson in Anchorage.
NEWS
By Ashton Goodell and Channel 2 News | December 1, 2011
After a whole lot of slipping and sliding, Channel 2's Ashton Goodell says these are the five most popular sledding hills in Anchorage:   1.      OCEANVIEW PARK: Reef Pl. & Oceanview Dr. 2.      KINCAID PARK: West end of Raspberry Rd. (north side of Outdoor Center) 3.      SERVICE HIGH SCHOOL: Abbot Rd. before Birch Road. (east side of the school) 4.      RUSSIAN JACK PARK: Lidia Selkregg Ln. & Debarr Rd. (next to chalet) 5.      ARCTIC VALLEY: Arctic Valley Rd. (turn at the pull off about 2/3 up the mountain.
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By Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | September 19, 2012
Anchorage police say a woman critically injured during a Monday assault was shot in the head and may not survive her injuries, after her former boyfriend surrendered to officers and was arrested on attempted-murder charges in the case Tuesday night. According to APD spokesperson Anita Shell, police were informed at about 5:45 a.m. Monday that a blue Chevrolet Tahoe SUV was “suspiciously parked” on Fairbanks Street, north of International Airport Road. Responding officers found 30-year-old Kristen Reid in a nearby ditch, partially clothed and suffering a gunshot wound to the head.
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By Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | June 21, 2013
Anchorage police say a taxi driver has been arrested on sexual-assault charges, in connection with an April incident in Spenard involving a female 19-year-old passenger. APD spokesperson Dani Myren says 33-year-old Abdifatah Ali was arrested on a no-bail warrant in the case on Tuesday, during an unrelated traffic stop near the 1900 block of Minnesota Drive. According to Myren, Ali arrived to pick up the woman after she called for a Yellow Cab to take her from home to work at about 4:15 p.m. on April 29. As the trip continued, though, he allegedly expressed undue interest in his passenger.
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By KTUU News Staff and Channel 2 News | December 23, 2012
The Salvation Army enlisted the help of local groups, charities, and volunteers to distribute thousands of holiday gifts to families in need in Anchorage. On Saturday, the “Neighborhood GIFT” program had five distribution sites spread across Anchorage and Eagle River. The Salvation Army estimated at least 5,000 families received a festive holiday food box and about 12,000 children went home with a new toy, thanks to the program. Families were able to stop by any one of the five locations in Anchorage.
NEWS
By Chris Klint and Channel 2 News | June 13, 2013
A suspect in the fatal 2011 shooting of his former supervisor at a Spenard hotel is still awaiting trial on murder charges this summer, but has been convicted of federal offenses as an illegal alien. U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler's office says a federal jury convicted Dominican Republic citizen Javier Martinez, 48, of five counts each of making false claims of U.S. citizenship and aggravated identity theft, as well as one count each of reentry after deportation and possession of a firearm by an illegal alien.
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