Police say drug deal preceded Anchorage shooting deaths

  • By Dan Joling
  • Tuesday, December 22, 2015 10:55pm
  • News

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — An early morning drug deal preceded a shooting that killed two men in west Anchorage and led to the arrest of one man’s wife, police said.

Jeramyha Talauega, 22, was found dead Monday near railroad tracks where he apparently fell after being shot inside a vehicle.

Robin Porter, 33, died at an Anchorage hospital. Police said he was shot before his wife, Meghan Porter, 31, drove him to a hospital. She was being held in connection with the shooting. Police responded after receiving calls from witnesses who heard shots and saw one vehicle chasing another along a main north-south thoroughfare.

Officers found Talauega dead in the industrial area. About 20 minutes later, officers learned Robin Porter had arrived at a hospital with his wife. He died a short time later.

Meghan Porter told police she and her husband had met Talauega to sell him drugs. Talauega arrived in a vehicle then got into their vehicle.

A fight broke out and all three people inside fired guns before Talauega jumped out of the vehicle, police said.

The car that had carried Talauega briefly chased the Porters, police said, before they drove to the hospital.

Police arrested Meghan Porter on suspicion of second-degree murder, manslaughter and drug misconduct. As of midmorning Tuesday, prosecutors had not filed charges. She was scheduled for arraignment later in the day.

Police were seeking the driver of the vehicle that brought Talauega to the shooting scene. The deaths were the 24th and 25th homicides of 2015 in Anchorage.

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — A judge has sentenced a Fairfield man to three years of probation for violations of the transport and display of a grizzly bear he killed in Alaska.

The U.S. Attorney’s Office says U.S. District Court Judge John A. Jarvey sentenced 35-year-old Brenton J. Clark to probation following his June 16 guilty plea to charges he violated a federal law banning the trafficking of illegally killed wildlife.

Clark acknowledged killing a bear in Alaska and transporting it for display at his Jefferson County, Iowa, hunting lodge without meeting Alaska requirements. He also admitted to encouraging witnesses not to disclose information to authorities after learning he was under investigation.

The probation conditions include a $2,000 fine, 120 days of home confinement, community service and restrictions on possessing firearms or hunting and fishing.

FAIRBANKS, Alaska — Officials are investigating the death of a man whose missing truck has been recovered.

57-year-old Ron McKnight’s body was found in his home Dec. 10 and the state medical examiner determined through an autopsy that his death was a homicide.

Alaska State Troopers found McKnight’s missing truck, though they did not say how or where it was recovered.

The Associated Press

No details have been released regarding how McKnight died or whether there are any suspects.

Troopers and the Alaska Bureau of Investigation are working on the case.

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