Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Sunday, May 13, 2018

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

A Detachment

  • AK18031724

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Theft IV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5-12-18 at approximately 1329 hours, the Alaska State Troopers were notified of a theft.  Investigation revealed that between May 10-12th unknown person(s) removed a gas tank for a kicker motor from a boat.  The vessel was on land in an open and unsecured area near mile 8 of the North Tongass Highway.  Anyone with information is asked to notify the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 225-5118.  You can remain anonymous.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 9:00:52 AM by DPS\jmbrown

B Detachment

  • AK18031878

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Assault 4th degree (DV)

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/13/2018 at approximately 0847 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance at a residence on S. Vale Avenue. Investigation revealed Kunayaq Q. Hank, age 33, of Wasilla assaulted a family member. Hank was arrested for Assault 4th degree domestic violence and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial with no bail. 

    Posted on 5/13/2018 3:43:34 PM by DPS\jtostoj

  • AK18031781

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: DVPO Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/12/2018 at approximately 1815 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a DVPO violation. Investigation revealed Jason Christenson, age 32 of Wasilla, violated conditions of a DVPO. Christenson was arrested and remanded to MSPT without bail.


    Posted on 5/13/2018 2:25:23 AM by DPS\fjparker

  • AK18031847

    Location: Glennallen
    Type: VCOR x 2

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/13/2018 at approximately 0116 hours, Glennallen AST contacted Joel Hicks during a disturbance investigation. AST investigation revealed Joel J. Hicks had consumed alcohol in violation of his conditions of release on two separate criminal cases. Joel was placed under arrest and transported to Glennallen post where he is being held pending arraignment. Alcohol is a factor in the case.


    Posted on 5/13/2018 2:43:18 AM by DPS\agarcia

  • AK18031845

    Location: Palmer
    Type: Misconduct involving weapons in the fifth

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/12/2018, at approximately 2341 hours, AST conducted a traffic stop on a sliver Nissan Armada near mile 50 of the Glenn Highway in Palmer. The driver Myles Price, age 28 of Anchorage, and passenger, Robert Anderson, age 24 of Palmer, failed to inform AST of firearms on their person. Charges are being referred to the Palmer DAO.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 5:33:56 AM by DPS\crlloyd

  • AK18031786

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Assault DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/11/2018, at approximately 1900 hours, AST received a report of an assault at a residence on N Spruce Drive in Wasilla. Investigation revealed that two family members were involved in an altercation. Changes are being referred to the Palmer DAO.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 5:34:24 AM by DPS\crlloyd

  • AK18031824

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Assault IV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/12/18 AST responded to a residence on Irwin Dr. in Wasilla in response to an assault. Investigation revealed that Lisa Hobbs assaulted a care provider when she struck them in the face. Lisa Hobbs, age 45 of Wasilla was arrested on one count of Assault in the Fourth Degree (DV) and was remanded to the Matsu Pretrial Facility without bail.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 5:48:54 AM by DPS\tncaldarea

  • AK18031998

    Location: GLENNALLEN
    Type: DV ASSAULT 4

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/13/18 at 2021 hours, AST of Glennallen responded to a family disturbance in Copper Center. Investigation revealed Leonard George age 51 of Copper Center, assaulted a family member. Leonard was arrested and transported to the Glennallen State Trooper post.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 11:38:31 PM by DPS\koleigh

  • AK18031831

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/12/18 at approximately 2306 hours, Alaska State Troopers contacted Ethan Kerr age 26 of Wasilla at a residence on Pioneer Peak in Wasilla. Investigation revealed Ethan had 4 outstanding warrants out for his arrest. He was arrested, transported and remanded to MSPT where his bail was set at $1,600.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 11:40:09 PM by DPS\jcsomerville

  • AK18031987

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/13/18 at approximately 1824 hours, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a white 1998 Chevy Pickup near Foothills and Paddy in Wasilla. Investigation revealed the driver Erin Kennedy had 2 outstanding warrants out for her arrest. She was arrested, transported and remanded to MSPT where her bail was set at $500.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 11:44:27 PM by DPS\jcsomerville

  • AK18031826

    Location: Glennallen
    Type: Assault 4th DV and VCOR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/12/2018 at approximately 2249 hours, Glennallen AST received a report of a disturbance at a residence located off School Rd. AST investigation revealed Walter Ray Sanford, 47 yoa, had by his conduct placed a family member in fear of imminent physical injury. Further investigation revealed Walter was intoxicated and in violation of his conditions of release on a previous assault case. Walter was placed under arrest for one count of Assault 4th DV and one count of VCOR. AST  transported and held Walter at the Glennallen holding cell pending arraignment. Alcohol was a factor in the case.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 1:01:58 AM by DPS\agarcia

C Detachment

  • AK18031806

    Location: Iliamna
    Type: Assault 3rd/Criminal Mischief 5 (DV)

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/12/2018 Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance at a residence in the village of Newhalen. On 5/13/2018 Alaska State Troopers arrived in Newhalen. Subsequent investigation revealed Wassie Balluta, age 44 of Newhalen, placed another family member in fear of imminent serious physical injury with a dangerous instrument and with intent to damage property of another when Balluta brandished an axe and threatened to hurt the family member and then smashed a bedroom door. Balluta was subsequently arrested without incident, transported and remanded into the King Salmon Jail.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 5:08:23 PM by DPS\jalopez

  • AK18031857

    Location: Nondalton
    Type: Assault 3rd/Assault 4th/Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/13/2018 Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault at a residence located in the village of Nondalton. Investigation revealed Tyrone Trefon, age 27 of Nondalton placed another person in fear of imminent serious physical injury by means of a dangerous instrument. Additionally, Trefon recklessly caused physical injury to a family member. Further investigation revealed Trefon had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Warrant 3NA-18-00014CR was issued for the original charge of Assault 3rd degree. Trefon was subsequently arrested without incident on the charges of Assault 3rd degree, Assault 4th degree and the outstanding warrant. Trefon was transported and remanded into the King Salmon Jail.


    Posted on 5/13/2018 5:24:36 PM by DPS\jalopez

D Detachment

  • AK18031808

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On May 12, 2018 at approximately 8:48 pm, the Alaska State Troopers contacted Michael Selburg, age 30 of Fairbanks, on a traffic stop in Fairbanks. Investigation resulted in Selburg's arrest for Driving Under the Influence. Selburg was remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center.


    Posted on 5/13/2018 1:23:36 AM by DPS\kaharrison

  • AK18031818

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Fail to Stop, Reckless Driving, Assault 4

    Dispatch Text:

    On May 12, 2018 at approximately 10:10pm, Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks received a report that Everlena Goldthwaite, age 63 of Fairbanks, had assaulted another woman at a Fairbanks residence before fleeing the area in a vehicle.  AST attempted a traffic stop on the suspect vehicle who fled from AST at an unreasonably high rate of speed.  Everlena stopped at a nearby residence, was detained, and remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center on one count of Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer, Reckless Driving, and Fourth Degree Assault.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 1:40:45 AM by DPS\cbjoslin

  • AK18031621

    Location: Mentasta Village, Alaska
    Type: Immediate notice of accident required, Negligent driving, DWLR, DVLL

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/12/18 at approximately 1900 hours, Tok AST responded to the Village of Mentasta for a report of a "hit and run" from the day prior. Subsequent investigation revealed 41 year old Mentasta resident, Kratina Gallant drove her vehicle in a manner that resulted in a collision with another vehicle. Further investigation revealed Gallant had driven her vehicle with a revoked license and drove the vehicle without a Interlock Ignition Device installed. Gallant was issued a misdemeanor citation for failing to report the accident. Gallant was also issued multiple other citations with future court dates.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 1:43:39 AM by DPS\ajwill

E Detachment

  • AK18031587

    Location: Homer
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5-11-18 at 2030 hours the Alaska State Troopers contacted Ian Tolva (27 YOA of Homer) at a Homer residence following an disturbance investigation.  Investigation revealed Tolva had a warrant for his arrest in the amount of $100.00 for failure to appear for jury duty.  Tolva was arrested and remanded to the Homer Jail without incident.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 8:40:31 AM by DPS\rasimmons

  • AK18031551

    Location: Anchor Point
    Type: MVC-I

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5-11-18 at 1731 hours the Alaska State Troopers responded to a single vehicle collision at mile 164 Sterling Highway, near Anchor Point.  Investigation revealed that Jeanne Englishbee (76 YOA of Homer) was driving her Chrysler 300 southbound when the drove into the ditch.  The vehicle sustained major damage, Englshbee was taken to the hospital for treatment of non life threatening injuries.  The driver was seatbelted and alcohol was not a factor.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 8:42:44 AM by DPS\rasimmons

  • AK18031957

    Location: Nikiski
    Type: Assault IV DV/Criminal Mischief IV DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5-13-18 at 1533 hours the Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Nikiski residence.  Investigation revealed Jonathan Thomason (29 YOA of Nikiski) assaulted a family member and broke her IPhone valued at $500.00.  Thomason was arrested and remanded to the Wildwood Pre Trial Facility where he was held without bail.  Drugs are a factor in the incident, alcohol is not.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 8:54:50 PM by DPS\rasimmons

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK18030150

    Location: Houston
    Type: Black Bear Bait Within 1 Mile of Dwelling

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/07/2018 Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Nassib Elkhoury-Hanna, age 24 of Anchorage, for placing a black bear bait station within 1 mile of a dwelling.  Elkhoury-Hanna was given a citation to appear in court at a later date with bail to be set by Palmer Court.


    Posted on 5/13/2018 6:22:27 AM by DPS\damassie

  • AK18027174

    Location: Trapper Creek
    Type: Using Black Bear Bait Within ¼ mile of Maintained Roadway

    Dispatch Text:

    On 04/29/2018 Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Timothy Eldredge, age 41 of Anchorage, and Anthony Dickinson, age 43 of Eagle River, for placing black bear bait stations within 1/4 mile of the Parks Highway.  Dickinson and Eldredge were given citations to appear in court at a later date with bail to be set by Palmer Court.


    Posted on 5/13/2018 6:23:38 AM by DPS\damassie

  • AK18028683

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Operating ATV in an Anadromous Stream

    Dispatch Text:

    On 04/30/2018 Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Austin Earns, age 26 of Wasilla, for operating his ATV the Little Susitna River which is an anadromous waterway.  Earns was given a citation to appear in court at a later date with bail to be set by Palmer Court.


    Posted on 5/13/2018 6:24:58 AM by DPS\damassie

  • AK18030266

    Location: Portage
    Type: Sport Fish without a license

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/7/18 Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Fritz Geffe, age 58, of Anchorage while he was fishing near mile 82 of the Seward Highway.  Investigation revealed that Geffe did not possess a fishing license.  Geffe was issued a citation for fishing without a license.  His bail was set at $210.  



    Posted on 5/13/2018 7:01:35 AM by DPS\damassie

  • AK18029135

    Location: Willow
    Type: REDDI - Reckless Driving

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/2/18, Clifford Crabtree, age 52 of Wasilla, was contacted by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers from Palmer on a traffic stop near mile 82 parks highway after he was observed driving in the on-coming lane and nearly causing a head on collision with a wildlife trooper patrol vehicle. At the same time, MATCOM dispatch received a REDDI report that a vehicle similar to Crabtree’s was observed driving in the on-coming lane for approximately one mile. Crabtree was issued a mandatory appearance summons to Palmer District Court for Reckless Driving and an optional appearance citation for failing to provide proof of insurance. Bail was set at $510 in Palmer District Court for failure to provide proof of valid insurance.



    Posted on 5/13/2018 7:05:33 AM by DPS\damassie

  • AK18022640

    Location: Anchorage
    Type: Fail To Report

    Dispatch Text:

    On 4/5/18 Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Sean Yancey, age 50, of Anchorage after he failed to file a hunt report on CM300.  Yancey was issued a citation for failing to submit his hunt report as required.  Bail was set at $110. 


    Posted on 5/13/2018 7:07:45 AM by DPS\damassie

  • AK18024723

    Location: Willow
    Type: False Statement on License Application

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/13/2018, Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Willie Cox, 84 YOA of Willow, for making a false statement on his hunt/sportfish license application. Investigation revealed that Cox had purchased a resident hunt/sportfish license in June of 2017 for which he did not yet qualify. Bail is set at $310 in the Palmer District Court.

    Posted on 5/13/2018 7:59:39 PM by DPS\omnolywaika

AK Bureau of Investigation ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Highway Patrol

  • AK18031742

    Location: Whittier
    Type: Fatal Aircraft crash

    Dispatch Text:

    Update: The Pilot has been positively identified as Brett Andrews age 31 of Anchorage by the State Medical Examiner's Office.

    Update: During the morning hours of 5-13-18, DPS Helo 3 and AMRG responded to the crash site and successfully recovered the remains of the pilot. The remains have been released to the State Medical Examiner’s Office and next of kin has been notified.

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    On 5-12-18 at approximately 1130 hours, RCC notified AST of an ELT activation in the Whittier area.   Due to weather in the area the search was hampered, however RCC and Coast Guard Helicopters were able to locate a plane crash and confirmed the sole occupant was deceased.   AST Helo and members of the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group are currently working to gain access to the crash site and recover the pilot.   Positive identification of the pilot has not been confirmed. 

    Posted on 5/13/2018 10:15:04 AM by DPS\klshuey

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

AK Div of Fire and Life Safety ...No news reported.