The Anchorage Police Department said today that a body found the day before near Golden Eagle Drive in Eagle River is that of missing airman Clinton Reeves, 24.
The senior airman was last seen April 19 leaving work at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.
A fellow airman, James Thomas, 24, was arraigned on Wednesday in connection with Reeves' death and charged with six counts of evidence tampering. No murder charges have been filed against anyone, and police have not released how they believe Reeves was murdered.
The U.S. Army said Tuesday that a 30-year-old soldier stationed at Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson died on Sunday, May 6 when the vehicle he was commanding was struck by a roadside bomb in Afghanistan.
Staff Sgt. Thomas Kent Fogarty, of Alameda, Calif. was killed in the attack that left three others wounded in the attack in the city of Ahmad-Kheyl, Afghanistan. The four were assigned to the 3rd Battalion (Airborne), 509th Infantry Regiment, 4th Bridgade Combat Team (Airborne) 25th Infantry Division.
An early-morning fire off South Birchwood Loop on Sunday, May 6, completely destroyed the home of longtime Chugiak residents Jim and Lindsay Vermillion.
“It’s just a smoking hole in the ground,” said Jim Vermillion on Monday, May 7.
He and his wife were in the process of remodeling the home at 19022 Baidarka, which Jim said was originally built in the 1950s. At the time of the blaze, they were staying in their large shop next door, which houses Concrete Polishing and Artistic Staining of Alaska.
To see her splashing energetically in the springtime mud outside her parents’ Chugiak home, you’d never guess that the ball of energy and mischief called Madisyn Brittain was once a frail infant whose survival was very much in doubt.
“She was basically dying,” said Madisyn’s mom, Heidi.
Dad Clint Brittain said his first child struggled to flourish in the first months after he and his wife brought Madisyn home from the hospital.
“At 3 months she was three ounces lighter than when she was born,” he said.
On the morning of April 25, Chugiak High students streamed out of their classrooms to witness a nightmare.
In the school’s parking lot sat two wrecked vehicles — one of which had a lifeless human sticking out from its front windshield. As hundreds of students watched in silence, the screams of their injured classmates could be heard coming from the two cars.
Fortunately for all involved, the grisly scene wasn’t real, but a presentation of the “Every 15 Minutes” program, which gives high school students a realistic look at the aftermath of a drunk driving accident.
Note: I think I’ve covered pet fitness before in this column, but with summer approaching, it doesn’t hurt to revisit the subject…
Prudent travelers make a concerted effort to match fitness and skill levels among members of a group on backcountry excursions. It’s common sense, promotes safety and adds to everyone’s enjoyment. But do we use the same amount of discretion with our pets? On an early summer climb in the Chugach Mountains several years ago, I severely miscalculated the endurance of my dog — a two-year-old standard poodle — and put us both in jeopardy.