907 Updates August 11, 2017

By Beth Verge and Cameron Mackintosh BREAKING: Police addressing standoff in Abbott Loop area
By John Tracy: Reality Check w/ John Tracy: Does Stacey Graham deserve reduced sentence?
But now, Graham is appealing his sentence because he thinks it’s too long. He wants a do-over– and under state law, he gets one. And, the families of the girls are feeling less forgiving. They are angry and confused– and they should be.
By Sidney Sullivan: MAP: See how 2017 Anchorage homicides compare to the deadliest year on record

By Dan Carpenter: Federal sexual violence investigation targets Anchorage School District

By Sean Maguire: AST says 42 iPads were stolen from Tok School

Tech security tips for back to school shopping
By Shawn Wilson: Operation Homefront gets JBER students ready for school

By Kalinda Kindle: Blending in alternative schooling options for Mat-Su students
By Tracy Sinclare: Early season storm will bring snow and high surf to northern Alaska
As the storm moves through, snow will fall in the Brooks Range. It will begin Friday in the western mountains. And it will move to the eastern passes by Sunday. Some passes in the Brooks Range could see 6 inches, or more, of snow.
David Samson: Colorectal Cancer Death Rates Rising in People Under 55
By Steffi Lee Photojournalist: Rachel McPherron With the ban on the sale of May Day trees, what more can Anchorage do to stop the spread?
Rodda said he’s received calls from private homeowners asking the municipality for tree removal help, but the city can’t work on private property.

By Megan Schnese, University of Alaska, Anchorage The Pros and Cons of Living in Alaska
Lake Tahoe authors win first at Pacific Northwest Writers Association conference
In his 20s, Bruce Rettig worked at least 12 hours each day of the week — on the Trans-Alaska Pipeline.

“We were trapped in a time warp, interactions almost exclusively limited to the confines of a camp consisting of seven barges and 10 tugboats anchored off a thin spit of land jutting into the Arctic Ocean,” he states in his new nonfiction novel “Refraction.”

Now 30 years after his summers spent on Alaska’s North Slope, Rettig has chronicled his experience working in the Prudhoe Bay Oil Field in his memoir, which took first place in the nonfiction/memoir category of the 2017 Pacific Northwest Writers Association contest held from Thursday, July 20, through Sunday, July 23.

“Arrest made at Waldron location. Roads still closed but will be open once the target residence has been cleared.” from Anchorage Police Department : Nixle

“Arrest made at Waldron location.”
from Anchorage Police Department : Nixle

Arrest made at Waldron location. Roads still closed but will be open once the target residence has been cleared.

At 1:11 PM on Thursday, August 10, 2017, Anchorage Police responded to the 2300-block of Waldron Drive in reference to an injured male. Police made contact with that person outside; he was transported to the hospital with a non-life-threatening gunshot wound. Police learned the suspect was located in a home with at least one other person. The situation was treated as a hostage situation as we did not know the condition of the other people in the home with the armed suspect.

At 2:00 PM SWAT arrived on the scene and began negotiations with the suspect. At 3:17 PM the suspect and another adult female came out of the residence without incident and were taken into custody. Neither of them were injured. No one else has been located inside the house.

The suspect is 50-year-old Darin Lee Jones. APD had issued a press release in regards to him on August 9th as he was wanted for a felony probation warrant. Jones will be remanded on that warrant and he will have additional charges associated with today’s incident. Jones is believed to be the one responsible for shooting the victim taken to the hospital.

The relationship between Jones, the victim, and the adult female is still unknown. The female is currently being questioned; we have not yet confirmed whether she was a hostage or not. We have also not yet confirmed who the home belongs to and whether or not any of the three adults live there.

Over three dozen APD employees were at the scene for the road closures and perimeter. Lake Otis between Dowling and Tudor is shut down as well as the area surrounding 50th and Waldron. Once SWAT has finished clearing the involved residence and property, those roadways will be opened up.

APD Case 17-32162

“UPDATE to shooting call in Lake Otis/Waldron area.” from Anchorage Police Department : Nixle Thursday August 10th, 2017 :: 02:29 p.m. AKDT

“UPDATE to shooting call in Lake Otis/Waldron area.” from Anchorage Police Department : Nixle

UPDATE – A gunshot wound victim has been transported to a hospital with non-life-threatening wounds. The suspect is believed to be armed and inside a house. There may be hostages inside with him as well. Officers have a perimeter set up around the home.

SWAT has arrived on-scene and negotiations have begun. Depending on how the call progresses, and what tactics are used, loud bangs and noises may be heard.

Motorists are asked to avoid the area and area residents are asked to stay inside their homes as we work through this developing situation.

907 Updates August 10, 2017

By Sidney Sullivan: APD arrests suspect on multiple charges of assault
By Travis Khachatoorian: Gov. Walker disputes article implying he’s “anti-Trump”
By Travis Khachatoorian: UA passes $5 million capital budget; president calls amount “disappointment”
By Mike Ross: Pay raises approved for APD & AFD chiefs
By KTVA Web Staff: 2 dead in separate Anchorage homicides overnight
By KTVA Web Staff: Motorcyclist killed in South Anchorage crash had green light, police say
By Steffi Lee Photojournalist: Rachel McPherron Cost of living, changed retirement system cause teacher recruitment struggles: official

“Violent assault suspect arrested” from Anchorage Police Department : Nixle

On 8/8/17 around 1 p.m., Officers responded to the area of 36th and Wisconsin to investigate a reported violent assault. The victim was then transported to the emergency room for treatment.

The preliminary investigation found that victim was offered a ride by the suspect in the area of Minnesota Drive and Spenard Road. The victim didn’t know the suspect. The victim accepted the ride, however the suspect did not take her to where she wanted to go, instead the suspect drove the victim to the area of 36th & Wisconsin and asked her to exit the vehicle. As the victim walked away from the vehicle, the suspect tackled her, got on top of her, grabbed her neck with both hands to strangle her and told her he was going to kill her. He then strangled her until she went unconscious. The suspect then did things sexually to himself while she was unconscious. After the assault, the suspect left the victim and drove to work at the Ted Stevens International Airport where he is employed as an Air Traffic Controller.

The suspect has been identified as Justin Schneider (33-years-old). He was taken into custody last night for an outstanding warrant associated to this case. He faces charges of 2nd Degree Assault, 3rd Degree Assault and 1st Degree Harassment.

If you have any information regarding this incident or whether he has assaulted anyone else, please call APD Dispatch at 786-8900 (press “0” to speak with an operator). To remain anonymous you may contact Crime Stoppers at 561-STOP or online at www.anchoragecrimestoppers.com.

APD Case: 17-31841

“Violent assault suspect arrested” from Anchorage Police Department : Nixle

907 Updates August 09, 2017

By Leroy Polk: Demolition begins on housing complex that went up in flames, killing three
The fire was officially labeled a criminal investigation by investigators with the Anchorage Police Department, which has said it was a case of arson and homicide. So far, no one has been found responsible for the fire or arrested in the homicide deaths of the three victims.
By Chris Klint: Charges: Suspects in 15th Avenue crash were driver, gunman in Carrs Safeway robbery
By Lauren Maxwell: Anchorage woman says she was scammed out of king crab feast
By Heather Hintze: Vaccine program wipes out Hepatitis B in Alaska

By Blake Essig: Norwegian Fjord horses catch one-way flight to Rainy Pass Lodge

907 Updates August 08, 2017

By Travis Khachatoorian: Dozens of Anchorage-based immigrants naturalized as US citizens
By KTVA Web Staff Juneau chef crowned ‘King of American Seafood’
Great American Seafood Cook-off: View competition highlights or recipes of the dishes

By Daybreak Staff Recipe Box: Simple recipes from Alaska Railroad chefs
By Kimberly Hyde: Child ID Kits vital in helping law enforcement find missing children
Child ID Kits
By Associated Press: Nationwide teacher shortage amplifies Alaska schools’ woes
Lower Kuskokwim School District Supervisor Joshua Gill says he has offered rookie teachers $52,000, only to find out another school district already offered them $70,000. But he says competitive salaries aside, he still has to convince people to come to “bush Alaska” where they have teacher housing without running water.
By Liz Raines Photojournalist: Andy Nitchman Reminders of fatal Royal Suite fire fall as demolition begins
By Daniella Rivera Photojournalist: Nick Swann Assembly wants more accountability as costly project nears launch
By Associated Press: Alaska tribes seek talks with Canada about mining projects
By Laurel Downing Bill: Story Time with Aunt Phil: Sitka’s stolen totem pole