Sunday, April 13, 2014

Homer man found guilty of fish ticket violation

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Cordova
Type: Trial verdict
On 4/9/14 a Cordova District Court jury found Jim L. Frary, 55, of Homer, guilty of failing to complete fish tickets as required by regulation. This case stemmed from an August 2011 incident where the defendant repeatedly disregarded the processor (Trident Seafoods), the Alaska Department of Fish and Game and Alaska Wildlife Troopers in their attempts to have the defendant sign (complete) two fish tickets involving blackcod and halibut deliveries. The fish tickets eventually were completed to Fish and Game's satisfaction seven months after they were due.

Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Troller charged with illegal lingcod retention

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Warren Channel
Type: Bycatch violation
Investigation revealed that Barry Mckee, 65, of Sitka, the captain of the F/V Ocean Gem, retained lingcod on 1/24/14 while participating in the winter commercial troll fishery. Lingcod can only be taken as bycatch during the commercial troll season from May 16 through Nov. 30. Mckee was issued a citation for retaining lingcod during a closed period. He must appear in Craig District Court.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Vessel operator charged with drunk driving

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Driving while intoxicated
On 4/4/14 at approximately 1425 hours, the U.S. Coast Guard received a report of an intoxicated boater near Metlakatla. At approximately 1510 hours, the USCG contacted the F/V Cape Ommaney at Walden Rocks, Nichols Passage, near Metlakatla. The operator of the boat was detained by the USCG on suspicion of intoxication. Investigation revealed Richard D. Olin II, 32, of Metlakatla, was driving while intoxicated. Olin was arrested and transported to the Ketchikan Correctional Center.

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Emergency response, March 23 — Fire, EMS and police personnel responded to a small ammonia leak. (The leak occurred at the UniSea complex, prompting a worker evacuation, KUCB radio reported.)

Animal, March 23 — A runner reported having been attacked by a bald eagle, apparently one of a nesting pair returning to nest across from the clinic.

DUI, March 24 — Officers investigated a report that a fishing vessel captain was operating his boat while intoxicated. No signs of alcohol consumption or impairment were discovered.

Suspicious person, March 25, 0537 hours — Caller reported an intoxicated man sleeping in the entry of a local church. The man, whose explanation was peppered with expletives, said he was trying to attend Bible study.

Assault, March 25 — Anthony Espiritu Aro, 28, was arrested on charges of burglary, assault and tampering with evidence after officers investigated an assault in a local bunkhouse. Multiple witnesses stated that Aro, armed with a knife, attempted to force his way into another man's bunkroom and then tried to stab the victim multiple times. The victim's roommates were able to protect him from all but minor injury. Aro, who had fled to another room, claimed he had been jumped by unidentified assailants and had cut himself on a broken bottle.

Assistance rendered, March 26 — Harbor and police officers responded to a docked vessel from which the U.S. Coast Guard had received an automated distress signal. The crew was unaware that a distress signal had been sent, and was unsure how the emergency messaging system worked. Officers noted nothing amiss aboard the vessel.

Public safety, March 27 — Unalaska Department of Public Safety employees and volunteers participated in a tsunami evacuation drill.

Petersburg crabber fined for illegal gear storage

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Petersburg
Type: Conviction
On 4/1/14 Kory Versteeg, 30, of Petersburg, the permit holder aboard the F/V Guardian, was convicted of unlawful storage of commercial crab gear. The conviction is a result of an Alaska Wildlife Troopers investigation that showed Versteeg had illegally stored crab gear before the Tanner and golden king crab season in Frederick Sound. Versteeg was fined $2,000 with $1,000 suspended and placed on probation for one year.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Petersburg crabber nets $3K fine, forfeits catch

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Petersburg
Type: Conviction
On 4/1/14 Jared Bright, 39, of Petersburg, the permit holder aboard the F/V Obsession, was convicted of retaining undersized golden king crab. The conviction is the result of an Alaska Wildlife Troopers investigation that showed Bright delivered commercially caught golden king crab that were less than 7 inches in width of shell. Bright was convicted of a misdemeanor and sentenced to pay $8,000 with $5,000 suspended and placed on probation for two years. Bright forfeited the undersized crab to the state of Alaska.

Friday, March 28, 2014

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Death investigation, March 12 — Officers responded to investigate a death that appears to be from an industrial accident.

Assault, March 13 — Officers responded to a report of an assault. Investigation revealed that several individuals off a fishing vessel were participating at an afterparty. A brief fight ensued. None involved wished to pursue charges.

Assault, March 15 — Officers responded to a processing plant at which an altercation had ensued between members of management and some of the processing staff. One man, who had been identified by management as being of particular concern, was fired as a result of the incident.

Assault, March 16, 2004 hours — Caller requested immediate officer assistance for a rumpus at a local bar. Several fishermen claimed that one of their own had been assaulted by an unknown assailant, but refused to provide any additional information. Officers determined after reviewing video footage that one of the fishermen had shoved another, unidentified man with no apparent provocation, and had subsequently been punched by the unidentified man.

Trespass, March 16, 2042 hours — Four fishermen were issued trespass advisements for a period of six months.

Welfare check, March 16, 2322 hours — A drunken fisherman, known to officers from an earlier interaction, was found passed out by the payphones in the airport terminal. The fisherman, who eventually agreed to leave the terminal building, salvaged a sleeping bag from a Dumpster and elected to find some other public place to sleep.

Assault, March 18, 0211 hours — Jose B. Sedano, 20, who had what he described to officers as a bad day, took it upon himself to punch the next person with whom he came in contact. Sedano was arrested on one count of assault.

Suspicious person, March 18, 1441 hours — Officers investigated a report of a drunken man sleeping outside. The man, who was indeed intoxicated, did not pose a danger to himself and was advised not to enter any licensed establishments for the remainder of the day.

Welfare check, March 18, 1644 hours — The same drunken man was reported stumbling along the roadway. An officer contacted the drunk, determined he was still capable of caring for himself, and told him to stay outside the white line. The drunk said he intended to get cash at the bank, in order to pay for a taxi ride.

Welfare check, March 18, 1743 hours — The drunk made it only a short distance before generating another complaint, but had by this time lost both his ID and ATM card and thus his ability to pay for a taxi. The responding officer determined that providing the drunk with courtesy transport to his vessel was the most expedient means to resolve this problem.

Assault, March 18, 2142 hours — Jose B. Sedano, who had been arrested on an assault charge 20 hours earlier and subsequently released from jail, was arrested again after he returned to the scene of his original crime, burglarized a room, attempted to both rape a young woman and stab a family member, and assaulted a third person. Sedano was this time charged with attempted sexual assault, burglary, assault and violating conditions of release.

Assault, March 19, 0059 hours — Officer investigated a report that a group had attempted to apply rural justice to a man who had allegedly attempted to rape a woman. Interviews and video footage showed that a group of people had indeed gathered around the suspect with that intent, but had stopped when it became apparent that the suspect's family was attempting to control him.

Suspicious activity, March 22 — Caller reported an unattended vehicle, with keys in the ignition, had been left in front of the bar. The caller was concerned because the known driver of said vehicle doesn't frequent bars. Subsequent investigation revealed that the vehicle had actually been left in front of the Elbow Room, a former bar now being converted to other use.