Crime and Safety

Tonya O'Connor, who has more than a decade of experience as the Dillingham court clerk and deputy magistrate, is now officially the Magistrate Judge and Clerk of Court.

DPD

Ty Anthony Moore, 26, pleads guilty to being a felon in possession of a firearm, has heroin dealing charge dropped. Ordered to serve one year in jail, but first freed to fish in Bristol Bay this summer.

KDLG: A Dillingham man was arrested Friday after allegedly strangling a woman until she lost consciousness. 

The incident occurred at the Forestview Apartments in HUD.  Police say 29-year-old Andrew "Weebee" Olsen was highly intoxicated and had put one hand on the victim’s neck until she blacked. He was charged with second degree assault and held at the jail pending arraignment.

USCG via AST

US Coast Guard located wreckage of Cessna 208B at 3000 feet Monday evening. AST will coordinate difficult recovery efforts. Pilot Gabriele Cianetti, 54, was killed and stilled trapped in the wreckage. 

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

KDLG

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.

Dept. of Public Safety

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.

KDLG

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.

KDLG

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.

KDLG

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.

KDLG

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.

KDLG

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.

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