907 Updates June 05, 2019

KTVA News: Teen gave candy to 5-year-old in exchange for sexual contact, troopers say; Troopers searching for burglar who damaged, stole from Wasilla property; Anchorage mom creates vending machine for baby supplies; Legislators want city to move faster on abating homeless camps and more ->
KTUU: 19-year-old Anchorage woman found dead, teen arrested for her murder; Update: 12-year-old arrested in connection with Chester Creek Homicide; Proposed legislation aims to minimize human-bear interactions in Anchorage; Spotlight on youth: YANA or You Are Not Alone spreads awareness of suicide prevention; At the Alaska Native Medical Center, path to recovery is aided by what comes out of the kitchen and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Bill to fund $3,000 PFD fails narrowly in Alaska Senate; NOAA is trying to encourage more observers to report sexual harassment; Felony charges climb to 13 in sexual assault case against Sitka doctor; Juneau Assembly passes city budget as state budget impacts loom and more ->
Alaska Native News: Driver of Dalton Highway Commercial Tanker Accident Dies at Scene, Cleanup of Spill Continues; Congressman Don Young Introduces Resolution Recognizing International Year of the Salmon; Alaska National Guard delivers torch for Veterans Golden Age Games from helicopter and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Trial begins for man accused of sexually abusing minors and incest; UAF volleyball program announces 2019 recruiting class and more ->
By Tess Thackara: The Hand of Native American Women, Visible at Last The role of women art-makers in Native communities has gone widely ignored. Now a bold museum show, by and for these women, is shining a light on 1,000 years of their art.
By Brannon Finney: Alaskan Girl captain speaks her piece

Nathan Pilling, Kitsap Sun: Bainbridge-based Team Sail Like a Girl sets sail for second Race to Alaska title

Anchorage Police Department – It’s WHAT NOT TO DO WEDNESDAY 🚓 #WNTDW

One of the top requests we get from citizens is that we conduct more traffic enforcement. Many of the people who actually receive the tickets tend to voice the opinion that we should “go after the real criminals” and “find something more important to do.” Sometimes these opinions are peppered with colorful language when delivered. Regardless of your opinion, increased traffic enforcement and the writing of tickets greatly reduces traffic fatalities and injuries. Keeping citizens safe and enforcing the law is our job and is what we do. Even when it makes some folks angry. It falls under the “it’s for your own good” category.

Another reason why traffic enforcement is so important is because traffic stops very often lead to other things. Here are two stories that exemplify that very thing. They are a few years old but are excellent examples:

Story #1: An APD officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a regular traffic violation. After the officer exited his patrol vehicle and was in the process of approaching the car on foot, the driver shot himself in the head and died immediately. Further investigation revealed the driver had gotten fired from his job that morning and told his coworkers he’d be back to shoot the place up. It appeared that is where the driver was headed when the officer intervened. That was a rough day for the officer and devastating for the driver’s family. The stop also very probably put the kibosh on a workplace shooting.

Story #2: One of our officers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for a traffic violation. The vehicle had four occupants inside and the officer ID’d all of them. A few hours later we responded to a homicide. Witnesses were able to provide the getaway vehicle’s description but could not say who was inside. Low and behold the getaway car was the same one the officer had stopped earlier that day. Because of the information gathered from that stop the perpetrators were identified quickly and led to arrests for the murder.

Use your inside voice, play well with others, and remember we’re all in this together.