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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.”

Troopers said Thursday that the human remains found on Tuesday by a hiker near Eklutna Lake Road are those of a Houston man missing since early December.

According to a statement, Troopers believe Loy Suthammavong, 30, was the victim of a homicide.

Troopers say Suthammavong was reported missing on Dec. 6, 2011. That same day, Anchorage Police investigated a burning vehicle that was later determined to belong to Suthammavong.

Anchorage Police say a hiker on snowshoes discovered human remains near Eklutna Lake Road on Tuesday afternoon.

According to Lt. Dave Parker, police were called to the scene at 5:10 p.m. Tuesday. Parker said the identity of the person has yet to be determined pending the results of the Alaska State Medical Examiner’s investigation.