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.
- About 100 people attended a re-election campaign kick off event in Juneau for Gov. Walker and Lt. Gov. Mallott. Walker set aside a few minutes to take our questions.
- Gov. Bill Walker says he wouldn't go through the hassle of calling another special session this year if he didn't expect Alaska legislators to pass the bills on his agenda. But Walker faces an uphill battle in selling skeptical senators on his new tax bill.
- The bow of an abandoned boat could be seen this weekend drifting up and down the Gastineau Channel between Lemon Creek and the Douglas Bridge. A broadcast warning to mariners was issued Saturday, but no further action was being taken as of Sunday afternoon.
- With a surge in vehicle thefts in Anchorage, some residents are taking matters into their own hands. One group mobilizing through Facebook is reuniting stolen vehicles with their owners. Members of the A Team, as they call themselves, say they are filling a void left by overworked police.