The family of a 41-year-old Chugiak man shot and killed during a traffic stop in Seward is speaking out about an investigation they say has shed little light on what happened to Micah McComas in a Safeway parking lot in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 1.
“Right now we are just searching for the truth,” said Krista Smith, who appeared at a press conference with her husband, Scott Smith, on Thursday morning in Anchorage.
Organizers expect to give out more than 21,000 pieces of candy Saturday during the annual scare-and-sweets event known as “Boo at the Beach.”
The Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Department puts on the event, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Beach Lake Chalet, with the trick-or-treat trail opening at 5:30 p.m. and the haunted trail beginning at 7 p.m.
Admission is $5 to the trick-or-treat trail and $10 to the haunted trail.
Eagle River’s John Heaphy won two individual events for the Eagle River boys, while Izzy Powers and Cheyenne Burke led a solid day for the Chugiak girls at the Chugiak/Bartlett Invitational Swimming and Diving Meet at Chugiak and Bartlett High.
Heaphy won the 200 yard individual medley and 100 breaststroke for the Wolves, who also got a second-place finish from Sam Horning in the 100 freestyle. Horning and Heaphy also joined Daniel Min and Kevin Fast to win the 200 freestyle relay.
The Eagle River High School riflery team recently received a grant for $3,586.62 from the Friends of the NRA Foundation. The grant money will be used for maintenance and repair of the team’s 0.177-caliber precision air rifles, targets, shooting backstop materials and replacement air cylinders.
The ERHS team consists of 18 athletes. High school riflery is a co-ed sport in which boys and girls compete alongside one another.
A man wanted in connection with an Anchorage murder was arrested after turning himself in at an Eagle River church Wednesday, Oct. 11.
According to an Anchorage Police Department public Nixle alert, police Dispatch received a tip that a man — later identified as 34-year-old Anthony Aumua — walked into the ACF Church on Brooks Loop and admitted to shooting and killing a man at an apartment in Midtown Anchorage earlier in the morning.
The Matanuska Electric Association general manager gave an up-beat presentation on the state of the local electrical cooperative, which serves a 10,000 square mile area covering Chugiak-Eagle River and the Mat-Su Valley.
“We’ve made a bunch of member services improvements over the years,” he told the Chugiak-Eagle River Chamber of Commerce during its bi-weekly luncheon Oct. 4 at the Eagle River Ale House.
Chugiak began its Cook Inlet Conference championship defense with an emphatic statement Tuesday, racing past Service 27-0 to advance to Thursday’s semifinals against Dimond.
The Mustangs got three rushing touchdowns from senior quarterback Eva Palmer and another from sophomore Chasity Horn. Thursday’s game time had not been announced as of Tuesday night, but will likley be either 5 or 5:30 p.m. at Dimond.
Eagle River’s Michael Daniel Knueppel died Sept. 30, 2017. He was 19. A memorial service will be held Saturday, Oct. 8 at 4 p.m. at ACF Church in Eagle River. Donations in Knueppel’s name can be made at www.namianchorage.org.
Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system. Details about individual events are provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.
Earlier this fall, contractors began groundwork at the future site of the Sudzy Salmon – a joint car and pet wash facility under construction near the intersection of the Old Glenn Highway and Snowmobile Lane. It will be the first new business on the lot since the old Duck Pond Car Wash was razed in April 2016.
Over the past eight months, Star reporter Kirsten Swann has indeed been the star of our newsroom, so it’s with mixed feelings we announce her departure from the Star staff. While we’re sad to see her go, we can’t wait so see how far she takes her next opportunity.
A pack of Eagle River Wolves are taking the news into their own paws.
The newly formed school newspaper – the ERHS Howl – began publishing online this semester, with plans to expand into print later this year. In the weeks since school began, the Howl’s young journalists have covered everything from sporting events to school art projects to profiles of students and staff.
“We’ve got a pretty awesome team of students — man, they kind of hit the ground running,” said ERHS English teacher Erik Johnson, sitting on a desk in his classroom one Thursday at lunch.
UPDATE: On Oct. 10, 2017, Alaska State Troopers released additional information about the incident in which a 41-year-old Chugiak man was shot and killed during a traffic stop in Seward. According to Troopers, Micah McComas was placed in handcuffs in the back of a patrol car. McComas managed to get into the front seat of the car, troopers said, at which point officer Matthew “Eddie” Armstrong fired at McComas in an attempt to get him to stop. An autopsy confirmed gunshots killed McComas.
Chugiak-Eagle River residents were among a crowd of people who stood up to speak out about crime and criminal justice concerns during a packed Anchorage Assembly public safety committee meeting Sept. 29.
The Chugiak Community Council reconvened Sept. 21 following a summer hiatus, drawing nearly three dozen locals to a basement room at the Elsie Oberg Community Center.
In the beginning, the room was filled with high school students, representatives from the Chugiak Volunteer Fire and Rescue Department, lawmakers and other residents. For the first hour-and-a-half, the Chugiak council meeting followed a routine agenda filled with updates on everything from public safety to local roads and legislative affairs.
Nick Carl has been chasing Jacob Walsh his entire high school career. In the final race of the season, he finally caught him.
Carl broke the 2016 Eagle River grad’s two-year-old school record by two seconds Saturday, posting a time of 16 minutes, 24 seconds over five sun-splashed kilometers to place seventh in the Division I boys race at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska State Cross Country Running Championships at Bartlett High.
“It’s awesome,” said Wolves head coach Jacob Bera. “He’s had his eye on that all season.”