Crime and Safety

Guns for Village Public Safety Officers Proposed

Apr 8, 2013
Alaska State Troopers

15 members of the Alaska House have added their names as co-sponsors on legislation filed last week to allow Village Public Safety Officers in Alaska to carry guns. KDLG's Mike Mason has the story.

Paul Peter Hobson Jr., 20, of Kokhanok entered a "not-guilty" plea on an indicted charge of sexual assault in the second degree, a class B felony.    

The murder of a Hooper Bay woman last week prompted a moving statement from one of the men that represents western Alaska in the State Legislature. KDLG's Mike Mason reports.

A grand jury has indicted Leroy B. Dick Jr., 42, on the charge of murder in the first degree for the killing of VPSO Thomas Madole.  

James H. Bingman Jr., 49, of Dillingham was sentenced Wednesday, following his conviction last November on a charge of felony coercion and fear accusation of crime. Bingman will spend 30 days in prison as part of a 12 month sentence with 11 months suspended.

Judge Patricia Douglass also added 3 years of probation to the sentence, and Bingman will be required to complete 120 hours of community service during each of the years he is on probation.

Alaska State Troopers (courtesy Anchorage Daily News)

KDLG's Dave Bendinger spoke with Leroy B. Dick Jr., who is in custody and has confessed to killing unarmed VPSO Thomas Madole.

Larry Phares, KDLG

At a first felony appearance before the magistrate at the Dillingham courthouse Wednesday morning, Leroy B. Dick, Jr, 42, of Manokotak, initially refused legal counsel, telling the judge: "To be honest, I could say I'm guilty of the crime."

Dick is accused of killing VPSO Thomas Madole, 54, Tuesday afternoon in Manokotak.  The State of Alaska is charging Dick with murder in the first degree, which carries a maximum sentence of 99 years in prison. 

Jason Sear, KDLG

A Village Public Safety Officer has been shot and killed in the community of Manokotak, about 25 miles southwest of Dillingham.

Senator Lisa Murkowski

Alaska's Senior U.S. Senator has started a process to engage Alaska's Native Tribes in a process to improve rural justice in Alaska. KDLG's Mike Mason explains.

Be.futureproof / flickr.com

The Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team intercepted a shipment of oxycodone pills destined for Dillingham late last week. The 100 pills seized carry a local street value of about $20,000.  Jose and Jerilyn Sanchez have been arrested; authorities say the couple was targeting the Beaver Round-Up festivities to distribute the dangerous narcotics.  KDLG's Dave Bendinger reports.

Hooper Bay Man Charged with Importing Alcohol

Jan 30, 2013

A man from Hooper Bay has been arrested for allegedly trying to smuggle alcohol into the local option community of Hooper Bay.

James Bingman, Jr., was on trial today at the courthouse in Dillingham, facing a felony charge of Coercion and Fear Accusation of a Crime. James Bingman Sr. is being sued by the City of Dillingham for failing to pay approximately $170,000 dollars in sales taxes from the apartment buildings he owns and rents in town.     KDLG's Dave Bendinger has more:

Pages