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JUNEAU — The state of Alaska has agreed to pay $550,000 to the family of a man who died in 2015 in Juneau's Lemon Creek Correctional Center, settling negligence claims related to his death. The settlement was revealed in court documents filed Friday.
After Joseph Murphy suffered a fatal heart attack, his case garnered statewide attention when it became part of a major state investigation into a series of prison deaths across Alaska.
According to the investigation, Murphy had a heart condition but was denied medication by prison guards, one of whom said, "I don't care, you could die right now and I don't care."
Within an hour and a half, Murphy died of a heart attack.
While the Army pours resources into Fort Wainwright after suicides, leaders stress one reminder: Look out for your teammates
While the Army is making strides at Fort Wainwright with hopes of improving the quality of life at the base and stopping suicide, Army leaders are also reminding soldiers of one simple thing that could make a difference: Get to know your teammates, and look out for one another.
A seaman with the U.S. Coast Guard will face a court martial on murder and other charges relating to the death of a fellow seaman in Alaska.
Ethan Tucker is charged with the January death of 19-year-old Seaman Ethan Kelch of Virginia Beach, Virginia, according to the Associated Press.
After a string of suicides, the Army's remote Alaska post is working to improve conditions for soldiers
Army leadership at Fort Wainwright in Fairbanks, Alaska, are making a number of changes in hopes of increasing morale and improving the quality of life for soldiers stationed at one of the service's most remote posts, according to an Army Times report.
A collision between a Coast Guard boat and a Navy vessel near Kodiak Island, Alaska on Wednesday landed six coasties and three sailors to the hospital, officials said.
A Coast Guard seaman accused of murder was released from a San Diego brig Monday as the admiral overseeing his prosecution ordered a new hearing in the case.
Seaman Ethan W. Tucker, 21, was arrested August 28 after a seven-month Coast Guard investigation into the January death of Seaman Ethan Kelch, 19, who served on the same ship as Tucker— the Douglas Munro, a high endurance cutter based in Kodiak, Alaska.
Tucker is charged with murder, involuntary manslaughter, aggravated assault, making false official statements, obstruction of justice and failure to obey orders. He has not entered a plea and won't do so unless his case is referred to a court-martial.