Crime and Safety

Russian Mission Man Killed in Snowmachine Crash

Dec 26, 2013

from  KYUK:  A Russian Mission man died on Christmas Day after his snow machine crashed. Alaska State Troopers say Jeremy Wigley, 35, died in what is believed to be a single-vehicle crash. Wigley’s body was found Wednesday morning on the Russian Mission Lake.

Several hours earlier he had been drinking with his wife and friends. Troopers say Wigley and his wife had been arguing and he allegedly forced her onto his snow machine and drove off.

21-year-old Arrested in 2011 Sexual Abuse of Minor Case

Dec 26, 2013

On Tuesday afternoon, Dillingham police served an arrest warrant on Kameron Nunn, 21, who had only recently come back to town.

The police allege that Nunn sexually abused a 14-year old girl in March of 2011. He’s been charged with second degree sexual abuse of a minor, a class B felony.

The police department says that Nunn moved away from town while they were investigating the case in 2011, and they had not had the opportunity to serve the warrant sooner.

Nunn was arraigned Tuesday, and is being held on $20,000 bail as per the warrant.

Two Arrested for Stealing iPad, Holding it for Ransom

Dec 26, 2013

DILLINGHAM:  Last weekend Dillingham police arrested two people for allegedly stealing an iPad and holding it for ransom.

Austin Waldron, 19, of Manokotak and Holly Ruby, 28, of Dillingham were arrested and each charged with second degree theft, a class C felony.

The iPad owner claims the device went missing from a home where several young folks were staying over Friday night. Later in the day, the owner said she was contacted by Waldron and Ruby who said she could have the iPad back if she paid them $200.   

DILLINGHAM:  The VPSO in Kokhanok investigated a residential burglary last Friday. Apparently a 13-year-old broke a window to gain entry to the house, then rifled through personal belongings.

The damage was estimated at $600. Burglary, trespassing, and criminal mischief charges were forwarded to the Division of Juvenile Justice.

New Officers on Patrol at DPD

Dec 20, 2013

John Wahl and Dan Decker have joined the Dillingham Police Dept., each bringing decades of law enforcement experience to the job.

DILLINGHAM:  Leon J. Ayuluk, 45, of Dillingham, was arrested by Alaska State Troopers Thursday on a charge that he had failed to register as a sex offender. Troopers say he was under the influence of alcohol at the time of his arrest.

Ayuluk has a history of failing to register as a sex offender, beginning in 2006, less than three years after he was sentenced to five years in prison for a 2003 conviction on second degree sexual assault.

Police Arrest DLG Man For Pointing "Rifle" at Woman

Dec 18, 2013

"All the hairs on my body stood up," said the victim, after Andy Larsen Jr., 47, pointed a rifle at her early on Tuesday morning.

Daniel Whittington, 22, and Llyod Davis, Jr., 38, are facing between 7-106 years behind bars for a vicious 2011 assault in Chignik Bay.

Man Assaults Another In Bethel, Threatens With Knife

Dec 17, 2013

KYUK, Bethel:  A Bethel man is facing felony charges for allegedly punching a man and assaulting another while he possessed a knife.

Harold Arnakin, 21, was arrested early Sunday, after police responded to a report of a disturbance. Officers found two people in a standoff, which they quickly separated.

An officer said that one of the victim's face was so swollen and bloody that he did not recognize him, despite several past encounters.

KYUK, BETHEL:  Erica Marcie Hoffman, 32, of Bethel, is facing seven felony charges for allegedly writing checks with another woman’s checkbook.  Police arrested Hoffman last Monday after an investigation into a string of bogus checks cashed around town.

According to police, seven checks totaling over $600 were written and cashed, mostly for groceries and gas.

Dillingham Man Found Dead in Anchorage

Dec 10, 2013

Derick Kroener of Dillingham was discovered dead at a Chugiak residence Saturday afternoon in Anchorage.  Kroener was 50. 

Anchorage Police were called to the scene, and classified the death as "undetermined or accidental". The state's medical examiner will conduct an autopsy and toxicology report.

Kroener was set to go to trial this month in Dillingham on charges stemming from a 2011 arrest for the possession and intent to distribute heroin. 

DILLINGHAM:  A Dillingham resident who parked his car in a pull out nine miles down Snake Lake Road on Sunday came back to the car later in the day to find all four tires had been intentionally flattened.

Happy holidays, the damage was estimated at $800.  

The state troopers are investigating, and hope someone will come forward with information about the case. Call AST in Dillingham at 842-5641.

DLG Woman Arrested For Selling Pot

Dec 6, 2013

Kora Golia, 31, was arrested Thursday. She's facing a felony charge because of her home's proximity to a school, in this case Head Start at BBNA.

2-Year Old Assaulted in Bethel, Man Arrested

Dec 5, 2013

A Bethel man is in custody for allegedly beating his two-year-old son. 

Police were called to a Bethel home early on a morning last week and found the toddler with visible facial wounds and a broken clavicle that would require medevac to Anchorage.

Police say the child was thrown on the ground and kicked multiple times by Maurice Andrews Sr., 30.  A strong odor of alcohol was noticed on Andrews at the time of his arrest.

Andrews was arraigned on a felony charge of assaulting a child under the age of ten. Bail was set at $5,000.

Togiak Teen Hospitalized After Assault At School

Dec 4, 2013

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.