907 Updates January 30, 2019

By Mike Ross & Leroy Polk: UPDATE: Search continues day after Alaska ambulance aircraft goes missing
By Daniella Rivera: Woman reports being forced into parking garage stairwell, raped
APD arrested 22-year-old Raymond Genaro on sexual assault charges.

According to court documents, Genaro initially told police he had hit a woman in the stairwell, then changed his story:

“When confronted with what detectives observed in the surveillance video, GENARO admitted to using force against [the victim] and that she did not like it. GENARO wrote a letter of apology stating, ‘Im [sic] sorry.’ On another piece of paper he wrote ‘I apologize for sexually assaulting you,’ then drew a line through the statement.”

According to online court records, Genaro’s bail is set at $10,000. If he is able to post the entire amount in cash, he’ll be released on pretrial supervision with an electronic monitor.

APD originally arrested Genaro on charges of first-degree sexual assault — penetration without consent — and second-degree sexual assault — contact without consent.

However, the Anchorage District Attorney’s Office has filed charges of attempted first-degree sexual assault and second-degree sexual assault.

The prosecutor assigned to the case was not immediately available for comment.
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By Elizabeth Roman: Man convicted for sexually abusing young girls in 2011
Hernandez faces a minimum required sentence of over 39 years active jail time for the combined offenses. He wasn’t present during his trial because “he was unable to conform his behavior to courtroom requirements.”
By Staff Reporter: Man who fires into crowded party near UAF pleads guilty, will serve 30 years
Lewis Tyshawn Harvin, age 20, pled guilty to second degree murder and was sentenced to 30 years in prison.
Harvin was involved in an incident near UAF in 2016 where he fired into a crowd of people, striking 19-year-old Janet Barragan in the neck. She was transported to Anchorage in critical condition and later died from the injuries.
By Derek Minemyer: UPDATE: Assembly approves bonds for school repairs
By Heather Hintze: Wasilla approves $10K to fund online sales tax research
KTOO Public Media: Schools push back on proposed midyear budget cut; State of Alaska sues second opioid manufacturer; Murkowski makes push to ratify Equal Rights Amendment and more ->
Alaska Native News: Coast Guard Investigates Death of Cutter Douglas Munro Crewmember; Alaska Air Guardsmen Rescue Distressed Individual at Yentna River Roadhouse; Stalker Arrested in Big Lake Following Extended Incident Tuesday Night and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Hunters Sleep In Bethel Parking Lot To Get Muskox Permits; USFWS Workers Return To Office After Nation’s Longest Federal Government Shutdown and more ->
By Julie Swisher: HEALTH REPORT: Chamber of Commerce discusses behavior health crisis in Fairbanks
By Sara Tewksbury: UAF Museum creating new virtual reality exhibit
By Julia Laude: Science scholarship aids young women in Alaska
VIDEO: Rasmussen Memorial Sled Dog Race takes to Anchorage trails The Alaska Sled Dog Racing Association hosted its annual mushing and skijoring event in memory of Norma Rasmussen.
Anchorage Museum adds audio video descriptions The Anchorage Museum added 7 audio video descriptions to artwork in an effort to increase access to patrons of all abilities and backgrounds.
Preserving Iditarod History in Knik One group is fighting to keep the historic trail preserved as development in Knik has grown in recent years.