Anchorage police say alcohol and excess speed are suspected factors in a fatal car crash last Wednesday night that claimed the life of one young man.
Joshua Whittaker, 54 of Anchorage, was arraigned May 8 for a charge of criminal mischief property destruction related to his alleged defacing of former mayoral candidate Amy Demboski’s political signs.
Jamarus Spires, a 31-year-old man from Anchorage, died after falling from a cliff in the Eklutna area on April 12, according to the Anchorage Police Department. The next of kin have been notified. A woman called APD Dispatch around 4:15 p.m. that day and said her boyfriend had fallen off a cliff near Mile 1 of Eklutna Lake Road. The couple was out for a hike with two children, according to police. The man fell several hundred feet and was pronounced dead at the scene. The Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department, Mat-Com, and Alaska State Troopers air support responded but were unable to retrieve the body. Alaska Mountain Rescue Group responders were able to get to the body, but couldn’t retrieve it.