Crime and Safety

Office of Gov. Bill Walker

Judge Pat Douglass had a front row seat as state's criminal justice reforms, SB 91, rolled out over past few months. She says while she agrees with the underlying philosophy, the mechanics have been lacking.

Dave Cannon

Mark Matter, 62, and his wife Cecilia Matter, 63, of Aniak, perished in a plane crash Friday near Marvel Dome northeast of Bethel.

Mike Branson, 68, made it to East Creek Lodge after a 12 hour trek from the Snake River. He was hospitalized for cold exposure and other injuries. Authorities notified by use of Personal Locator Beacon.

KDLG: A 51-year-old woman was charged with possession of heroin after a traffic stop Tuesday in Dillingham.

Police say they stopped the vehicle because an officer recognized Annie Sergie in the passenger seat, and that there was bench warrant for her in a case on trial this week. When Sergie was searched prior to arrest, a medicine bottle was found on her person that contained a small amount of what police say she admitted was black tar heroin.

She also had close to $600 cash.

Sergie was charged with fourth degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

courtesy of the Blom family

Ice fog and cold weather have grounded aircraft and made boating hazardous. NPS suspended official search for Piper Cherokee that went down Wednesday with four onboard.

Avery Lill, KDLG

Sprinkler system contained small fire that started in utility room. Fire appears to have been caused by one of two boilers.

National Park Service

Crash victims identified Friday as search for wreckage continues. Debris linked to plane picked up on Lake Clark Thursday, approx. 11 miles northeast of Port Alsworth.


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.