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Alaska State Troopers say they’ve charged several inmates at Fairbanks Correctional Center with rioting and assault for their roles in a disturbance at the jail Thursday that led to a lockdown and street closure.

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The Fairbanks Police department remains understaffed, despite a recently approved hiring bonus. Police Chief Eric Jewkes told City Council members this week the substandard pay is driving high turnover and making recruiting difficult. And while a new labor contract is being contested in court, Jewkes says the short-staffed department must deal with a spike in violent crime.


Kangas Guilty

May 16, 2016
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A Tanana man has been convicted of first degree murder for killing 2 Alaska State Troopers. Twenty 2 year old Nathaniel Kangas shot Sargent Scott Johnson and Trooper Gabe Rich on May 1st 2014 as they tried to arrest his father at the Kangas home in Tanana. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, jurors spent less than 6 hours deliberating following a week of testimony, which included eye witness accounts and audio recordings of the killings.

Closing arguments in the trial of a Tanana man charged with killing 2 Alaska State Troopers, are scheduled for tomorrow (Fri) in Fairbanks Superior Court. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, presentation of evidence in the Nathaniel Kangas murder trial ended Wednesday.

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Alaska State Troopers and federal officers on Friday captured a man who skipped town on Jan. 21st, just before he was scheduled to begin serving time for a conviction on charges stemming from  a high-speed chase that ended in a 10-hour standoff with police in September. Michael Bracht, a former Dot Lake resident, was captured Friday in Tok.


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UPDATE: Alaska State Troopers arrested a fugitive in downtown Fairbanks yesterday.


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High-intensity headlights are popular and getting more so, especially here in Alaska during the long, dark winter months. They’re called “moose lights,” because they help drivers see farther down the road than conventional headlights to spot animals and other hazards. But Alaska State Troopers say moose lights can also create a hazard by temporarily blinding oncoming motorists in the other lane.


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The survivor of the Dec. 6 avalanche at Rainbow Ridge returned to the site in the Eastern Alaska Range last week to recover the bodies of his friend and dog. Michael Hopper says he had to go, because Alaska State Troopers had ruled out a recovery mission until the danger of avalanche in the area subsided. That could’ve taken months.


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Alaska State Troopers say a man was killed and his companion was injured when they were buried in an avalanche Saturday evening while skiing near Isabel Pass.


Fairbanks, AK - A handful of Fairbanks schools have been on high security alert in the last two days due to two separate incidents. 

An armed standoff early Tuesday disrupted the morning commute for residents of west Fairbanks.  The incident also rerouted more than 20 school buses. Karen Gaborik is the School District Interim Superintendent.  She says at least 140 kids were late to morning classes. “That’s a fair number of students coming late to school," she says. "We also had staff who got stuck in traffic as well.”

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