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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.


There was a funeral service in the village of Northway today (Fri) for a man shot by police in Fairbanks earlier this month. Twenty one year old Mathew Colton Stover of Northway died in a confrontation with FPD officers in a field next to Fairbanks Correctional Center on June 19th. As KUAC’s Dan Bross reports, questions remain about Stover’s motivation and what happened with police.

Alaska State Troopers and Fairbanks Police exchanged fire with 2 men following a vehicle chase on the city’s south side this (Weds.) morning. Alaska State Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters says the incident started at about 9 AM with the attempted pullover of a vehicle for a basic traffic violation at the intersection of South Cushman Street, the Mitchell Expressway and the Richardson Highway.