INVESTIGATION

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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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A series of overdoses in Unalaska last month, including one fatality, has led to the arrests of two Oregon men on federal drug charges.

Both Michael Hindman and Chopper Ellingsworth pleaded not guilty last week to conspiracy to distribute heroin and methamphetamine through the U.S. Postal Service.

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Unalaska's regular flight service has been stalled for about seven days.

The suspension was announced by Alaska Airlines, PenAir, and Ravn Air Group in the wake of last week's fatal plane crash. While some travelers are scoring seats on charter flights, the wider island community is growing anxious for regular service to resume.

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Unalaska police have asked the state to consider filing criminal charges against the teenager who was behind the wheel in May's fatal car crash off Mount Ballyhoo, following an inquiry supported by the Federal Bureau of Investigation

Megan Thomson-Dean

The Aleutian Pribilof Islands Association (APIA) says mental health and counseling services are available to anyone affected by Thursday's plane crash in Unalaska. Call APIA at 581-2751 or 907-359-2743 to connect with providers and access those services.

Before Thursday night’s plane crash, the PenAir pilot had missed his first attempt at landing flight 3296 in Unalaska. So he circled around for a second try.

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