Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Child's call for help spawns big search at Wrangell

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Wrangell
Type: Search and rescue
On 4/20/16 at 1424 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report from the U.S. Coast Guard of a request for help on marine radio channel 16. USCG determined the call for help was from a young child who failed to describe their position. USCG sent a vessel and a helicopter to Wrangell to search for any boaters in need of assistance. Wrangell Search and Rescue deployed a float plane to search the area. All search efforts were unsuccessful in locating any boaters in distress in the area. AST has confirmed there have been no reports of anyone overdue in Wrangell. At 2119 hours all search efforts were suspended due to darkness and no boaters in distress were located.

Saturday, April 23, 2016

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Assistance rendered, March 29, 0112 hours — Officer assisted with an EMS call in which an intoxicated individual had fallen off of his boat and into the water. The waterlogged drunkard belligerently declined medical attention while his rescuer, having lacerated his finger, was transported to the clinic.

Drunk disturbance, March 29, 0303 hours — Officers investigated a report that the wet and belligerent individual who was pulled from the water after falling off his vessel had been pushed into the water. The report could not be substantiated.

Sexual assault, March 29 — Jorge Rivera, 32, of Kennewick, Wash., was arrested on sexual assault charges after an investigation showed he attacked a female aboard a vessel.

Environmental, April 1 — Officers investigated a suspicious blue and green tinted discoloration running over the concrete and draining towards the ocean. The information was forwarded to the U.S. Coast Guard.

Theft, April 2 — Caller reported the theft of approximately 45 cans of whipped cream. Inspection of the video surveillance system revealed two suspects. Investigation continues.

Welfare check, April 2 — Caller reported her son had been abandoned by his fishing vessel in Dutch Harbor. Officers assisted her in comforting her forlorn baby boy.

Monday, April 11, 2016

Crabber nets $5,000 fine at Unalaska

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Unalaska
Type: Conviction
On 4/5/16 James E. Wolkoff, 60, of Anchorage, pled no contest in Unalaska District Court to illegally possessing and/or delivering undersized bairdi Tanner crab. The court imposed a $10,000 fine with $5,000 suspended and a year's probation.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Togiak fisherman ordered to pay $25,000

Radio station KDLG has the story.

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Environmental, Feb. 7 — Caller reported what appeared to be a large oil spill in the water near Hog Island. Substance was found to be a sootlike substance and not oil.

Suspicious activity, Feb. 7, 2138 hours — A false report of an individual in possession of a side arm was reported at a local lounge by a man who claimed to be knighted by the queen of England. The gentleman and his two coworkers later started shouting at each other. An officer advised the inebriated parties to go to their separate rooms and warned them he didn't want to get a call back for them.

Drunk disturbance, Feb. 7, 2217 hours — A man was reported shouting and roaming the halls of the Grand Aleutian hotel. Officers found the inebriated gentleman and coworkers creating a noise disturbance in a room. They were again advised to stay in separate rooms and to keep the noise down.

Welfare check, Feb. 10 — Concerned Seattle mom requested officer assistance in contacting her son. Son was contacted and informed about his new nephew.

Environmental, Feb. 10 — Caller reported a "foamy, stinky smelling, not appealing" amount of water was running off from an area near a local processing plant into the bay. Officer investigated but could not locate the substance. Coast Guard was notified.

Liquor law violation, Feb. 10 — Local fisherman dropped off an extremely intoxicated fisherman in a wheelchair into the Grand Aleutian hotel lobby where he proceeded to cause a scene. Officers responded and advised the inebriate that he was too intoxicated to enter liquor establishments for the rest of the evening.

Drunk disturbance, Feb. 10 — Boat captain requested that a drunk fisherman be removed from his vessel. Officers convinced the captain to let the inebriated male sleep it off as he was not able to care for himself. Captain stated that he would be firing the deckhand in the morning.

Ambulance request, Feb. 11 — EMS personnel responded to a local processing plant for a 50-year-old female who tripped and hit her head, leaving her unconscious.

Theft, Feb. 12 — Fisherman reported that his vessel sent a $5,000 check to his residence in Washington state. Subject stated that someone in Washington cashed the check at a Wells Fargo Bank and that he has never gotten it. Officer advised the subject to get a copy of the stolen paycheck and a statement from his employer.

Assist other agency, Feb. 12 — Officer served a local fisherman civil paperwork on behalf of the Alaska State Troopers.

Found property, Feb. 13 — Wallet found at the UniSea galley.

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Troopers cite troller at Sitka

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 3/6/16 Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Christopher Nash, 28, of Juneau, near Cape Edgecumbe after observing his vessel, the F/V Orion, operating commercial troll gear in waters west of the Sitka Sound winter troll boundary during a closed period. Nash was issued a summons to appear in Sitka District Court.

Thursday, March 3, 2016

Crabber cited, undersized catch released alive

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Undersized king crab
On 2/21/16 Alaska Wildlife Troopers conducted a commercial golden king crab dockside inspection of the F/V Steller at the Alaska Glacier Seafoods dock in Juneau. Investigation showed skipper Daniel Foley, 68, of Gustavus, had caught and retained 23 undersized golden king crab out of a total of 151 crab. Foley was issued a summons for the violation. After documenting the undersized crab, troopers were able to return them to the sea alive. Arraignment set for 3/18/16 in Juneau District Court.