ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police have released the name of a woman killed in a weekend home fire. Police say 47-year-old Katherine Schmidt died at the home in south Anchorage. The cause of death is under investigation. The Anchorage Fire Department shortly after 2 a.m. Sunday received 911 calls reporting a fire in a one-story home on Strawberry Road in the Sand Lake neighborhood. Arriving firetrucks found the home fully engulfed.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Police are trying to reunite cremated remains with the traveler who left them behind at Alaska's largest airport. The Anchorage Daily News reported Wednesday that someone at Ted Stevens Anchorage International Airport last August left a Ziploc bag with human ashes at a security checkpoint. If the remains are not claimed in the next few weeks, they will be stored at a cremation center.
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Anchorage police have released the name of a man shot and killed Monday night on the city's east side. Police say 23-year-old Navarrow Andrews died. Dispatchers shortly after 10:30 p.m. Monday took a call of shots fired on Taku Drive just south of the Glenn Highway. Responding officers found Andrews near the road with a gunshot wound to his upper body.
Location: Richardson Highway
Type: DUI & Refusal, Probation Violation
On April 11, 2019 at 0448 hours Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle driving the wrong way on a Richardson Highway entrance ramp. Troopers contacted the occupants who were identified as Lauren Bonn, age 23 of Fairbanks, and Tyson Kriska, age 28 of Kaltag. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Bonn for Driving Under the Influence and Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, and the arrest of Kriska for a Probation Violation. Both were remanded to the Fairbanks Correctional Center without incident.
Location: Goat Mountain near Eklutna Lake
Type: SAR/body recovery
On 4-10-2019, the AKRCC contacted the on-call state SAR coordinator reporting a climber had fallen while climbing on Goat Mountain near Eklutna Lake with unknown injuries. Their climbing partner was descending down to the fallen climber when phone contact was lost. Due to the technical terrain, the AKRCC was tasked and accepted the mission. The AKRCC tasked and launched the 176th Wing HH-60G helicopter crew and Pararescuemen. The flight crew were able to locate the climbers and make their way to the location. The fallen climber, identified as Daniel Dresher, age 25 of New Mexico, had fallen approximately 500 feet and was deceased. The medical examiner’s office was contacted and gave permission to remove the body from the location. The AKRCC was able to recover the body, transport the climbing partner and fly both via HH-60G to JBER where AKANG personnel were met by the State medical examiner and AST. Next of kin for Dresher was notified.
Location: Goat Mountain near Eklutna Lake
Type: SAR- injured skier
On 4-10-2019, the AKRCC contacted the on-call state SAR coordinator reporting a skier was injured and needed assistance on Goat Mountain near Eklutna Lake at the 2800’ level. Due to the technical terrain the AKRCC was tasked and accepted the mission. The AKRCC tasked and launched the 176th Wing HH-60G helicopter crew and Pararescuemen. The flight crew were able to locate the injured skier who was identified as Russell Johanson, age 34 of Wasilla. Johanson was transported to an Anchorage hospital for treatment of a non-life threatening injury.
Location: New Stuyahok
Type: Assault in the 4th Degree / Resisting Arrest
On April 6th, 2019 at approximately 1515 hours, the Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) in New Stuyahok received a report of a disturbance on Wallace Street. The VPSO responded and contacted two intoxicated individuals on the street. No crime was determined, so the VPSO helped in getting both individuals to their respective homes safely. At one residence, the intoxicated individual became combative towards the VPSO. Subsequent investigation resulted in the arrest of Noah Pavella, age 24 of New Stuyahok, for one count of Assault in the 4th Degree, and one count of Resisting Arrest.
Type: Driving Under the Influence/Probation Violation/Minor Operating after Consuming Alcohol/Minor Consuming Alcohol
On 4/11/19 at 0905 hours, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a pickup for following too closely near mile 89 Sterling Highway in Soldotna. The driver was identified as Zachary Taylor Johnson, age 20 of Soldotna. Investigation revealed Johnson was impaired by alcohol and on felony probation with a condition not to consume alcohol. Johnson was arrested for Driving under the Influence and Probation Violation. He was also cited for Following Too Closely, Minor Operating after Consuming Alcohol, and Minor Consuming Alcohol. Johnson was transported and remanded at Wildwood pretrial without bail.