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Anchorage Reels From Mysterious Spike in Murders

The city has tallied 25 homicides for the year, 15 since late June

(Newser) - "The homicide rate in Anchorage has always run between 12 and 24," that city's police chief from 2010 to 2015 tells the Alaska Dispatch News . "That was sort of the rule of thumb. We rarely did better than 12. And we rarely did worse than twice... More »

Alaska Station Has Played Album Nonstop Since June

Bill Withers' 1971 album 'Just As I Am' has been looped 24/7

(Newser) - When Anchorage-based FM radio station KONR was born in 2012, those who tuned in were treated to forest sounds while programming got sorted out. And now, with money dry and volunteers short, the station has run out of programming and resorted to playing the 1971 Bill Withers album Just As ... More »

First-Graders Busted in Plot to Poison Classmate

Cops say they planned to use silica gel packets

(Newser) - Authorities in Anchorage, Alaska, say they've uncovered a surprising murder plot—dreamed up by three first-graders. In a letter sent to parents on March 22, Principal Shanna Mall of Winterberry Charter School explains three students planned to use silica gel packets "to poison and kill another student,"... More »

Alaska Has to Bring in Snow for Iditarod

7 rail cars filled with the white stuff due into Anchorage before dog-sled race

(Newser) - Seven rail cars are scheduled to pull into Alaska on Thursday, and they'll be packed with a precious commodity one wouldn't think Anchorage would need: snow for the famous Iditarod dog-sled race that begins Saturday, the Alaska Dispatch News reports. "It's no secret that warm temperatures... More »

Guy Tries to Forget Old Flame, Sets Fire to Park

2 charged in playground fire that caused $21K in damage

(Newser) - Police in Anchorage, Alaska, are dealing with what the AP calls "a case of burning love": Two teens who burned a love letter from one of their ex-girlfriends also burned down a playground on Monday, police say. A police rep notes Robert Yaskell and Riley Borello-Poythress, both 18, "... More »

Alaska Man Crashes Plane Into Wife's Workplace

Doug Demarest died in the crash; the FBI is investigating

(Newser) - A 42-year-old pilot was killed in downtown Anchorage on Tuesday when the single-engine plane he was piloting clipped the building where his wife works, crashed into the building next door, and burst into flames. Officials say Doug Demarest, a volunteer with the national search-and-rescue agency Civil Air Patrol, was flying... More »

Black Bears Get Last-Second Save —From Alaska Gov

5 roaming streets of Anchorage were set to be euthanized

(Newser) - A female black bear and four yearling cubs who have been making a living Dumpster diving in Anchorage will get a new home—and not that great trout stream in the sky, thanks in part to the actions of Alaska Gov. Bill Walker. As the Alaska Dispatch News reports, Walker... More »

Cops Release Details of Drunken Palin Brawl

No charges to be filed after messy night in Anchorage

(Newser) - Police in Anchorage, Alaska, have decided against filing any charges relating to a huge brawl involving multiple Palins last month—but people in the city might decide against inviting the clan to any house parties. A 24-page report released yesterday, which can be seen in full here , contains reports from... More »

On-Air Shocker: Reporter Quits in Vulgar Fashion

KTVA's Charlo Greene says she'll work for marijuana legalization, utters F-bomb

(Newser) - Reporter Charlo Greene feels passionately about marijuana legalization in the state of Alaska. So passionate, in fact, that she outed herself as the owner of the Alaska Cannabis Club in last night's 10pm news broadcast on Anchorage's KTVA, then made another shocking declaration. "[I'll] be dedicating... More »

Alaska 'Butcher Baker' Serial Killer Dies

Robert Hansen hunted victims in wilderness

(Newser) - The "world is better" now that the worst serial killer in Alaskan history has died, says a state trooper who helped track down Robert Hansen. The 75-year-old had been in prison since 1984 after he admitted murdering at least 17 women and raping 30 more over a 12-year period,... More »

Grizzly Bear 'Went to Town' on Me, Says Survivor

Jessica Gamboa describes her encounter with a mama grizzly

(Newser) - Jessica Gamboa was out on a training run for a half-marathon, but she ended up faced with a far more difficult journey: walking two miles after a May 18 bear attack . Gamboa, 25, was running with her husband—a soldier at Anchorage's Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson—when she saw a... More »

Cops Hide Explosives on Car, Lose Track of Car

It was part of K-9 training at Alaska airport; all ended well

(Newser) - Police at the Anchorage airport lost track of a small quantity of explosives used to train bomb-sniffing dogs. It seems they attached the explosives to one of the rental cars parked in a lot at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport—and a customer drove away with it. Airport Police and... More »

Alaska Suspect Got Out of Jail Hours Before Murders

Jerry Active was on probation for previous home invasion

(Newser) - The suspect in a horrific double murder in Alaska walked out of jail less than 12 hours before he allegedly murdered an elderly couple and sexually assaulted their 2-year-old great-granddaughter, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Jerry Active, 24, had been serving time for a probation violation, the latest in a... More »

Alaska Cops Call Attack Worst They've Ever Seen

Elderly couple murdered, 2-year-old girl assaulted

(Newser) - Police in Anchorage, Alaska, have been shaken by a horrific and apparently random attack on an elderly couple and the great-granddaughter they were babysitting. Investigators say registered sex offender Jerry Active murdered Touch Chea, 73, and his wife, 71-year-old Sorn Sreap, and sexually assaulted the 2-year-old girl in their care,... More »

Alaska Airport Re-Opens After Bomb Threat

Guy refers to bomb in bag, triggers evacuation

(Newser) - Anchorage's Ted Stevens International Airport is back open and one man is in custody this morning after a bomb scare yielded little other than an evacuation, reports the AP . Apparently a man traveling with two other men referred to a bomb in a checked bag early today, triggering a... More »

Alaska Candidate Kicked Off Ballot for Being Homeless

Veteran Barbara Bachmeier lived in her truck for months

(Newser) - These days Barbara Bachmeier owns a house in Anchorage and even has a career as a real estate agent, and the Army veteran would like to run for Congress. Instead, she's been thrown off the ballot, for no greater sin than because just 10 months ago she was living... More »

Surfers, Spectators Flock to Alaska for Big Tide

Bore tide expected to be biggest of the year

(Newser) - Mother Nature put on a show near Anchorage, and it had nothing to do with Venus and the sun. The largest bore tide of the summer arrived in Turnagain Arm last night, drawing hundreds of people to highway pullouts south of Anchorage. It also drew a few surfers and kayakers... More »

10 US Cities Most Dangerous for Women

Saginaw, Michigan, and Anchorage, Alaska top Forbes' list

(Newser) - Rape statistics are notoriously unreliable, so Forbes has analyzed a wider swath of FBI crime data to create a list of America's most dangerous cities for women. Add robbery and aggravated assault statistics to forcible rape, and you get:
  1. Saginaw, Michigan: 90 miles from Detroit, Saginaw has 76 rapes
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Anchorage Breaks 60-Year-Old Snow Record

133.6 inches beats old record, set in 1954

(Newser) - While much of the rest of the country is basking in robins and sunshine, Alaska's biggest city was busily breaking a 60-year-old seasonal snow record yesterday. Inundated with nearly double the snow they're used to, Anchorage residents have been expecting to see this season's snowfall surpass the... More »

America's Most Dangerous City Is...

Detroit, according to 2010 data

(Newser) - Detroit has once again been named America's most dangerous city, this time by Forbes , which offers the top (or, perhaps, bottom) 10, based on the FBI's uniform crime report for 2010:
  1. Detroit: A rate of 1,111 violent crimes per 100,000 residents. A dwindling population, low employment
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