Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, May 14, 2018

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

A Detachment ...No news reported.

B Detachment

  • AK18032082

    Location: Palmer
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    Update: The deceased has been identified as Lorin R. Ellsworth, 59 of Moses Lake, Washington. Next of kin has been notified.

    On 5/14/2018 at approximately 0911 hours, dispatch received a call requesting an ambulance respond to the Matanuska-Susitna Borough Central Landfill. Follow-up reports indicated that a man, a contractor baling scrap metal, was working at the landfill when he was reportedly crushed by machinery. The man was not able to be resuscitated and was declared deceased. The man’s body will be transported to the SME’s office in Anchorage for autopsy. No foul play is suspected. Efforts to notify next of kin are underway.

    Posted on 5/14/2018 1:57:24 PM by DPS\mapeters

  • AK18032023

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/13/18 at approximately 2158 hours, Alaska State Troopers contacted Courtney auman at a residence on Chrysan Cir in Wasilla. Investigation revealed she had an outstanding warrant out for her arrest. She was arrested, transported and remanded to MSPT where her bail was set at $300.

    Posted on 5/14/2018 6:06:23 AM by DPS\jcsomerville

  • AK18032007

    Location: PWH & Stringfield Road
    Type: MVC-D

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/13/18, at approximately 2108 hours, AST responded to a 2-vehicle MVC on Palmer-Wasilla Highway and Stringfield Road.  Investigation revealed that a 1995 Ford Truck, driven by Samuel J. Rose, 48 yoa of Wasilla, was stopped at the traffic light on PWH at Stringfield when a 1998 Ford Taurus, operated by Jonathan Coyne, 27 yoa of Wasilla, failed to stop while also traveling westbound and rear ended the truck.  The crash resulted in airbag deployment on the Taurus although the occupants denied any injuries.  Coyne was issued citaitons for failure to exercise due care and failure to have proof of insurance. 

    Posted on 5/14/2018 6:56:35 AM by DPS\bwjohnson

  • AK18030275

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On May 7, 2018 AST dispatch received a report of a suspicious male.  The complainant stated a white male adult was randomly walking through the neighborhood and believed he was casing houses to burglarize.  AST contacted the WMA and he was identified as SHANE STEPHEN MCCOURT age 38 of Wasilla.  Records indicated MCCOURT was on probation for theft.  AST contacted his probation officer, who stated MCCOURT was in violation of conditions of release.  The probation officer requested he be remanded to Matsu pretrial on No Bail. 


    Posted on 5/14/2018 7:12:25 AM by DPS\jscovey

C Detachment

  • AK18031981

    Location: Dillingham
    Type: Sexual Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On May 13th, 2018 at approximately 1810 hours, the Alaska State Troopers (AST) received a report of a sexual assault in a Dillingham Regional Community. Investigation is on-going.

    Posted on 5/14/2018 9:55:59 AM by DPS\jshilario

  • AK18031915

    Location: Tuntutuliak
    Type: Recovered Human Remains

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/13/2018 at approximately 1242 hours, Bethel AST was contacted regarding the discovery of human remains. The remains were located just north of the Tuntutuliak River on the Kuskokwim River.  On 5/14/2018, AST responded to Tuntutuliak and took possession of the remains. The body has not been positively identified and the State Medical Examiners Office has requested the body be sent to Anchorage for identification. Investigation continues.


    Posted on 5/14/2018 5:00:19 PM by DPS\bmviator

D Detachment ...No news reported.

E Detachment

  • AK18031992

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: Violation of Conditions of Release

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/14/2018 at approximately 0044 hours, Alaska State Troopers contacted Phillip Eullean Haskins, age 35 of Nikiski, near milepost 38 Kenai Spur Road.  Investigation revealed he was in violation of court ordered conditions of release for a pending domestic violence charge by consuming alcohol.  He was arrested and remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility.  He was held with no bail pending arraignment.

    Posted on 5/14/2018 5:48:53 AM by DPS\mjwertanen

  • AK18031985

    Location: Nikiski
    Type: Conditions of Release Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/13/18 at 1744 hours, Alaska State Troopers contacted Joshua Myles Plyler, age 43 of Nikiski, after he was stopped for a traffic violation. Investigation revealed Plyler has current conditions of release for a prior felony assault. One of his conditions is not to be in direct contact with a female who was a passenger in his vehicle. Plyler was arrested for Violating Conditions of Release and remanded at Wildwood pretrial without bail.

    Posted on 5/14/2018 7:56:25 AM by DPS\rtennis

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK18031901

    Location: North Pole
    Type: Sport Fishing Methods and Means

    Dispatch Text:

    On May 13, 2018, at approximately 12 pm, Alaska Wildlife Troopers stationed in Fairbanks contacted 30 year old Fort Wainwright resident Miguel A. TORRES while he was fishing at Badger Slough in North Pole. Subsequent investigation revealed he was using a treble hook with a gap between point and shank of 1/4", which is prohibited on Badger Slough. Miguel was issued a citation with a $110 bail.

    Posted on 5/14/2018 10:05:03 AM by DPS\lareid

  • AK18019946

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: False Statement on License, Prohibited Conduct

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/11/2018, Glen Eisenhuth 51 YOA of Gilbert Arizona, was issued a summons to Kenai District Court for making multiple false statements of residency on his Alaska sport hunting and fishing licenses, taking and transporting fish without being properly permitted, and personal use fishing without meeting Alaska residency requirements.


    Posted on 5/14/2018 7:08:17 PM by DPS\bdelkins

  • AK18032257

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: NVOL

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/14/2018 at 1930 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers conducted a traffic stop at Stanley Road and Parks Highway in Wasilla on an orange 2005 Pontiac Sunfire for expired vehicle registration. Investigation revealed that the driver, Kathryn Oakes-Jette 20 YOA of Wasilla, was operating a motor vehicle with no valid operator’s license. Kathryn was issued a summons to appear in Palmer District Court.


    Posted on 5/14/2018 7:58:50 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.

    Photos of the site can be found at:;.aspx;.aspx

    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 . Edited on 5/14/2018 9:18:29 AM by DPS\tjdespain

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

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