Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, June 7, 2019

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

A Detachment

  • AK19037242

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Assault 4-DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 7, 2019 at approximately 1745 hrs, Alaska State Troopers responded to the Cruise ship, Celebrity Eclipse to investigate a reported assault involving 2 passengers.  Subsequent investigation revealed 56 year old, Djie Seng Lie of Indonesia, had physically assaulted a family member. Lie was taken into custody for Assault in the Fourth Degree, involving domestic violence.  He was then transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center, where he was held without bail pending his arraignment. 


    Posted on 6/7/2019 9:17:20 PM by DPS\grmiller

  • AK19032795

    Location: Angoon
    Type: Sexual Abuse of a Minor 1, Sexual Abuse of a Minor 2

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/20/19, at about 1945 hours, Alaska State Trooper dispatch personnel received a report that 53 year old George Willie Nelson III of Angoon had taken a 6 year old child whom he is not related to into a wooded trail area in Angoon.  Juneau based State Troopers responded and investigated.  On 6/6/19, a Sitka based grand jury indicted Nelson III on charges of Sexual Abuse of a Minor 1 and Sexual Abuse of a Minor 2.  The Sitka Court subsequently issued an arrest warrant for George on the aforementioned charges and set his bail at $100,000.  On 6/7/19, AST and Juneau Police Department personnel actively searched for Nelson.  At about 1547 hours, Nelson was located on Mendenhall Boulevard.  He was arrested and transported to the Lemon Creek Correctional Center where he was remanded. 

    Posted on 6/7/2019 6:02:12 PM by DPS\npzito

B Detachment

  • AK19036817

    Location: Houston
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/6/19 at approximately 1236 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a deceased female at a residence on Little Susitna Drive in Houston.  Troopers responded to the scene and located the female, 43 year old Jill Hickman, deceased inside the residence.  The next of kin was at the scene and the State Medical Examiner will be performing an autopsy.  The cause of death is unknown at this time, and the investigation is still ongoing. 

    Posted on 6/7/2019 7:13:02 AM by DPS\mgsidders

  • AK19037029

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Scam Alert

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/07/2019 at approximately 0648 hours the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a fraud by telephone. Investigation revealed individuals identifying themselves as Alaska State Troopers called from (907)313-1343 and told the victim they had a warrant for their arrest. The victim was told to acquire some pre-paid credit cards and send the numbers to the individuals. The victim transferred approximately $1700.00 dollars. The Alaska State Troopers do not call soliciting funds for outstanding arrest warrants or bail amounts.  If you believe you are the victim of this scam please call your local Alaska State Trooper Post or municipal police department.  Investigation into this scam is ongoing. 


    Posted on 6/7/2019 11:01:00 AM by DPS\jacrockett

  • AK19037247

    Location: Palmer
    Type: Disorderly Conduct / False Information / Criminal Trespass

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/07/2019 at approximately 1640 hours, the Alaska State Trooper received a call about a Disturbance on the MSRH in Palmer. The investigation revealed a native male, approximately age 55, was causing a Disturbance, would not leave, and would not identify himself. The male was arrest for Disorderly Conduct, False Information, Criminal Trespass II and book into Mat-us Pre-trial were he was held he can be identified. Anyone with information on the male are to contact AST.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 8:56:54 PM by DPS\crlloyd

  • AK19025600

    Location: Big Lake
    Type: Burglary I x7, Criminal Trespass 1 x2, Theft IV x7, Criminal Mischief IV, & Criminal Mischief V

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/06/2019 the Palmer Criminal Suppression Unit (CSU) initiated an investigation into numerous burglaries in the Big Lake area during the timeframe that escaped Point Mackenzie Correctional Farm inmate, Brian Church age 59 of Wasilla, was on the run. Church was interviewed by CSU and admitted to breaking into numerous cabins. CSU has compiled numerous cases and will be forwarding charges to the Palmer District Attorney's Office. Church remains in custody on his original charges. Anyone with further information related to these burglaries is urged to contact Troopers at 907-745-2131.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 6:03:08 PM by DPS\rranderson

C Detachment

  • AK19035872

    Location: Nondalton
    Type: Assault 4, VCOR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/2/19 at about 1725 hours, Dillingham AST received a report that a man had assaulted two people in Nondalton. Investigation revealed Chad Koktelash, age 30 of Nondalton, assaulted two adults causing minor injuries. Chad was also on conditions of release from the court and violated those conditions. A warrant was obtained for his arrest, and he was arrested by AST on 6/7/19 in Nondalton.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 4:39:34 PM by DPS\mrhenry

  • AK19037015

    Location: Nondalton
    Type: DV Assault 4

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/7/19 at about 0400 hours, Dillingham AST received a report of an assault in Nondalton. Investigation revealed Robert Cusma age 32 of Nondalton, assaulted two adult females by throwing them to the ground.  Later that morning, AST responded to Nondalton and arrested Cusma without incident. Alcohol was a factor.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 4:42:09 PM by DPS\mrhenry

D Detachment

  • AK19036976

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Assault 4 DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/6/2019, at approximately 2015 hours, Fairbanks AST responded to a report of a disturbance on Sheep Creek Rd. Investigation revealed that Taya Blackburn, age 19 of Ester, assaulted a family member. Taya Blackburn was placed under arrest and remanded to FCC where she is being held without bail.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 4:37:43 AM by DPS\bdlemay

  • AK19036973

    Location: North Pole
    Type: Warrant Arrest, DWLR, Eluding 2nd

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/06/2019 at 1953 hours the Alaska State Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Toyota pickup on Peede Road.  The vehicle attempted to elude the Troopers and after a short pursuit the truck stopped on Persinger Road.  The driver identified himself as Brandon Welton, age 37 from North Pole.  Investigation determined Welton had an outstanding $500 arrest warrant for Assault 4th and Criminal Mischief 4th (Both DV).  Welton was arrested for his warrant, DWLR (during his DUI revocation period), and Eluding 2nd.  Welton was remanded to FCC where he was held on $500 bail.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 5:39:08 AM by DPS\dwbozman

  • AK19037004

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Stolen Vehicle Recovery, Vehicle Theft, and Criminal Mischief 5th

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/07/2019 at 0032 hours the Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a motorcycle for a moving violation near the intersection of Airport Way and University Avenue.  Investigation determined the motorcycle was reported stolen in 2017 to FPD.  The rider, Matthew Fantazzi, age 32 from Fairbanks was arrested for Vehicle Theft 1, Criminal Mischief 5th, and Driving without a Motorcycle License.  Fantazzi was remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center where he was held without bail.  The motorcycle was returned to the owner.  AST in Fairbanks would like to thank UAF Police for their assistance.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 5:42:41 AM by DPS\dwbozman

  • AK19035698

    Location: Kaltag
    Type: Assault 3 - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/1/19 at 1536 hours Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault in Kaltag.  On 6/3/19 at 1411 hours Jeremy Semaken, age 38 of Kaltag was arrested in Kaltag for Assault 3 - DV and remanded to FCC on no bail.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 9:56:02 AM by DPS\ranunley

E Detachment

  • AK19036999

    Location: Nikiski
    Type: MIW3/MIW4/DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/6/19 at approximately 2300 hours, Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received report of a disturbance in the area of Luana Avenue in Nikiski. Investigation revealed Gray Grady, age 24 of Nikiski, was in possession of a prohibited weapon while intoxicated. Subsequent investigation revealed Grady had operated a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Grady was arrested for Misconduct Involving Weapons in the 3rd degree, Misconduct Involving Weapons in the 4th degree, and Driving Under the Influence. Grady was transported to Wildwood Pretrial and was held without bail.  

    Posted on 6/7/2019 6:24:29 AM by DPS\lalemieux


  • Department of Public Safety Advisory

    Location: Statewide

    Advisory Text:

    BEWARE OF THIS REOCCURRING PHONE SCAM: An individual -usually a male- calls and identifies themselves as a trooper using various names and ranks. The caller advises people that they, or one of their family members, have active warrants or are out of compliance and they must pay their bail to him or face arrest and possible additional fines. The caller explains they can pay him with prepaid credit cards to take care of the warrants. He may also provide call back numbers which usually go directly to an answering machine if they are called. This scam has taken place in communities all across Alaska. Be aware that the Alaska State Troopers will NOT ask for payment over the phone or offer to negotiate for reduced payment in lieu of arrest. If you are concerned that you may have a warrant for your arrest with the AST, you can look at the active warrants website: You can also look up the phone number for your local law enforcement agency to see if they can verify if a warrant is in existence and obtain information on how to correctly deal with the situation. No law enforcement agency will collect funds during a phone call or ask that payment be made using pre-paid credit cards that are obtained from convenience stores. If you believe you have been a victim of a scam, contact your local law enforcement. For Alaska State Troopers local post contact information visit:

    Posted on 6/7/2019 11:51:37 AM by DPS\mapeters

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • TBD

    Location: Chitina
    Type: possession of unmarked personal use salmon

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/7/19, Jason Crockett of Willow was issued a citation for possession of unmarked personal use salmon (tail fins not clipped).  Bail is set at $75.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 7:02:20 PM by DPS\jmmcginnis

  • TBD

    Location: Chitina
    Type: fail to record personal use salmon

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/7/19, Jospeh Bentel of Wasilla was issued a citation for failing to record his personal use caught salmon on his Chitina Dipnet Permit.  Bail is set at $100.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 7:03:34 PM by DPS\jmmcginnis

  • TBD

    Location: Chitina
    Type: Fail to record personal use caught salmon

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/7/19, Josh Heji of Palmer was issued a citation for failing to record his personal use caught salmon on his Chitina Dipnet Permit.  Bail is set at $100.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 7:04:49 PM by DPS\jmmcginnis

  • TBD

    Location: Chitina
    Type: Fishing Closed Period

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/6/19, George Shumpert of North Pole was issued a summons to appear in Glennallen District Court for operating dipnet gear in the waters of the Chitina Subdistrict of the Copper River during a closed period.  Arraignment is set for 7/9/19 in Glennallen District Court.

    Posted on 6/7/2019 7:13:55 PM by DPS\jmmcginnis

  • AK18061355

    Location: Sitka
    Type: Fishing Seasons and Periods

    Dispatch Text:

    UPDATE - On 3-11-19 Patterson was convicted of a violation of Fishing Seasons and Periods in this case. He was fined $6000 with $3000 suspended, placed on probation for one year, and ordered to forfeit $18,172.81 in proceeds from fish caught in closed waters.

    On 8-24-18 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a summons to the captain and permit holder of the seiner F/V Gambit, Drew Patterson, age 30 of Bend, Oregon. Investigation revealed Patterson fished in the closed waters of Black Bay on Chichagof Island on August 5, 2018. Patterson is summonsed to appear in the District court in Sitka.

    Author: KJF0

    Posted on 8/28/2018 10:01:42 AM by DPS\rkwelch . Edited on 6/7/2019 3:15:00 PM by DPS\medobson

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.