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Students at Homestead Elementary unleashed a hurricane of helpfulness on Thursday, Oct. 19, raising more than $3,000 for flood victims impacted by Hurricane Harvey in a walk-a-thon held at the school.

The fundraising event was organized by the school’s Student Leadership Council, which is made up of 38 fourth-, fifth- and sixth-graders. According to teacher Kaitlin Lenoir, the students planned the entire event themselves. She said teams of “Homestead Huskies” and their families raised pledges for the event, with one team bringing in more than $1,250.

The Federal Bureau of Investigation is looking for a 44-year-old Chugiak man named Joshua Evans, according to an online Nixle alert issued Thursday evening by the Anchorage Police Department.

APD released two photos of Evans and said anyone who knows where he is should call (907) 276-4441. Both APD and the FBI said on Friday they had no other information to release about Evans or why he’s wanted.

Items in the Police Briefs are taken from the Anchorage Police Department’s online crime mapping system, with details about individual events provided by the department’s public information office. Defendants are presumed innocent unless proven guilty.

WEAPONS DISCHARGE

On Sept. 28 at around 8 p.m., police were called to the Birchwood Shooting Range for a report that a man tried to holster his gun and accidentally shot himself in the leg. The man was taken to a hospital with what police described as non life-threatening injuries.

Although the 2017 Alaska Federation of Natives (AFN) Convention is being held in Anchorage, the communities just north of town will be well represented Thursday when the annual gathering of Alaska Natives begins at the Dena’ina Center.

When the opening session begins Thursday morning, representatives from the Native Village of Eklutna and Eklutna Inc., will welcome between 4,000 and 5,000 delegates on behalf of the Dena’ina people.

Native Village of Eklutna president and chairman Lee Stephan said he was having a hard time containing his excitement at the honor.

A proposed water and sewer line expansion in Chugiak continues to generate strong opposition among neighborhood residents.

The Birchwood Community Council recently passed a resolution stating its “serious concerns” about the potential expansion, which municipal and Eklutna, Inc. officials say is needed to develop a proposed subdivision in the area.

An anti-bullying program last week at Birchwood ABC Elementary was a slam-dunk.

Literally.

Much to the delight of the hundreds of screaming children packed inside the school’s gymnasium, Harlem Globetrotter Julian “Zeus” McClurkin provided the high-flying lesson as part of the world-famous basketball team’s community outreach program.

A young boy died after being struck and by a vehicle at a home in Eagle River.

According to the Anchorage Police Department spokesman MJ Thim, the 18-month-old was hit when his father moved a Ford Expedition from the driveway of a home on W. Parkview Terrace into the street.

“It happened very quickly,” Thim said.

The boy’s father didn’t realize what had happened until he got out of the vehicle, Thim said.

“It’s a heartbreaking situation,” he said.

The family of a 41-year-old Chugiak man shot and killed during a traffic stop in Seward is speaking out about an investigation they say has shed little light on what happened to Micah McComas in a Safeway parking lot in the early morning hours of Sunday, Oct. 1.

“Right now we are just searching for the truth,” said Krista Smith, who appeared at a press conference with her husband, Scott Smith, on Thursday morning in Anchorage.

Organizers expect to give out more than 21,000 pieces of candy Saturday during the annual scare-and-sweets event known as “Boo at the Beach.”

The Eagle River-Chugiak Parks and Recreation Department puts on the event, which is scheduled to take place Oct. 14 from 5 to 10 p.m. at the Beach Lake Chalet, with the trick-or-treat trail opening at 5:30 p.m. and the haunted trail beginning at 7 p.m.

Admission is $5 to the trick-or-treat trail and $10 to the haunted trail.

Numerous complaints about a property off Hiland Road resulted in a bust police believe could be linked to numerous vehicle and other thefts.

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