Friday, April 3, 2015

Opilio crabber charged with illegal possession

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Dutch Harbor
Type: Illegal possession of female opilio
On 4/2/15 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Derwin H. Hostetler, 59, of Seattle, for illegal possession of female opilio crab onboard the F/V Bering Star. Arraignment set for 4/23/15 in Unalaska District Court.

Troller fined after conviction in Sitka court

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Conviction
On 4/2/15 Courtney Howard was found guilty at a bench trial in Sitka District Court on one count of commercial trolling during a closed period. Howard was fined $1,500 with $1,100 suspended and placed on probation for one year. Howard, 31, of Sitka, was cited after his power troll vessel, F/V Nordic Lass, was observed by troopers operating gear west of the Sitka Sound winter troll line on 2/24/15.

Friday, March 20, 2015

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Drug law violation, Feb. 23 — Captain of fishing vessel turned over some drug paraphernalia and a small quantity of as yet still illegal marijuana, which he had found in the stateroom of one his crew.

Assault, Feb. 27 — Officer responded to a local seafood processing facility at which two senior citizens had allegedly been fighting. Investigation revealed the two oldsters had been smearing fish guts in one another's face due to some longstanding enmity.

Theft, Feb. 28 — An extremely intoxicated person attempted to persuade police that he had been forced from his pickup by three police or U.S. Coast Guard officers who then fled in his vehicle. The inebriate was unable to remember anything else that happened in the preceding 24 hours except that he had been drinking. Officers later determined the vehicle in question had never been in his possession and had not, in fact, been stolen by renegades with short hair.

Roads, March 4 — Caller reported several buoys had fallen into the roadway from the back of a truck. An officer removed the buoys from the road but did not locate the truck from whence they came.

Suspicious activity, March 4 — A boat owner who had recently replaced a lock on his vessel door discovered that the lock had been broken and determined that persons unknown had clearly been sleeping in the vessel. Witnesses described two possible suspects. Under investigation.

Fraud, March 7 — Fisherman reported someone had made $1,700 worth of fraudulent purchases from his California bank account. An officer provided the man with information regarding additional investigation and reporting options.

Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sitka troller falsified Chinook sales, troopers say

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Multiple offenses
On 3/13/15 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued Matthew L. Wilson, 57, of Sitka, a summons to appear in court after an investigation in 2014 revealed Wilson had sold king salmon on two separate occasions that were not harvested under his own commercial troll permit, but rather were harvested unlawfully by a non-permitted fisherman. Wilson sold the fish while knowing they were taken unlawfully, reported the fish as his own, and falsified fish tickets as to the dates and locations of catch. Arraignment set for 4/7/15 in Sitka District Court.

Saturday, March 7, 2015

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Trespass, Feb. 11 — Officers advised a drunken fisherman who had just been fired that he was not allowed to return to the vessel and he should deal with any employment contract issues during the business day, preferably in a sober state.

Assault, Feb. 15 — Officer investigated an alleged assault and discovered that a headlock may have been confused with a hug; that one of the participants had lied about being in the military and killing people; and that one man was upset because another told him that the liquor store was open when in fact it was closed.

Assistance rendered, Feb. 17 — Officer mediated a dispute, involving a $10 cab fare and some derogatory language, between two processors.

Drunk disturbance, Feb. 19, 0029 hours — A group of processing plant employees whose inebriation had violated conditions of their contracts was told that they were all terminated but were welcome to spend the night in the company bunkhouse pending their exit interviews in the morning. Due to the aforementioned intoxication, the group was unable to understand or take advantage of such company largess and instead continued to disturb the peace until they were escorted from the premises by police.

Disorderly conduct, Feb 19, 1455 hours — Officer responded to a processing vessel regarding an alleged trespasser, and found that a previously terminated employee who had returned for his final paycheck was taking advantage of the opportunity to mouth off at some of his former coworkers. The officer advised the man to leave and not return, or else risk arrest.

Disorderly conduct, Feb. 19 — Minutes later, an officer was called back to the processing vessel because the terminated employee had returned to demonstrate more clearly why he no longer had a job. He had fled by the time the officer returned.

Suspicious person, Feb. 19 — Caller reported a man walking along the roadway carrying a sign that said "Need Weed." The man was not creating a hazard nor was he violating any laws.

Suspicious activity, Feb. 20, 0257 hours — Caller reported two apparently unconscious women being carried over the shoulders of two men. Officers contacted a laughing woman and two men, who all explained that they had been having a footrace and that the second woman had already gone inside her home. They all appreciated the department's concern.

Assault, Feb. 20 — Two processors engaged in a shoving match in their breakroom, with one man claiming the other hit him twice in the face. Witnesses said they had seen some sort of altercation, but were unable to specify what if any physical violence had occurred. No charges were filed.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Troopers cite Sitka troller

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Commercial troll closed period
On 3/1/15 Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Courtney J. Howard, 31, of Sitka, after his commercial power troll vessel, F/V Nordic Lass, was observed by troopers operating gear west of the Sitka Sound winter troll line on 2/24/15. Arraignment set in Sitka District Court.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Seiner penalized $37K in salmon-driving case

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Drive salmon from closed waters — commercial seine
On 2/11/15 Nina Alber, 52, of Cordova, permit holder aboard the F/V Leading Lady, entered a guilty plea in Sitka District Court to one count of driving salmon from closed waters. The plea was part of a pre-trial agreement through the Sitka District Attorney's Office. Nina Alber was fined $3,000 with $1,000 suspended and ordered to pay $35,000 in restitution for illegally taken fish and placed on probation for one year. Charges against vessel operator Louie Alber were dismissed as part of the agreement. The charges stemmed from a July 2013 offense where crew on the F/V Leading Lady were documented driving salmon out of closed waters near Hidden Falls hatchery.