Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Tuesday, May 14, 2019

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

A Detachment

  • AK19030849

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Aircraft Collision - Fatality

    Dispatch Text:

    Correction: Louis Botha, 46-year-old male, from San Diego, California.

    The deceased individuals from the plane crash that occurred on 5/13/2019, near Ketchikan, Alaska, are identified as follows:

    - Randy Sullivan, 46-year-old male, pilot, from Ketchikan, Alaska.

    - Simon Bodie, 56-year-old male from Tempe, New South Wales, Australia.

    - Cassandra Webb, 62-year-old female from Saint Louis, Missouri.

    - Ryan Wilk, 39-year-old male, from Utah. 

    - Louis Botha, 46-year-old male, from San Diego, California.

    - Elsa Wilk, 37-year-old female, from Richmond, British Columbia, Canada.

    Next of kin notifications have been made. The Canadian and Australian Consulates have been notified of the incident. The NTSB is investigating the cause of the crash.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 8:20:31 PM by DPS\tjdespain

B Detachment

  • AK19031000

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/14/2019 at approximately 0059 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to the Tesoro on Knik Goose Bay Rd. for a report of a welfare check. Investigation revealed Gage McKenzie, age 25 of Anchorage, had an outstanding APD warrant for Failure to Comply with Conditions of Probation on the original charge of Robbery 2n. McKenzie was arrested at the scene for his original APD warrant as well as the charge of False Information or Report. McKenzie was transported to Mat-Su Pretrial where he was held on $20,000 cash bail.  

    Posted on 5/14/2019 3:44:00 AM by DPS\fjparker

  • AK19030988

    Location: Palmer
    Type: Warrant Arrest & MICS4

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/13/2019, at approximately 2219 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to the vicinity of the Glenn Highway and Soapstone Road for a report of an agency assist involving a possible DUI.  Michael Moser, age 26 of Palmer, arrived at the scene to take control of the vehicle at that location.  Investigation revealed that Moser had an outstanding warrant for his arrest.  Moser was arrested and a controlled substance was discovered on his person.  Moser was transported the MATSU Pre-Trial Facility where he was remanded, without bail, for the warrant and released on his own recognizance for the charge of Misconduct Involving Controlled Substances in the 4th Degree.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 4:37:49 AM by DPS\csmarkiewicz

  • AK19030964

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Violation of a DVPO

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/13/2019, at approximately 1840 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Stacy Street in Wasilla for a report of a disturbance.  Investigation revealed that Felicia Larsen, age 24 of Wasilla, was at the residence in violation of a Domestic Violence Protective Order (DVPO).  Larsen was arrested and transported to the MATSU Pre-Trial Facility where she was remanded, without bail, on a charge of Violation of a DVPO.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 2:34:38 AM by DPS\csmarkiewicz

  • AK19030873

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: MVC-Damage/Commercial Vehicle

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/13/2019, approximately 1400 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a 2-vehicle collision at the intersection of W Parks highway and S Vine Road, Wasilla.  Investigation revealed Ryan Vishnefske, age 26 of Anchorage, was stopped on W Parks Highway at S Vine Road, facing northbound, in his gray 2013 Toyota Tacoma, waiting to turn left onto S. Vine Road.  His vehicle was then struck by a 2013 Thomas Built school bus operated by Brandielle Lightle, age 35 of Palmer.  The bus was traveling northbound on S Park Highway at the time and had zero passengers.  No injuries were sustained, both drivers reporting wearing a safety belt at the time, and Lightle was cited for contributing to the collision.  The bus sustained minor damage and the Toyota was totaled.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 3:57:44 PM by DPS\dacook

  • AK19031109

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Theft

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/14/2019, approximately 1250 hours, Alaska State Troopers were made aware of the theft of a vehicle license plate.  Investigation revealed that on/about Friday, 5/10/2019, the front bear style license plate was stolen from a gray 2011 Ford Expedition.  Anyone with any information regarding this theft is encouraged to contact either the Alaska State Troopers at (907)373-8300 or Crime Stoppers at (907)745-3333.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 4:22:01 PM by DPS\dacook

  • AK19031177

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Theft of Trailer

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5-14-19 at 1415 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a stolen trailer. Investigation reveals a flat bed bumper pull trailer was stolen from a residence off of Wilderness Drive in Wasilla sometime between October and May. The trailer is described as approximately a black approximately 26 foot overall length flatbed with a board deck and ramps. Anyone with information about this case is encouraged to call Alaska Trooper dispatch at 352-5401.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 5:51:30 PM by DPS\dbledford

  • AK19026938

    Location: Palmer
    Type: Fugitive From Justice

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/14/19, at about 1230 hours, the Gilroy Police Department contacted the Alaska State Troopers in Palmer to advise them of two subjects residing in the Palmer area with extraditable arrest warrants out of California.  AST was able to confirm Brianna E. Northam, age 23; and Greg R. Legras, age 38; both had felony arrest warrants on original charges of Violation of Physical Custody Or Visitation Decrees, and Child Abduction.  At approximately 1530 hours, Palmer AST Patrol Troopers with assistance from the Alaska State Troopers Criminal Suppression Unit, Special Criminal Investigative Unit and the Palmer General Investigations Unit contacted Northam and Legras.  They were arrested without incident.  They were transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held pending extradition back to California on charges of Fugitive from Justice.  During the incident, troopers also contacted P.L. (age 3) who was transferred into the custody of OCS.         


    Posted on 5/14/2019 6:23:35 PM by DPS\rphayes

C Detachment

  • AK19030172

    Location: Newtok
    Type: Sexual Assault / Burglary

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/10/19, at approximately 0903 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of sexual assault in the village of Newtok.   AST initiated an investigation.  On 5/13/2019 Troopers from Bethel traveled to the village of Newtok.  Investigation revealed Jonathan Usugan (age 41 of Newtok) had unlawfully entered a residence and sexually assaulted a female. Usugan was arrested.  A records check revealed Jonathan is already on the state sex offender registry.  Jonathan was remanded to YKCC in Bethel on charges of sex assault 1, sex assault 2, and burglary 1.  Alcohol was a factor in this incident.


    Posted on 5/14/2019 12:26:23 PM by DPS\blweight

D Detachment

  • AK19031182

    Location: Nenana
    Type: Theft in the 2nd Degree

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/14/19 , at 1632 hours, A 72 year old Nenana residence reported the theft of a 21 foot travel trailer to AST Dispatch.  The trailer was stolen from a lot at the corner of Ninth and C St.  The camper was manufactured by Aurora and is the Ranger model. The trailer is white with green strips running horizontal around the middle section of the trailer.  License plate is 9590SS, any one with information on the location of the trailer is encourage to contact the Nenana VPSO or AST Dispatch at 1-800- 811-0911.   

    Posted on 5/14/2019 6:51:40 PM by DPS\mfhaglin

  • AK19030722

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Homicide / Evidence Tampering / Vehicle Theft

    Dispatch Text:

    Update: On 5/23/19, a Fairbanks Grand Jury indicted Jerad Zabriskie for Murder I and Solicitation to Commit Murder. A $10 million dollar warrant was issued for Zabriskie. At 1703 hours, Zabriskie was located at his residence, which is also the scene of the homicide, and taken into custody. Zabriskie was remanded to FCC. Investigation continues.

    Update: On 5/17/2019 at approximately 0823 hours, Alaska State Troopers took Patrick Marsh into custody. A Trooper patrolling near Badger and Hartzog spotted Marsh walking in the area. Marsh provided a false name but Troopers took him into custody and were able to positively identify him. Investigation is ongoing.

    On 5/13/19 at 0044 hours, AST received a report of a deceased person at a residence on Yankovitch Road in Fairbanks.  AST responded and determined that the death was suspicious in nature. The victim was identified as 69 year old Trisha Pearson of Fairbanks.  Investigation revealed that Patrick Marsh, age 25, was involved in the death.  Marsh then stole Pearson’s Jeep Cherokee from the residence.  The Jeep was later located abandoned in the area of Hamilton Acres on 5/13/19.  An arrest warrant has been issued for Marsh for Murder in the First Degree.  AST is requesting assistance from the public in locating Marsh.  If anyone knows of his whereabouts, please contact AST at 907-451-5100. 

    Posted on 5/14/2019 9:02:55 AM by DPS\tjdespain

E Detachment

  • AK19030951

    Location: Soldotna, AK
    Type: Criminal Mischief 4th DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/13/2019 at approximately 2128 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a domestic disturbance that had occurred the night before in which a vehicle had been damaged.  A suspect has been identified and the incident of criminal mischief is under AST investigation.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 12:50:55 AM by DPS\mjwertanen

  • AK19030987

    Location: Homer
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On May 13th, 2019 at approximately 2300 hours, the Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling 78 mph in a 45 mph zone on East End Road near Homer. Subsequent investigation resulted in the driver being identified as Ivan Kalugin, age 36 of Homer, and was arrested for one count of Driving Under the Influence. Kalugin was transported to the Homer Jail for remand.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 2:36:02 AM by DPS\jshilario

  • AK19030950

    Location: Sterling
    Type: REDDI/Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/13/19 at approximately 1819 hours the Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI report of a vehicle heading southbound from Cooper Landing. AST located the vehicle and performed a traffic stop near mile 77 of the Sterling Hwy. Investigation revealed the driver was not impaired. Further investigation revealed a passenger in the vehicle, Richard Heath age 39 of Soldotna, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for violating his conditions of release, stemming from an original charge of DUI. Heath was arrested for his warrant and transported to Wildwood Pretrial where he was remanded without bail.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 7:03:50 AM by DPS\cdwebb

  • AK19031134

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5-14-19 at 1440 hours the Alaska State Troopers arrested Kris Kammers (37 YOA of Soldotna) for a no bail warrant for his arrest.  The original charges were for Assault and Criminal Mischief.  Kammers was remanded to the Wildwood Pre Trial Facility without incident.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 7:19:00 PM by DPS\rasimmons

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK19030769

    Location: Prince of Wales Island
    Type: Escape Mechanism Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/9/19 at 1040 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers located a personal use dungy pot in the marine waters of 12-Mile Arm. The pot did not have the required biodegradable escape mechanism. Investigation revealed that the pot was being fished by Joshua Ritchey, age 42 of Hollis. Ritchey was issued an AUC for not having the required Escape Mechanism as required by 5AAC77.010(m).

    Posted on 5/14/2019 12:27:28 PM by DPS\bamank

  • AK19031043

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: Illegal Smelt Drift Net

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/13/19 at 1457 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, issued a citation to John E. Rate, 73 yoa of Homer, in Soldotna at the Kenai River Flats for utilizing a drift gill net in the personal use smelt fishery in the Kenai River that was deeper than 4 feet. Rate’s net was nearly 6 feet in depth. A legal smelt drift net must be 20 feet in length and 4 feet in depth or smaller. Bail was set at $120.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 12:47:57 PM by DPS\sdsands

  • AK19031044

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: False Statement on License Application

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/13/19 at 1500 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, issued a citation to Adrian Calibo Abad, 27 yoa of Sterling, for making a false statement on a 2019 AK Resident Low-Income hunting/trapping/sport fishing license application. An investigation by Troopers revealed Abad applied for and received a low-income license that he did not qualify for. Bail was set at $320.

    Posted on 5/14/2019 12:54:35 PM by DPS\sdsands

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.