Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, January 11, 2019

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

A Detachment

  • AK19002659

    Location: Klawock
    Type: Probation Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On January 11, 2019, at about 4:45PM, the Alaska State Troopers on Prince of Wales island contacted 30 year Hydaburg resident Jessica Montgomery during a traffic stop.  The investigation resulted in Jessica being arrested for a probation violation.  Jessica was remanded to the Craig Jail where she was held without bail.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 7:34:32 PM by DPS\lnparrish

  • AK19002624

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Assault 4 on Officer, Resisting Arrest, Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On January 11, 2019, Alaska State Troopers received information that 19 year old Kailee Tavares of Ketchikan was inside an apartment near Austin Street.  Subsequent investigation revealed Tavares hiding in a closet of the residence.  When AST attempted to take Tavares into custody, she resisted arrest by physically struggling against Troopers efforts.  Tavares was ultimately taken into custody.  While being placed in the patrol vehicle, Tavares struck a Trooper in the face with her foot.  Tavares was transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center where she was held on $20,500 bail.  She is charged with the new misdemeanor offenses of Assault in the 4th Degree on a Police Officer and Resisting Arrest.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 7:44:57 PM by DPS\grmiller

  • AK19002551

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On January 11, 2019, Alaska State Troopers contacted 40 year old Sherry Whitney of Ketchikan at a residence on N. Tongass Highway.  She was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for her arrest on a Petition to Revoke her Probation.  Whitney was transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center where she was held on $20,000 bail.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 8:04:35 PM by DPS\grmiller

B Detachment

  • AK19001215

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/5/2019 at approximately 1325 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a deceased female at a residence on Sage Road in Wasilla. Medics and Troopers responded. The woman, identified as Michelle Ahern, 44 of Wasilla, appears to have succumbed to Carbon Monoxide poisoning. Her body was transported to the SME's office in Anchorage for autopsy.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 9:38:06 AM by DPS\mapeters

  • AK19002440

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/11/19 at 0102 hours, AST performed a traffic stop on a blue 2017 Chevy sedan for speeding on the Parks Highway near Lucille Road in Wasilla. Investigation revealed Jeremy Cubas, age 36 of Wasilla, was driving while under the influence of alcohol. Cubas was arrested for the original charge of DUI and transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where he was released O/R.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 3:36:25 AM by DPS\lephillips

  • AK19002632

    Location: Glennallen
    Type: MVC-F

    Dispatch Text:

    Update: The deceased is identified as Robin Purvis, age 59 of Gakona. Next of kin has been notified.

    On 1/11/19 at 1438 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a Motor Vehicle Collision at Milepost 34 of the Tok Cutoff in Gakona involving a semi-truck and a snowmachine. Investigation revealed that a semi-truck driving northbound at Milepost 34 of the Tok cutoff struck a snowmachiner. CPR was initiated but the snowmachiner succumbed to their injuries. Efforts are underway to notify next of kin. The operator of the semi was not injured. The remains of the deceased will be transported to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. Investigation continues. 

    Posted on 1/11/2019 7:09:09 PM by DPS\mapeters

C Detachment

  • AK19002653

    Location: Kodiak
    Type: DV Criminal Mischief 4, Assault 3, Assault 4, MICS 4

    Dispatch Text:

    On January 11, 2019 at 1658 hours the Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance. AST contacted Justin Ensley, a 23 year old male of Kodiak. The investigation led to the arrest of Justin for DV Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, Assault in the Third Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree. Justin was transported to the Kodiak Jail pending arraignment.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 8:28:39 PM by DPS\tstilley

  • AK19002343

    Location: Napakiak
    Type: DV Assault 4th degree

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/10/19 Bethel AST received a complaint of a DV assault in Napakiak. Investigation revealed Frank Nelson, 32 yoa, of Napakiak assaulted his uncle on 01/08/19. Bethel AST requested an arrest warrant for Frank Nelson. This incident will be sent to the Bethel DAO for prosecution. Alcohol was a factor in this incident.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 12:29:01 PM by DPS\jmwhittom

  • AK19002475

    Location: Napakiak
    Type: Arrest Warrant Service

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/10/19 Bethel AST arrested Allen Willie, 33 yoa of Napakiak, on an arrest warrant for violation of condition of probation in 4BE-15-767CR. Allen was transported to YKCC in Bethel and held on $10,000.00 bail. Bethel AST also arrested a 16 yoa male from Napakiak on a bench warrant for failing to comply with conditions of his probation. He was placed at Bethel Youth Facility with no bail set.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 9:14:17 AM by DPS\jmwhittom

D Detachment

  • AK19002683

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Assault 3rd (DV), Assault 4th (DV), and Criminal Mischief 5th

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/11/2019 at 1922 hours Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks received a report of a disturbance in an apartment near Geist Road.  Investigation determined Kyle Titus, age 31 of Fairbanks caused physical injury to a family member with a dangerous instrument, caused physical injury to another family, and damaged property in the apartment.  Titus was arrested and remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center where he was held without bail for Assault 3rd (DV), Assault 4th (DV), and Criminal Mischief 5th (DV).


    Posted on 1/11/2019 10:38:01 PM by DPS\dwbozman

E Detachment

  • AK19002519

    Location: Nikiski
    Type: DV Assault 4

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/11/19 at approximately 1027 hours, Soldotna base Alaska State Troopers received a call of a disturbance on Duke Street in Nikiski. Investigation revealed Derek Ludington, age 49 of Nikiski, had assaulted an individual at a residence. Ludington was arrested for Domestic Violence Assault in the Fourth Degree. Ludington was transported and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, no bail.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 5:15:11 PM by DPS\bbturner

  • AK19001282

    Location: Nikiski
    Type: DUI, MIW 4 (x2)

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/05/2019, at approximately 2055 hours, Soldotna AST contacted Russell Pate (35), of Nikiski, on a traffic stop on south Miller Loop. After subsequent investigation, Pate was arrested for Driving Under the Influence and two counts of Misconduct Involving Weapons 4th degree.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 8:21:00 PM by DPS\arguzman

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK19002459

    Location: Anchorage
    Type: Fail to Submit Hunt Report

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/10/19, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers Anchorage post, issued a citation to Jason C. Chocknok 32 YOA of Anchorage, AK. Jason was cited for failing to submit his RM583 Moose Hunt Report as required on the permit. Bail was set at $120.


    Posted on 1/11/2019 9:00:34 AM by DPS\rlmorrisett

  • AK19002340

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Motor Vehicle Collision - Injury

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/10/2019 at approximately 1530 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision at Knik Goose Bay Road and Settlers Bay Drive in Wasilla. Partial road blockage and minor injuries were reported. Investigation revealed a pickup traveling southbound collided with a sedan traveling northbound in an attempt to avoid another vehicle that was sliding. Road conditions were very icy. One driver was transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Both vehicles were towed from the scene. Alcohol is not suspected to be a factor.


    Posted on 1/11/2019 12:42:04 PM by DPS\omnolywaika

AK Bureau of Investigation ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Highway Patrol

  • AK19002538

    Location: Hope
    Type: Motor Vehicle Crash - Injuries

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/11/19 at 1133 hours, Alaska State Troopers, Bureau of Highway Patrol, responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a single vehicle rollover with injuries near mile 71.1 of the Seward Highway. The crash investigation determined Rose Eileen Smith (age 35 of Sterling, AK) was operating a mid-2000’s pickup traveling southbound. The vehicle lost traction on the ice covered pavement as Smith was negotiating a curve. Smith was unable to maintain control of the vehicle as the vehicle went off the southbound side of the highway. The vehicle struck a snow embankment and rolled. The vehicle came to rest on its tires facing northbound approximately ten feet from the roadway. The vehicle sustained damage and had to be towed from the scene. Smith was wearing a seat belt and sustained injuries. Smith was transported by ambulance to an Anchorage area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

    Posted on 1/11/2019 5:50:59 PM by DPS\twlewis

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

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