Former Processors Accept Plea Deal in Homicide Case

Friday, April 03 2015

Two former seafood processors have pleaded guilty to fatally beating their co-worker in Unalaska.

Instead of going through another trial, Denison Soria and Leonardo Bongolto, Jr., will serve 40 to 70 months in prison for the death of Jonathan Adams.

He passed away after a fight at the Bering Fisheries bunkhouse in 2012.

Mass Shooting Scenario Unfolds at Unalaska's Port

Monday, March 16 2015

Coast Guard personnel and local ambulance crews worked together to treat simulated gunshot wounds. (Lauren Rosenthal/KUCB)

It was almost impossible to make out the Coast Guard cutter Munro as it sat at the municipally owned dock on Friday afternoon.

The white ship disappeared behind blowing snow. But the line of red SUVs and ambulances from Unalaska’s fire department stuck out like a sore thumb.

They were waiting for an off-duty police officer to open fire on the cutter Munro.

Man Charged with Giving Marijuana, 'Wax' to Teenager

Monday, February 23 2015

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A man is facing a felony charge for giving marijuana to an Unalaska teenager, on the eve of the drug’s legalization in the state.

Marcos Flores, 23, was arrested last week after police got a call from a local parent who said his daughter was in possession of marijuana.

The 16-year-old girl told police that Flores had given her the marijuana, plus a THC concentrate called wax. Police chief Jamie Sunderland says he’s never seen the substance in Unalaska before -- though it's the kind of product that could soon crop up in marijuana shops elsewhere in the state. 

State Steps Back from Mail Trafficking Case

Tuesday, February 17 2015

Two people accused of mailing meth and heroin to Unalaska this fall have been cleared of state charges.

Assistant district attorney Laura Dulic says the case against Kyle Eby, 30, and Jesse Lee, 24, is now being considered for federal prosecution.

As of Monday, no charges have been filed in U.S. District Court.

Sand Point Man Receives 13-Year Sentence for Child Abuse

Tuesday, February 03 2015

A Sand Point man who pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting two children has been sentenced to 13 years behind bars.

James Griffith, 26, was originally facing up to two decades in prison for molesting a seven-year-old boy during a babysitting job back in 2011 -- and for attempting to trade marijuana for sexual favors from a 15-year-old while he was out on release.

Prosecutors agreed to drop several of their charges under a partial plea deal. But they argued that Griffith’s crimes warrant significant jail time. 

New Trial Set in Manslaughter Case

Monday, February 02 2015

Two men accused in a fatal fight outside an Unalaska processing plant bunkhouse will go back to trial in April.

A local jury acquitted Leonardo Bongolto, Jr., 37, and Denison Soria, 43, of second-degree murder charges last fall. The pair had been accused of killing fellow processor Jonathan Adams, 55, in a fight outside a Bering Fisheries bunkhouse in 2012.

Two Indicted After Break-In at Sand Point Post Office

Friday, January 23 2015

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Two Sand Point men are facing federal charges after allegedly breaking into the town’s post office in late December.

Sheldon Shuravloff, 21, and Keith Lee Wilson, Jr., 18, were indicted Thursday on charges of burglary with intent to commit larceny, and conspiracy to commit burglary.

An unnamed 17-year-old is also facing juvenile charges in connection with the alleged break-in. The state is handling that part of the case.

As Federal Case Proceeds, State Drops Charges Against Dutch Harbor Asia Owners

Tuesday, December 23 2014

Police seized Dutch Harbor Asia on May 24. (Courtesy of Patrick Cyr)

State prosecutors have dropped their case against two Unalaskans accused of running a major drug operation out of their home and business. Now, it's up to a federal court to determine the outcome.

Tam Nguyen and Thu McConnell were arrested in May after police tied an alleged heroin sale back to their convenience store.

When officers searched the Dutch Harbor Asia shop and the couple’s home on Biorka Drive, they found one of the biggest caches of methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine they had ever seen in Unalaska. The street value was more than $500,000.

Man’s Report of Bridge Jump Sparks Search, Arrest

Friday, November 21 2014

Police arrested a man Thursday night for falsely claiming he was going to jump off the South Channel Bridge -- leading responders on a three-hour search.

Robert Alan Cash, 56, has lived in Unalaska off and on for many years. But he’s currently homeless, says police chief Jamie Sunderland.

"He had, in the past few days, been found sleeping in a few other locations," Sunderland says. "Alcohol was a factor."

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