Crime and Safety

Jaron Vaughn Wassillie, 18, has been charged with felony assault after punching a 16-year-old boy in the face, causing a concussion and breaking several facial bones.

Robert Geerhart Jr. of Manokotak and Paul Hobson Jr of Kokhanok have each entered guilty pleas to "attempted" assault or abuse crimes on teenage girls this year.


Daniel A. Gonzales, 22, hired as a VPO on Oct. 12th, is charged with having sex with a 16-year-old girl in his police vehicle on Oct. 21st.

Despite two arrests last week, the police department says reports of sexual abuse of a minor have fallen each of the last four years.

Roy Kasak, 49, was arrested Friday on a charge that he kissed a fondled a 15-year old girl in his vehicle last August in Dillingham.

Ryan S. Andrew, 30, of Togiak was arrested Thursday in connection with an effort to import and sell R&R whiskey in the dry village.

Michael Kohler, 25, of Dillingham, apologized in court after his arrest Tuesday night. His blood alcohol level, .218, was nearly three times the legal limit to be behind the wheel.

12 bottles of Canadian Rich & Rare whiskey were seized from the luggage of Tasha Echuck, 20, as she boarded a plane to Togiak Tuesday.

Wesley Patrick Richard, 23, is being held on $50,000 bail on a charge of first degree sexual abuse of a minor, an unclassified felony.

DILLINGHAM:   Ryan Houston Sligh, 29, of Dillingham, was arrested Saturday following an investigation into a drug-facilitated sexual assault alleged to have occurred earlier this month.

Currently, Sligh is only facing one felony drug charge for giving Xanax pills to a woman at his house on Oct. 7th. The victim told police that Sligh put two Xanax pills in her mouth, then she blacked out.

According to the police report, Sligh admitted to having sex with the woman, but said that he stopped on account of her being passed out.

In the past couple of weeks, we've noticed what seemed dozens and dozens of "Change of Pleas" on the Dillingham courthouse calendar. These cases have involved assaults, driving under the influence, importing drugs to town ... and in each, the defendant accepts responsibility for some or all of the charges against him or her, hopefully in exchange for a lighter sentence or having one or more of the charges dropped.

DILLINGHAM:  At around 12:30 midnight Sunday, two Dillingham police officers found a pickup truck in the ditch off Waskey Road. The truck belongs to the Tikchik Narrows Lodge; the officers determined it had been stolen from its winter storage.

Two 15-year old boys, names withheld on account of their juvenile status, were found walking down Waskey Road. Police believe they stole the vehicle and were on a bit of a joyride before it was crashed in the ditch.

Neither of the teens were injured in the crash, nor was any damage done to the vehicle.

DILLINGHAM:  The Togiak VPSO arrested Justin Forbes, 24, after he allegedly assaulted two females in Togiak Monday night. One of the females is pregnant.

Forbes had left the scene, but the VPSO found him at a nearby residence. Forbes was reportedly under the influence of alcohol, in violation of the conditions of his probation from an earlier felony assault conviction.

He was arrested and transported to Dillingham for arraignment on two counts of fourth degree assault.

Benny Kevin Angasan, 20, was charged with two counts of first degree stalking after a woman caught him peeping in windows last Friday morning.

Police say the two young men helped cash in coins stolen from Teddy's Convenience Store and Stelling's Automotive last Thursday.