Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, January 10, 2019

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment

  • AK19002144

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Failure to Register as a Sex Offender 2nd Degree

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/09/2019 at about 1813 hours, the Alaska State Troopers contacted and arrested Harvey Scan, age 67 of Ketchikan in the 2400 block of Tongass Avenue after Skan was found to be out of compliance as a convicted sex offender and failed to register as required.  Skan was remanded to Ketchikan Correctional Center

    Posted on 1/10/2019 12:00:03 AM by DPS\jpbeaudoin

B Detachment

  • AK19002058

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: DUI, Assault, Theft, Burglary, MIW3, and MIW4

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/9/2019 at approximately 1320 hours, the Alaska State Troopers in Wasilla received a report of a disturbance at a residence on Wesseling Circle. Investigation revealed 62 year old William Copeland burglarized a residence and assaulted someone at a neighboring residence. Troopers located Copeland after he left the scene. Copeland had been armed with several firearms during the burglary, one of which was stolen. Additionally, Copeland was driving under the influence of alcohol. Troopers arrested Copeland and charged him with Burglary, Theft, Assault, DUI, and Misconduct Involving Weapons. Copeland was remanded at Mat-Su Pre-Trial where he was held without bail.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 8:54:56 AM by DPS\shsutton

C Detachment

  • Department of Public Safety Advisory

    Location: Kodiak, AK

    Advisory Text:

    Please be advised for those that live in or around the Pasagshak area, the roads are extremely icy. If at all possible, please avoid going to and from Pasagshak. Vehicles with chains and studs are having trouble safely navigating the switch backs past the boat launch.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 8:56:12 PM by DPS\ajwill

D Detachment

  • AK19001246

    Location: Koyukuk
    Type: Assault 4 - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/5/19 at 1641 hours Alaska State Troopers in Galena received a report of an assault in Koyukuk.  On 1/7/19 at 1115 hours Percy Lolnitz II, age 21 of Koyukuk was arrested at his residence in Koyukuk for Assault 4 and remanded to FCC on no bail. 

    Posted on 1/10/2019 4:43:50 PM by DPS\ranunley

  • AK19001760

    Location: Nulato
    Type: Attempted Burglary 2/Criminal Mischief 4

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/8/19 at 1008 hours Alaska State Troopers in Galena received a report of an attempted break in at the Nulato Liquor Store.  Investigation revealed some time between 2000 hours on 1/5/19 and 1300 hours on 1/6/19 unknown person(s) attempted to break into the Nulato Liquor store causing approximately $400 in damages to the building.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 1-800-656-1203.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 4:53:06 PM by DPS\ranunley

  • AK19002008

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Assault 4 - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/9/2019, at approximately 1115 hours, Fairbanks AST responded to a report of a disturbance in progress. Investigation revealed that Lillian Lund(age 21 of Fairbanks) placed her girlfriend in fear of physical injury. Lillian Lund was arrest on scene and remanded to FCC on the charge of Assault 4.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 1:07:14 PM by DPS\bdlemay

  • AK19001936

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/9/19 at approximately 0041 hours, Fairbanks AST stopped a black Ford sedan for an equipment violation near Dartmouth Drive in Fairbanks. Investigation revealed a passenger, Ernest David age 38 of Fairbanks, had an outstanding arrest warrant for a DVPO violation in case 4FA-17-1632CR. David was arrested and remanded to FCC. Bail was set at $500.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 6:06:18 AM by DPS\crstrickland

E Detachment

  • AK19000960

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: Theft

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/4/19 at approximately 1209 hours, Soldotna base Alaska State Troopers received a report of fraud. Investigation revealed the caller located a rental property online off Poppywood street. The caller sent the his deposit for the rental which was $1,200. The caller did not hear back from the lister of the property, resulting in the caller losing their deposit. It is believed the listing is fraudulent an being done by someone out of state. Alaska State Troopers are warning the public to confirm the listings are legitimate before they send money to a unknown person. If you have any additional information, please contact Crime Stoppers 907-283-8477 or Soldotna AST 907-262-4453.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 7:19:32 AM by DPS\bbturner

  • AK19001006

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: Motor Vehicle Collision- Damage

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/4/19 at approximately 1401 hours, Soldotna AST recieved a report of an motor vehicle collision (MVC) on Boundary Street off of MP 91 of the Sterling Highway in Soldotna. The caller reported there was lane blockage but no injuries. AST responded and located the MVC on Ken May Avenue. I identified the at fault driver as Jaime Ruzewski, age 28 of Soldotna, driving a 2001 white Toyota Rav4. I identified the other driver as Bryan Hutchins, age 38 of Nikiski, driving a white 1997 kenworth propane truck. Investigation revealed Ruzewski was traveling southbound when she began to slide towards Hutchins' vehicle. Ruzewski advised she accidentally hit the accelerator, sliding on the ice, and striking Hutchins' vehicle, causing disabling damage to both vehicles. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Jenwar. Alcohol was not a factor and neither party was cited.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 7:26:52 AM by DPS\bbturner

  • AK19002110

    Location: Nikiski
    Type: No Motor Vehicle Insurance

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/9/19 at approximately 1444 hours, Soldotna base Alaska State Troopers were patrolling in the area milepost 16 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski. A traffic stop was conducted on a 1999 silver Volvo. The vehicle was stopped for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed the driver, Shannon OBrien, age 49 of Anchorage, was operating the vehicle without Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance and without a Valid Operator's License. OBrien was issued a misdemeanor citation and his vehicle was towed from the scene by Jenwar.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 8:00:45 AM by DPS\bbturner

  • AK19001310

    Location: Nikiski
    Type: MICS IV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/06/2019 at approximately 0343, Alaska State Troopers responded to a Nikiski residence upon the report of a suspicious circumstance. 51 year old Roseann Ozhuwan-Taton of Nikiski was contacted during the investigation and found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Following the investigation, Ozhuwan-Taton was arrested, transported, and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial on the charge of Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the Fourth Degree.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 12:49:43 AM by DPS\kmgill

  • AK19000722

    Location: Soldotna, AK
    Type: Theft

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/03/19 at approximately 1221 hours, Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a theft in Neighborhood of Gas Well Rd. Further investigation revealed approximately $600 worth of personal belongings were stolen. Anyone with information in regard to the theft are asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers 907-262-4453 or Peninsula Crime Stoppers 907-283-8477. Tipsters can also report anonymously at



    Posted on 1/10/2019 9:16:53 AM by DPS\tlbuyse

  • AK19001202

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: Domestic Violence Protection order

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/5/2019, at approximately 1515 hours, Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received a report that McGerra Beck, 35, of Sterling, had violated a Domestic Violence Protection order. Following an investigation McGerra was charged with Violating a Domestic Violation Protective Order.


    Posted on 1/10/2019 9:43:02 AM by DPS\apjackson

  • AK19002042

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: MVC-D

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/10/2019, at approximately 1255 hours, Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received a report of a minor Motor Vehicle Collision involving an on-duty Alaska State Trooper in Soldotna. The accident took place at the W. Redoubt and N. Binkley round-a-bout. No injuries were reported. Randi Wirz, 31, of Nikiski was cited for Drivers to Exercise Due Care to Avoid a Collision.


    Posted on 1/10/2019 9:45:12 AM by DPS\apjackson

  • AK19001182

    Location: Seward
    Type: Theft of an Access Device

    Dispatch Text:

    On January 4, 2019 at approximately 12:30pm, the Alaska State Troopers in Seward received a report that a Seward residence had been burglarized in September 2018.  The only thing stolen from the residence was the victim’s wallet containing his bank cards.  One of the victim’s bank accounts is now empty.  Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 3:33:07 PM by SOA\cbjoslin

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK19002215

    Location: Prince of Wales Island
    Type: Number Plate Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/9/19, Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Prince of Wales Island conducted an routine inspection of the F/V Pepperoni during a geoduck offload in Craig. The captain of the vessel was identified as Desi Mangini, age 31 of Washington. Mangini had failed to display the 2019 CFEC number plate during the fishery as required by AS16.05.520(a). Mangini was issued an Alaska Uniform Citation for the violation.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 9:10:20 AM by DPS\bamank

  • AK18086406

    Location: Prince of Wales Island
    Type: Improper Buoy Markings

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/9/19, Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Prince of Wales Island issued an Alaska Uniform Citation to  Eric Riemer, age 39 of Ketchikan for Improper Buoy markings on personal use shrimp gear. Riemer was found to have been fishing a string of shrimp gear near the community of Hydaburg without any of the buoy markings required by 5AAC77.010(d).

    Posted on 1/10/2019 9:18:31 AM by DPS\bamank

  • AK19002321

    Location: Anchorage
    Type: Fail to Report on Hunt Permit

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/10/19, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers Anchorage post, issued a citation to Ruel D. Alda 47 YOA of Anchorage, AK. Ruel was cited for failing to submit his CM300 Hunt Report as required on the permit. Bail was set at $110.


    Posted on 1/10/2019 2:52:57 PM by DPS\rlmorrisett

  • AK19002278

    Location: Prince of Wales Island
    Type: Fail to Seal - Wolf Hides

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/10/19, Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Prince of Wales Island were contacted by Thomas George, age 63 of Klawock, to have two wolves sealed that he had trapped in December 2018. The wolf season on POW had closed at midnight on 12/21/18, and all hides were required to be sealed within 14 days per 5AAC92.170. George was issued an Alaska Uniform Citation for failing to have the wolves sealed within the 14 day period.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 12:57:12 PM by DPS\bamank

  • AK19002300

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: Sport Fish w/out license in possession

    Dispatch Text:

    On January 10, 2019, Soldotna Wildlife Troopers contacted Clyde Reynolds, age 34 of Nikiski at Sports Lake. Reynolds was unable to exhibit a valid Alaska Sport Fish License and was subsequently issued a citation for Sport Fishing Without License in Possession. Bail is set for $220.00 in the Kenai Court.

    Posted on 1/10/2019 6:23:03 PM by DPS\pcheid

AK Bureau of Investigation ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Highway Patrol ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Judicial Services ...No news reported.

AK Div of Fire and Life Safety ...No news reported.