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UPDATE (9:30 p.m., Friday, April 6): APD said Friday afternoon that murder Suspect Samson Costigan was taken into custody by the departmetn's Investigative Support Unit. The department did not provide any details about how Costigan was taken into custody, but said he was being questioned by detectives. 


The Anchorage Police Department is searching for a murder suspect believed to be traveling between the city and the Mat-Su. 

A Chugiak man is wanted after a home robbery last weekend.

According to the Anchorage Police Department, 19-year-old Lepharoh Merriouns of Chugiak knocked on the door of a residence in the early evening of March 3. Merriouns told the homeowner he had been robbed and asked if he could come inside to use the phone.

The high school cross country skiing season wrapped last week in Fairbanks with local athletes from Chugiak filling up the top spots in the rankings as the girls took third and the boys fourth at the ASAA/First National Bank Alaska Nordic Ski State Championships.

Powerhouse West Anchorage once again swept both the boys and girls titles led by Cook Inlet Conference skimeisters Molly Gellert and Luke Jager.

On Monday the Binkley Company and Morris Communications announced the sale of three Alaskan publications: The Alaska Journal of Commerce, the Chugiak-Eagle River Star and The Alaskan Equipment Trader.

The Alaska Journal of Commerce and the Chugiak-Eagle River Star are published weekly, and the Alaskan Equipment Trader is a monthly publication.

The sale is expected to close on Feb. 23. A sale price was not announced.

Alaska’s congressional delegation of Sens. Lisa Murkowski and Dan Sullivan, and Rep. Don Young have released their service academy nominations that include several local students.

“This year’s selection of candidates was exceptional — all exhibited the characteristics that will help them to succeed as leaders in our nation’s military: academic excellence, demonstrated leadership, and a commitment to serving their community and nation,” said Senator Sullivan.

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.

A male suspect stole a bag from Polaris at about 2:38 p.m. on Jan. 22, ran out of the business with it, and got into the driver’s seat of a vehicle. As the suspect attempted to drive away, the Polaris employee stood in front of the vehicle and was subsequently struck by it.

Sheri Boggs of Eagle River is thanking the community after another successful donation drive for Project Homeless Connect.

Boggs collects hats, gloves, socks and scarves to donate to Project Homeless Connect, an annual event in downtown Anchorage that puts homeless people in contact with social service agencies and donated goods.

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Chugiak skier Heidi Booher led the local entrants in two days of Besh Cup racing in Homer last weekend.

Booher took fifth in the 5,000 meters in 16:51.10, a few ticks ahead of usual Lady Mustangs teammate Emma Nelson in sixth at 16:54.37. Adrianna Proffitt, also of Chugiak High, rounded out the top 10 finishers at 17:23.85.

The trio did even better in the 1,200-meter freestyle sprint with Booher in third (3:24.4), Nelson in fifth (3:28.6) and Proffitt in sixth (3:29.4).

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A three-day trip to Interior ice ended on a high note for Eagle River on Saturday with a 6-3 victory over West Valley highlighted by a hat trick from Nat Nielsen and a pair of goals by Ty McEnaney.

The Wolves will play rival Chugiak Thursday at the McDonald Center before the puck drops on the Cook Inlet Conference Tournament that begins Monday with games at the Mac and Ben Boeke in Anchorage.

Eagle River fell 3-2 to West Anchorage on Tuesday in the tuneup for Chugiak.

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The Chugiak Mustangs toppled conference rival and powerhouse Anchorage East High 58-46 on Monday night in front of an electrified home crowd.

It was the first time in four years for the Mustangs to defeat East, which has a student population double the size of Chugiak’s. The Mustangs now sit at 9-3 overall and 2-1 for the Cook Inlet Conference.

Despite playing 10 games in the last 12 days, the Mustangs drove the pace throughout the night and challenged East’s defense with stellar passing and teamwork.