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Channel 2 NewsA former Alaska man admitted to the Kauai Police Department that he stabbed his girlfriend to death, according to Hawaii court documents. On Saturday, KPD arrested 26-year-old Steven Michael Wilson and he was charged with second-degree murder for...
Tags: Human Interest
Channel 2 NewsYou need not look any further than a couple blocks from Alaska's capitol building to see what the potential effects of an $8 million cut to behavioral health would have on Juneau's Polaris House. Executive Director Dorothy Green says her facility...
Channel 2 NewsAnchorage police are seeing a growing trend in heroin use, and say heroin-related deaths outnumber traffic fatalities in recent years. According to Sgt. Kathy Lacey, heroin is becoming the drug of choice for more young people -- with the average age of...
Tags: Heroin, Addiction, Drug Trafficking
Channel 2 NewsEstimates indicate Alaska's prison population could reach capacity by 2016 even as a new prison is just gearing up. Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt told the House Judiciary Committee on Wednesday that his department is taking steps aimed at...
A Wasilla lawmaker has proposed allowing drug testing for certain recipients of public assistance. Rep. Wes Keller, in a sponsor statement, says Alaska substance abuse costs are staggering. He says while the Department of Health and Social Services...
Channel 2 NewsAlaska's rate of violent death is up five percent, but homicides and suicides have dropped 11 percent and two percent, respectively, according to a new study released by the Division of Public Health. The study shows a total of 1,237 violent deaths...
Channel 2 NewsThe Director of the Behavioral Health and Wellness Program at the University of Colorado, Dr. Chad Morris, will speak with Alaska tobacco and behavioral health experts today, January 8, as part of a summit at the Alaska Mental Health Trust Offices....
Tags: Behavioral Conditions, Mental Health, Health
Channel 2 NewsHigh costs, low temperatures and polar bears are only some of the challenges for the people who call Barrow, Alaska home. For more than 4,000 residents of the state's northernmost city, only one thing is for sure: it isn't easy. Barrow sits 320 miles...
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Channel 2 NewsByron Syvinski was sentenced Friday to 19 years behind bars for beating and robbing a 7-year-old girl in Midtown last summer, and an additional six months for assaulting his neighbor. In July, a jury found Syvinski guilty on all seven robbery and assault...
Channel 2 NewsAccording to a new report from McDowell Group, an Alaska research and consulting firm, alcohol and drug abuse took a heavy toll on Alaska's economy in 2010. The report was funded by the Advisory Board on Alcoholism and Drug Abuse, Alaska Mental Health...
Channel 2 NewsThe first batch of roughly 130 prisoners will arrive at the new Goose Creek Correctional Center next week, though a test group of about 30 inmates has been living there since March. The Department of Corrections has hired about 40 people to work at the...
Tags: Prisons, Joe Schmidt
Channel 2 NewsThe Southwestern Alaska town of Bethel got its fill of tacos on Sunday, and then some. Taco Bell served-up about 6,000 tacos and sent several video production crews to document the event. Bethel, a town of about 6,000, has no roads in, no roads out...
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