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State authorities have charged a fisherman with first-degree felony assault after he allegedly stabbed another crewman on the F/V Aleutian Sable and fled the crime scene.   

In the indictment, police said Anthony M. Cervantes, 27, got into an argument with Elisha M. Singell while they were drinking on the boat on March 16.

Zoë Sobel / KUCB

The Department of Public Safety has a familiar face in a new role. Ramona Thompson took over as fire chief on March 12.

Thompson has over 35 years of fire and EMS experience including 11 years as the EMS coordinator at the department of public safety. Most recently she worked as the Director of Clinical Services at the Iliuliuk Family Health Services Clinic.

KUCB's Zoë Sobel sat down with Thompson who says she decided to apply for the job now because she saw how much the community has struggled to hold on to a fire chief.

 

Berett Wilber/KUCB

A 27-year-old fisherman, Anthony M. Cervantes, has been arrested in a stabbing incident that sent one person to Anchorage for surgery.

Police responded to the F/V Aleutian Sable early Friday morning following reports that a crewmember had been badly injured in a knife attack. He had a deep laceration to his upper abdomen and was medevacked. Deputy Chief Jennifer Shockley says the victim is in stable condition. 

A second member of the crew was also injured.

Cervantes was apprehended by police officers less than a quarter mile from the boat.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska’s DMV reopened this week after almost two months.

The Division of Motor Vehicles closed when its only agent went on personal leave.

Now, Acting Director Jennifer Shockley said the Department of Public Safety has trained another staff member.

"We'll be able to do IDs, vehicle registrations, and Class D drivers licenses — both written testing and road testing," she said. 

For the time being, the DMV won’t offer road tests for motorcyclists or drivers of commercial vehicles, because the new agent hasn’t received that training yet.

Berett Wilber/KUCB

City officials have debated splitting Unalaska’s fire and police divisions for months. Now, they’re also taking a closer look at the Department of Public Safety's director.

Specifically, “the consideration of removing the police chief designation," according to former city manager Nancy Peterson. 

While the Director of Public Safety has served as the police chief for years, Peterson said it’s time to examine whether that’s the most effective system.

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