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This week jurors in Unalaska are hearing the trial of a man accused of sexually assaulting a 51-year-old woman.

Jorge E. Rivera is charged with two counts attempted sexual assault, two counts of sexual assault, assault, and criminal trespass.

The State of Alaska alleges that in March 2016, Rivera entered the bedroom of a woman and proceeded to touch her without consent and against her requests that he stop.

When officers interviewed Rivera, he said he did not remember entering the woman’s room and said, “if they said I did it, I must have.”

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The state’s case against a former city employee is moving forward, following a criminal investigation that revealed cash has been stolen from Unalaska City Hall.

In her first court appearance on Tuesday, Matapua Natalie Faailoga faced updated charges of theft, fraud, forgery, misapplication of property, and official misconduct.

Police say the former accounting assistant has admitted to siphoning $15,751.94 from the city’s cash receipts over the last year.

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Updated 8/1/17

A former city employee is facing theft and fraud charges for stealing more than $15,000 from Unalaska’s local government.

City Manager Dave Martinson declined to name the recently fired employee. But court records show that accounting assistant Matapua Natalie Faailoga was charged last week with four felonies related to theft, fraud, forgery, and tampering with evidence.

Martinson said other members of the Finance Department noticed that funds were missing on July 10.

Unalaska Department of Public Safety

Following an undercover investigation, police have seized 3.5 pounds of marijuana from an accused drug dealer.

The Unalaska Department of Public Safety says Harmon “Danny” Fisher, 59, sold pot to undercover operatives seven times over the last several months — including once to a minor.

While commercial marijuana sales are legal in Alaska, Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley said Fisher’s operation broke state law.

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The man hired to serve as Unalaska’s new fire chief has been fired after he was charged with sexual assault in Illinois.

David “D.J.” Dunn was scheduled to arrive in Anchorage Monday before starting work on the island next week.

Instead, he was arraigned on felony charges for drugging and sexually assaulting a man who attended his going away party.

As a result of the charges, the City of Unalaska has terminated Dunn’s employment.

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