Panhandling ill-advised, illegal and deadly

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Any Anchorage driver can tell you it's not hard to find panhandlers who camp out on busy streets. Anchorage police say it's illegal and a problem they can't easily track. 

"To be honest, no matter what we do, the panhandling seems to be increasing," said APD Sgt. Rick Steiding.

The eastbound lanes of Debarr Road were blocked for hours on Saturday night after 62-year-old Kent Wells was struck and killed by a vehicle while he attempted to grab a handout from someone driving by.

Panhandling ill-advised, illegal and deadly
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