Crime and Safety


Alaska Judicial Council interviewed seven candidates and took public testimony Tuesday before selecting Tina Reigh and Lance Joanis to send to Gov. Walker.

The list of candidates for Dillingham Superior Court Judge was narrowed to two Tuesday, following a vote of the Alaska Judicial Council. Magistrate Judge Tina Reigh of Dillingham and Assistant Attorney General Lance Joanis of Kenai were picked with unanimous approval of the Council members, and will be forwarded to Governor Bill Walker for final selection. KDLG’s Dave Bendinger has more.


This conversation originally aired on the Dec. 2 Bristol Bay and Beyond. Listen below.

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KDLG: A 26 year old man has been charged with DUI and first degree assault after a dangerous ATV accident that hospitalized two Sunday afternoon in Dillingham.

Audio Transcript: Police say Ingvar Daniel Johansen III, 26, was driving fast and recklessly with a female passenger from Togiak on Kanakanak Road, heading towards downtown Dillingham. Witnesses reported he was driving more than 35 miles an hour, passing vehicles, and swerving erratically between the Airport "Y" and Gladdens Apartments.   

Mary Tilden allegedly led DPD and AST on a two hour chase between Dillingham and Aleknagik Wednesday. A trooper fired at her truck when she tried to run him over. No one shot or seriously injured.

Matt Price, 49, was a legendary guide (and character), and staple feature of the bustling fishing scene that hubs out of King Salmon each summer. He died Sunday, days before he was to head south for the winter.

KDLG: State troopers say a Koliganek man escaped custody over the weekend, and is still on the lam.

25-year-old Collin Nicoli was allegedly not with his third party custodian on Saturday, and was arrested by the Village Public Safety Officer. The VPSO says at some point Nicoli escaped the holding cell in the public safety office and fled the area, and so far has not been found.

Anyone with information about Nicoli’s whereabouts is asked to call state troopers or the Koliganek VPSO.


Reece Johnson, 21, wanted in connection with theft of over a dozen guns in October. Donald Johnson, 23, Craig Schlosser, 24, and two juveniles already arrested or charged, and most guns recovered.


Naknek Electric says Donna Vukich has not agreed to the amount an audit says she misspent between 2010 and 2013. Vukich, the longtime manager, has already paid back $405,000 since her retirement in March.

Stabbed wife 27 times last Februrary in Aleknagik. Sentenced to three years to serve, seven suspended, with three years probation following agreement with prosecutor.

Grocery store burns in Kobuk

Oct 31, 2016

KNOM, Nome: No injuries are reported after three buildings caught fire in the community of Kobuk on Sunday.

Alaska State Troopers were initially notified at 12:51 A.M. Sunday morning, October 30th, that a grocery store in Kobuk was engulfed in flames. Further reports state the fire spread to the store’s storage building as well as to a house located next to the store.

Again, no injuries were reported. Troopers state all three buildings are considered a “total loss.”

Man arrested after elder thrown from porch

Oct 31, 2016

KDLG: A New Stuyahok man was arrested Friday for allegedly throwing an elder off a porch and recklessly driving an ATV around the village drunk. He allegedly came dangerously close to striking a pedestrian while driving the ATV.

The incidents occurred earlier in the month. Norton Konukpeok, 42, was arrested and charged with third and fourth degree assault and reckless endangerment.

NPS Photo / Chuck Lindsay

On the 6th day of search, David McRae and his Pilatus Porter found during a brief window of clearer weather at an altitude of 6500 feet.

All 17 charges against Brianna Brandon, 26, dropped after elderly victim says more than $3000 paid back.

Will need to post $20,000 and find a third party custodian to be released while heroin dealing case is litigated.