Man Arrested In Alaska Coast Guard Base Deaths

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

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Friday, February 15, 2013

The U.S. attorney in Alaska says a man has been arrested in the murders last year of two employees at a Coast Guard air station on Kodiak Island.

U.S. Attorney Karen Loeffler says James Michael Wells of Kodiak was arrested Friday on a federal arrest warrant based on a criminal complaint.

Fatally shot on April 12 were Coast Guard Electrician's Mate First Class James Hopkins and retired Chief Boatswain's Mate Richard Belisle. Belisle was working as a Coast Guard civilian employee.

Another Coast Guard member found the victims shortly after the two would have arrived for work at the station, which is home to cutters, helicopters and rescue swimmers that aid mariners in the Bering Sea or the Pacific Ocean.

Few details were released about the investigation in the weeks after the deaths.

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