Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, August 6, 2018

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

A Detachment

  • AK18055990

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7-6-18 at approximately 1941 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of unresponsive male at an address near mile 14 of the N. Tongass Highway.  Investigation revealed Thomas Scott, age 79 of Ketchikan found unresponsive.  Scott was pronounced deceased by EMS at the scene.  There were no signs of foul play and his next of kin have been notified.  

    Posted on 8/6/2018 9:53:18 PM by DPS\cjnelson1

B Detachment

  • AK18055559

    Location: Talkeetna
    Type: Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, Criminal Mischief in the Fifth Degree, DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 08/05/2018 at approximately 1437 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence near mile four of the Talkeetna Spur to investigate a disturbance. An Investigation resulted in the arrest of Sampson Dwayne Johnson, age 30 of Anchorage for the Domestic Violence crimes of Assault in the Second Degree, Assault in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the Fifth Degree. Johnson was transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was remanded without bail.


    Posted on 8/6/2018 7:05:11 AM by DPS\wskirksey

C Detachment

  • AK18054907

    Location: Kodiak
    Type: Burglary I, Theft III, MICS IV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 8/02/2018, at 1644 hours, the Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak received a report of a residential burglary which had occurred on Spruce Cape Road.  Subsequent investigation revealed that Peyton Skonberg, 22 years old of Kodiak, had used force to break into his aunt's residence and stole a Samsung tablet, valued at $300, and prescription medication.  The entire event was captured on security camera footage.  AST located Skonberg on 8/03/2018 and placed him under arrest.  During the arrest process a personal use amount of methamphetamines was found on Skonberg's person.  Skonberg was remanded to the Kodiak City Jail on charges of Burglary in the First Degree domestic violence, Theft in the Third Degree and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance in the Fourth Degree.  He was held without bail pending arraignment. 

    Posted on 8/6/2018 5:37:47 PM by DPS\besimmons

D Detachment ...No news reported.

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK18051387

    Location: Homer area/ Dog Bay
    Type: Illegal Commercial Fishing

    Dispatch Text:

    On July 20th, during the early morning hours, a Wildlife Trooper made his way to Dog Fish Bay, South of Homer, on the patrol vessel Augustine. The Wildlife Trooper was able to set up in a location that allowed him to observe the bay, and the areas that were open and closed to commercial fishing that day. Four commercial fishing seine vessels were observed to be working together to drive salmon out of the closed water area towards the open water area, and illegally harvesting and transporting those fish. The vessels themselves as well as hand plungers were used by the fisherman in closed waters to drive the fish. The fish were caught by a set that occurred in open and closed waters. The operators of the F/V Little Star, F/V Relentless, F/V Northstar and F/V Star Wind were all cited for commercial fishing violations as a result.  A 5th vessel, the F/V Maranatha, was also present and used to illegally transport some of the fish illegally caught.  In total, 33,328 lbs. of salmon were seized after it was delivered by the fishermen to a local processor vessel.

    Eric Winslow, age 61 of Homer, was charged with driving salmon, failure to provide information to a fish transporter, and failure to display vessel license numbers. Paul Roth, age 35 of Homer, was charged with driving salmon, commercial fishing in closed waters, and failure to provide information to the fish transporter. Robert Roth, age 39 of Anchor Point, was charged with failure to obtain a fish transporter permit, failure to complete fish tickets, and unlawful possession of commercial fish. Mark Roth, age 64 of Homer, was charged with driving salmon, failure to complete a fish ticket, and failure to display vessel license numbers. Charges were filed in Homer District Court.

    *Correction: the F/V Star Wind was previously identified as the F/V Windstar.

    Posted on 8/6/2018 2:10:56 PM by DPS\mapeters

  • AK18047575

    Location: Glennallen
    Type: Bear Bait Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7-28-18 AWT contacted Darryl Verfaillie, age 54 of Valdez about a bear bait in the Tonsina area.  Investigation determined that Verfaillie had failed to clean up his bear bait site prior to the close of the season.  Verfaillie was cited and released with a court date to appear in the Glennallen Court. 

    Posted on 8/6/2018 5:26:35 PM by DPS\jdheinbaugh

  • AK18055700

    Location: Resurrection Bay
    Type: SF violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 8-5-18 at approximately 1730 hours while conducting a boat patrol of Resurrection Bay, AWT contacted Cory Smith, age 53 of California who was fishing aboard a sport fishing boat. Investigation revealed Smith to be fishing without a non-resident fishing license in possession. Smith was issued a citation.

    Posted on 8/6/2018 10:08:16 PM by DPS\bpendres

  • AK18055927

    Location: Moose Pass
    Type: MVC/DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 8-6-18 at approximately 1540 hours AWT responded to a single-vehicle crash near mile 32 of the Seward Hwy. Investigation revealed that Darrel Shannon, age 41 was driving a 1984 Ford pickup northbound on the Seward Hwy when he crossed the centerline, ran off the road into the southbound ditch and struck trees. Shannon and his dog were not injured. Shannon failed field sobriety tests and was arrested for DUI. Shannon was transported to the Seward jail and his dog was secured at the Seward animal shelter. Shannon was also charged with driving with a suspended license, open container, and no proof of insurance. The vehicle was impounded.

    Posted on 8/6/2018 10:17:14 PM by DPS\bpendres

AK Bureau of Investigation

  • AK18054987

    Location: St. Mary's
    Type: Officer Involved Shooting

    Dispatch Text:

    UPDATE: The Trooper that utilized deadly force during the shooting incident has been identified as: Sergeant Brent Hatch, C Detachment St. Mary’s Patrol. He is a ten-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers.

    ORIGINAL RELEASE: On 8/2/2018 at approximately 1910 hours, Alaska State Troopers in St. Mary’s were requested to assist a Village Police Officer (VPO) responding to a Domestic Violence incident in the community. As AST arrived on scene, the suspect, identified as Carl Tyson, 28 of St. Mary’s, ran from the scene. Both AST and the VPO pursued the suspect. After a short foot pursuit, Tyson turned and advanced on AST and the VPO with a knife in hand. Tyson ignored commands to stop and drop his weapon. AST fired upon Tyson. Tyson received fatal injuries and died at the scene. Tyson’s next of kin has been notified and his body has been transported to Anchorage for an autopsy. Investigators with the Alaska Bureau of Investigation responded to St. Mary’s to investigate. The trooper(s) that utilized deadly force have been placed on a 72 hours mandatory administrative leave. At the conclusion of the administrative leave, the name of the trooper(s) will be released.

    Posted on 8/3/2018 12:27:31 PM by DPS\mapeters . Edited on 8/6/2018 8:03:12 AM by DPS\jmtaylor

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.