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Murder #29, 30 in Anchorage

At 11:12 pm on Nov. 30, Anchorage police and fire personnel responded to the 200 block of Newell Street, where an SUV was fully engulfed in flames while parked in a vacant lot.

Police said two people were inside and the deaths are suspicious. The exact cause of death will be determined and identities of the victims will be confirmed by the medical examiner.

Newell Street is a dead end dirt street that meets up with Boundary Avenue. On the west side is a trailer park, and on the east side a vacant lot.

If these are determined to be homicides, they would be the 29th and 30th of 2019, topping last year’s 28 murders in Anchorage. The city set a record in 2017 with 37 homicides.

Just seven days earlier, a dead person was found in a burning SUV near E. 22nd Avenue and More Street, near Cheney Lake Park, which is east of Boniface Parkway.

The suspect in that homicide is Trevor Babcock, 42, who has a long string of prior contacts with the Alaska Court System.

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Suzanne Downing had careers in business and journalism before serving as the Director of Faith and Community-based Initiatives for Florida Gov. Jeb Bush and returning to Alaska to serve as speechwriter for Gov. Sean Parnell. Born on the Oregon coast, she moved to Alaska in 1969.

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  • Correction it’s all a vacant lot, the trailer park and apartment buildings were all tore down in the last 6 months.

  • Are they drug, gang people?

  • Not too mysterious, it’s a rock’s throw from Artic Tern Inn.

  • I am holding my breath, awaiting a statement of reassurance from Mayor Ethan and Commandante Doll.

    • Please don’t hold your breath any longer. We need you! The statement isn’t coming. Anyone notice that we don’t even get nixle notices anymore unless it’s about traffic or silver/kid alerts? Interesting how our Governor wants to stop the bleeding in the budget and Berkowitz declares it an emergency. Where is the emergency for murders? MMIW in our city and State? Street druggies and inebriates? Give me a plastic bag!…oh that’s right…they are gone. It was an emergency!

      • Still holding. Commandante Doll wears two or three stars which means he commands a force of between 10,000 and 50,000. (It certainly feels that way at times!) With numbers like that, the criminals should be on the run soon!

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