The U.S. Attorney’s Office, District of Alaska, announced the sentencing of four Anchorage residents for their involvement in defrauding the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs out of almost $350,000 through a snow removal service, capping a six-year investigation.
The Fairbanks Police Department was able to safely defuse a standoff between themselves and a man with a gun. FPD closed off an area of Bentley Drive in Fairbanks Monday morning because of police activity.
Alaska State Troopers arrested 17-year-old Jamison Gallion charging him with starting multiple fires in the Two Rivers area. With a suspect in custody, trooper say the threat of fire is over. However, for victims of the fires, life is far from normal.
UPDATE: Alaska State Troopers and State Fire Marshals arrested 17-year-old Jamison Gallion on Thursday for a string of arsons in the communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley outside of Fairbanks. Troopers said the 17-year-old is charged with burning down multiple structures on Chena Hot Springs Road since May 2021.
Fairbanks is a town founded on gold mining, but a recent project to search for gold in the area is causing alarm among some residents. Felix Gold and Milrock Resources are in a strategic partnership to explore for gold in the Fairbanks area.
According to Alaska State Troopers a fire in the community of Two River/Pleasant Valley over the weekend has been determined to be an arson. Grange Hall on Grange Hall Road burned to the ground in the early morning hours of Saturday.
Just east of Fairbanks, Alaska are the communities of Two Rivers and Pleasant Valley. Over the last few months, life has been anything but pleasant for residents of the area as a serial arsonist has tormented them. The Alaska State Troopers have identified five fires as arsons and are investigating others. Just this weekend there were two fires in the community.
Over the last few months, at least four fires in Two Rivers, Alaska are considered to be arsons. Two Rivers is at 23 mile Chena Hot Springs Road just outside of Fairbanks and has no fire department. Over the weekend, the arsonist burned down two houses belonging to members of the McKee family.
Arson is suspected in a string of fires near two rivers. According to the Alaska State Troopers, multiple homes and buildings including the community center have burned down in what is expected to be arson.
The Alaska State Troopers are increasing traffic patrols around Fairbanks in an effort to catch unsafe drivers around the holiday. AST captain Mike Roberts says that this is part of a nationwide effort to stop impaired drivers.
Fairbanks Judge Brent Bennett announced his verdict in a murder trial involving a self defense claim. Ryder Smith, 23, was acquitted a charge of first degree murdered and found guilty of second degree murder.
According to a dispatch posted on Friday by the Alaska State Troopers (AST), troopers were involved in an officer involved shooting in Fairbanks early Friday morning. The suspect was reported deceased at the scene.