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Federal prosecutors have filed felony wire fraud charges against an Eagle River woman accused of stealing thousands of dollars from a local youth hockey association.

Jennifer Suchan, 33, was charged Monday with three counts of wire fraud for allegedly embezzling $157,079 from the Mustang Hockey Association while she served as volunteer treasurer from 2014-17.

On May 5 at around 11:30 p.m., Anchorage Police Department officers were called to Garcia’s Restaurant in Eagle River for a report of a disturbance involving a man threatening to shoot someone during the bar’s annual Cinco de Mayo party.

According to police, witnesses told them Landon C. Tims, 28, of Eagle River got into an argument with another restaurant patron. Police said the fight started to get physical, at which point Tims’ friends stepped in to pull him away. As he left the building, Tims reportedly threatened to shoot the person he’d been arguing with.

UPDATE (May 8, 2018) After this story was posted online, another report of a broken window was reported at the McDonald Center. According to Anchorage Police, facility was burglarized on May 5, when someone broke into the building by breaking the front window. Once inside, the miscreants broke a clock and poured juice from a fridge onto the floor. The center also had a window broken in mid-April.


Reports of vandalism aren’t on the rise in Chugiak-Eagle River, but statistics won’t un-break any of the windows at Fire Lake Elementary School.

A partnership between one of Alaska’s most well-known cycling events and an Anchorage nonprofit is getting the conversation rolling about gynecologic cancers.

“We want to open conversations,” said Ali Tolman, program director for Let Every Woman Know Alaska.

Help wanted.

More than a year after an Anchorage Assembly memo called for broad changes at the Harry J. McDonald Center in Eagle River, the center’s manager continues to issue optimistic financial reports. But one item still hasn’t been addressed: the two unfilled seats on the Fire Lake Arena Management Inc. (FLAMI) board of directors.

Eagle River/Chugiak Parks and Recreation board of directors member Brian Fay said that’s no fault of Mac Center manager Reid McDonald.

Hitchhiker busted for meth

On April 24 at around 10:52 p.m., police received a call reporting a hitchhiker on the Glenn Highway standing dangerously close to the roadway. One of the officers who responded to the scene recognized the hitchhiker as a man who he’d previously warned to stay off the highway.

Police said the man initially refused to identify himself, then gave a name and date of birth that was not his. During a pat-down search, officers said they found a baggie that tested positive for methamphetamine.

Sometimes when Michael Wright is practicing on the new organ at Eagle River Presbyterian Church, members of an Alcohol Anonymous group that shares the building will wander into the church to listen.

“It’s a really awesome experience,” Wright said during a recent interview at the downtown Eagle River church.

When Wright plays the new organ, the entire building resonates with heavenly chords that echo outside its walls into the streets beyond.

“You can hear it out in the parking lot,” said church administrative assistant Allison Denton.

State biologists shot and killed a brown bear Wednesday morning in Chugiak after the sow and its three cubs raided trash cans and attacked 22 chickens and a goat, according to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game.

It’s the agency’s first bear kill of the season in the Municipality of Anchorage, said Ken Marsh, a Fish and Game spokesman.

Over the weekend, he said, the department received a significant increase in reports of bear activity within the municipality, both sightings and concerns about bears getting into garbage.

A 22-year-old airborne infantryman from Loveland, Colorado was killed April 30 in Afghanistan, the Army said Tuesday in a press release.

Two men were arrested last week at an Eagle River pizza restaurant for an alleged knifepoint truckjacking in Anchorage.

According to police, on April 23 at around 8:27 a.m., APD officers responded to Center Bowl in Anchorage for a report of a stolen truck.