Crime and Safety

A jury of six handed down the verdict Wednesday in Dillingham.

An effort is underway to overturn the 2011 decision by the Local Boundary Commission that allowed the city of Dillingham to bring the Nushagak Commercial Fishing District into the city limits. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

22-year old Ramey is accused of breaking into Stelling's, Teddy's, and stealing a truck Thursday. He is being held on $15k bail.

DILLINGHAM:  Last week, a jury of twelve in Dillingham acquitted 39-year old Charles Akelkok of Ekwok on assault charges in a domestic violence case. The charges date to an incident on January 16th this year, in New Stuyahok. The state's prosecutor was unable to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that the crime had occurred, and the case was closed.

However, Akelkok will still spend 24 months in prison for violating the conditions of his parole on the night in question.

Dillingham police have recovered much of what was stolen, and Ramey may face up to seven charges related to the overnight crimes.

Meri Jeanne Burkhardt, 34, was sentenced Thursday for her role in sending oxycodone tablets to Dillingham last April.

Mike Etuckmelra Jr., 44, and Benita Nanalook, 26, are in custody. 30 bottles of whiskey were seized at Nanalook's Togiak home Wednesday.

Savo was convicted of assault in the fourth degree and interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime, and will spend four months in jail.

Tells Bristol Bay Borough police that his use of meth and cocaine is to blame for his actions.

DILLINGHAM:   Ross Greenley, 27, of Togiak, was arrested Saturday at the Dillingham Airport and has been charged with felony importation. 

Authorities say Greenley was preparing to board a flight back to Togiak, and in boxes he was transporting were 12 bottles of R&R whiskey, and three bottles of Burnett’s vodka, all of which was presumably for sale in the dry village.

In total there were 11.25 liters of alcohol in Greenley’s luggage for the flight; after 10.5 liters state statute requires the importation be charged as a felony.

A jury did not agree with the state's charge that Charles Akelkok, 39, had slapped and strangled his girlfriend on January 16th in New Stuyahok.

DILLINGHAM:  Vaughn Clark, 37, was arrested Wednesday in Anchorage. He was pulled over by Anchorage police on a traffic violation, and was arrested pursuant to a warrant issued a week earlier.

Clark is alleged to be behind the shipment of 6 grams of black tar heroin to Dillingham earlier in September. Clark was aware of the warrant issued for his arrest but had refused to turn himself in, though he has stated he had nothing to do with the heroin trafficking.

A facebook posting by Patty Luckhurst led people to a court hearing last week in drug case, and started a conversation around town. She continued that conversation this week with KDLG News.

Following a ten month investigation, Anchorage WAANT says Martin is on the hook for 30.8 grams of meth and 39.3 grams of cocaine shipped to Naknek.

An effort is underway to allow Village Public Safety Officers in Alaska to carry guns. VPSO’s are currently precluded from being armed but the shooting death of a VPSO officer in the Bristol Bay region earlier this year has resulted in an effort to change the rules. KDLG’s Mike Mason has the story.

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