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Old 05-16-2017, 11:42 PM
 
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The stealing has gotten out of control on the island in recent months. It's been a problem there for quite some time, but it seems to have reached epidemic proportions lately.
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Old 05-17-2017, 10:14 AM
 
Location: sitka, Alaska
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Whats it all about down that way? Crackheads? Has Craig really gone down the toilet? I met a guy that use to be a cop down there and he said it really sucked to work there.
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Old 05-17-2017, 02:52 PM
 
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Whats it all about down that way? Crackheads? Has Craig really gone down the toilet? I met a guy that use to be a cop down there and he said it really sucked to work there.
You know, it's probably a combination of things, but I think part of it is that because Ketchikan is the most southernmost community, a lot of sketchy people from down south end up there, go to the bars or otherwise find their own kind, hear that POW is kind of an "outlaw's paradise," and make their way over. But it's not just newcomers. The guy who owns the Air B and B I stay at in Ketchikan told me that he doesn't normally rent to anyone from POW (I won't, either).

I've heard opioids and meth are rampant, and, of course, alcohol. I think most of the problem is located in the Craig/Klawock area.

ETA that "down south" is a colloquialism used in SE Alaska to refer to all of the -48 and not just the southern states.

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Old 05-18-2017, 02:59 PM
 
Location: Naptowne, Alaska
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We have the same problem on the Kenai Peninsula. Meth/Heroin heads stealing anything they can get their hands on.
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Old 05-19-2017, 08:12 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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We have the same problem on the Kenai Peninsula. Meth/Heroin heads stealing anything they can get their hands on.
It's getting that way in most places around Alaska. We have had several murders in recent weeks in Fairbanks, and I imagine these are drug/gang related. It's very possible that I am wrong, but the dead ones as well as the criminals being caught leads me to think so.
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Old 05-20-2017, 12:25 PM
 
Location: Wasilla, AK
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It's getting that way in most places around Alaska. We have had several murders in recent weeks in Fairbanks, and I imagine these are drug/gang related. It's very possible that I am wrong, but the dead ones as well as the criminals being caught leads me to think so.
I'm retired LE and it's been my experience that most murders are criminal on criminal or DV. In Anchorage, add in being homeless.
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Old 05-22-2017, 02:54 PM
 
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Three fishing boats that were tied together burned in Craig's North Cove early Sunday morning. A community building in a somewhat nearby POW community (Naukiti) was burned several hours earlier. So along with everything else, POW also has an arsonist on the loose.

ETA or so it would seem. The fires could be completely unrelated and could have happened because of natural causes, I suppose, but I doubt it.

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Old 05-22-2017, 11:40 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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I'm retired LE and it's been my experience that most murders are criminal on criminal or DV. In Anchorage, add in being homeless.
Yes, I agree.

All the crime Met is referring to (stealing and such) seems to be spreading through the interior, too.
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Old 05-24-2017, 08:01 AM
 
Location: SE Alaska
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Has Craig really gone down the toilet? .
Sounds bad, for sure. On a positive note, I recently heard that one of their HS graduating seniors this year will be attending Columbia University in the fall.
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Old 05-24-2017, 01:14 PM
 
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^And that kid will never go back except to visit.

POW can be a pretty good motivator for smart kids -- if they realize an education is their only way out, they'll apply themselves.

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