Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, December 6, 2018

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

A Detachment

  • AK18085117

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Burglary/Theft

    Dispatch Text:

    UPDATE: The Alaska State Troopers and Ketchikan Police Department have been working closely together to investigate the recent string of property crimes in the Ketchikan area.  On December 5, 2018, a significant lead was developed in a number of the open investigations and, as a result, a suspect was identified.  Subsequent investigation by both agencies led to the arrest of Cody Peters, 32 of Ketchikan.  Peters was taken into custody and transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center where he was lodged pending arraignment on the following felony level offenses: Burglary in the First Degree, Burglary in the Second Degree, Theft in the Second Degree x 3, and Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Third Degree.  He was additionally charged with the misdemeanor offense of Criminal Mischief in the Fifth Degree . 

    Stemming from this investigation, a search warrant was obtained and served on a condo in Marine View Condominiums.  A second suspect has been identified and taken into custody for an unrelated warrant. Numerous power tools and hand tools were seized per the warrant and many have been confirmed as stolen.  Troopers and KPD officers will be working diligently to identify the owners of the stolen property so it can be returned to the appropriate people.

    The Alaska State Troopers and the Ketchikan Police Department encourage anyone with information regarding the recent property crimes to contact them. Alaska State Troopers:  225-5118 / Ketchikan Police Department: 225-6631. Case number AK18085474 is also associated with this case.

    Original release: On 11-29-18 at approximately 1042 hours, the Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan were notified of a theft.  Investigation revealed that between 11-28-18 at 1600 hours, and 11-29-18 at 0700 hours, unknown person(s) entered a connex near mile 6 of the North Tongass Highway and removed construction equipment valued at approximately $3000.00.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 225-5118.  You can remain anonymous. 

    Posted on 11/29/2018 12:10:35 PM by DPS\jmbrown . Edited on 12/6/2018 12:07:15 PM by DPS\mapeters

  • AK18086761

    Location: Kake
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12/6/18, at about 0800 hours, the Kake Village Public Safety Officer (VPSO) received a report of a death at a 2nd Road residence.  The VPSO and local EMS responded.  Subsequent investigation by Juneau based Alaska State Troopers and the VPSO revealed 58 year old Milton George Kadake of Kake, passed away during the morning of 12/6/18 from natural causes.  Next-of-kin and the State Medical Examiners Office (SMEO) was notified.  Kadake's remains were released by the SMEO to the family. 

    Posted on 12/6/2018 4:39:49 PM by DPS\npzito

  • AK18086426

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Warrant arrests

    Dispatch Text:


    On December 5, 2018 at approximately 1320 hrs, Alaska State Troopers contacted Michael Baham, 33 of Ketchikan, at an apartment in Marine View Condominiums.  Baham was taken into custody on multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest and transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center.   Baham was lodged at KCC pending arraignment for the original charges of Violating his Conditions of Release x 4 and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance.

    Posted on 12/6/2018 12:26:44 PM by DPS\mapeters

B Detachment

  • AK18086589

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12/06/2018 at approximately 0359 hours, Alaska State Troopers contacted Chance Gypin, age 29 of Wasilla, who was a passenger in a vehicle parked at the G&G Food Mart on Fireweed Road.   Investigation revealed Gypin had a felony no bail warrant for parole violation on the original charge of Assault 3rd.  Gypin was arrested and remanded to Matsu Pretrial where he was held without bail.        

    Posted on 12/6/2018 8:33:41 AM by DPS\sanorman

  • AK18086579

    Location: Big Lake
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12/06/2018 at approximately 0020 hours, Alaska State Troopers contacted William “Billy” Murray, age 38 of Big Lake, at a residence off of Hunter Street, Big Lake. Investigation revealed Murray had two felony warrants for his arrest. Murray was arrested and remanded to Matsu Pretrial where he was held on his warrants.

    Posted on 12/6/2018 8:57:34 AM by DPS\sanorman

C Detachment ...No news reported.

D Detachment

  • AK18086607

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12/06/2018 at about 0815 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of an unresponsive person along the Dale Road area in Fairbanks. AST and EMS responded. EMS attempted to provide life saving measures. The subject identified as William Vanderpool, 55 of Fairbanks, was pronounced deceased. Next of Kin has been notified. A local mortuary responded and took possession of the body. At this time foul play is not suspected.

    Posted on 12/6/2018 12:19:52 PM by DPS\tmstuart

  • AK18086787

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: MVC-D

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12-6-18 at approximately 1919 hours, Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks received a report of a single vehicle rollover at Chena Hot Springs and Ederhardt in Fairbanks. Investigation revealed Joseph Schweitzer, age 20 of Fairbanks, was eastbound on Chena Hot Springs in a white Ford Explorer when he lost control of the vehicle, went off the roadway, struck a row of mailboxes, and overturned causing extensive damage to vehicle and mailboxes. No injuries were reported, and all parties were wearing seatbelts. Alcohol not a factor.

    Posted on 12/6/2018 11:25:08 PM by DPS\bjhibbs

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK18084973

    Location: Prince of Wales Island
    Type: Unlawful Possession of Miscellaneous Shellfish

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12/5/18, Alaska Wildlife Troopers Prince of Wales Post issued a citation to Edwin Laity (48y/o) of Sitka, for possessing miscellaneous shellfish other than sea cucumbers, after participating in an ADF&G commercial sea cucumber fishery on the FV Yentna. He has a mandatory appearance in the Prince of Wales District

    Trooper: JPR1

    Posted on 12/6/2018 11:08:57 AM by DPS\mheldridge

  • AK18084956

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Lawful gear for Dungeness crab (commercial)

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12/6/2018, David Vest, 42 of Ketchikan, was issued a summons to court for violating the gear requirements for his commercial Dungeness crab pots.  The investigation began after AWT identified gear belonging to Vest fishing in the 12 Mile Arm area with escapement rings that violated regulation.  Vest was given a December court date in the District Court of Ketchikan. 

    Trooper: MHE0


    Posted on 12/6/2018 11:48:05 AM by DPS\mheldridge

  • AK18085350

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Commercial fish without photo identification.

    Dispatch Text:

    On 11/28/2018, Jonathan Castor, (28 YOA), of Craig, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, for commercial fishing for Dungeness Crab in Twelve Mile Arm without a photo identification in possession.  Bail is set at $310.00 in the Klawock District Court.

    Trooper: CMC1

    Posted on 12/6/2018 1:01:58 PM by DPS\mheldridge

  • AK18086690

    Location: Pilot Station
    Type: Fail to return hunt harvest report

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12/6/18, Bethel AWT issued a citation to Robert Kelly, 56 of Pilot Station for failing to submit a hunt harvest report for his 2017 registration caribou (RC867) permit as required by regulation.  The citation carries with it a $100 fine. 

    Posted on 12/6/2018 4:35:08 PM by DPS\wdblajeski

  • AK18066478

    Location: Quinhagak
    Type: Hunting without a license, failing to obtain a harvest ticket and unlawful possession and transportation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12/6/18 Bethel AWT issued Jacqueline Cleveland, 39 of Quinhagak citations for hunting moose without a hunting license, hunting moose without a harvest ticket and unlawful possession and transportation.  Cleveland's court date was set for January 7, 2019 in the Bethel District Court. 

    Posted on 12/6/2018 5:40:02 PM by DPS\wdblajeski

AK Bureau of Investigation

  • AK18086321

    Location: Ketchikan SDEU
    Type: MICS 2

    Dispatch Text:

    On 12/06/18, the Alaska State Troopers’ Statewide Drug Enforcement Unit in Ketchikan arrested Stephanie Orr (age 30 of Ketchikan) for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree and Conspiracy to Commit Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Second Degree.  Orr’s arrest came as a result of an investigation into the seizure of 26.1 gross grams of suspected heroin from Labreea Shaelyn Brown (age 20 of Washington State) of Washington State following her arrival into Ketchikan on an Alaska Airlines flight into Ketchikan on 12/03/18.  The estimated street value of the heroin when sold in Ketchikan at the common street distribution quantity of $100 for 0.1 grams is $26,000.  Orr was arrested and remanded at the Ketchikan Correctional Center without bail pending arraignment on 12/07/18.  The Ketchikan Airport Police Department assisted with this investigation.

    Posted on 12/6/2018 8:57:45 PM by DPS\lldur'an

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.