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Council advances 4 finalists for Anchorage judgeship

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 8:00am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - The Alaska Judicial Council is advancing four finalists for consideration for an upcoming vacancy on the Anchorage Superior Court. The nominees are private practice attorneys Dani Crosby and Kevin Fitzgerald; Josie Garton, who is an assistant public defender; and Jonathan Woodman, a senior assistant attorney general. Gov. Bill Walker will decide which of the nominees will succeed Judge Michael Spaan, who is retiring. Former state Sen. Hollis French had applied, but the council found he was ineligible. The council's executive director said that had to do with a legal requirement that to be a superior court judge, one must have been engaged in the active practice of law for at least five years immediately preceding any appointment to the bench. French didn't immediately return a message to The Associated Press seeking comment.

Police: Armed man threatens officers outside Alaska school

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:45am
- ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - Police say school resources officers took a man into custody after he threatened them with a gun outside an Anchorage high school. Anchorage police say the man had demanded to see his children at West High School Tuesday morning, and got into an argument with school staff before leaving the school. Anchorage School District spokeswoman Heidi Embley says the man's wife told staff members her husband had a gun. School resource officers confronted him outside the building, where police say he threatened the officers with the firearm. He surrendered to officers three minutes later. Embley says the school was not put on lockdown, as police first reported.

Alaska hunter faces off with trap springer in court

Tuesday, October 13, 2015 7:30am
- JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) - A hunter in Alaska is suing a woman he says is responsible for springing several of his traps and hindering his livelihood. The Juneau Empire reports that John Forrest is suing Kathleen K. Turley for $5,000 worth of damages for interfering with his traps on Davies Creek trail in December. Turley's attorney Nicholas Polasky told a judge Monday that Turley was rescuing an eagle ensnared in one of Forrest's traps. He described her as a born-and-raised Alaskan who hunts, keeps animal skins and has no problem with trapping. Turley said in court testimony that she rescued a bald eagle stuck in one of the traps and sprung others to protect people and dogs. Forrest's attorney says it isn't up to Turley to decide where Forrest lays his traps.

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