Crime and Safety

KDLG: A man originally from South Naknek has been found guilty of vehicular homicide by a jury in Mount Vernon, Washington.

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Following SB 91's reforms, City of Dillingham seeking to add trespassing, underage drinking, and violating conditions of release to city ordinance, with each carrying a hefty fine for violations.

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William G. Wassillie, 53, crashed Saturday after hitting a pressure crack on Iliamna Lake. His body was spotted by an air taxi Sunday, and retrieved by an AWT helo from King Salmon.

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Dillingham DA office to stay open, though with half the staff of two years ago. Dan Doty is moving to town and is taking over the caseload from Pamela Dale, who will stay with the Anchorage office.

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Two state troopers will rotate in two week shifts, giving beefed up law enforcement presence in village wrestling with high rates of drug/alcohol abuse and domestic violence.

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A "community court" banished Ronald Oertwich, 72, a longtime resident of Togiak who is not a tribal member. Tribal police say he's a known bootlegger who was caught with 22 bottles of whiskey. Oertwich's attorney says client was falsely imprisoned for nearly a week, and duct taped and dragged to plane.

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DPD takes several reports of fake $100 bills passed as real, mostly by teens who have been identified and, after their parents made good on the theft, spoken to sternly by the chief.

Emil Egeland, 41, called around looking for help to get his snowmachine unstuck from the flats off of Wood River Road. A DPD officer and two volunteers responded and got him back to the road, then took him into custody for DUI.

KDLG: On Wednesday night an Aleknagik resident called state troopers when she got home and found someone had kicked in two doors to get inside her home and steal alcohol.

The homeowner began her own investigation and tracked down some suspects nearby, finding one of them passed out drunk.

A state trooper from Dillingham responded. A 29-year-old was arrested on charges of burglary, theft, and criminal mischief, but the case was dropped by the district attorney at arraignment Thursday morning.

Mike Branson, 68, needed assistance after becoming ill working on his property, according to AST, which responded Thursday. He declined medical attention and was taken back to his cabin.

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NEA says Donna Vukich charged personal expenses in excess of $970,000 over 12 years, hiding the spending with clever accounting and no oversight. A criminal investigation is also underway.

Clayton W. Gottschalk, 47, has a lengthy history of drinking and driving, dating to charges in the early 1990s. Borough police arrested him March 23 after allegedly trying to steal a vehicle from a Naknek home.

Judge Reigh did not find sufficient evidence of stalking involving two post office employees and Ekwok resident David McNease, who is often on the edge of "rage" when picking up his mail, says postmaster.

Eric Tallekpallek, 22, accepted responsibility for the July 2016 crime and released soon after March 1 sentencing. Judge orders 5 years of probation with 39 months of suspended jail time.

Neil Ryan Nelson, 29, arrested for assault and trespassing after allegedly entering the home of a 67-year-old in Aleknagik early Sunday morning.

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