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.

Monday, February 16, 2015

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Theft, Jan. 21 — Department store staff learned from security footage that a man identified as Pedro C. Parra, 34, had stolen a pair of Xtratuf boots by replacing his old, worn-out pair with a brand new pair and then walking out of the store. Parra, who was found onboard his vessel, was charged with one count of theft.

Missing person, Jan. 25 — Caller reported a crewman was missing and had last been seen about 24 hours earlier. Six minutes later the caller reported that the crewman had flown off the island.

Drunk disturbance, Jan. 31 — Officer contacted a woman who was punching walls on various company buildings, and learned that she was upset because of some unkind things a friend had said about her. The officer advised the woman she could be charged with a crime if she damaged property with her blows. A comrade agreed to get the woman safely back to her own room.

Welfare check, Feb. 1 — Caller reported two males carrying an unconscious female into the hotel, and asked that officers check into the situation. Officers found the three in the hotel parking lot, where the woman could be seen laughing loudly just before falling on her face. Officers determined that the woman was not in any danger from the men, one of whom was her boyfriend and agreed to take her home for the evening.

Traffic crime, Feb. 3 — Officer advised a man who had driven to the Unalaska Department of Public Safety for a tour of the facility that he was not allowed to drive until properly licensed.

Assault, Feb. 6, 0012 hours — A bar patron was attacked by, among others, a man with a greasy ponytail who was allegedly concerned about an unpaid bar tab. The victim wished to pursue the matter only if medical treatment was going to cost him money.

Trespass, Feb. 6, 0036 hours — The victim of an assault was issued a trespass advisement, per bar staff, after he responded poorly to teasing about being beaten up.

Criminal mischief, Feb. 7 — An intoxicated Letipan Maycry, 29, was arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and criminal mischief after he broke the door to a stateroom, elbowed one man in the chest and attempted to punch another onboard the processing vessel Gordon Jensen.

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Kodiak pair charged with illegal cod fishing

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Marmot Bay area, Kodiak Island
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
Alaska Wildlife Troopers received a report from the U.S. Coast Guard that they had observed the F/V Loki with its Pacific cod pots fishing within the closed waters around Marmot Island. Following an investigation, Ty L. Rouse, 53, of Kodiak, and Tyler J. Obrien, 27, of Kodiak, were issued citations for commercial fishing in closed waters. Arraignment set for 3/20/15 in Kodiak District Court.