Police

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Police have arrested an Unalaska man and confiscated several firearms from his home in the community's second recent incident involving threats of gun violence.

The Department of Public Safety took James Greene, 26, into custody Monday — the same day he allegedly threatened to harm at least two people during a domestic situation that spilled into public spaces.

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An Unalaska man was arrested Monday for making threats against two people and "the occupants of a local organization," according to a statement from the Department of Public Safety.

Acting Police Chief Jennifer Shockley said the arrest is unconnected to a July incident in which two Unalaska teenagers allegedly threatened another teen with a handgun.

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The state has filed charges against two Unalaska teenagers who allegedly threatened another teen with a handgun this July.

That's likely all the information Unalaskans will get about the case — unless it moves to the adult court system.

The rest of the details remain confidential under Alaska law.

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Unalaska should split its Department of Public Safety to create a standalone fire department separate from the police force.

At least, that's the recommendation City Manager Thomas E. Thomas made to the City Council on Tuesday, hoping to settle a longstanding debate over how to improve retention and morale.

Thomas said putting the fire chief on equal footing with the police chief will be "critical" for the future success of the fire division — and his ability to oversee it.

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Almost six months ago, the Unalaska City Council agreed to suspend the search for a new director of public safety.

The plan was to wait until councilors had settled a longtime debate over restructuring the department and its leadership team.

Now, Vice Mayor Dennis Robinson said they've been on hold for too long.

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