Crime and Safety

Peter W. Franklin, 59, was arrested after police saw his white Chevrolet swerving on Lake Road Saturday night. Police say his blood alcohol level was .213.

Police say a 9" gash to the back of the man's head matched up nicely with the shovel he claimed he was hit with.

"I'm sorry, I was drinking..." said Crystal Noden, 31, in court Thursday, after being arraigned on misdemeanor charges of indecent exposure.

Several states have signed onto an amicus brief filed in support of a lawsuit by the National Rifle Association against a federal law that restricts the sale of handguns to young adults between the ages of 18 and 20. The amicus brief was filed by the Attorney General for Alabama. 21 states have co-signed the amicus brief including Alaska, Arizona, Idaho, Montana and Oklahoma. The case in questions is the National Rifle Association of American vs. the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Keli Dumas, 26, was arrested with a package containing black tar heroin and meth. Authorities wonder if the drug problem is getting worse.

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Julian Gutierrez, 33,  was arrested after Bristol Bay Borough Police seized 28 marijuana plants, growing implements at his Naknek home last Thursday.


Travis L. Backford, 24, is under arrest for one of the thefts, DUI and driving without a license. He was apprehended by Knik workers early Monday.

Bristol Bay Borough Police and Anchorage WAANT busted a Naknek man traveling with 4 grams of cocaine, a gun, and brass knuckles.

WAANT Team and VPSOs Seize Liquor in Manokotak

Aug 15, 2013

A man at a construction camp in Manokotak has been charged with importing alcohol into the local option community.  An investigator with the Western Alaska Alcohol and Narcotics Team along with Manokotak VPSOs served a search warrant Tuesday and seized three 1.75 liter bottles of whiskey and vodka.  49 year old Mark Michaelsen of Anchorage was charged by summons with the importation of alcohol to a local option community.

Togiak Man Arrested for Assault

Aug 14, 2013

A Togiak man was arrested Sunday afternoon after allegedly assaulting a woman.  The Togiak VPSO responded to a report from a 23 year woman who said that 21 year old Kevin Clark had attempted to strangle her on Saturday.  The VPSO arrested Clark and brought him to the Dillingham jail on charges of 2nd degree assault.

Newhalen Man Arrested for Allegedly Biting Child

Aug 12, 2013

A Newhalen man was arrested last week after allegedly biting his child.  Troopers responded Thursday to a call from the child’s mother saying that the child was hurt while under care of 44 year old Ronald Wassillie.

Trooper investigation found that Wassillie bit the child once on the lower face, and once on the back, both times causing visible injury.  Troopers arrested Wassillie and transported him to King Salmon. They believe alcohol was involved.

The Dillingham Police Department is asking for the public’s help in finding several weapons that were apparently stolen earlier this year. On Monday the Police were notified of a burglary on D Street in Dillingham. The owner of the house, Diana Nelson, had been gone since December. When she returned she found that the home had been broken into. 6 guns were among the items apparently stolen. They include a Remington .30-06 Gamemaster rifle, a .22 caliber Remington Fieldmaster rifle, and a Browning semi-automatic 12-guage shotgun.

A Unalakleet man has pled guilty to two counts of unlawful subsistence fishing in July. In court Wednesday, 39 year old Norman P. Haugen  was ordered to pay 500 dollars with 250 dollars suspended. He also forfeited the fish to the state and will be on fish and wildlife probation for a year on each count. Troopers in early July reported that Haugen caught 25 king salmon illegally, by using gillnets sized at 8 inches and 7 and ¾ of an inch, when the mesh size was restricted to 4 and a half inches. They seized 25 king salmon, along with 10 chums and 1 pink.

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.