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.
Dillingham police arrested a man Saturday night who was allegedly dealing heroin from a boat in the harbor. Andrew “Weebee” Olsen, 29, was charged with one count of felony drug possession and one count of felony drug trafficking.
A family friend and neighbor of the Utah woman who was killed aboard a cruise ship off Alaska’s coast last week is raising money for her three daughters. He said the family appeared happy, and that he’s trying to help the children with a GoFundMe campaign.
Alcohol is believed to be a factor in the shooting death of an off-duty village police officer in Southwest Alaska. Adam Williams faces charges of first-degree murder in the shooting death of Nunapitchuk VPO Kyle Wassillie, 26, in Napaskiak.