Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, September 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

  • AK18063820

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Criminal Mischief III DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 09/04/2018 at about 1859 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a Domestic Dispute on Kian Street.  Preliminary investigation revealed that a 37 year old, female, of Ketchikan kicked the door to a vehicle of a family members and caused approximately $2,000 worth of damage.  Case is being forwarded to the District Attorney's Office.

    Posted on 9/6/2018 12:26:58 AM by DPS\jpbeaudoin

B Detachment

  • AK18064330

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Burglary II, Criminal Mischief IV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 09/06/2018 at approximately 1534 hours, Palmer Criminal Suppression Unit responded to Northgate Church on Seldon and Tait in Wasilla for a report of a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) unlawfully entered a connex on the property and caused damage. Investigation into this incident is ongoing. Anyone with information related to this case is urged to call Troopers at 745-2131 or Crime Stoppers 745-3333.

    Posted on 9/6/2018 9:26:29 PM by DPS\rranderson

  • AK18064404

    Location: Copper Center
    Type: DUI, DWLR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 09/06/2018 at approximately 1954 hours, Glennallen AST stopped a green Buick Regal near mile 0.5 Hector Ewan Dr. for expired tags. The driver was identified by Name and DOB as Juanita Edwards,42 yoa of Copper Center.  AST investigation revealed that Juanita was driving the vehicle while under the influence of alcoholic beverages. Further investigation revealed Juanita's drivers license is currently revoked. Juanita was placed under arrest and transported to Glennallen.  Alcohol is a factor in the case

    Posted on 9/6/2018 11:13:10 PM by DPS\agarcia

  • AK18064050

    Location: WIllow
    Type: VCOR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/6/18 at approximately 1000 hours, Alaska State Troopers arrested Justin Brunsvold, age 37, of Willow for violating his conditions of release.  Investigation determined Brunsvold is charged with Murder in the First Degree and was contacting witnesses in the case he had been released from jail on, which was a violation of his release conditions.  Brunsvold was taken into custody at his residence in Willow and transported to Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he was held without bail.

    Posted on 9/6/2018 2:18:40 PM by DPS\pawegrzyn

  • AK18061226

    Location: Palmer
    Type: Missing person

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/05/18, at about 1630 hours, a family member came to Palmer Post to report 21 year old Palmer resident Matthew Studinski missing. Matthew was last heard from by text on 8/15/18. Matthew drives a 1995 white Mazda MX3 bearing Alaska plate GUF794. Anyone having information of the whereabouts of Matthew please contact the Alaska State Troopers at 907-352-5401. 


    Posted on 9/6/2018 6:18:49 AM by DPS\prburkett

  • AK18063534

    Location: Willow
    Type: Misconduct Involving Weapons & Criminal Mischief

    Dispatch Text:

    On 09/03/2018, at approximately 2147 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to the vicinity of Chum Street in Willow for a report of a disturbance.  Investigation revealed that Samantha Herndon, age 29 of Willow, had discharged a firearm in an occupied residence and also broke items in the residence.  Charges to be forwarded to the DA.

    Posted on 9/6/2018 6:26:12 AM by DPS\csmarkiewicz

  • AK18063872

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Vehicle Theft & Theft

    Dispatch Text:

    On 09/05/18, at approximately 0147, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a motorcycle at approximately Mile 50 of the Parks Highway.  Investigation revealed that Jamey Patterson, age 49 of Big Lake, was driving a stolen motorcycle and in possession of a controlled substance when he was arrested.  Patterson was transported to the MATSU Pre-Trial Facility where he was remanded without bail on charges of Vehicle Theft 1, Theft 2, and MICS4.

    Posted on 9/6/2018 6:39:13 AM by DPS\csmarkiewicz

  • AK18063933

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Vehicle theft 1, Theft 2 x2, recover stolen property, warrant arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/5/18 at approximately 0833 hours a concerned citizen called and reported seeing a trailer parked at a neighbors house on Porcupine Dr. in Wasilla.  The caller reported the trailer appeared to match one which had been reported stolen from Anchorage the day prior.  Troopers responded to the scene and were able to confirm the trailer was stolen from the roadway prior to approaching the residence.  While walking into the driveway Troopers also found a blue 2017 Chevy pickup truck with altered license plates parked in front of a trailer.  The pickup had been reported stolen on 8/30/18 from an Eagle River Address.  Troopers contacted 2 persons in the trailer Maxx Foltz, age 31 of Eagle River and Sadie Douglas, age 32 of Wasilla.  Foltz was arrested for an outstanding Parole warrant as well as Vehicle theft in the 1st degree, theft in the 2nd degree x 2 and felony forgery of evidence of vehicle registration.  Douglas was arrested for Theft in the 2nd degree and Criminal Mischief in the 5th degree.  Both were remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility on no bail.

    Posted on 9/6/2018 10:03:11 AM by DPS\pcsteen

C Detachment

  • AK17073108

    Location: Bethel
    Type: SAM II x 5 and Possess Child Pornography X 4

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9-8-17, the Bethel Violent Offenders Unit began an investigation into a cyber tip reference child pornography in Bethel.  On 9-4-18, a grand jury from Anchorage indicted Derek E. Jennings 36 yoa of Bethel on four counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Second Degree, class"B' felonies, one count of Attempted Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Second Degree, a class "C" felony, and four counts of Possession of Child Pornography all "C" felonies.  On 9-6-18, Derek was arrested on a $50,000.00 arrest warrant by the Bethel Police Department.  He was booked into YKCC.     

    Posted on 9/6/2018 3:18:47 PM by DPS\trwidmier

D Detachment ...No news reported.

E Detachment

  • AK18062906

    Location: Seward
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On August 31, 2018 at approximately 1942 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a deceased male at a residence located on Nashwood Road in Seward.  The deceased male was identified as Terrance Leclair, 58 YOA of Seward.  NOK has been notified.  Anchorage Funeral Home was contacted and transported the body to the SME at their request.  Alcohol is suspected to be a factor.  Foul play is not suspected.  Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 9/6/2018 11:21:42 PM by DPS\mazweifel

  • AK18063379

    Location: Seward
    Type: DUI, Refusal

    Dispatch Text:

    On September 3, 2018 at approximately 0757 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a vehicle crash with a power pole near the intersection of Nash Road and the Seward Highway.  Investigation revealed Amy Melnik-Bidnyy, 38 YOA of Seward, was operating a blue 2014 Ford Flex southbound on Salmon Creek Road at approximately 50 to 60 mph.  Amy failed to stop at the stop sign and crossed Nash Road.  As the vehicle crossed Nash Road, the vehicle went airborne and struck a power pole causing disabling damage to the vehicle and major damage to the power pole.  Seward Public Utilities was contacted and responded to assist with the damaged power pole and hanging lines.  Further investigation revealed Melnik-Bidnyy was impaired by alcohol. Melnik-Bidnyy was arrested for DUI and transported to the Seward Jail where she was remanded. At the jail Melnik-Bidnyy failed to supply a breath sample and was additionally charged with Refusal.

    Posted on 9/6/2018 11:28:28 PM by DPS\mazweifel

  • AK18063289

    Location: Seward
    Type: Indecent Exposure

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9-2-18 at 1658 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of indecent exposure at Spring Creek Correctional Center (SCCC) in Seward.  It was reported that an inmate was masturbating in front of a female nurse.  One charge of indecent exposure will be sent to the Kenai District Attorney’s office for review. 

    Posted on 9/6/2018 11:31:27 PM by DPS\mazweifel

  • AK18063639

    Location: Mile 38.0 Sterling Highway
    Type: Warrant Arrest, False Information, MIW 3

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9-4-18 at 1011 hours, Alaska State Troopers contacted a suspicious vehicle near mile 38 of the Sterling Highway in the Tern Lake pull out.  AST contacted a male in the vehicle who gave a false name.  Through investigation AST was able to identify the male as Nicholas Bernier, age 26, of Anchorage.  Bernier had a warrant for his arrest for failure to appear on the original charge of 2nd DUI.  Bernier was also a convicted felon and in possession of a loaded handgun.  Bernier was arrested on the outstanding arrest warrant and additionally charged with False Information and Misconduct Involving Weapons 3. Bernier was remanded to Seward Jail with no bail. 

    Posted on 9/6/2018 11:36:42 PM by DPS\mazweifel

  • AK18063853

    Location: Seward
    Type: Assault 4 DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9-4-18 at 2240 hours, Soldotna dispatch received a report of a disturbance in the Seward area.  Alaska State Troopers responded and contacted Christopher Hall, age 44 of Seward and a female inside the residence.  Through investigation it was revealed that Hall committed the crime of Assault in the 4th degree DV.  Hall was arrested without incident and remanded to Seward Jail with no bail. 

    Posted on 9/6/2018 11:39:05 PM by DPS\mazweifel

  • AK18064000

    Location: Mile 56.0 Seward Highway
    Type: Vehicle Theft 1

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/5/18 at approximately 1200 hours, Alaska State Troopers received the report of a stolen vehicle headed south on the Seward Highway from Girdwood. The vehicle had been reported stolen to APD on 9/3/18. The vehicle was located and stopped near mile 56.0 of the Seward Highway. The driver, Ronald Rogers, age 34 of Anchorage, was arrested for Vehicle Theft 1 and remanded to the Seward City Jail.

    Posted on 9/6/2018 11:42:59 PM by DPS\mazweifel

  • AK18064366

    Location: Seward
    Type: Search and Rescue

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/6/18 at approximately 1510 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to the Lower Russian Lakes trail in Cooper Landing for the report of a woman impaled by an arrow. The woman was approximately 4 to 6 miles from the trailhead. AST provided immediate medical attention while medics responded to the scene. Volunteers from Moose Pass Fire and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded to the scene. Ultimately the 210th and 212th Rescue Squadrons from Rescue Coordination Center responded.  The woman was hoisted aboard a National Guard helicopter and transported to Providence Alaska Medical Center for treatment of her non-life threatening injury. The woman was identified as Janis Bronson, age 59 of Anchorage. Bronson was impaled by an arrow that had been left on the trail.

    Posted on 9/6/2018 11:51:34 PM by DPS\mazweifel

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK18064192

    Location: Wrangell
    Type: Fail to validate Harvest Ticket--Deer

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9-2-18, Wayne Easterly, age 39 of Wrangell was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for failing to validate deer harvest ticket.  Bail was set at $160.

    Author: CDL0

    Posted on 9/6/2018 11:29:28 AM by DPS\rkwelch

  • AK18064129

    Location: Petersburg
    Type: Fail to Log Finfish Landing

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9-4-18, Timothy Blanchard, age 42, of Richmond Utah was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for retaining a fin fish with an annual limit and not immediately logging the catch as required.  Blanchard retained a yellow eye rock fish which has an annual limit for non-residents of one fish. Bail is set at $110.

    Author: CDL0

    Posted on 9/6/2018 11:31:21 AM by DPS\rkwelch

  • AK18064295

    Location: Juneau
    Type: Trap Wolves Closed Season - GMU1C

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/12/18, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Juneau Post, received a report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that they had been contacted about a bear that had been found dead and caught in a snare on Douglas Island near Mount Ben Stewart.  Investigation revealed that the snares had been set by Mark Mitchell, age 39 of Juneau, who was targeting wolves.  The snares had been left out in an active condition past the closure of wolf trapping season in GMU 1C on 4/30/18.  Mitchell had previously been cited for a related incident where he had left snares in the field near Ready Boullion Creek on Douglas Island resulting in a bear cub being snared.  That case is still pending in the Juneau District Court.

    On 9/6/18 Mitchell was served with a misdemeanor summons charging him with an additional count of attempting to trap wolves during a closed season.  Arraignment for the new charge was set on 9/27/18 at 11:00AM in the District Court at Juneau.

    It is believed that there are still additional snares in the field on Douglas Island or in the area of Thane.  Anyone who locates any snares are encouraged to contact the Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Juneau 907-225-5118.

    Posted on 9/6/2018 2:39:56 PM by DPS\jtabbott

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.