Local soldier dies of gunshot


  A Fort Wainwright Soldier died from a gunshot wound early Saturday morning while in his car near Hess Avenue and University Avenue in Fairbanks.
Specialist Corey R. Smathers, 22, of Glouster, Ohio, who was an infantryman with the 1st Battalion, 24th Infantry Regiment, 1st Stryker Brigade Combat Team, 25th Infantry Division at Fort Wainwright, was found dead at the scene by Alaska State Troopers.
Smathers entered the Army in March 2010, completed basic and advanced individual training at Fort Benning, Ga., and arrived at Fort Wainwright in July 2010.
The incident is under investigation by the Alaska State Troopers.
The next of kin have been notified.