SAND POINT DEPARTMENT OF PUBLIC SAFETY

Courtesy of David Walls

A magnitude-7.8 Aleutian earthquake late Tuesday night prompted tsunami warnings in communities across coastal Alaska, from Homer to Unalaska.  

Sand Point is a fishing community of about a thousand people, located about 550 miles southwest of Anchorage in the eastern portion of the Aleutian Chain. Earthquake damage closed both its city docks, which it uses to land the M/V Tustumena ferry and freight boats, and damaged the road to the harbor.

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Nearly half of Sand Point's police force is leaving the department, according to city officials. 

The 950-person island community — located about 550 miles southwest of Anchorage in the eastern portion of the Aleutian Chain — has a five-person police department that rotates into the community on a two week on, two week off basis.

Chief Hal Henning and Officer Mark Chandler submitted letters of resignation on Monday, and have already left the community, according to City Administrator Jordan Keeler.

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Two more people have been charged in connection with Sand Point's recent fentanyl overdoses, one resulting in the death of a 26-year-old woman from King Cove.

Eileen Dushkin, 36, and Darrin Karlsen, 28, both of Sand Point, were indicted last week on charges of manslaughter and second-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, which are class A felonies.

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Sand Point police responded to two fentanyl overdoses over the weekend, one resulting in the death of a 26-year-old woman from King Cove.

In a statement, officials said they were dispatched to a residence in Sand Point on Aug. 31, following a report of an unresponsive man who may have overdosed. Police and medics began life-saving efforts and transported the man to the Sand Point clinic. He survived after being medevaced from the community for emergency care.  

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An investigation is underway after a Sand Point woman died in corrections custody last month.

Lori Wilson, 42, was being held at the Sand Point jail on June 22 when she had an unspecified "medical emergency."

That's according to a statement by the Alaska State Troopers, who said Wilson was transported to the local clinic and pronounced dead after "life-saving measures were unsuccessful."

Sand Point Police Chief Hal Henning declined to comment on Wilson's death, saying he's asked troopers to investigate what happened.