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An armed 21-year-old man forced police to close Eagle River Road for much of the morning on Friday, March 30, 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 police were notified at around 4:30 a.m. Friday morning that a man was threatening to harm himself in a vehicle near Mile 8 Eagle River Road.

The annual Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held Sunday, April 8 at Lions Park in Eagle River promptly at 1 p.m. Participants should arrive at 12:30 p.m., said Bonnie Leonhard, secretary of the Sleeping Lady Mountain Lions.

“If you get there at [1 p.m.], you’re late,” she said.

The hunt is over in a flash, Leonhard said, as the children typically find every egg within 10 minutes.

The egg hunt will be broken up into four age groups: 1-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

10:50 p.m. Tuesday night update: With all but a few precincts reporting in Tuesday's municipal election, Mayor Dan Sullivan appeared to be headed to a comfortable win, while a controversial equal rights proposition looked to be headed to defeat.

With 91 percent of precincts reporting, Sullivan led Assemlyman Paul Honeman 59 percent to 38 percent.

As for Proposition 5, which would make it illegal to discriminate against people based on sexual orientation, voters were rejecting the measure by a 58-42 percent margin.

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.

SEAT F: TAM AGOSTI-GISLER

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:

 

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