Crime

Stories from the KUCB Newsroom on the topic of crime. You can find the Unalaska Department of Public Safety Police Blotter here: http://archive.kucb.org/community/blotter/

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Updated 06/06/20 at 8:30 a.m.

Prosecutors have filed felony charges against the Unalaska teenager who was behind the wheel in last year's fatal car crash off Mount Ballyhoo.

An Anchorage grand jury indicted 19-year-old Dustin Ruckman on Friday for allegedly causing the deaths of passengers Karly McDonald, 16, and Kiara Renteria Haist, 18. 

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On Saturday, after a two-day search, officers at Unalaska's Department of Public Safety located a local man accused of stabbing someone late last week. 

On April 30, officers received a request for an ambulance for a 29-year-old victim of a stabbing. According to the department, Cody Merrifield said he was stabbed after an argument with 35-year-old Daylen Luff.  

According to the initial police report, Merrifield stated Luff showed up at his house to shower and do laundry, and refused to leave. 

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Unalaska's post office has temporarily changed its lobby hours. The downtown location will only be open between 8:30 a.m. and 5:30 p.m., when staff is present in the building. The new hours are a temporary solution to security concerns. 

 

After three nights of break-ins, Unalaska's U.S. Postal Service location decided to limit access to its lobby. The new measures come after someone broke into dozens of post office boxes and stole several packages.

 

United States Coast Guard

Coast Guard Seaman Ethan Tucker's arraignment has been scheduled for Jan. 24, and will be held at Coast Island in Alameda, CA. 

21-year-old Tucker is facing court-martial for the murder of 19-year-old seaman Ethan Kelch of Virginia, while their vessel — the Kodiak-based Cutter Douglas Munro — was stopped in Unalaska for repairs last winter.

United States Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard says a seaman will face a court martial on murder and other charges in the death of a fellow seaman during a night of drinking in Unalaska.

Ethan Tucker is charged with the January death of 19-year-old Seaman Ethan Kelch of Virginia Beach, Virginia, while their vessel — the Kodiak-based Cutter Douglas Munro — was stopped in Unalaska for repairs last winter.

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