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An armed 21-year-old man forced police to close Eagle River Road for much of Friday morning while negotiators successfully talked him out of committing suicide.

According to Anchorage Police spokeswoman Anita Shell, the man surrendered to police without incident shortly after noon.

Shell said a relative of the man called police at around 4:30 a.m. Friday morning to report the man was threatening to harm himself.

UPDATE: Anchorage Police say the 21-year-old man who was armed alongside Eagle River Road has given himself up peacefully. According to police spokeswoman Anita Shell, the man was transported to a local hospital, and Eagle River road was re-opened at around 12:15 p.m. Shell said the man will undergo medical evaluation and his name will not be released. According to a press release issued this afternoon, Shell said no charges are expected.

Here's our story from earlier this morning:

Gruening Middle School student Vika Morozova joined teens from around the state for a weeklong civics and conservation summit in Juneau last week with Alaska Youth for Environmental Action (AYEA), a program of the National Wildlife Federation.

Morozova met with state Sen. Hollis French (D-Anchorage) at the Capitol to discuss SB 152, a bill to protect the Bristol Bay Fisheries Reserve from large-scale mining projects, according to a press release.

A gas station clerk at the Eagle River Fred Meyer pocketed forgotten credit and debit cards, making off with nearly $7,000 before he was caught, authorities said.

Now the 23-year-old Eagle River man is in jail, accused of stealing $6,810.95 from customers who accidentally left behind their cards when they bought gas, Anchorage police said.

Christopher Hinton is also accused of stealing an unknown amount of cash, police said.

The store’s loss prevention department reported the theft on March 16.


Neighborhood: College Village

Place/date of birth: Minneapolis, Minnesota, 54 years old

Occupation: Executive director of Anchorage School Business Partnership program and UAA adjunct professor, College of Education, MAT program (training World Language teachers).

Length of time in Alaska: 53 years (came to Alaska in 1959 as a toddler)

When Anchorage voters go to the polls April 3, they’ll be tasked with choosing a mayor and three school board members, along with deciding on seven ballot propositions ranging from a $59 million school bond to an ordinance that would grant a new tax exemption to the spouses of deceased military members.

Here’s a look at what voters can expect when they hit the polls:



Neighborhood: Scenic Park (Muldoon/Tudor Curve area)

Place/date of birth: Tyndall AFB, Fla. (Panama City) January 12,1961

Occupation: Business Consultant, Property Manager, Retired APD Lieutenant, Current Assembly Member

Length of time in Alaska: Just shy of 40 years

Previous elected office(s) held: Municipal –Assembly (current), Former Chapter President of International Jaycees.

It’s good to be home.

That’s something perhaps no one better understands than Sgt. 1st Class Derick Justice.

After a yearlong tour in Afghanistan, Justice was reunited with his wife, Melissa, and 10-year-old daughter, Cassy on Saturday, March 24 on Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson. Justice was one of 145 soldiers from the 164th Military Police Company, 793rd Military Police Battalion, 2nd Engineer Brigade welcomed home by friends and family at JBER’s Buckner Physical Fitness Center.

“I’m just glad to finally be home,” Justice said. “It gets tiring.”