Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, December 5, 2019

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

A Detachment

  • AK19085457

    Location: Mile 48 Seward Highway
    Type: Theft 3, Criminal Trespass 2, Criminal Mischief 5

    Dispatch Text:

    On December 4, 2019 at approximately 2323 hours, Alaska State Troopers were notified of a vehicle break in at the Manitoba Cabin trail head, located near mile 48 of the Seward Highway.  Investigation revealed an unknown suspect(s) broke out the front passenger side window of a white 2019 Chevy Silverado, opened the hood, disconnected the battery, and stole both headlights from the vehicle.  Nothing was taken from inside the cab.  The theft occurred sometime between 1400 and 2230 hours.  If anyone has any information regarding this incident, they are encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 907-262-4453

    Posted on 12/5/2019 1:51:58 PM by DPS\tchoward

  • AK19085630

    Location: Mile 82 Sterling Highway, Sterling
    Type: DWLR

    Dispatch Text:

     On 12-5-19 at 1203 hours, the Soldotna AST K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop near Mile 82, Sterling Highway after observing the driver of a maroon 1996 Chevrolet Truck not wearing his seatbelt. The driver was contacted and identified as Kenneth J. Sheppard, 54 YOA Sterling. An APSIN check revealed Sheppard’s Operators License is Revoked for the original charge of DUI. Sheppard was issued a misdemeanor citation with a mandatory court date for DWLR.   



    Posted on 12/5/2019 9:46:13 PM by DPS\jawoodruff

  • AK19085805

    Location: Mile 75.5 Sterling Highway, Sterling
    Type: Fugitive from Justice

    Dispatch Text:

     On 12-5-19 at 1829 hours, the Soldotna AST K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop near Mile 75.5, Sterling Highway after observing a red 2000 Dodge Truck traveling above the posted speed limit. The driver was contacted and identified as Robert Wayne Hughes, 47 YOA of Soldotna. An APSIN / NCIC check revealed Hughes is currently a Fugitive from Justice from the State of California for the original charge of vehicle theft. California Law Enforcement and Intake were contacted, and the Extradition of Hughes was confirmed. Hughes was arrested and transported to Wildwood Pretrial where he was remanded without bail and is awaiting Extradition to California for the crime of Vehicle Theft.  



    Posted on 12/5/2019 10:21:51 PM by DPS\jawoodruff

B Detachment ...No news reported.

C Detachment ...No news reported.

D Detachment

  • AK19078461

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Homicide

    Dispatch Text:

    Update: On 12/5/2019, at 1530 hours, Alaska State Troopers arrested Ryder Alan Smith, 22, of Fairbanks, for Murder in the First Degree in the death of Peter Horace-Wright. 

    11/14/2019 at approximately 0511 hours, AST responded to a report of shooting at a commercial property off of Peger Rd. One person was located deceased on scene. The deceased is identified as Peter Horace-Wright, 24 of Fairbanks. Next of kin for Horace-Wright was notified. The General Investigative Unit has responded to investigate the circumstances surrounding the death. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 11/14/2019 11:54:30 AM by DPS\mapeters . Edited on 12/5/2019 4:08:44 PM by DPS\kemarsh

  • AK19085378

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: VCOR Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12/04/2019 at approximately 1854 hours, AST received a report that Joshua Sanford (age 35) of Fairbanks had violated his conditions of release by contacting the victim. Investigation lead to the arrest of Joshua for four counts of VCOR and one count of Unlawful Contact. Joshua was transported to FCC where he was held without bail. 

    Posted on 12/5/2019 4:30:28 AM by DPS\ctsutton

  • AK19085413

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Assault 4 DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12/04/19, at approximately 1828 hours, Fairbanks Emergency Communication Center received a 911 hang-up with a female yelling that she was being assaulted. Sounds of a disturbance could be heard in the background and the phone was unable to be reached on call-back. AST responded to the residence and contacted multiple individuals. Investigation lead to the arrest of Julia Tukle (age 52) for Assault 4 Domestic Violence. Julia was transported to FCC and held without bail.

    Posted on 12/5/2019 5:32:02 AM by DPS\crstrickland

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers ...No news reported.

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.