Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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

A Detachment

  • AK17072927

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10-10-17 at approximately 1841 hours, The Alaska State Troopers contacted James Stanely at a business located near mile 3 South Tongass Hwy.  Stanley had two warrants and was arrested remanded the Ketchikan Correctional Center on $150 bail.

    Posted on 10/10/2017 9:49:52 PM by DPS\cjnelson1

B Detachment

  • AK17072700

    Location: Big Lake
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/10/2017, approximately 0030 hours, Alaska State Troopers contacted 40 year old Brandon O'Dell of Big Lake at a residence near mile 4 Big Lake Road.  O'Dell had one outstanding arrest warrant in the amount of $5000 cash for Burglary I, Theft I, Theft II, and Vehicle Theft II.  O'Dell was arrested without incident and remanded to MSPT.

    Posted on 10/10/2017 5:53:42 AM by DPS\dacook

  • AK17072698

    Location: Big Lake
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/9/2017, approximately 2240 hours, Alaska State Troopers contacted 29 year old Wyatt Metro at a residence near mile 5.5 Big Lake Road.  Metro had one outstanding NO BAIL parole arrest warrant stemming from the original charges of Vehicle Theft I and Felony Eluding.  Metro was arrested without incident and remanded to MSPT.

    Posted on 10/10/2017 5:56:52 AM by DPS\dacook

C Detachment

  • AK17072774

    Location: New Stuyahok
    Type: Escape in the 4th Degree

    Dispatch Text:

    Update:  On 10/11/17 Dawson was captured by local community members accompanying the local Village Police Officers in New Stuyahok, after a brief foot pursuit.  Dawson was subsequently transported to the Dillingham Jail via Department aircraft, where he was remanded without further incident.

    On October 9th, 2017 at approximately 1730 hours, the Alaska State Troopers in Dillingham received a report from the New Stuyahok Village Police Officer who reported Dawson Andrew, age 18 of New Stuyahok, had escaped the jail again. Dawson had been under arrest for three counts of DV Assault in the 4th Degree, one count of DV Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree, and one count of Escape in the 4th Degree. The Alaska State Troopers have requested an arrest warrant for one count of Escape in the 4th Degree. Anyone with any information about Dawson Andrew's whereabouts or about anyone assisting Dawson should contact the Alaska State Troopers at 907-842-5641 immediately.

    Posted on 10/10/2017 4:08:19 PM by DPS\jshilario

D Detachment

  • AK17072822

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On October 10, 2017 at approximately 1:21 pm, the Alaska State Troopers contacted Rebekah Light, age 40 of Fairbanks, at The Department of Motor Vehicles in Fairbanks. Light was subsequently arrested on an outstanding felony arrest warrant that was issued for Theft in the Second Degree. Light was remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center and held on $2500 bail.

    Posted on 10/10/2017 3:00:13 PM by DPS\sohessler

E Detachment

  • AK17070447

    Location: Seward
    Type: Agency assist

    Dispatch Text:

    Update: Officer Armstrong initiated the traffic stop at approximately 0105 hours for a speeding violation.  The traffic stop turned into a drug investigation.  McComas was handcuffed and placed in the back of Officer Armstrong’s vehicle.

    Officer Armstrong was continuing his investigation, when at approximately 0147 hours, McComas managed to get in the front seat of Officer Armstrong’s vehicle and attempted to drive away. Officer Armstrong attempted to stop McComas. Ultimately, Officer Armstrong discharged his firearm and McComas sustained fatal gunshot wounds.  An autopsy confirmed that McComas died as a result of gunshot wounds. 

    The investigation into this incident is continuing and anyone with information regarding this incident should contact investigators with the General Investigation Unit at 907-262-4453.  At the conclusion of this investigation, the case will be turned over to the Alaska Department of Law, Office of Special Prosecutions to determine if the use of force was legally justified under Alaska law.  

    Correction: Per the Seward Police Department, the law enforcement officer involved in the shooting incident on 10/1/2017 has been identified as follows:

    Officer Matthew “Eddie” Armstrong, a 13-year veteran of Seward Police Department

    (The officer had previously been identified by Seward Police Department as Matthew Eddy.)


    On Sunday, October 1, 2017, at approximately 0147 hours, an officer with the Seward Police Department (SPD) was involved in a shooting in the Safeway parking lot in Seward.  Initial investigation determined that the Seward Police Officer made a traffic stop and contacted Micah McComas, 41 of Chugiak. During the contact, McComas was shot and subsequently died as a result of his injuries. Next of kin has been notified.

    The Seward Police Officer received non-life threatening injuries during the incident. The Seward Police Department requested AST assistance in investigating the incident.  An AST investigator from the Soldotna General Investigation Unit and Troopers from Soldotna and Seward responded to investigate and assist with scene security and documentation. AST has assumed case responsibility to investigate the officer involved shooting.  Once the investigation and reports are complete, it will be forwarded to the Office of Special Prosecution for review.

    The name of the officer involved will be released 72 hours from the time of the incident per SPD policy. No further information is available for release at this time.

    Original release:

    On Sunday, October 1, 2017, at approximately 0147 hours, AST was notified that Seward Police Department (SPD) was involved in an Officer Involved Shooting in the Safeway parking lot in Seward. As a result of the shooting, SPD requested AST assistance. An investigator from GIU and Troopers from Soldotna and Seward have responded to assist with scene security and documentation.

    Posted on 10/1/2017 11:51:22 AM by DPS\mapeters . Edited on 10/10/2017 2:37:52 PM by DPS\mapeters

  • AK17072551

    Location: Homer
    Type: Assault 3rd

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/9/17 at about 1300 hours, Troopers responded to a residence off East End Road for a disturbance.  Troopers arrested Cynthia Shearer, 29 of Homer, after an investigation showed she had assaulted a family member with a knife earlier in the day.  Shearer was arrested and remanded into the Homer Jail where she was held without bail.  The family member was not injured in the incident.

    Posted on 10/10/2017 2:20:30 PM by DPS\djcox

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK17040608

    Location: Gambier Bay - Admiralty Island
    Type: Interfere With Commercial Fishing Gear x 4, Operate Over Vessel Limit Of Commercial Dungeness Pots x 3, Unlawful Use Of Pot Tags

    Dispatch Text:

    UPDATE: On 12/19/17, co-defendant James "Andy" Knight pled guilty as part of a plea agreement arranged by the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals (OSPA) to 1 misdemeanor count of interfering with commercial fishing gear, 1 misdemeanor count of unlawful use of pot tags, and 1 misdemeanor count of fishing an over-limit of commercial Dungeness pot gear.  Knight was fined a total of $30,000 with $18,000 suspended, $12,000 to pay.  Knight was ordered to forfeit 1,225lbs of Dungeness crab valued at $3,797.50.  Knight was additionally placed on probation for 1 year with conditions that he not commit any jailable offenses or commit any fish and wildlife violations.  The Alaska Wildlife Troopers would like to thank OSPA for their assistance in the successful prosecution of this incident.

    UPDATE: On 10/10/17, co-defendant Donald R. Peeler, pled no contest in the Petersburg district court to one count of operating an over limit of commercial Dungeness crab gear. He was fined $1500 and ordered to forfeit $812.20 worth of illegally taken crab. The case involving the final defendant is scheduled for trial.

    UPDATE: On 10/3/17/ co-defendant Colin Kuamoo, pled no contest in the Petersburg district court to one count of operating an over limit of commercial Dungeness crab gear. He was fined $1500 and ordered to forfeit $812.20 worth of illegally taken crab. Cases for the two remaining defendants are currently working through the court system.  


    On 6/17/17, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Juneau Post, onboard the P/V Sentry began an investigation into illegal commercial Dungeness crabbing activities by the F/V Kathy K (ADFG #40107).  Investigation revealed that the vessel owner, and 1 of 3 permit-holders onboard, James "Andy" Knight, age 54 of Petersburg, had removed a total of 14 pot identification tags from 4 other commercial Dungeness fishing vessel's pots and then disposed of the pots.  Knight then placed the stolen pot tags on pots of his own in an attempt to conceal that he was fishing an over-limit of pots.  Knight was also found to be actively fishing a pot tag that he had previously reported as lost and that had been voided by ADF&G. 

    The other permit-holders onboard were identified as Donald Peeler, age 54 of Petersburg, and Colin Kuamoo, age 37 of Hilo, HI.  Further investigation revealed that between all 3 men's permits they could legally fish a total of 300 pots.  Alaska regulations sets a maximum pot limit of 300 pots per vessel in registration area A.  Investigation revealed that all 3 men were actively fishing a total of over 300 pots between the 3 of them.

    Knight was issued criminal summonses for the following offenses:

     - 4 x Interfering With Commercial Fishing Gear
     - 1 x Unlawful Use Of Pot Tags
     - 1 x Fish Over Vessel Limit Of Commercial Dungeness Pots

    Kuamoo and Peeler were both issued minor offense citations for fishing an over vessel limit of commercial Dungeness pots.  All 3 men have mandatory court appearances in the District Court at Petersburg.

    14 Pots and 1,749lbs of Dungeness crab valued at $4,609.70 were seized.

    Posted on 9/9/2017 6:27:27 PM by DPS\jtabbott . Edited on 10/10/2017 12:31:10 PM by DPS\medobson

  • AK17072319

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Take Game by Shooting from Roadway

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/8/17 the Alaska Wildlife Troopers based in Fairbanks conducted a patrol of the Bonanza Creek logging road. AWT observed Wade Jones, 42yoa of Fairbanks, shoot while standing in the roadway. Jones was issued a citation for taking game by shooting on from or across a roadway. Bail for the citation is $310.

    Posted on 10/10/2017 1:07:38 PM by DPS\dgvalentine

AK Bureau of Investigation ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Highway Patrol

  • AK17072864

    Location: Girdwood
    Type: DUI / DWLR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10-10-17, at approximately 1441 hours, The Alaska State Troopers Bureau of Highway Patrol stopped a 1995 Chevrolet pickup for a speeding violation near mile 96 of the Seward Highway. The driver was identified as Kasey Benton Frazier, age 35 of Anchorage. Frazier was arrested for the charge of operating under the influence and driving while revoked (for DUI). Frazier was transported and remanded to the Anchorage correctional complex, held on $750.00 cash performance bond and $1,000.00 c/c appearance bond.

    Posted on 10/10/2017 9:05:40 PM by DPS\klshuey

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

AK Div of Fire and Life Safety

  • AK17072666

    Location: North Pole
    Type: Structure fires

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/9/17 at approximately 1926 hours, the North Star Volunteer Fire Department responded to a report of a structure fire on Memory Avenue in North Pole.  Fairbanks AST and a Deputy Fire Marshal responded to assist the fire department. Investigation revealed that a fire, in a fire pit inside the residence, caught a nearby couch on fire and then the fire spread to the rest of the structure. Lafon Charlie, 26 of North Pole, attempted to extinguish the fire but was unsuccessful. Charlie was able to exit the trailer but did received burns during the incident and was transported to a FMH for treatment.  The fire began to spread from the trailer to the neighboring trailer. Bystanders assisted with removing an elderly woman from that residence before she received any injury. Both trailers were a total loss due to the fire. Investigation is on going.

    Posted on 10/10/2017 10:36:21 AM by DPS\mapeters