Category Archives: Alaska

Killed – Ryan Tamborrino (Anchorage, AK)

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Twenty-seven-year-old Bonnie Degenstein made her first court appearance Saturday afternoon at the Anchorage jail, less than a day after police arrested the woman on a second-degree murder charge following a 911 call to report she had accidentally shot her boyfriend.

A magistrate judge set bail at $300,000 due to the severity of the charge. Second-degree murder is an unclassified felony that carries up to a 99-year sentence and a half-million-dollar fine. Degenstein faces a presumptive minimum sentence of 10 to 20 years for her alleged crime.

Police say Degenstein called Anchorage Police Department dispatch at 10:16 p.m. Friday. She said she and Ryan Tamborrino, 24, had been drinking and “playing with a guns” at a residence near midtown and that she’d accidentally shot him.

http://www.adn.com/article/20131207/anchorage-woman-charged-boyfriends-fatal-shooting

http://www.youralaskalink.com/news/local/Developing-Shooting-death-investigation-underway-234882031.html

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/woman-arrested-for-murder-in-drinking-partners-death/23372074

http://www.ktva.com/arrest-made-in-deadly-midtown-shooting/

http://www.youralaskalink.com/news/local/Developing-Shooting-death-investigation-underway-234882031.html?m=y&smobile=y

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Killed – Genghis Muskox (Cooper Landing, AK)

Genghis Muskox

An Anchorage doctor’s 30-year-old son accused in a Dec. 5 murder in Cooper Landing is to be released from jail on $1 million bail. Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet made the ruling Wednesday in the case of Paul Vermillion, a disabled veteran of the Iraq war.

The unemployed Vermillion was living in his family’s Kenai Lake summer home at the time he killed his friend Genghis Muskox there.

Vermillion was subsequently charged with first-degree murder, two counts of second-degree murder and manslaughter. He has pleaded not guilty. Authorities have offered no possible motive for Muskox’s alleged murder.

Alaska State Troopers have arrested a Cooper Landing man on a charge of first-degree murder in the death of a California man at his home reported early Thursday.

Troopers have identified the deceased as 27-year-old Genghis Muskox, following notification of his next of kin. The Associated Press says his presence in Alaska can be tracked back to a nonresident sport fishing license he was issued in 2003.

According to a Thursday AST dispatch, troopers responded to the home of suspect Paul Vermillion, 30, after he called Soldotna troopers at about 2 a.m. Thursday.

“(Vermillion) stated that there had been an altercation at his residence off of Snug Harbor road in Cooper Landing, and an adult male was deceased,” troopers wrote. “Based upon initial observation and evidence obtained at the scene, it appears that (Muskox) suffered a gunshot wound that may have contributed to his death.”

http://www.adn.com/article/20140123/man-accused-killing-genghis-muskox-released-bail

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/cooper-landing-man-arrested-for-murder-after-altercation/23341338

http://www.adn.com/article/20140109/strange-too-short-life-genghis-muskox

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2014-01-26/family-of-victim-responds-to-vermillion-bail

http://www.thesewardphoenixlog.com/story/2014/01/02/local/trial-set-for-cooper-landing-man/2199.html

http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/man-arraigned-in-death-at-cooper-landing-home/article_a390b3c6-6e8a-11e3-8ba9-0019bb30f31a.html

Murder/Suicide – Killed – Natasha Clark (Wasilla, AK)

Natasha Clark

Alaska State Troopers say they’re investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found shot inside a home in the Meadow Lakes area outside Wasilla on Sunday.

Both were shot in the head and a pistol was found next to the man, troopers said an a report posted online.

They were identified as Natasha Clark, 32, and Anthony Torres, 41.

The shootings happened in a cabin off Sylvan Road, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

Clark and Torres knew each other and were involved in a relationship, Peters said.

A family member called troopers around 9 a.m. Sunday after going to the cabin and “becoming suspicious” that something was wrong, Peters said. The victims’ vehicles were parked at the property but it didn’t look like anyone was home.

Troopers said they found the two people dead inside when they arrived.

“Investigation revealed both parties suffered apparent gunshot wounds to the head. A pistol was found at the scene next to Torres,” troopers wrote.

http://www.adn.com/article/20131104/two-found-shot-death-inside-wasilla-area-home

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/deaths-of-man-woman-at-wasilla-residence-under-investigation/22791610

http://www.adn.com/article/20131106/troopers-call-meadow-lakes-deaths-apparent-murder-suicide

http://www.frontiersman.com/news/found-shot-to-death/article_8815d5ee-4587-11e3-a226-0019bb2963f4.html

http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/the-gun-report-november-5-2013/?_r=0

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer/obituary.aspx?pid=167930846

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/adn/obituary-preview.aspx?n=natasha-clark&pid=167928310&referrer=1898

Murder/Suicide – Dead – Anthony Torres (Wasilla, AK)

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Alaska State Troopers say they’re investigating the deaths of a man and a woman found shot inside a home in the Meadow Lakes area outside Wasilla on Sunday.

Both were shot in the head and a pistol was found next to the man, troopers said an a report posted online.

They were identified as Natasha Clark, 32, and Anthony Torres, 41.

The shootings happened in a cabin off Sylvan Road, troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said.

Clark and Torres knew each other and were involved in a relationship, Peters said.

A family member called troopers around 9 a.m. Sunday after going to the cabin and “becoming suspicious” that something was wrong, Peters said. The victims’ vehicles were parked at the property but it didn’t look like anyone was home.

Troopers said they found the two people dead inside when they arrived.

“Investigation revealed both parties suffered apparent gunshot wounds to the head. A pistol was found at the scene next to Torres,” troopers wrote.

http://www.adn.com/article/20131104/two-found-shot-death-inside-wasilla-area-home

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/deaths-of-man-woman-at-wasilla-residence-under-investigation/22791610

http://www.adn.com/article/20131106/troopers-call-meadow-lakes-deaths-apparent-murder-suicide

http://www.frontiersman.com/news/found-shot-to-death/article_8815d5ee-4587-11e3-a226-0019bb2963f4.html

http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/11/05/the-gun-report-november-5-2013/?_r=0

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/newsminer/obituary.aspx?pid=167930846

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/adn/obituary-preview.aspx?n=natasha-clark&pid=167928310&referrer=1898

Killed – Jose Cortez (Anchorage, AK)

Jose Cortez

Press Release

October 28 and 30, 2013

Contact: Jennifer Castro

APD Public Information Officer

786-8571 Office

Subject: APD Investigates Shooting Death at Motel 6

Case: 13-47210

Update on 0ct. 30, 2013: Anchorage Police are releasing the identity of the young adult male who died after a shooting at Motel 6 on Sunday night. The young adult male has been identified as 25-year-old Jose Cortez. His next of kin have been notified. The investigation is still ongoing to determine whether the shooting was accidental or intentional and whether any suspect(s) were involved.

Original Release Oct. 28, 2013:

APD Detectives are investigating a shooting which resulted in the death of a young adult male last night at the Motel 6 located at 5000 A St. APD Dispatch received a call at 10:15 p.m. on Sunday, October 27, 2013 by an employee of the motel reporting a shooting in one of the rooms. When police responded they discovered a deceased male who had been shot in an upper level room. The APD Crime Scene Team and detectives were called out to investigate the incident. At this time, APD has not determined whether the shooting was intentional or accidental, and who fired the weapon

Anchorage police have identified a man shot dead in a Midtown hotel room Sunday night.

He is Jose Cortez, 25, police said Wednesday. Officers found Cortez dead after an employee of the Motel 6 at 5000 A Street called 911 to report hearing a single gunshot from an upstairs room about 10:15 p.m. Sunday, police spokeswoman Jennifer Castro said.

There were others in the room, Castro said, but so far nobody has been charged in connection to the case. An autopsy would answer some questions about Cortez’s death, including whether the shooting was intentional, accidental or if another person was involved, Castro said.

http://www.muni.org/Departments/police/PressReleases/Pages/APDInvestigatesShootingDeathatMotel6.aspx

http://www.adn.com/article/20131030/police-id-man-killed-gunshot-midtown-anchorage-hotel

http://www.adn.com/article/20131030/victim-identified-anchorage-motel-6-shooting

http://www.newsminer.com/news/alaska_news/name-of-man-shot-dead-in-anchorage-motel-released/article_3798150c-426f-11e3-884c-001a4bcf6878.html

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/anchorage-police-identify-motel-6-shooting-victim/22724716

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/adn/obituary-preview.aspx?n=jose-cortez&pid=167808636&referrer=1898

http://mydeathspace.com/article/2013/11/16/Jose_Cortez_(25)_was_shot_to_death_at_a_Motel_6

Killed – Jonathan Granger (Soldotna, AK)

Jonathan Granger

A 19-year-old Soldotna man died, as paramedics tried to save him, from a gunshot wound he sustained while hunting alone, Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters said Sunday.

Jonathan Granger was hunting off Isaak Road near mile 98 of the Sterling Highway Sunday afternoon, Peters said, when something went wrong. He called family to say that he was hurt.

When paramedics called by family members arrived around 2:30 p.m. Sunday they found Granger conscious and lucid.

“He was talking when we got there but died at the scene,” Peters said.

Granger had a torso wound, she said.

The family called paramedics at 2:46pm, who found Granger has sustained a gunshot wound to the torso.

http://www.adn.com/article/20131027/troopers-soldotna-hunter-dies-gunshot-wound

http://peninsulaclarion.com/news/2013-10-27/man-dies-from-gunshot-wound-while-hunting

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/soldotna-man-dies-in-kenai-peninsula-hunting-accident/22670564

http://radiokenai.net/soldotna-teen-dies-in-hunting-accident/

http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/10/29/the-gun-report-october-29-2013/?_r=0

http://mydeathspace.com/article/2013/11/14/Jonathan_Granger_(19)_accidentally_shot

http://www.tributes.com/obituary/show/Jonathan-C.-Granger-96679251_himself_while_hunting

http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/peninsulaclarion/obituary.aspx?pid=167788015

https://www.facebook.com/InLovingMemoryofGranger

Killed – Girl – Marina Rybak (Delta Junction, AK)

Marina Rybak

A 6-year-old boy fatally shot a 12-year-old girl with a pellet gun at a birthday party in Delta Junction on Saturday, the Alaska State Troopers said.

The girl, identified by troopers as Marina Rybak, was taken to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital Saturday with a gunshot wound to her neck. Troopers were notified of her death at 9:19 p.m., according to the dispatch.

Another child at the birthday party had gotten a hold of the pellet gun and given it to the boy, said trooper spokesman Megan Peters. The gun belonged to a relative of the boy.

“The six year old was taking the gun back in the house when he pulled the trigger,” Peters wrote in an e-mail Sunday. “He didn’t know the gun was loaded.”

The children ran inside and told the mother of the 6-year-old what had happened right away, Peters said.

The name of the 6-year-old has not been released.

More details were released Sunday afternoon surrounding the death of a 12-year-old girl who was shot with a pellet gun by a 6-year-old in the Interior community of Delta Junction, 95 miles southeast of Fairbanks on the Richardson Highway. Alaska State Troopers reported they received a report of the shooting shortly after 9 p.m. Saturday, and that the shooting appeared to be a tragic accident.

http://www.adn.com/article/20131027/boy-6-fatally-shoots-girl-12-pellet-gun-delta-junction

http://www.adn.com/article/20131027/girl-12-dies-after-being-shot-neck-boy-6-birthday-party

http://www.newsminer.com/news/local_news/troopers–year-old-delta-girl-dies-from-pellet-gun/article_21599140-3f53-11e3-8aa0-0019bb30f31a.html

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2478937/Alaska-boy-6-fatally-shoots-girl-12-pellet-gun.html

http://nocera.blogs.nytimes.com/2013/12/12/the-gun-report-december-12-2013/?_r=0

http://www.ktuu.com/news/news/delta-junction-girl-12-dies-after-being-shot-by-boy-6-with-pellet-gun/22660270

http://www.deltawindonline.com/news/local/article_fd2c15c4-473e-11e3-922d-001a4bcf6878.html

http://news.deltanewsweb.com/news/2013/11/05/marina-rybak-memorial-service/

http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=119878039