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Staffing levels are preventing the Anchorage Police Department from keeping four full-time officers on patrol in Chugiak-Eagle River, but according to the officers who walk the beat the department is doing a better job of keeping familiar faces in the area.

Nic Nelson can’t do much running right now, so a couple hundred of his closest friends are going to run for him.

Nelson is an Anchorage 13-year-old currently undergoing treatment for a rare form of cancer at Johns Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. Before he was diagnosed with Ewing’s Sarcoma this spring, Nelson’s main concern was training for triathlons.

“That’s actually how this all started…” recalled his mom, Jane.

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.

The owner of an Eagle River medical clinic has been arrested on federal narcotics charges.

According to a press release by U.S. District Attorney Bryan Schroder, nurse practitioner Jessica Joyce Spayd, 48, of Anchorage allegedly distributed “large amounts of opiods and other powerful narcotics by writing prescriptions for ‘patients’ without medical examinations and lacking medical necessity.”

Police say a woman is expected to survive after she was shot by her boyfriend, who then fatally turned the gun on himself during an Oct. 3 incident in Chugiak.

Police were called to Rosebud Row Avenue in Chugiak at around 10:38 p.m. for a report of a suicide, according to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Renee Oistad.

“An adult male had gotten into an altercation with his girlfriend,” Oistad wrote in a synopsis of the incident. “The male shot his girlfriend before turning the gun on himself. The male was pronounced deceased at the scene.”

The Eagle River High JROTC program continues to collect awards at a prodigious rate.

Recently, ERHS senior Rylee Price earned the Air Force JROTC and Air Force Association Leadership Award for the 2018-19 academic year. Price is a cadet major in the school’s AFJROTC program and was named the top cadet at both ERHS and the region before competing at the Headquarters level, where she ranked in the top 8 cadets in the nation, according to the Anchorage School District.

Autumn rushes past us like a breath of wind. As the sun reclines lower in the sky, the air chills, leaves change into yellows and deepening reds and new snow creeps slowly down the mountains, we pause and look across our changing landscape.

“So little time before winter is upon us,” we reflect. “Where did summer go?”

Army officials said Thursday that 23 paratroopers from the 4th Brigade Combat Team (Airborne), 25th Infantry Division were hospitalized after 87 soldiers landed in trees Wednesday night during a training jump at Fort Shelby, Mississippi.

Many of the paratroopers landed high in trees and needed several hours to be recovered. The Army said all will recover, with the most serious injury being a broken back. Most of the soldiers taken to the hospital had been released by Thursday afternoon.

The “Spartan” brigade is based at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

A widely circulated photo of Alaska Gov. Mike Dunleavy with his former and current chiefs of staff this summer was altered to remove evidence of the governor’s surgery the day before.

Dunleavy spokesman Matt Shuckerow confirmed last week that the photo of the governor, Tuckerman Babcock and Ben Stevens distributed by Dunleavy’s office on July 31 was digitally manipulated. Previously the governor had only acknowledged altering a photo of the governor with Sen. David Wilson.

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.

On Sept. 23 at around noon police were called to Eagle River High School for a report of a student who allegedly had a vape pen containing THC oil. Police said charges were forwarded to the Department of Juvenile Justice.

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