Crime and Safety

Sean Whitley, 37, died early Sunday morning after being hit in the head, troopers say. High winds and blowing snow on Saturday prevented a medevac flight from reaching the community.

Credit Courtesy of the City of Aleknagik

After months of discussion surrounding public safety in Aleknagik following a break in, the city council held a meeting at the end of the year about residents' concerns.


Lydia Olympic

Sightings of a bear roaming on the outskirts of Naknek serve as a reminder to practice bear safety year-round – even in winter.

Tristen Coopchiak's pre-indictment hearing is scheduled for Nov. 8, 2019, in Dillingham.

Twenty-five year-old Theodore Borbridge was taken into custody without incident on Wednesday for an alleged shooting at the Igushik beach.

Bear attacks man in Naknek, according to ADF&G

Jun 11, 2019

The man told state wildlife troopers that he was sleeping in his car with the door open when a bear pulled him from the vehicle. He sustained injuries to his lower leg and was transported to Anchorage for treatment.


The child was transported to Anchorage for medical care and is reported to be in stable condition.

Dane Hodgdon, 33, allegedly broke into the liquor store three times, according to Dillingham police, who arrested Hodgdon and Kyle Coombs, 30, on April 22. Coombs was allegedly involved in the third break-in. 

Alaska State Troopers in Dillingham confiscated 2.3 grams of heroin hidden in the false bottom of a gum container. 

Earlier this month, Dillingham police said they arrested a 30-year-old woman whom they suspected was attempting to transport heroin and methamphetamine into Dillingham. 

Dillingham police arrested Michael Carty, 61, on suspicion of threatening someone with a rifle. In a separate case police arrested Mike Hoseth, 31, for allegedly threatening two people who were going to testify at an upcoming trial with a shotgun.

Update 11:00 a.m.: 

Hoseth was arraigned Monday in Dillingham. Carty's arraignment is scheduled for today. 

Original March 19, 2019 article: 

Devin Darrough, 56, was arrested Thursday for allegedly sexually abusing two children multiple times over the past two years.


Snow machine rider missing near Koliganek

Jan 18, 2019

A person fell into open water while snow machining on the Nushagak River near Koliganek on Friday. Troopers caution against riding on the ice.

Justin Sharp

No injuries have been reported and no other buildings were damaged in the blaze. However, internet service has been down in portions of the village since Monday.


Former Naknek Electric Association manager faces federal theft, tax charges

Dec 17, 2018

Donna Vukich used Naknek Electric Association credit cards for more than $500,000 of personal expenses, prosecutors say.