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An Oregon man accused of distributing drugs after a series of overdoses in Unalaska in 2019 has died in prison.

 

Federal inmate Chopper Ellingsworth was pronounced dead at the Anchorage Correctional Complex last week, according to a statement from the Alaska Department of Corrections. His death is the second death to take place in DOC custody this year.

 

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Unalaska's Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services has been selected for two prestigious awards by the Governor's Alaska Council on Emergency Services. 

At a City Council meeting Tuesday night, Mayor Vince Tutiakoff Sr. presented Fire Captain Ben Knowles with the statewide award for 2020 EMS Provider of the Year for his outstanding contributions to the EMS field, as well as his exceptional work for the City of Unalaska.

 

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The Unalaska Fire Department responded to a fire at the Airport Restaurant Monday night. 

Fire Chief Patrick Shipp said at around 11:45 p.m., he was notified that a fire alarm was going off at the airport. 

"Dispatch dispatched the police, as well as the fire department," he said. "First arriving officers from the police department on scene reported flames showing at the roofline. The first crews went into the building and found the source of heat was in the kitchen area of the restaurant at the airport."

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On Monday, in the middle of testing the city’s sirens, Unalaska received notification of a large earthquake southeast of Sand Point and a subsequent tsunami warning in communities east of Unalaska to the Kenai Peninsula

National Tsunami Warning Center

 

Updated 10/19/2020 at 3:20 p.m.

Just after 3 p.m. Monday, the National Weather Service downgraded a tsunami warning to an advisory for much of the Kenai Peninsula and along the Aleutian Chain. 

Unalaska is approximately 80 miles southwest of the advisory zone, according to the Department of Public Safety, and no evacuation has been issued. 

This is a developing story. 

 

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Updated 10/19/2020 at 2:45 p.m.  

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