The tiny Southeast village of Hoonah has received condolences from around the world for the recent shooting deaths of police officers Tony Wallace and Matt Tokuoka. The pair were ambushed by a lone gunman August 29th as they chatted with each other and their families on the town’s Front Street. John Marvin, Jr. has been charged with their murders, and is currently being held at Lemon Creek Correctional Center in Juneau on one million dollars bail.
Hundreds plan to attend a memorial service for Wallace and Tokuoka tomorrow in Hoonah. Among the mourners will be dozens of police officers from Alaska and the rest of the country.
As Casey Kelly reports, the law enforcement community has rallied around the town in the days since the shooting.
- The series of simulated drills was known as the Arctic Chinook exercise and wrapped Thursday morning in Kotzebue, according to a Coast Guard press release.
- Scientists are trying to learn how to prevent botulism in seal oil, a main ingredient in many traditional Alaska Native foods.
- Alaska's earthquake simulator will visit Wednesday, Aug. 31, to Thursday, Sept. 1, in downtown Juneau giving residents some emergency preparedness practice at an event that promises to shake, rattle and roll.
- The creator of the Facebook page the Juneau Community Collective is running for public office and that created a problem. He had to figure out how to continue moderating political comments on the page without falling into a conflict of interest.