A rural Alaskan man will serve a minimum of years for fatally shooting two state troopers with an assault rifle when they tried to arrest his father in a rural village. Nathanial Kangas, 22, was found guilty of two counts of first-degree murder in the deaths of Sergeant Scott Johnson, and Trooper Gabe Rich in May The jury also returned special verdicts on each murder charge, saying the officers were both in uniform and were clearly identifiable as officers performing their duties when murdered. The sentence for each murder count is a mandatory year prison term without the possibility of parole. Alaska does not have the death penalty. Victims’ family, friends, and law enforcement, including Village Public Safety Officer Mark Haglin, right, console each other after guilty verdicts were handed down to Nathanial Kangas. A hearing was scheduled Friday to set a sentencing date. The officers were shot at Kangas’ home in the village of Tanana, about miles west of Fairbanks, as they attempted to arrest Kangas’ father. Defense attorney Greg Parvin argued that Kangas was not guilty of premeditated murder and said the he was trying to protect his father. Arvin Kangas was previously convicted of evidence tampering for manipulating the troopers’ bodies and guns after they died to make it appear as if the officers had drawn their weapons during the arrest attempt.
Family of Nikolaevsk man shot by Troopers left with more questions than answers
In turn, her family grew suspicious, then fearful. Was Linda safe, they wondered? She begged Robinson-Wells to come pick her up.
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Fairbanks, Alaska — Acting U. Senior District Judge Ralph R. Beistline to months in prison, followed by three years of supervised release, for being a felon in possession of a firearm. On Feb. Thompson has an extensive criminal history including three prior felonies and possessed this firearm in furtherance of a drug trafficking offense.
Thompson gave several false names and dates of birth in order to avoid service of his four outstanding arrest warrants. Under his seat was a loaded, stolen,. A subsequent search of his phone uncovered further evidence of drug trafficking including receiving a text message with a bank account number from Taming Ting — a drug trafficker who was subsequently indicted federally for trafficking methamphetamine. The entire circumstances of this case show the firearm was not just illegally possessed by Thompson, but was possessed in order to further the distribution of narcotics while in Fairbanks.
The other plane, a Cessna Caravan, crashed and burst into flames Friday around p. Each was the only person onboard. A federal accident investigator has said two earlier midair collisions were marked by the same factor: aircraft that were difficult to spot amid mountainous terrain. Sprague had taken off from the Bering Sea village of Tununak, Alaska.
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Add to Chrome. Sign in. News Break App. Fairbanks police investigate death of woman found in Chena River. The woman was last seen at a local business. The business had called police requesting a welfare check after she was seen walking towards Chena River. Troopers search for Fairbanks woman last seen walking dog near home. According to a missing person bulletin, year-old Debra Stevens left her home around 10 a. Sunday to take her dog for a walk.
Homer man accused of sexually abusing a minor
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Kristen Sprague, 26, was flying a Cessna operated by rural freight carrier Ryan Air, according to Alaska State Troopers. She made an emergency landing.
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An Anchor Point man was arrested this week in connection with several sexual abuse charges, and law enforcement officials have expressed concern that there may be more victims in incidents dating back decades. Alaska State Troopers arrested Ronald Komakhuk, 53, this week, following a string of sex abuse charges. Komakhuk was taken into custody in Anchor Point remanded to the Homer jail. According to a release from the agency, in early February, AST received a reported of a teenager being sexually abused by a family member identified as Komakhuk.
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Con Lysle Compton allegedly invited a girl to his house to babysit his children on Dec. He had previously communicated with the girl frequently through a social media dating app, according a criminal complaint filed in court on Sunday. While she was at his house, Compton allegedly began showing her sexually explicit photos and videos early in the morning while his wife and children were sleeping.
He then allegedly tried to force his hands into her pants and underwear and forced her to touch him sexually. She told troopers she resisted and told him repeatedly to stop. Troopers began investigating the case Jan. Bell said Compton initially denied having sexual contact with the girl when he was questioned by law enforcement. Compton was charged with one count of first-degree sexual assault and two counts of second-degree sexual assault. Although the criminal complaint describes the victim as a minor, he has not been charged with sexual abuse of a minor, which is the crime of having sexual contact with someone 15 years of age or younger.
Compton has no prior record of sex crimes or felony charges in Alaska, according to an online records search. He pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct in a case, and a jury convicted him on one count of misdemeanor assault in a case. Contact Outdoors Editor Sam Friedman at
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The driver in a van crash that left two people dead July 4, was arraigned Tuesday. Charging documents say a seizure caused the wreck. It was a nearly full courtroom with family, friends and co-workers of both the defendant and the victims.
Alaska State Troopers evicted squatters on a property off South Bodenburg Loop known as ‘the compound’ Friday morning. Tim Rockey/.
Kake, a town of people on Kupreanof Island, has no police department and is only accessible by plane or boat. Alaska State Troopers had to wait for daylight, and for the bad weather to clear, before they could make the minute flight from Juneau to Kake. They also had to wait for the crime-scene technicians to arrive in Juneau on a two-hour flight from Anchorage, says Kake Tribal Council President Joel Jackson, the unofficial town guardian.
He also talked to witnesses, learning of three individuals who may have been involved. However, almost two years later, no arrests have been made. Jackson says state troopers he spoke with suspected the case was a homicide caused by blunt-force trauma. Alaska police declined to comment on the case. The size and scope of the problem is a mystery.
Poor data collection and reporting make it hard to know the actual numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous Alaskan women. Of the states surveyed, Alaska ranked fourth-highest on the list. As of , the National Crime Information Center reports that more than 5, Native American women have been reported missing, although some advocacy groups say that number is inaccurate.
Many small, remote towns and reservations have no police departments. Reaching them can take days and require boats or planes, with travel often hampered by weather. According to a National Institute of Justice study , more than 80 percent of Native women experience violence in their lifetimes.