Crime and Safety

Alaska Governor Sean Parnell has filled a vacancy on the Alaska Court of Appeals. Douglas Kossler will fill the seat that was held by Judge Joel Bolger. Bolger was appointed to the Alaska Supreme Court. Kossler is from Anchorage and works for the Office of Special Prosecutions and Appeals. Kossler has been a public defender and has taught a criminal law class for the Anchorage Youth Court for 10-years. Kossler has a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the College of William and Mary. His law degree is from Temple University.

Togiak Man Arrested Following Chase

Aug 6, 2013

A Togiak man was arrested after a 4-wheeler chase last Thursday night.  Around 11:30, the Togiak VPSO spotted a man recklessly driving a 4 wheeler and tried to stop him. The man, identified as 22 year old Charles Smeaton Junior then sped away.  The VPSO chased after Smeaton until the 4 wheeler’s chain broke.  Smeaton then ran off on foot before the VPSO caught up and arrested him. 

Johnson was busted with two pounds of marijuana Saturday in Anchorage, then arrested for assaulting a family member in Koliganek Monday.

Duke Circle, "not exactly as old as dirt", comes to Dillingham with years of experience in law enforcement and living in rural Alaska.

Meri Jeanne Burkhardt, 34, was on the sending end of 9 oxycodone tablets hidden in a box of dead, frozen mice bound for Dillingham in April.

Caleb Brown, 21, is being charged with third degree sexual abuse of a minor for allegedly touching a 15-year old through her clothes while she was sleeping.

Josephine Joann Paul, 21, is being charged with felony criminal mischief for smashing out a window while sobering up in jail Wednesday night.

WAANT Officials seized seven bottles bound for Togiak, and five more already in Manokotak. Both are dry villages. Massa Nukwak, 41, was arrested.

Vivian Active

"God has spared my son, he is my miracle," said Stanley Bradford's mother, Vivian Active. Bradford remained under the careful eye of doctors Thursday.

New Stuyahok Man Arrested for hitting VPSO

Jul 23, 2013

A New Stuyahok man was arrested Saturday for allegedly hitting the VPSO.  According to state troopers, the VPSO responded after reports of a fight involving 21 year old Bradley Bond. 

Troopers say that as the VPSO investigated, Bond struck the officer.  He was then arrested and taken to the Dillingham jail. Bond faces charges of Assault 4 and disorderly conduct.

The Cook Inlet Fishermen’s Fund is suing the Alaska Department of Fish and Game over the management of the commercial fisheries in Upper Cook Inlet.

Ben Matheson, KDLG

Adam Kane of Dillingham says his liability insurance won't cover his vehicle stolen early Friday morning and crashed on Kanakanak Road.

Chignik Lagoon Woman Arrested

Jul 18, 2013

A Chignik Lagoon woman is in custody after allegedly acting recklessly with a rifle.  The Chignik Bay VPSO responded Tuesday to a residence and arrested 50 year old Lee Ann Scoville.  Troopers say she had scared family members with the rifle.  She allegedly then hid the weapon while the VSPO investigated.  Scoville was arrested for 3rd degree assault and tampering with evidence.

A Kokhanok man has been indicted on charges of sexually assaulting an underage male family member.  Following his arrest Tuesday, Edwin Zackar is now in custody in Anchorage on 30 thousand dollars bail. 

State troopers first investigated the assaults in 2011.  They say Zackar abused the victim between 2007 and 2009.  Last week, a grand jury in Anchorage indicted Zackar on one count of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Second Degree and two counts of Sexual Abuse of a Minor in the Third Degree. 

The court issued a warrant, and Zackar was arrested Tuesday.

29 Charged for Medicaid Fraud

Jul 12, 2013

The State of Alaska is filing charges against 29 caregivers in Anchorage for Medicaid fraud.  The state says they committed over 350 thousand dollars of fraudulent billing at the cost of taxpayers. The vast majority was allegedly done by personal care attendants at Good Faith Services, an Anchorage based company that provides services like personal care, transportation, and care coordination to those receiving Medicaid funds.