Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, July 5, 2019

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

A Detachment

  • AK19044320

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Burglary II, Theft III

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7-5-19 at about 0940 hours, the Alaska State Troopers in Ketchikan were notified of a burglary.  Investigation revealed that sometime between June 26-July 5 unknown person(s) entered a cabin on Gravina Island causing about $200.00 in damage and removed property with an estimated value of $270.00.  Anyone with information is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 225-5118.  You can remain anonymous. 

    Posted on 7/5/2019 12:00:15 PM by DPS\jmbrown

B Detachment

  • AK19044203

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Burglary/Trespass/Theft/Criminal Mischief

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/4/19 at approximately 1624 hours Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a Burglary off Kalmbach Lake Drive in Wasilla. Investigation revealed a home had been broken into and items in excess of $2,000 were taken. If you have any information regarding this case you are encouraged to call the Alaska State Troopers at 373-8300 or Mat Su Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 8:01:52 AM by DPS\tlcorbridge

  • AK19044292

    Location: Sutton
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/5/19 at approximately 0223 hours, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2012 Dodge Ram 1500 pickup at milepost 59 Glenn Highway in Sutton. Investigation determined Camilo Benitez, age 25 of Anchorage, was driving under the influence of alcohol and subsequently arrested. Benitez was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and released on his own recognizance.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 5:39:35 AM by DPS\ckhavens

  • AK19044291

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Assault 4th DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 07-05-19, at 0138 hours, AST responded to a disturbance on Amanda Dr in Wasilla. Once on scene AST contacted Jestine T. Burt, age 19, of Wasilla. Investigation revealed Jestine assaulted a roommate and caused physical injuries to that person. Jestine was arrested for assault in the 4th degree (DV). Jestine was transported and remanded into Mat-Su Pretrial where she was held pending arraignment.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 5:47:16 AM by DPS\prfrederick

  • AK19044262

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Assault IV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/4/19, at about 2256 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence off of Wolverine Drive in Wasilla for a disturbance.  Investigation revealed Devonte Helwig, age 19 of Wasilla, assaulted another person at the residence.  Helwig was arrested for Assault IV and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility and remanded into their custody pending his arraignment. 

     

    Posted on 7/5/2019 6:38:52 AM by DPS\rphayes

  • AK19044212

    Location: Palmer
    Type: DUI/VCOR/Theft

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/4/19 at approximately 1827 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to multiple reports of a dangerous driver on Palmer Wasilla Highway and Glenn Highway in Palmer. Callers identified a 1999 green Subaru Outback that was driving reckless. The driver was subsequently involved in a single vehicle collision on Old Glenn Highway at the Matanuska River bridge. No injuries resulted from the collision. Investigation determined the occupant Kitty Nazuruk, age 27 of Anchorage, was driving under the influence of alcohol and subsequently arrested. Nazuruk was determined to be on current conditions of release from a prior DUI charge on 6/21/19. Additionally, the vehicle was reported stolen from a residence Nazuruk was visiting in Houston. Nazuruk was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held pending arraignment on the charges of DUI, Reckless Driving, DWLR, Violation Conditions of Release, Vehicle Theft 1st degree and Theft 2nd degree.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 12:42:22 AM by DPS\ckhavens

  • AK19044264

    Location: Willow
    Type: DV Assault 4th Degree and DV Criminal Mischief 4th Degree

    Dispatch Text:

    On 07/04/2019 at approximately 2229 hours, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance near mile 76 of the Parks Highway. Investigation revealed Jason Palmer, age 33 of Anchorage, assaulted a family member. Palmer was placed under arrest for DV Assault in the 4th Degree and DV Criminal Mischief in the 4th Degree. Palmer was transported to MPT, where he was remanded with no bail.

     

    Posted on 7/5/2019 3:43:28 AM by DPS\shsutton

C Detachment

  • AK19044231

    Location: Upper Kalskag
    Type: Felony Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 07-04-2019 at approximately 1600 hours, Aniak based AST and AWT Troopers contacted Ray Steeves (35), of Upper Kalskag, at his residence.  Steeves was contacted regarding several outstanding felony arrest warrants (totaling $60,000) which included 1 count of kidnapping, 3 counts of Assault in the 2nd degree (Injury with weapon), 3 counts of Assault in the 3rd degree, 2 counts of Assault in the 4th degree and probation violations.  Steeves also previously threatened to shoot law enforcement upon contact.  Upon contact, Steeves was arrested and taken into custody without incident.  Steeves was transported and remanded at YKCC.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 8:46:20 AM by DPS\jdbohac

  • AK19044513

    Location: Emmonak
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/5/19 at about 1635 hours, AST received a report of a REDDI and contacted Roderick Kozevenikoff (age 27) of Emmonak. Kozvenikoff was found to be under the influence of alcohol while operating a 4-wheeler and he was arrested for DUI; he was later released on his own recognizance.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 5:33:34 PM by DPS\magranda

  • AK19044276

    Location: Emmonak
    Type: Arson 3rd Degree

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/5/19 at about 0030 hours, AST received a report of a fire at sub-division housing in Emmonak. An investigation revealed that several snow machines and 4-wheelers were set on fire outside of a residence. An investigation is ongoing at this time.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 5:36:08 PM by DPS\magranda

  • AK19044426

    Location: KODIAK,AK
    Type: BURGLARY/WARRANT ARREST

    Dispatch Text:

    On 07/05/2019, at 1309 hours, Kodiak based Alaska State Troopers took a report of a burglary in progress at 3338 Mill Bay Road. While responding, Troopers learned that the male suspect, Christopher Gilbert (age 19) of Anchorage had a bench warrant for his arrest out of Anchorage. Troopers arrived and observed a hasp lock on a storage shed on the property had been cut by a Sawzall found on scene, and someone could be heard inside. Troopers called out to the suspect, who exited the structure and was positively identified as Christopher Gilbert. Investigation revealed Gilbert was not given permission by the owner of the structure to be inside and had forced entry with the Sawzall. Gilbert was taken into custody for his bench warrant, as well as Burglary 2nd degree, Criminal Trespass 1st degree, and Criminal Mischief 5th degree. The owner responded and secured the property, while Gilbert was transported and remanded to Kodiak Jail where he is being held without bail.

     

    Posted on 7/5/2019 7:27:43 PM by DPS\pmpages

D Detachment

  • AK19044201

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Assault 3rd (DV) x2, Assault 3rd on a Peace Officer, Resisting Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 07/04/2019 at approximately 1742 hours the Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks received a report about a domestic disturbance near Goldstream Road.  AST responded and investigation determined Thomas Oates, age 31 from Fairbanks caused physical injury to two family members at his residence.  During the arrest Oates head-butted a Trooper in the face.  Oates was arrested for two counts of Assault 3rd (DV), Assault 3rd on a Peace Officer, and Resisting Arrest.  All three assaults were upgraded from Assault 4th due to two prior assault charges in the previous 10 years.  Oates was remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center where he was held without bail.  Alcohol was a factor.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 12:06:53 AM by DPS\dwbozman

  • AK19044229

    Location: Healy
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/4/19, at 2002 hours, a Healy based Trooper, observed a Jeep being operated at a high rate of speed.  Investigation determined Marcus Loveless age 21 of Healy was under the influence of alcohol while driving a motor vehicle.   Loveless was arrested and transported to Healy Post for further DUI investigation. Loveless was transported to FCC for further processing and released OR.  

    Posted on 7/5/2019 12:25:41 AM by DPS\mfhaglin

  • AK19044200

    Location: North Pole
    Type: Assault 4, DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/4/19 around 1746 hours, the Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks received a report of a disturbance in the North Pole area. AST responded to the residence and the investigation revealed Pamela Shanks, 72 years old of North Pole. assaulted her boyfriend by striking him multiple times with her hands. Pamela was arrested and remanded at Fairbanks Correctional Center for one count of Assault in the 4th degree, DV.

    This incident was witnessed by several house occupants. Alcohol was a factor. 

    Posted on 7/5/2019 4:19:13 AM by DPS\mcolley

  • AK19044294

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Parole Violation, No Insurance, & DWLS

    Dispatch Text:

    On 07/05/2019 at approximately 0158 hours the Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation.  The driver was identified as Daniel Thompson, age 28 from Fairbanks. Investigation determined Thompson was knowingly driving with No Insurance and his license was suspended.  Thompson was arrested and remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center for a parole violation, No Motor Vehicle Liability Insurance, and DWLS where he was held without bail.  The Alaska State Troopers would like to thank UAFPD and State Parks Rangers for their assistance.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 5:23:55 AM by DPS\dwbozman

  • AK19044049

    Location: Kaltag
    Type: Assault 3 X 4, Assault 4 X 4, Assault 4 on a police officer X 1

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/3/19 at 2017 hours Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance in Kaltag.  On 7/4/19 at 1009 hours John Nickoli, age 61 of Kaltag was arrested at his residence in Kaltag for 4 counts of Assault 3 and 4 counts of assault 4.  After being arrested John assaulted the arresting officer and was then also charged with Assault 4 on a police officer.  John was transported and remanded to FCC on no bail. 

    Posted on 7/5/2019 12:44:28 PM by DPS\ranunley

E Detachment

  • AK19044183

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: Fugitive of Justice

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/4/19 at approximately 1600 hours, a male identified as Jeff Peltier (age 52 of Oklahoma) was contacted by Soldotna Base AST. Investigation revealed Peltier had a fully extraditable warrant out of Oklahoma, which had been issued in 2010. Peltier was taken into custody and transported to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he was remanded on the warrant.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 8:11:05 AM by DPS\bbturner

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK19044186

    Location: Harding Lake - Salcha
    Type: MICS4 & Probation/Parole Violation (x5)

    Dispatch Text:

    On 07/04/19 at approximately 1604 hours, a Fairbanks-based Alaska Wildlife Trooper contacted Martin Burks, age 30 of Fairbanks, during a boating safety patrol on Harding Lake. Investigation revealed Burks was operating an unregistered boat. During the contact about the boat, Burks was found to be on Felony Probation/Parole with multiple conditions not to possess alcohol or drugs. Burks was in possession of a cooler of alcohol and a small amount of meth and drug paraphernalia. Burks was arrested and remanded to FCC for five counts of Probation/Parole violations at the direction of his Probation Officer and one count of MICS4. A condition of no bail was set pending arraignment on 07/06/19 in the Fairbanks District Court for the charges. Burks was additionally given a citation for operating the unregistered boat with bail set at $70 in the Fairbanks District Court.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 12:25:15 AM by SOA\tdabbott

  • AK19044095

    Location: Cook Inlet
    Type: Wildlife Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/4/2019 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post cited Roni Carmon, age 65 of Kenai for failing to have a photo ID card with his commercial fisheries permit card. Carmon was issued a citation with a mandatory court appearance. 

    20AAC05.115: Photo ID required by Permit Holder

    Posted on 7/5/2019 7:06:11 AM by SOA\clhajicek

  • AK19042955

    Location: Egegik District
    Type: Commercial Fish Closed Period

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 29, 2019 Isaac Thistle, 30 years old from Bow, Washington was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers during the Bristol Bay Salmon Program for Commercial Fish Closed Period.  Arraignment is scheduled in Naknek District Court on July 17, 2019.  

     

    Posted on 7/5/2019 1:47:54 PM by DPS\sdcubbedge1

  • AK19042887

    Location: North Line Egegik District
    Type: Commercial Fish Closed Waters

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 28, 2019 Nickola Mavar, 54 years old from Anacortes, Washington and Dean Evans, 33 years old from Newport Beach, California were cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers during the Bristol Bay Salmon Program for Commercial Fish Closed Waters.  Arraignment is scheduled in Naknek District Court on July 17, 2019.  

     

    Posted on 7/5/2019 2:46:02 PM by DPS\sdcubbedge1

  • AK19042737

    Location: Egegik Fishing District
    Type: Fail to Mark Drift Gillnet Corks, Illegal Gear

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 28, 2019, Daniel Armstrong 43 years old from Anchorage, Alaska was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers during the Bristol Bay Salmon Program for Fail to Mark Drift Gillnet Corks, Illegal Gear.   Arraignment is scheduled in Naknek District Court on July 17, 2019.  

     

    Posted on 7/5/2019 3:25:20 PM by DPS\sdcubbedge1

  • AK19044405

    Location: Kasilof Beach
    Type: No Personal Use Permit

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7-05-19 at approximately 1143 hours, Ebrulik Frankson, 27 yoa of Anchorage, was contacted by the Soldotna Wildlife Troopers and cited for not having a valid Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit in his possession while personal fishing in the Kasilof River. Bail amount was set for $220.00 in Kenai District Court.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 3:55:34 PM by SOA\kwwalgenbach

  • AK19049206

    Location: Egegik Fish District
    Type: Commercial Fish Closed Period

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 28, 2019 David Connor 59 years old from Bridgewater, New Hampshire and Douglas Connor, 64 years old from Hebron, New Hampshire were cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers during the Bristol Bay Salmon Program for Commercial Fish Closed Period.  Arraignment is scheduled in Naknek District Court on July 17, 2019.  

     

    Posted on 7/5/2019 4:10:12 PM by DPS\sdcubbedge1

  • AK19044508

    Location: Kasilof
    Type: Wildlife Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7-05-19 at approximately 1147 hours, Shannon Espinda-Fuala, 44 yoa of Wasilla, was contacted by the Soldotna Wildlife Troopers and cited for not having a valid Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit in her possession while dipnetting in the Kasilof River during the personal use dipnet fishery. Bail amount was set for $220.00 in Kenai District Court.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 4:30:04 PM by SOA\clhajicek

  • AK19042904

    Location: Egegik
    Type: Commercial Fish Closed Waters and Requirements For Use of 200 Fathoms of Drift Gillnet

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 28, 2019, Taran White , 36 years old from Sand Point, Idaho and Kenneth Cooper, 37 years old from South Lake Tahoe, California were cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers during the Bristol Bay Salmon Program for Commercial Fish Closed Waters.  White was also cited for Requirements For Use of 200 Fathoms of Drift Gillnet.  Arraignment is scheduled in Naknek District Court on July 17, 2019.  

     

    Posted on 7/5/2019 5:03:52 PM by DPS\sdcubbedge1

  • AK19041988

    Location: Nushagak Bay
    Type: Commercial Fish Closed Period

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/26/2019, AWT in Bristol Bay cited Jeffrey S. Burwell, 48 yoa of Wasilla, Alaska, for commercial fishing during a closed period. Arraignment is set for July 15, 2019 in Dillingham District Court.

    On 06/26/2019, AWT in Bristol Bay cited Gavin C. Maslen, 21 yoa of Glennallen, Alaska, for commercial fishing during a closed period. Arraignment is set for July 15, 2019 in Dillingham District Court.

    Posted on 7/5/2019 8:03:31 AM by DPS\djtobin

  • AK19044128

    Location: Egegik
    Type: Vessel License Required

    Dispatch Text:

    On July 3, 2019, James Gamberton, 47 years old from Lodi, California was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers during the Bristol Bay Salmon Program for Vessel License Required.  Bail is set at $220 in Naknek District Court.

     

    Posted on 7/5/2019 5:46:56 PM by DPS\sdcubbedge1

  • AK19043087

    Location: Naknek Section
    Type: Commercial Fish Closed Waters

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 30, 2019 Withers Tolbert, 68 years old from King Salmon, Alaska was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers during the Bristol Bay Salmon Program for Commercial Fish Closed Waters.  Arraignment is scheduled in Naknek District Court on July 17, 2019.  

     

    Posted on 7/5/2019 10:56:41 AM by DPS\sdcubbedge1

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

  • TBA

    Location: Headquarters
    Type: Fireworks Suspension Update

    Dispatch Text:

    The Alaska State Fire Marshal’s Office, in consultation with the State Forester’s Office and in accordance with Alaska Administrative Code 50.025 Fire Code, has added the Denali Borough to the list of regions where fireworks use and sales are suspended until further notice.

    Fireworks sales and use suspensions currently remain in effect in the following areas:

    Fairbanks North Star Borough
    Denali Borough
    Kenai Peninsula Borough
    Matanuska-Susitna Borough
    Kodiak Borough
    Copper River Valley, including Glennallen south to Valdez
    Tanana Valley north of the Alaska Range
    Northern Panhandle, including Haines in the north, Skagway, and Juneau to the south


    Updates regarding sale and use of and fireworks suspensions status will be posted during regular business hours in the Alaska State Troopers Daily Dispatches under the heading “AK Div of Fire and Life Safety.”

     

    Posted on 7/5/2019 7:50:16 AM by DPS\kemarsh