Fairbanks Four

Fairbanks Four verdict months away

By the Associated Press

Four men who claim they were wrongly convicted of killing Fairbanks teenager John Hartman in 1997 won't hear the outcome of their most recent trial for several months. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reports the post-conviction relief trial for the so-called "Fairbanks Four" has wrapped up. The four sued the state based on new information that says another group of students beat Hartman. They also cite the recantation of a key witness.


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State witnesses take the stand in Fairbanks Four case

By Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

The state has begun calling witnesses in the Fairbanks Four evidentiary hearing now in its fourth week. Witnesses so far were summoned by attorneys representing exoneration petitioners George Frese, Kevin Pease, Marvin Roberts, and Eugene Vent. Now the focus has shifted to witnesses offered by state lawyers trying to uphold the men’s convictions for the murder of John Hartman.

Anchorage officials call Spice drug crisis ‘unsustainable’

By Zacharia Hughes, Alaska Public Radio Network

Wednesday, Anchorage officials told Assembly members spice-related incidents are creating an unsustainable burden on emergency responders in the city.

Fire Chief Dennis LeBlanc says there have been days this month when almost half of all emergency transports are spice-related [48%], and additional vehicles had to be called in from Eagle River to respond.

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By Lori Townsend, APRN


State investigators critical of police work

By Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

By Dan Bross, KUAC – Fairbanks

A man who claims a high school classmate told him he and group of  friends killed John Hartman back in 1997, testified in state court in Fairbanks Thursday. Scott Davison appeared at an ongoing hearing on evidence in the murder, for which four other local men were convicted, and are seeking exoneration. Following the discovery of 15-year-old Hartman badly beaten on a downtown street in October 1997, Davison says fellow Lathrop High student Jason Wallace talked about the crime.

Volunteers from Galena 40 miles upriver from Nulato are taking boats to Nulato to help with the evacuation. The fire was sparked by lightning on Sunday just a mile from the village of 270. 

Cart St. fire near Sterling on the Kenai Peninsula is now 25 percent contained after burning 11 structures. The Sockeye fire near Willow, 40 miles north of Anchorage, is 79 percent contained after burning 26 homes. 

KUAC's Dan Bross reports Fairbanks Mayor Dan Eberhart has agreed to the Tanana Chiefs Conference's request to join it and others who are calling for a federal investigation into the murder convictions of four Alaska Native men. The four were convicted of the 1997 murder of John Hartman. Eberhart says a 2011 confession by a prison inmate who is not one of the Fairbanks Four and other new evidence raise questions about whether they were the perpetrators. TCC had also requested an investigation of the Fairbanks police handling of the case.

In the first of two newscasts today: Alaska Democrats have endorsed U.S. Mark Begich for the seat he now holds, former Juneau mayor Byron Mallott for Governor, and Anchorage attorney Forrest Dunbar for U.S. Congress.

The state has requested an evidentiary hearing in the case of the "Fairbanks Four," who were convicted of the beating death of Mark Hartman in 1997, but new information points to others being responsible for the killing.