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Monday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, June 15, 2009

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

A Detachment

LOCATION: Angoon

CASE NUMBER: 09-39214

TYPE: Assault 4th (x2)

TEXT: On 6/14/2009, at 2128 hours, Harvey Pitka Jr. age 29 of Angoon was
issued a summons for two counts of assault in the fourth degree. The
charges were the result of an investigation conducted by the Angoon VPSO
after he received a report that Pitka had assaulted one juvenile and
placed the other juvenile in fear of physical injury at the Angoon ANB

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Friday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, June 12, 2009

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

A Detachment

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Location: Klawock Hollis Highway

Case Number: 09-48767

Type: Felony DUI, DWLR

Text: At approximately 2:04 PM on June 11, 2009, Troopers received a
report of an individual that appeared intoxicated leaving a local
store, getting into a green 2000 Toyota RAV4 sports utility vehicle,
and driving towards the city of Hydaburg. Troopers conducted a traffic

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Monday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, June 08, 2009

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

A Detachment

Location: Gedney Harbor, Kuiu Island

Case Number: 09-47546

Type: Death Investigation - Boat Grounding

Text: On 6-8-09, at about 0833, Ketchikan AST received a report that the
F/V ALLMAN JOY was aground on west Kuiu Island near Gedney Harbor about
130 miles south of Juneau. A Good Samaritan boarded the vessel and
reported a deceased male on board. The USCG helicopter responded from

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Friday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, June 05, 2009

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

A Detachment

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Location: Hydaburg

Case number: 09-46032

Type: Assault III, DUI, MIW IV

Text: At approximately 7:12 AM on June 4, 2009, Troopers received a
report of an individual driving under the influence in the village of
Hydaburg and that there had been shots fired. Troopers responded to
investigate and subsequently arrested James P. Washington, age 20, on

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Monday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, June 01, 2009

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

A Detachment...No news reported.

B Detachment

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Location: Wasilla
Case number: 09-44897
Type: DUI
Text: On 05/31/2009 at approximately 2118 hours, Alaska State Troopers
conducted a traffic stop on a white 2004 Ford truck, on the Glen Hwy
near mile 31 for a traffic
violation. The vehicle was also called in as a REDDI (Report Every

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Friday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, May 29, 2009

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

A Detachment...No news reported.

B Detachment

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Location: Wasilla
Case number: 09-43843
Type: DUI, DWLS
Text: On 05-29-2009, at approximately 0025 hours, the Alaska State
Troopers arrested Tacie P. Hoffman, age 29, of Anchorage for DUI and
DWLS. Hoffman was contacted near the intersection of the Palmer Wasilla
Highway and North Shoreline Drive in Wasilla, by AST during an

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Tuesday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Tuesday, May 26, 2009

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

A Detachment...No news reported.

B Detachment

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Location: Wasilla
Case number: 09-42777
Type: DUI
Text: On 5/25/2009, approx. 2100 hours, Alaska State Troopers stopped a
blue 2003 Dodge Dakota pick up truck on the Parks highway near Lucas
Road in Wasilla for moving and equipment violations. Investigation
revealed James G. Hunt, age 30 of Wasilla, was operating the vehicle

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Wednesday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Wednesday, May 20, 2009

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

A Detachment

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Location: Angoon

Case number: 09-40814

Type: Warrant Arrest

Text: On 5/20/09, at 1143 hours, Curtis Lane, age 25 of Angoon, was
arrested on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court on 3
counts of driving without a valid license. Lane was arraigned in Angoon
and later released after posting $250.00 bail.

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Troopers catch fleeing driver

Troopers caught some action earlier this afternoon when a suspected drunken driver led them on a high-speed chase that ended when the driver hit a Kenai police vehicle and overturned. Here's a release from troopers.

KENAI – Today just before 1 p.m., Public Safety Dispatch in Soldotna received a report of a possible drunk driver heading into Soldotna. Soldotna Police Department responded and, after witnessing the erratic driving, attempted a traffic stop. The suspect vehicle refused to yield. It headed toward Kenai on the Kenai Spur Highway. SPD lost contact with the vehicle between Kenai and Soldotna.

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Monday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, May 18, 2009

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

A Detachment...No news reported.

B Detachment

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Location: Wasilla

Case number: 09-39933/09-39937
Type: Warrant Arrest/DWLS

Text: On 05/18/09, at approx. 0110 hours, Alaska State Troopers
contacted 22 yoa, Marissa Anne Butts at Mile 48.5 of the Parks Highway
during a traffic stop. Records revealed Marissa Butts of Wasilla had a

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Bank robber gets almost 12 years

ANCHORAGE — A 23-year-old Fairbanks man received almost 12 years in prison for robbing a bank.

Federal officials say Nicholas J. Singleton will also be placed on five years of supervised released and must pay restitution for the robbery that occurred last December at the Key Bank.

Singleton robbed the bank at gunpoint on December 18. At one point, he shoved the gun into a customer's rib cage to induce compliance. Law enforcement officers later learned the gun was loaded with hollow-point bullets.

Singleton was sentenced Friday by U.S. District Court Judge Ralph Beistline.

— The

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Man sentenced to 5 years for firearms crimes

ANCHORAGE — An Anchorage man received five years in prison for being a felon in possession of firearms and ammunition.

Anthony Antjuan Rankin, 26, was sentenced by U.S. District Court Judge Ralph R. Beistline.

Prosecutors say Rankin was arrested in St. Mary's soon after arriving from Anchorage. They say he was carrying a loaded pistol inside his backpack, as well as alcohol and ammunition.

Rankin had previously been convicted of two felony offenses in Indiana.

Beistline found that carrying a loaded firearm on an airplane while illegally importing alcohol into a community created a potentially dangerous situation.

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Friday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, May 15, 2009

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

A Detachment

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Location: Juneau

Case number: 09-39066

Type: Warrant Arrest

Text: On 5/15/098, at 1130 hours, Joshua Key, age 21 of Juneau, was
arrested on two outstanding arrest warrants for failing to comply with
his conditions of probation on the original charge of Sexual Abuse of a
Minor in the Third Degree and for Failing to Register as a Sex Offender

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Fairbanks man sentenced in snowmobile theft

FAIRBANKS — A Fairbanks man has been sentenced to a year in prison for stealing a snowmobile from a neighborhood.

Twenty-two-year-old Ralph Luke-Holmberg was charged with felony vehicle theft but he reached an agreement with prosecutors to plead guilty Monday to misdemeanor vehicle theft.

Fairbanks police arrested Luke-Holmberg in February. He was found with a stolen snowmobile.

He had been convicted three months earlier of stealing a snowmobile and joyriding through Creamer's Field, a wildlife area on the north side of the city. The machine and a fence were damaged in that incident.

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Man sentenced in robbery attempt case

FAIRBANKS — A North Pole man who tried to rob his ex-girlfriend's father has been sentenced to nine months in jail.

Authorities say 21-year-old Michael Wallin and an accomplice entered the man's home early last year. The accomplice attacked the man with a pipe wrench but the man fought back with a knife.

Both suspects sought treatment at a hospital and initially claimed that they had been jumped in downtown Fairbanks.

Wallin later claimed that they were trying to take cash and drugs from the home. Police found no evidence of drugs.

Wallin's accomplice was sentenced to three years with two suspended.

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Tuesday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Tuesday, May 12, 2009

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

A Detachment

Location: Ketchikan

Case number: 09-37101

Type: NVOL, Permit Unauthorized Person to Drive

Text: On 05/09/09 at about 1704 hours, the Alaska State Troopers in
Ketchikan conducted a traffic stop on a white Ford Explorer for failing
to stop at a stop sign at the intersection of Buren and Alaska Ave.
Investigation revealed that the driver was a 15 year old minor who was

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Monday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, May 11, 2009

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

A Detachment

Location: Juneau
Case number: 09-37721
Type: DWROL

Text: On 5-11-09 at 1320 hours, AST made a routine traffic stop on a Red
Chevrolet outbound about the one mile marker Egan Dr. for driving
without a seatbelt. The driver was identified as Charles E. Sayer, age
48, of Juneau. A check of APSIN showed that Sayer had a revoked
driver's license. Sayer was issued a summons and the vehicle was

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Friday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, May 08, 2009

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

A Detachment...No news reported.

B Detachment

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Location: Wasilla
Case number: 09-36272
Type: Assault IV, Interfering with DV report, Criminal Mischief V
Text: On 5/7/09 at approximately Alaska State Troopers responded to a
disturbance at 8740 W. Parks HWY. Investigation revealed that 31 YOA
Vencent M. Nelson of Wasilla assaulted a family member and broke a phone

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False alarm prompts school lockdown

A report of a man pointing a gun at kids on bikes at the Sears mall spurred an extensive police response and prompted school district officials to lock the doors at Fairview Elementary School this afternoon.

However, the report appeared to be unfounded, police said. They were unable to find the purported victims after being summoned at about 1:45 p.m., and it also appeared that no weapon had actually been seen, police said.

The principal locked the doors of Fairview school after seeing a flurry of police activity in the area, school district spokeswoman Heidi Embley said. It was the only school to take any action and has since reopened, she said.

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Thursday's trooper dispatches

Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, May 07, 2009

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

A Detachment

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Location: Haines
Case Number: 09-36064
Type: Search and Rescue
Text: On 05/06/09 at 1803 hours, Alaska State Troopers, Skagway Police
Department, Haines Volunteer Fire Department, Skagway Volunteer Fire
Department, Temsco Helicopters, and the United States Coast Guard
responded to a report of 3 overdue boaters in Lutak Inlet north of

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