Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, June 7, 2018
Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
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AK18038436Location: WasillaType: Warrant Arrest
On 6/7/18 at approximately 0015 hours, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a red Dodge Neon near the intersection of KGB and Settler's Bay Dr. Investigation revealed the driver, Brandon Haxton, age 35 of Wasilla, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Failure to Maintain Liability Insurance. Haxton was arrested and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was remanded with bail set at $200.
Posted on 6/7/2018 4:24:34 AM by DPS\nmurphy
AK18038438Location: WasillaType: MICS 4
On 6/7/2018 at approximately 0008 hours, AST conducted a traffic stop on a silver Honda Civic for an equipment violation near Pittman Road and Parks Highway in Wasilla. An investigation revealed the driver Wesley Banjamin Benedix, 24 YOA of Wasilla, was in possession of heroin. Wesley was issued a criminal citation for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree (MICS 4th).
Posted on 6/7/2018 6:12:15 AM by DPS\lrsilva
AK18038459Location: PalmerType: DV Assault 4
On 6/7/18, at 0520 hours, AST responded to an address off S. Lazenby Road for a disturbance. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Maryanne Standifer, 34 yoa, for Assault 4 domestic violence. Standifer was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial on no bail status pending arraignment.
Posted on 6/7/2018 6:42:21 AM by DPS\bwjohnson
AK18038372Location: PalmerType: Assault 4 DV
On 6/6/18, at 1755 hours, AST responded to a residence near mile 9 Old Glenn Highway for an assault investigation. Investigation revealed that Chad J. Cameron, 24 yoa of Palmer, had assaulted a family member during a verbal argument. Cameron fled the scene prior to AST arrival. Charges of assault in the fourth degree have been forwarded to the DA's office and a warrant will be requested.
Posted on 6/7/2018 6:44:46 AM by DPS\bwjohnson
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AK18038415Location: FairbanksType: Domestic Assault in the Second and Third Degree
On June 6th, 2018 at 2206 hours, The Alaska State Troopers received a 911-hang up where a disturbance was heard in the background. Multiple AST units responded and contacted Howard Gibson, 55 of North Pole. The investigation resulted in the arrest of Howard for Domestic Assault in the Second and Third Degree. Howard was transported to the Fairbanks Correctional Center without incident.
Posted on 6/7/2018 12:01:35 AM by DPS\jwthomas2
AK18038407Location: SoldotnaType: Operate Vehicle w/o Liability Insurance / MICS 4th / False Information
On 6/6/2018 at approximately 2044 hours, Alaska State Troopers stopped a red 2002 Ford car near milepost 102 Sterling Highway for traffic violations. The driver was identified as David Alan Wade Jackinsky, age 34 of Soldotna. Investigation revealed Jackinsky was driving the car without motor vehicle liability insurance. He was arrested for Operate Vehicle without Liability Insurance. David Cory Osmar, age 27 of Clam Gulch, was identified as a passenger. He was found to be in possession of Heroin, a controlled substance and provided a false name to AST during the course of the investigation into the drugs. He was arrested for Misconduct Involving Controlled Substance 4th and Making a False Report. Both were remanded at Wildwood Pretrial and later released on their own recognizance.
Posted on 6/7/2018 2:48:15 AM by DPS\mjwertanen
AK18037980Location: Cooper LandingType: Fraud
On 6-5-18 at 1159 hours, Soldotna dispatch received a report that someone used a fake 20.00 bill at a convenience store in Cooper Landing. Seward AST responded and collected the fake 20.00 bill. The store owner reported someone used to fake bill sometime over the previous weekend. Investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers in Seward at 907-224-3346.
Posted on 6/7/2018 12:11:53 PM by DPS\hmhull
AK18038199Location: SewardType: Death Investigation (natural)
On 6-6-18 at 1013 hours, Soldotna dispatch received a report of an unexpected death that occurred at a residence off Nash Road. It was reported that Sue Lowry, age 77, of Seward, had passed away after a long term illness. Seward AST responded and conducted an investigation. The State Medical Examiner (SME) was contacted and advised of the situation. Lowry’s next of kin was on scene and was given possession of the body.
Posted on 6/7/2018 12:23:53 PM by DPS\hmhull
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AK Wildlife Troopers
AK18011630Location: WrangellType: Fail to Return Hunt Permit
On 06/06/2018 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Wrangell Post, cited Nicholas Martin, age 34 from Wrangell. Martin was issued a $110 citation in the District Court in Wrangell for Failure to Return his RM038, Moose permit to ADF&G as required.
Posted on 6/7/2018 8:52:44 AM by DPS\tptuckwood
AK14075385Location: McGrathType: Unlawful Acts Guide
UPDATE: On 6/4/2018, Thomas G. Shankster was sentenced in the Aniak court after pleading guilty to four of eight original charges as a result of a plea agreement. The four misdemeanor charges pled guilty to are two counts of a Guide- Aiding in the Commission of Violation and two counts of Guide- Fail to Report Violation. He received 600 days in jail with 570 days suspended. Following his release from jail, Shankster is ordered to be on probation for a year. Shankster was also fined a total of $35,000 with none suspended.
This case was the result of many hours of field patrol and follow up investigation by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. The penalties imposed by the court show how serious the court and state of Alaska take the statutes and regulations involving resource protection, big game hunting and guiding in our state.
ORIGINAL RELEASE: On 12/23/15, the Office of Special Prosecutions, Fish and Game Unit, Charged Master Guide Thomas G. Shankster, 60 of Aurora CO, with eight counts of Unlawful Acts while acting as a Big Game guide in Game Management Unit (GMU) 19. This investigation began during the fall of 2014, where the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, McGrath Post, accomplished an investigation regarding Shankster and his guiding business “Alaska Trophy Hunts” (ATH) which is primarily based near the Mouth of the Dillinger River and substantiated that Shankster had committed the crime of Wanton Waste on at least five occasions (both Moose and Caribou), failed to report two known violations by his assistant guides (sub-legal sheep and antlers before meat), and committed Unsworn Falsification on at least one Hunt Record showing that meat had been salvaged when in fact it hadn’t. Spoiled meat samples were collected from three caribou and three moose and three sets of caribou antlers, three sets of moose antlers, and a sub legal set of sheep horns were seized as part of the investigation. The scope of this investigation was substantial, requiring extensive asset usage, including both fixed-wing and helicopter, and involved intensive man-power (nearly 1,000 hours) from nine Alaska Wildlife Troopers. At least 41 separate witness and/or suspect interviews were conducted for the investigation in addition to essential evidentiary compilation and a lengthy report documenting the illegal acts. Shankster is to be arraigned in the Aniak District Court on January 20, 2016.
Posted on 12/23/2015 2:18:26 PM by DPS\mdcloward . Edited on 6/7/2018 11:54:08 AM by DPS\mapeters
AK18014274Location: AnchorageType: Unsworn Falsification and Tampering with Public Records
In early 2018 the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Wildlife Investigations Unit, began an investigation into Dana DeBernardi, age 42 of Anchorage, regarding the take of a black bear in the Bear Valley area of Anchorage during June of 2017. Investigation revealed that DeBernardi had falsified a black bear sealing certificate by claiming she had shot the bear and then fabricated a story on a defense of life or property form issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game about the sequence of events that led to the take of the bear.
On 6/7/18 DeBernardi was issued a summons to appear in court for the charges of Unsworn Falsification and Tampering with Public Records, both of which are class A misdemeanors. Her arraignment date is 6/29/18 in the District Court at Anchorage in the Nesbett Courthouse.
Posted on 6/7/2018 4:38:38 PM by DPS\agfrenzel