Martin Dennis Victor IV was arraigned in court Sunday afternoon, in a hearing replete with profanity and outbursts by the defendant. He is being charged in the attempted murder of his parents in a double-stabbing on Friday in Fairview.
According to charging documents, the suspect's father, Martin Victor III was trying to convince him to go to a hearing for another case against him, when the younger Victor became violent.
"Martin Victor IV got a knife and began stabbing his father. He then attacked his mother in an attempt to keep her from calling the police," officials wrote in charging documents. Both victims had life-threatening injuries and were transported to a local hospital for treatment.
According to a statement by the investigating officer, Detective James Anderson, he was not able carry a conversation with him. "He has obvious mental issues," the officer wrote in his statement in court.
Martin Victor IV is being charged with two counts of first degree assault and and two counts of first degree attempted murder.
UPDATE April 19: Troopers have positively identified the deceased victim in Saturday's Talkeetna double shooting as 33-year-old Andre Lafrance of Wasilla.
The victim's next of kin have been notified but no other information is being released at the time.
Trooper spokesperson Beth Ipsen wrote in an email to Channel 2 News that the other man involved in the shooting is still listed as being in critical condition and his family has not yet been notified.
ORIGINAL STORY: One man was killed and another critically injured with gunshot wounds in Talkeetna, early Saturday morning, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch.
Troopers say that the Palmer Police Department received a call from a person calling on a cell phone around 12:51 a.m. Spokesperson for the Alaska State Troopers, Beth Ipsen told Channel 2 News that the caller reported that he had killed someone. But he provided no other information.
"Several hours later using information provided by the cell phone provider, Talkeetna Troopers were able to locate the scene in the Montana Creek area of Talkeetna," troopers wrote.
Initial investigations revealed that there were two men with gunshot wounds in the house.
"One of the male subjects was pronounced dead at the scene and the other was flown to an Anchorage hospital," troopers wrote.
The man found dead at the scene has not yet been identified and the man flown to Anchorage has been listed to be in critical condition. Troopers are attempting to contact the injured man's next of kin at the time.
Officers and investigators are at the scene.
This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
Kachemak Drive in Homer is currently closed to traffic due to a road slough Sunday morning, according to a press release from the Homer Police Department.
According to the release, the road slough took place around 8:00 a.m. and the road will remain closed until further notice.
"The road has washed out approximately 1/2 mile in from the intersection of Spit Road / Ocean Drive," police wrote.
On their website, Homer police advise all traffic to avoid the area and to use the E. End Road Access.
Homer News reports "Wet soils apparently caused the slope below the road to slide into Mud Bay, taking out about a 100-foot section of the east-bound lane. The slide pushed one clump of spruce trees that had been by the edge of the road about 100 yards into Mud Bay."
This is a developing story. Please check back for updates.
Two Wasilla residents are facing a slew of charges in connection to six separate residential burglaries and hundreds of mail thefts, Alaska State Troopers wrote in a dispatch Sunday.
Troopers and investigators from the Criminal Suppression Unit were involved March 11, in the investigation and search of a home and storage unit in Wasilla.
Investigators found that 35-year-old Timothy W. Taylor and 31-year-old Linda Friend of Wasilla were responsible for at least six different burglaries of homes in the Mat-Su area.
"During the investigation several hundred stolen items were recovered to include 35 stolen firearms, rare paintings, sporting equipment, tools, family heirlooms, and personal documents (passports, photo ID's, U.S. Postal mail, birth certificates, bank / credit cards, Tax / IRS Information etc.)," troopers wrote.
Based off of the recovered items, investigators say they were able to solve six unsolved burglaries.
According to troopers, further investigations revealed that the two had also been stealing U.S. mail from mailboxes.
Authorities contacted the U.S. Postal Service and they identified several hundred individuals and businesses that were victims of the mail theft. Those affected by the thefts were notified by USPS.
"Through the investigation CSU determined Taylor had stolen, forged and cashed several checks from one of the burglary victims," troopers wrote. "The estimated total value of all the recovered items is approximately $20,000, however many of the stolen items were family heirlooms and keepsakes and had more sentimental value than dollar value."
According to investigators at least one of the victims was a former customer of the company called 'Harding Ranch Meats,' with whom Taylor had worked in the past.
Taylor and Friend have been arrested and are in custody, investigators say. They are being charged with first degree burglary, second, third and fourth degree theft, first degree forgery, fraudulent use of an access device, scheme to defraud and evidence tampering.
Two others were identified as having been involved in the crimes as well, but are still unaccounted for.
An Alabama man suspected of robbing a bank in Alaska's capital has been arrested.
The Juneau Empire reports 52-year-old Larry Randolph Powell of Bay Minette is charged with robbing the Mendenhall Valley branch of Northrim Bank.
Police say a man walked into the bank at 11:15 a.m. Friday and claimed he had an explosive device. He did not display a weapon.
A security camera showed a heavyset man with a graying goatee leaving with a colored pouch.
Alaska Airlines personnel Saturday reported a suspicious man attempting to fly out. Powell was arrested shortly after noon at Juneau International Airport.
Police say Powell matched the description of the man recorded by the surveillance camera.
Powell is charged with felony robbery, theft and terroristic threats. He's being held without bail.
A 47-year-old motorcyclist is in critical condition after being hit by a suspected drunk driver Saturday in North East Anchorage, police wrote in a press release Sunday.
Police responded to reports of a collision around 8:30 p.m. Saturday at the intersection of Debarr Road and Edward Street.
Police investigations revealed that a motorcyclist was traveling westbound on Debarr and stopped at a red light at the intersection with Edward Street.
44-year-old Franklin Townsend, driving a 2008 white Mercedes, "struck the motorcyclist from behind and proceeded another 50 feet or so through the intersection before the vehicle came to a stop," police wrote.
Police say that the 47-year-old motorcyclist was transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries and remains in critical condition.
"Upon making contact with the driver of the Mercedes, 44-year-old Franklin Townsend, officers could smell an odor of alcohol," police wrote.
According to investigating officers, Townsend did not pass the standard field sobriety tests that they conducted at the scene as well.
Townsend was arrested and charged with an OUI and remanded to the Anchorage Jail. At the jail, Townsend refused to take a breathalyzer test and is being additionally charged with refusal to submit and third degree assault.
Townsend's bail was set at $5000 cash or corporate or a $1000 performance bond with a third party custodian.
UPDATE: The Department of Fish and Game has reconsidered its decision to kill the five bears that frequent Government Hill, officials wrote in a press release, Saturday evening.
"After receiving waves of requests from the public to spare the sow and her four yearling cubs, Gov. Bill Walker and the department made a collective decision today to instead relocate the bears," officials wrote.
According to the release, relocating bears has not always been a good option. A trash-eating bear that was killed last year on the University of Alaska Anchorage campus, had previously been relocated to a remote area near Eklutna, though she returned to Anchorage with her cubs, shortly after.
ORIGINAL STORY: A family of trash-eating bears that made headlines as they traipsed around Government Hill is getting a stay of execution from Alaska’s governor.
Department of Fish and Game officials said earlier this week there was no choice but to kill the five black bears that have been wandering around the Anchorage neighborhood due to the cost involved with relocation, potential diseases that may result, and the complexities of finding a welcoming home.
However, Gov. Bill Walker said Saturday from the Capitol — amid the frenetic close to the 90-day lawmaking session — that he found a minute to contact Fish and Game Commissioner Sam Cotten to instruct them to take another approach.
Walker said he was concerned when he saw news reports that the bears could be put down.
“I've been following it, watching it,” he said. “I just think this is the season that we can give them another try elsewhere. I really didn’t think the bears had done anything wrong.”
Grace Jang, the governor’s spokeswoman, said the department will make another attempt to relocate the animals but will keep public safety as the top priority.
Fish and Game officials previously said the city needs to deal with its garbage problem to prevent future incidents where bears are put down due to public safety concerns.
Residential areas known to be frequented by bears often have no bear-proof trash cans: “If we can deal with the bear garbage attraction situation properly, they’ll still be around but you won’t see them as much,” said Sean Farley, a research biologist.
WATCH: Gov. Bill Walker talks about his decision outside of his Juneau office
UPDATE: The Reese family that owned the burned-down lodge in Palmer, issued a small statement on their public facebook page Saturday thanking all the people that offered their condolences.
"We all grieve together the loss of this special place that held so many memories and the hope of its future restoration," the family posted. "We are heartbroken."
According to the facebook post, the lodge had been temporarily closed for repair work after some vandalism and because it was closed, it was not insured.
ORIGINAL STORY: Crews from the Palmer Fire Department and the Division of Forestry responded to a fire that destroyed a historic lodge near Hatcher Pass Friday evening.
"The fire (was) through the roof and (the roof) was starting to collapse," said Norm MacDonald of the Division of Forestry.
Casey Cook of Mat-Su Emergency Services says because the lodge is outside the fire service area no attempts were made to fight the blaze, with efforts confined to making sure the fire didn't spread.
Cook says there are no reports of anyone inside the lodge or being injured. He says it's a major loss to the Mat-Su Borough.
According to the website Alaska.org, the Motherlode Lodge is a two-story, 13,208-square-foot, wood-frame building. The travel website says the original smaller lodge, known as the Little Su Roadhouse, was built in 1942 to serve people traveling to the Independence Mine and between Palmer and Willow. It was expanded in 1983 to include 14 guest rooms, dining and meeting rooms, and a day lodge.
Viewer Kris Adams sent this video showing the Motherlode Lodge as it was burning to the ground.
The cause of the fire is unknown.
This is a developing story...
Alaska State Troopers arrested a woman Friday for driving under the influence, with a revoked license and for making a 12-year-old child blow into the ignition interlock device on her car.
Troopers received a REDDI report about a dangerous driver around 8:46 p.m. on Thursday, in the Funny River Road area.
Investigating troopers located the suspect vehicle on King Salmon Avenue and found that 30-year-old Tiffany Porter of Soldotna was driving under the influence of alcohol with a revoked license.
"Further investigation revealed that Porter is required to have an ignition interlock device (IID) installed in her vehicle, there was an IID device installed although Porter was having the 12-year-old male blow into it so she could continue to drive the vehicle," troopers wrote.
Porter has been arrested and charged with a DUI, driving with revoked license, endangering the welfare of a minor and avoidance of an IID device. She is being held at Wildwood Pre-Trial Facility without bail.
One man was shot multiple times outside his Fairview home Saturday, Anchorage police wrote in press release.
APD received reports of a man who had been shot around 7:30 a.m. at the 1000 Block of E 13th Avenue.
"Police and medics responded to the scene and located an adult male with gunshot wound; he was transported to a local hospital and is in stable condition," police spokesperson Jennifer Castro wrote in a press release.
According to reports given to police, the victim heard a noise outside his home and went to investigate.
"He armed himself and went outside and when he went to the back side of his house he was shot," investigating officer Sgt. Cameron Hokenson told Channel 2 News.
"The suspect was described as a black male in his early 30's," police wrote.
Anyone with information about this shooting is asked to contact the police at 786-8900. To leave an anonymous tip on the Anchorage Crime Stoppers website or to call 561-STOP.
With a goal of protecting people, some Government Hill residents are discussing the idea of raising money to have their neighborhood black bears relocated.
IN THIS VIDEO:
-- "We've pretty much ran out of options with these bears," said Ken Marsh of the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.
-- Fish and Game says relocating the black bear family is not realistic because bears have a tendency to come back.
-- Solid Waste Services talks about a new pilot program that could help keep bears out of people's trash cans.
Read more here...
A double stabbing in Fairview has put two people in the hospital with life-threatening injuries.
Police say the suspect, 40 year-old Martin Victor is in custody and is being held without bail.
Police say they received a call shortly after 9 a.m. Friday from someone reporting they had been stabbed.
Police went to a home near the corner of Medfra Street and 16th Avenue where they say they encountered a man and woman with serious stab wounds.
The couple were immediately transported to a hospital for emergency surgery. Police reported the couple were in stable condition Friday evening.
Victor, who Anchorage police say lived in the same residence as the two victims, has been charged with two counts of attempted murder and two counts of assault.
Read more here...
Attorneys for the state and Shane Heiman's public defenders painted two very different portraits of the same man. Those depictions were reiterated by the attorneys in closing arguments before the jury began deliberating at the Kenai Courthouse Friday.
Heiman, is charged with attempting to rape a woman he knew through his job as a construction worker. The victim, identified only as "E," worked with him a few times when E's parents hired him to do work on a cabin they were building for her.
According to witness testimony, E escaped her cabin and ran, naked to her family's house next door where she called 911.
Prosecutor Kelly Lawson introduced other alleged victims. One of them accused Heiman of raping her a month before entering E's home. Lawson also introduced a victim of trespassing in 2008. In that case, a woman alleged she and her boyfriend woke up to find Heiman in their bedroom.
Lawson called Heiman a "creature of habit" who deliberately parks his truck far away to escape suspicion and uses a knife to ply his victims.
Defense attorney Josh Cooley argued that Heiman was drunk and had no intention of assaulting E.
"Does anyone want to wake up with someone in their house?" Cooley asked. "Absolutely not. Especially in their bedroom. This is not OK behavior, but it's not sexual assault."
Lawson is also charged with criminal trespassing and resisting arrest. The jury has heard more than a week of testimony and began deliberating Friday.
Anchorage police say a man is in custody after two people were stabbed at a Fairview home Friday morning.
APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in a statement that police were informed of a disturbance at the residence, on the 1600 block of Medfra Street, at about 9:15 a.m. Friday.
“Two victims have been transported to a local hospital with life-threatening injuries,” Castro wrote. “The suspect has been taken into custody.”
APD Sgt. Todd Kearns, one of the officers at the scene, said the suspect was captured on Karluk Street within minutes of police arriving. He described the suspect as a man in his mid-thirties to early forties.
A neighbor, Savannah Fielding, said one of the victims -- an older woman in a nightgown -- came to her neighbor’s home, where Fielding heard the woman say she had been stabbed. Fielding said someone waiting at a nearby bus stop called police to report the stabbing.
Castro said Friday that further information from the scene was limited, as investigators gather details.
"We're speaking with witnesses and interviewing the suspect," Castro said. "We've got a lot of work to do."
This is a developing story. Please check KTUU.com and the Channel 2 newscasts for updates.
Anchorage police are placing a high priority on ensuring that residents don’t celebrate Alaska’s legalization of recreational marijuana use on Monday, April 20 -- or "420," in pot parlance -- by driving under its influence.
APD spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said in a Friday statement that the department will add patrol officers throughout the weekend, looking for drivers operating under the influence of marijuana. The additional work will be covered by a federal grant from the Alaska Highway Safety Office.
“The OUI Marijuana Detail will begin this evening with four patrol units that will be specifically looking for impaired drivers, in addition to a Drug Recognition Expert that is assigned to the detail as well,” Castro wrote. “The detail will run through Monday evening, ending April 21.”
A tongue-in-cheek YouTube video accompanying the campaign shows a group of marijuana enthusiasts raiding the Red Apple supermarket in Mountain View for popular munchies like bacon, Funyuns and Nutella -- only to abandon their plans when they see an APD cruiser parked outside.
Castro said Friday afternoon that the officers conducting the added patrols will be on voluntary overtime. She likened the detail to those fielded for periods of likely alcohol DUIs such as St. Patrick’s Day, with the main difference being the drug recognition expert’s presence. With only three or four in the department, experts are usually assigned on a roving basis.
“It’s an additional detail, so it’s not taking any resources from current patrol,” Castro said. “This time, we’ll already have the DRE out there.”
The department’s handling of marijuana OUIs is similar to that of alcohol-based drunken-driving arrests, with officers pulling impaired subjects over and administering field sobriety tests. If a test for breath-alcohol content is negative, however, Castro said police will acquire a blood sample to undergo lab testing for THC compounds from marijuana.
“If you blow zero, but it’s clear you’re very impaired, we’ll get consent to draw your blood,” Castro said.
APD’s "420" video was assembled at no cost to the city by a local group called Urban Yeti Improv. The group’s website says it offers monthly shows of “the best improvisational comedy to hit the 907” at the Alaska Experience Theater.
“They were great in volunteering their time and effort,” Castro said.
The trial of 59-year-old Arvin Kangas opened with accounts of the fatal shooting of two Alaska State Troopers in the remote Yukon River village of Tanana.
The Fairbanks News-Miner reports that the trial began Thursday. Kangas is accused of tampering with evidence by unholstering and moving the troopers' guns after their deaths and disposing of marijuana plants.
Kangas' 21-year-old son, Nathanial Kangas, is awaiting trial on murder charges for the shooting of trooper Gabe Rich and Sgt. Scott Johnson.
The assistant attorney general said the troopers were planning to arrest the elder Kangas for threatening a public safety officer.
Arvin Kangas' wife testified she was in a separate room during the shootings and feared being shot herself.
She said she later saw Arvin Kangas wearing a glove and holding a trooper's handgun.
Juneau police are asking Southeast Alaska residents and businesses to keep an eye out for fake $10 rolls of quarters after a man tried to pass sections of pipe concealed in coin wrappers as cash.
Craig Allan Porter, 29, was taken into custody Thursday on a $5,000 arrest warrant for forgery, according to a Friday update on the case from Juneau Police Department Lt. Kris Sell. Police released an initial statement on the case Thursday morning, asking for public help to find Porter after “a string of frauds and thefts” extending from late March into last week.
“Current investigations show Porter used financial information from a former employer to buy 24 feet of one-inch-diameter threaded pipe,” Sell wrote Thursday. “In a later case, a piece of threaded pipe was found in a wrapper meant for quarters. An associate of Porter’s tried to use the pipe in a wrapper at a local store.”
Police haven’t recovered the remaining length of pipe, Sell said by phone on Friday. With a quarter roll coming in at about 2.5 inches in length, the pipe could be cut into more than 110 sections matching that size.
“We have those two, but we don’t know how many people have them,” Sell said. “They won’t know until they hit those pipes on the edge of a counter that these aren’t quarters.”
Sell said police are also concerned that Porter may have had previous success with the scam, based on the length of pipe he procured.
“You wouldn’t buy 24 feet of pipe as an experiment,” Sell said.
Police say Carter tried to leave Juneau Monday, but fled after he was questioned by an officer at Juneau International Airport. When JPD released its Thursday statement labeling the quarters scam its “Crime of the Week,” information quickly came in which led to Porter’s arrest.
“This Crime Line request for information was posted about 10 a.m. on April 16,” Sell wrote Friday. “By 11:45 a.m., JPD had received an anonymous tip that Porter had left Juneau on a ferry the previous afternoon bound for Bellingham.”
JPD asked Ketchikan police officers and Alaska Marine Highway System security officers to arrest Porter Thursday afternoon.
“At about 12:45 p.m., KPD officers met the just-docked ferry and contacted a man matching Porter’s description,” Sell wrote. “Their investigation revealed that the name and identification the man had was false and he was Porter.”
According to Sell, Porter’s fake ID showed the same craft as filling coin wrappers with pipe sections, although it fell apart on closer inspection.
“Having a false name with a false ID also shows some effort, but it didn’t hold up -- the picture wasn’t a good match to him,” Sell said.
Porter was arrested on the warrant for two counts of forgery, and was also charged with providing false information. He is expected to face additional charges in Juneau stemming from pending cases.
Sell expressed a grudging admiration for the audacity of the scheme Friday, even as police ask anybody who encounters one of the fake coin rolls to retain the item and call JPD at 907-586-0600.
“It was so authentic-feeling, you had to really feel it to figure out it wasn’t quarters,” Sell said. “You can’t make this up -- you could sit around all day and not come up with it, but someone did.”
An Anchorage judge sentenced a man to 60 years with 15 years suspended Friday for second-degree murder, in a brutal stabbing which left another man dead after a Downtown dispute more than three years ago.
Superior Court Judge Jack Smith handed down the long prison term for Yoder Blalock, who was 34 years old when he killed 38-year-old Nathan Tanape in the early hours of Oct. 30, 2011. Blalock also received an additional 23 months on an August 2011 assault conviction, an offense for which he had spent 77 days on informal probation at the time of Tanape’s stabbing.
Charging documents at the time said Blalock and Tanape got into an argument near an apartment on the 600 block of East 3rd Avenue. Tanape had been drinking in the residence but stepped outside and had a fatal confrontation with Blalock, who had just driven up to the building at about 5:30 a.m.
During the dispute Blalock, who had stopped at the apartment building to pick up a woman, was told to leave. Witnesses said Blalock then told Tanape, “I’ve got something for you,” returned to his truck to retrieve a large knife and a can of pepper spray, and sprayed Tanape in the face before repeatedly stabbing him in the face.
Tanape was rushed to a local hospital, but subsequently died of his injuries. A jury convicted Blalock of the crime in August 2014.
Smith said Friday Blalock was under treatment for mental illness but has shown hope for rehabilitation, based on his improvement. Blalock’s stepfather and sister both traveled to Anchorage from Washington state to discuss his progress.
Prosecutors contested that view at the hearing, asking for 80 years with 10 years suspended.
Tanape’s family also spoke at the trial, Jean Huntsman, Tanape’s mother, said she was still trying to make sense of Tanape’s death. Tanape’s son, Johnathan Tanape, questioned Blalock’s ability to re-enter society, saying that history repeats itself.
Smith also sentenced Blalock to 10 years of probation upon his release.
Channel 2’s Abby Hancock contributed information to this story.
Protesters in kayaks greeted a rig that could be used for oil drilling in the Arctic as it arrived in Port Angeles following a journey across the Pacific.
The 400-foot Polar Pioneer was due to be off-loaded in Port Angeles to have equipment installed. KOMO-TV reports about a dozen protesters greeted its arrival Friday morning.
The rig is expected to remain there for about two weeks before it's brought to Seattle for further staging.
Royal Dutch Shell hopes to use the rig for exploratory drilling during the summer open-water season in the Chukchi Sea off Alaska's northwest coast, if it can get the permits. Conservationists are bitterly opposed to drilling in the Arctic, saying it's not clear any spill could be cleaned up.
Six protesters with Greenpeace boarded the rig and camped out on it for six days this month before worsening seas forced them off it.
Lawmakers have approved a change to state law that would allow boroughs to alter road service areas without voter approval.
Boroughs would be able to change the boundaries to include or exclude land that is in more than one service area, or to include land that is partially in the service area if that provides the only road access.
Currently, such changes require voter approval, although a parcel can be removed from a service area without a vote if it doesn't rely on service area roads for access.
The bill passed the House on Thursday.
Sen. John Coghill introduced the bill at the request of the Fairbanks North Star Borough. It has already passed the Senate.