Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Wednesday, October 11, 2017

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

A Detachment

  • AK17073118

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/11/2017 at approximately 1550 hrs, Alaska State Troopers contacted 38 year old Samuel Finely of Ketchikan at a residence near Peyton Place.  Finley was taken into custody on an outstanding warrant for the original charge of Theft in the Second Degree.  Finley was transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center where he was held on $500.00 bail.


    Posted on 10/11/2017 4:44:28 PM by DPS\grmiller

  • AK17072942

    Location: Juneau
    Type: Search and Rescue

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/10/17 at 2137 hours the United States Coast Guard notified Juneau based Alaska State Troopers of two overdue hunters on Blackerby Ridge approximately 6 miles north of Juneau at roughly 3000 feet elevation.  Dalton Tuohy, 22 of Juneau, and Robert Simpson, 24 of Juneau, were unable to continue hiking because Tuohy was experiencing severe leg cramps causing him to go unconscious for short periods of time. The USCG sent an HC-60 helo to their location and transported them to the Juneau International Airport where Dalton was transported to Bartlett Regional Hospital for medical treatment.  


    Posted on 10/11/2017 12:10:26 PM by DPS\jabentz

B Detachment

  • AK17072829

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Theft

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/10/2017 at approximately 1226 hours the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a theft in the area of W. Pittman in Wasilla. Investigation revealed that a Honda generator had been taken from a residence with in the last 24 hours. The generator is valued at approximately $900.00. Investigation continues.

    Anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 745-2131

    Posted on 10/11/2017 7:06:47 AM by DPS\jscovey

  • AK17072640

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: MVC - Damage

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/09/2017 at approximately 1638 hours the Alaska State Troopers responded to a vehicle collision in the area of Parks Hwy and S. Vine. Investigation revealed three cars were involved, one with minor injuries. Medics assessed the patient at the scene and did not transport. 

    Posted on 10/11/2017 7:08:01 AM by DPS\jscovey

  • AK17073029

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/11/12/017 at approximately 1130 hours, Troopers responded to a residence on West Schrock Rd in Wasilla after dispatch advised a female called to report an elderly family member passed away.  An investigator with the State Medical Examiner's office responded as well.  Investigation revealed Viva Bush, age 87 of Wasilla, died of natural causes in her home.  Investigation reveals nothing suspicious. Next of Kin was on scene and the body was released to a local funeral home.   

    Posted on 10/11/2017 5:07:13 PM by DPS\dbledford

  • AK17072940

    Location: Big Lake
    Type: Driving in Violation of Instructional Permit

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/10/2017 at approximately 1936 hours, AST responded to the intersection of Big Lake and Kenlar Road for a report of a single vehicle collision. An investigation revealed Pray L. So'o, 29 YOA of Anchorage, was driving and crashed into the woods. So'o was instructional permit only. So'o was issued a criminal citation for driving in violation of her instructional permit. So'o and the vehicle were released from the scene.

    Posted on 10/11/2017 8:09:27 PM by DPS\lrsilva

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 . Edited on 10/11/2017 6:03:19 PM by DPS\lanieves

D Detachment

  • AK17072878

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Fail to Register as Sex Offender

    Dispatch Text:

    On October 11, 2017 at approximately 10:00 am, the Alaska State Troopers contacted Larry Sparks, age 54 of Fairbanks, at a residence in Fairbanks. Investigation revealed Sparks had failed to update the Sex Offender Registry of his address as required. Sparks was remanded to the Fairbanks Correctional Center where he was held without bail for one count of Failure to Register as a Sex Offender in the First Degree.

    Posted on 10/11/2017 1:05:01 PM by DPS\sohessler

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK17072993

    Location: Excursion Inlet
    Type: Commercial Crew License Required

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/10/17, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers on board the PV Sentry, issued William Veler, age 54, of Hoonah, a citation for participating in the 2017 miscellaneous shellfish fishery near Excursion Inlet without a valid commercial crewmembers license in possession.  Veler was given a $260 fine out of the Juneau District Court for the offense.

    Posted on 10/11/2017 10:39:45 AM by DPS\srkuzakin

  • AK17072916

    Location: Kodiak
    Type: Overlimit Mountain Goat

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/10/2017 at approximately 1545 hours, Kodiak AWT charged Paul Woodward, age 60 of Palmer, with taking an overlimit of mountain goat.  Investigation revealed Woodward killed two goats while hunting when he only had one permit.  Woodward was issued a summons with an arraignment date of 11/27/2017 in Kodiak District Court.


    Posted on 10/11/2017 2:15:45 PM by DPS\lsnicholson

AK Bureau of Investigation

  • AK17040180

    Location: Nome
    Type: Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance II and III/Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 10/5/17, the Alaska State Troopers In Nome arrested David Fergerson, 57 yoa in Nome on an arrest warrant for Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the second and third degree. An investigation conducted by the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team in Nome showed that D. Fergerson was in possession of and selling methamphetamine and heroin from his residence near a pre-school/daycare in Nome. On 10/11/17, D. Fergerson was indicted by a grand jury and remanded to Anvil Mountain Correctional Center in Nome.

    Posted on 10/11/2017 3:51:37 PM by DPS\gjfrost

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.