Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, January 9, 2020

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

A Detachment

  • AK20001786

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: VCOR x2, Driving Vehicle without Required Liability Insurance

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/08/2020 at about 2108 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report on a green Subaru which was traveling northbound on North Tongass Highway and was last seen pulling into a gas station at mile of 11 of the North Tongass Highway.  AST responded and located the vehicle.  Investigation revealed that the driver Don Wright, age 49 of Ketchikan was violating current conditions of release set by the Ketchikan Courthouse from the original charge of DUI by operating a vehicle without required liability insurance and being in possession of drug paraphernalia.  Wright was remanded to Ketchikan Correctional Center for VCOR x2 and Driving with No Liability Insurance.  Bail set at $500.00.  AST would like to thank the concerned citizen who reported the vehicle driving recklessly.  SDEU and K-9 Misty assisted at the scene. 

    Posted on 1/9/2020 2:03:15 AM by DPS\jpbeaudoin

  • AK20001386

    Location: Homer
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/8/20 at about 1530 hours, Troopers arrested Hugh Cowan, 31 of Homer, on an outstanding arrest warrant for probation violation.  Cowan was contacted at a residence on Brown Drive in Homer after Troopers received information that he was at the residence.  Cowan was remanded into the Homer Jail where he was held pending arraignment.

    Posted on 1/9/2020 1:47:38 PM by DPS\djcox

B Detachment

  • AK20001615

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Theft

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/8/20 Alaska State Troopers were informed that someone had accessed an unlocked vehicle off Sheennum Drive in Wasilla and had stolen multiple items to include an IPad, school books, and an assortment of ammunition.  If you have any information regarding this case you are encouraged to call the Alaska State Troopers at 373-8300 or Mat Su Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.

    Posted on 1/9/2020 10:11:11 AM by DPS\tlcorbridge

  • AK20001798

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Assault in the Fourth Degree

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/09/2020 at approximately 0327 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a disturbance on Opal Ct in Wasilla. Investigation revealed that 55-year-old Brenda Cook, of Wasilla assaulted someone at the residence. Brenda was placed under arrest for Assault in the Fourth Degree and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial.

    Posted on 1/9/2020 6:31:49 PM by DPS\cjhittle

  • AK20002005

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: DUI / REDDI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/09/2020 at approximately 1416 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received multiple REDDI reports of a vehicle endangering traffic on the Glenn Highway. AST conducted a traffic stop of the reported vehicle at a residence in Wasilla. Investigation revealed Laura Swogger, age 41 of Anchorage, was driving under the influence. Swogger was arrested and remanded to the custody of the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and later released on her own recognizance.

    Posted on 1/9/2020 8:33:22 PM by DPS\crlloyd

C Detachment ...No news reported.

D Detachment

  • AK20001791

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Vehicle Theft 1, Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer, Assault 3, Promote Contraband 1, MICS 5

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/08/2020, at approximately 2143 hours, Fairbanks AST attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a black Chevrolet Silverado. The Silverado failed to stop, and drove recklessly throughout Fairbanks over an approximately 15 minute period. During the pursuit, the vehicle nearly struck a Fairbanks Police Officer's vehicle. Both occupants fled, and following a short track by AST K9 Team Lenox, were apprehended. Investigation led to Autumn Bailey age 23 of Fairbanks being charged with the following: Vehicle Theft 1, Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer 1, Assault 3, Promoting Contraband, and MICS 5. Bailey was remanded to FCC and is held without bail until seen by a magistrate.

    The Alaska State Troopers would like to thank the Fairbanks Police Department and the University of Alaska Fairbanks Police Department for their assistance in the investigation.

    Anyone who had to take evasive maneuvers as a result of the black Silverado is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 907-451-5100 and reference the above incident number.

    Posted on 1/9/2020 5:58:53 AM by DPS\bdlemay

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK20001795

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Drive in Violation of Instruction Permit/Welfare Check

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/08/2020 at approximately 2323hours, a Fairbanks-based Alaska Wildlife Trooper contacted a juvenile driving a vehicle stopped in the left lane of travel of the Richardson Highway near Mile 360. Investigation revealed the juvenile only had an Instructional Permit to drive. The juvenile was issued a summons with a mandatory court date on 01/23/2020 at 0830hours for the violation. A responsible adult relative responded for the vehicle and took possession of the vehicle and custody of the juvenile.

    Posted on 1/9/2020 9:30:25 PM by SOA\tdabbott

  • AK20002047

    Location: Kenai
    Type: Suspicious Moose Carcass Found

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/09/2020 at 1400 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, while on patrol, located a dead moose calf on the Escape Route near Holt Lamplight Road in Nikiski. The calf was scavenged on by eagles making it difficult to confirm a cause of death. The moose did not appear to have died from natural causes. There were no reported traffic collisions reported in the area recently. The moose did not appear to have wounds consistent with being hit by a car. Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Soldotna Wildlife Troopers at 907-262-4573 or contact the Wildlife Safeguard Hotline at 1-800-478-3377 where callers can remain anonymous.

    Posted on 1/9/2020 4:25:38 PM by DPS\sdsands

  • AK19033945

    Location: Polly Creek
    Type: Wildlife Violation

    Dispatch Text:


    On 1/3/2020 Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Remington Keough (25YOA of Oregon) for Minimum Legal Size of Clams pursuant to the investigation. Citation carries a mandatory court appearance to be held on 2/6/2020 in the Kenai Courts.

    Original Release

    On 5/23/2019, Alaska Wildlife Troopers Soldotna Post conducted a Commercial Clam Investigation. Pursuant to the investigation Erasmo Gutierrez Jr. (21 YOA of Milton-Freewater, Oregon), Jesus Camarena (22 YOA of Woodburn, Oregon), Eduardo Flores Rodriguez (21 YOA of Woodburn, Oregon), Victor Vargas Torres (24 YOA of Hubbard, Oregon) and Joel Amaral (55 YOA of Woodburn, Oregon) were all cited for Minimum Legal Size of Clams. Joel Amaral was also cited for Commercial Fishing – Name and Signature Required on Fish Ticket – 1st Offense. All citations issued hold a Mandatory Court Appearance to be held on 8 August 2019 in the Kenai Courts.


    Posted on 7/19/2019 3:33:42 PM by DPS\pcheid . Edited on 1/9/2020 2:48:35 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.