907 Updates November 23, 2019

KTVA The Voice of Alaska: US Attorney, FBI on Alaska hate crimes: ‘They are prosecuted’: APD: Man arrested for murder, arson in burning SUV death; Johnson’s sentencing for Grunwald murder delayed to mid-2020; News Inside the Gates: Mass casualty rescue training; Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day gives Alaska girls hands-on experience and more ->
KTUU: Machete murder conviction overturned because of flawed jury instruction; Saildrones return from the Arctic after milestone research mission; New legislation would address cold cases of missing women in Alaska; Anchorage Fire Department closures likely to continue until 2020; Alaska organization gets $5M grant from Amazon CEO to help homeless families; Alaska airports to see $33M share of federal-level grant monies; Fire survivor creates art piece honoring firefighters who saved his home; Dyslexia a challenge for students and teachers in Alaska schools; Blue Market AK opens retail store in Anchorage and more ->
KTOO Public Media: Family members suspected and JPD confirms that alcohol was a factor in fatal Juneau car crash; Metlakatla, which depends on water, has moved quickly to accommodate the realities of drought and more ->
KYUK Public Media for Alaska’s Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta: Rotting Floor In Bethel Public Works Building Could Cost Millions To Fix and more ->
Fairbanks News Webcenter 11: Attorney general unveils plan on missing Native Americans; The Fairbanks Art Association temporarily relocates to the Noel Wien Library and more ->
The Arctic Sounder: Utqiagvik celebrates first whale of season in November; Who Done It and more ->
Anchorage Police Department: Attorney General William P. Barr Launches National Strategy to Address Missing and Murdered Indigenous Persons
Anchorage Police Department: How you deal with package theft; Take 2

Last week we talked about how it’s the season for package theft and what you should do about it should it happen to you. Apparently too much early egg nog and gingerbread cookies were consumed in our spirited writing– we have some minor tweaks to make regarding our previous instructions.

So here it is – Take Two – on what you should do if some Grinch steals any of your mail from your mailbox or packages from your porch (which is very rude and very non-Christmassy to boot). We are going to ask you to please report the theft twice: once to us and once to the appropriate mail service.

If you have good suspect information like a name or license plate and/or the theft is actively happening, please call Dispatch at 3-1-1 (option #1). If you do not have any solid suspect information, please fill out an online report with us which you may do on our website www.muni.org/police. It’s not uncommon for us to recover stolen items, to include mail, while investigating other crimes. The more information we have regarding a criminal incident, the more opportunity we have to return the stolen property to its rightful owner and to build a case against the person(s) responsible.

Please also report the theft to whomever delivered the mail that was subsequently stolen. If someone absconded with the contents of your mailbox, please report it to the United States Postal Service (USPS). If USPS delivered a package to your front door which was later taken, also report it to USPS. If another carrier delivered a package to your door step which was later confiscated by some inconsiderate soul with sticky fingers, please report the theft to that delivery service (Fed Ex, UPS, DHL, and etcetera).

If you see something, say something. Give us a shout if you notice anything out of the ordinary. It’s also helpful if you can get to know your neighbors and watch out for one another. Stay safe out there and we wish all of you a happy holiday season.

Anchorage Police Department
716 W 4th Ave
Anchorage, AK 99501

Emergency: 9-1-1
Non-emergencies: 907-786-8900
Craig Medred: Long gone
Science by Ned Rozell, Anchorage Press: What killed the world’s giants?
Alzheimer’s Association: Nov. journal highlights: First MCI prevalence estimates in US Latino populations
“Alaska has the fastest growing population of people 65 years and older compared with any other state; moreover, Alaska Native and American Indian people make up to 20% of Alaska’s population. Therefore, healthcare systems will need to tailor their services in anticipation of an increase in the numbers of patients suffering from Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias,” the authors write.