Crime and Safety

The following is a monthly report of activities provided by the Dillingham Volunteer Fire & EMS Rescue squad.

December 12

   4:56 a.m. Woman with severe back pain, Cottonwood Apartments. 2 responders, 1.5 hours

December 13

   6:05 p.m. Traumatic injury, HUD. Call cancelled by police. 2 responders, half hour.

December 15

   6:55 a.m. Chest pain, Muklung Apartments. 2 responders, 1.8 hours

DILLINGHAM:  Alaska wildlife troopers in King Salmon report progress investigating an unlawfully harvested pregnant cow moose near Lake Iliamna.

Troopers first spotted the kill site on a routine helicopter patrol on January 16, and evidence led towards the village of Igiugig. On Wednesday, troopers cited Robert Hester, 25, with the unlawful take of a cow moose and hunting without a current license. 

Hester’s arraignment is scheduled for the end of February.

DILLINGHAM:  State troopers and the Togiak village public safety officer are looking for information into a recent burglary at the Togiak School.

Authorities were first notified Sunday afternoon, and an investigation found that a small amount of money had been stolen from the school's front office.

Troopers are asking that anyone with information call the VPSO in Togiak or the troopers in Dillingham.

DILLINGHAM: Police report that Greg Jakubowski, 62, was found dead in his home on Shannon’s Pond Road Wednesday morning. A friend had gone to Jakubowski’s home after not hearing from him for several days, and knowing he had not been feeling well.

Jakubowski was a frequent caller on KDLG’s Open Line, and was known for a philosophical approach to his almost daily comments to listeners.

Police say there was no obvious cause of death, but an autopsy will be conducted in Anchorage.   

Next of kin have been notified.

The village corporation secured the 15-year, $294,300 per year lease agreement with the state, and will build a bigger courthouse by next year.

DILLINGHAM:  Garret Kashatok, 29, from Manokotak, was arrested at about 1:00 a.m. Sunday morning after the VPSO and VPO were called to his residence on reports of a disturbance.    

Kashatok was allegedly highly intoxicated, and struck the village police officer while he was being arrested.    

He was charged with disorderly conduct, possession of alcohol in a dry village, assault on a police officer, and endangering the welfare of a child on account of several children in the home at the time of his arrest.

Russel Nelson

If the case goes to federal court, an eventual jury trial to fault and damages over the Lone Star would be in Anchorage, not Dillingham.

DILLINGHAM:  State troopers in King Salmon are continuing to investigate a burglary earlier this month at the AGS Cannery in Egegik.

Troopers believe the suspect or suspects entered a window of one of the main cannery buildings on January 7, did some damage, and stole an unknown amount of frozen food from one of the cannery’s freezers. The troopers have not provided an estimated cost of the damage or stolen food.

DILLINGHAM: Another snowmachine was reported stolen this week, but was located and returned the same day with no charges filed, according to Dillingham police.

On Tuesday, a Dillingham man reported that a snowmachine he had purchased from an Aleknagik man for $900 a few days earlier was missing from outside his residence.

Police later saw the machine in the back of a pickup truck, and posed some questions to those in the truck. They said the snowmachine belonged to a woman in Aleknagik who did not know her son had driven it to Dillingham and sold it to someone else.  

The two Togiak men accused of an illegal, wasteful harvest of walrus have now been convicted in both state and federal courts.

Alaska Department of Public Safety

The Alaska State Troopers have a new director. Department of Public Safety Commissioner Gary Folger has appointed Colonel Jim Cockrell to head the Troopers effective immediately.

DILLINGHAM: At a little past midnight on Tuesday morning, the state troopers took a report of a DUI and hit-and-run in the village of Levelock.

Ryan Andrew, 22, is alleged to have driven a 4-wheeler around the village while he was under the influence of alcohol, and according to the troopers Andrew collided into a children’s snow machine with a nine and a six year old on board.   

Those youngsters were thrown from their machine and were injured. Andrew allegedly drove away from the scene.

Jairus Nelson, 20, was briefly on the lam last night, but was caught when he tried to get into a car driven by an off-duty police officer.

Council passes one resolution thanking a recently transferred WAANT investigator for his service, and another putting the Lutri up for adoption.

The office of Governor Sean Parnell

A man who retired last May from the Alaska Department of Public Safety has been chosen by Governor Parnell to become the Commissioner of the Department. Colonel Gary Folger replaces Joe Masters who retired back in October.