Friday, December 30, 2011

Homer troopers make another octopus case

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Palmer
Type: Commercial fish closed season
On 12/28/11 Todd J. Hopkins, 39, of Palmer, was cited by Homer Wildlife Troopers for unlawfully retaining commercially caught octopus during a closed season. The incident occurred in May in Cook Inlet. Hopkins was given an arraignment date of 1/17/12 in Homer District Court.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Drunk disturbance, Dec. 20 — An inebriated, belligerent Joseph Bud Mast, 31, of Seattle, was arrested for disorderly conduct after he repeatedly refused officers' suggestions that he cease his disruptive, antagonistic behavior and attempted to fight with his deckboss.

Missing person, Dec. 24 — Captain reported a crewman had not returned to the vessel. The missing crewman, who had been enjoying the company of a lady friend, returned about an hour later.

DUI, Dec. 24 — Jessica A. Rosquita, 24, of Unalaska, drove to the police station to bail her recently arrested boyfriend and was subsequently arrested for driving under the influence after the releasing officer noticed that she did not meet the criteria for a sober third party.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Suspicious activity, Dec. 16 — Complainant reported possibly illegal gambling in Unalaska. Under investigation.

Environmental, Dec. 17 — Caller reported a fuel spill, visible from the South Channel Bridge to the Alyeska processing facility. The U.S. Coast Guard was notified.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Cook Inlet octopus retained illegally, troopers say

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed season
On 12/21/11 Paul D. Dau, 52, of Juneau, was cited by Homer Wildlife Troopers for unlawfully retaining commercially caught octopus during a closed season. The incident occurred in May in Cook Inlet. Dau was given an arraignment date of 1/31/12 in Homer District Court.

Two on longliner ticketed over lack of crew license

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Dutch Harbor
Type: Crewmember license
On 12/20/11 Jamin Jones, 39, of Big Lake, was cited by Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers for failing to obtain a commercial crewmember license prior to acting as a crewmember aboard the F/V US Liberator. Bail set at $260 for Unalaska District Court.

Location: Dutch Harbor
Type: Employ an unlicensed crewmember
On 12/20/11 Mark Gustafson, 52, of Washington, was cited by Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers for employing an unlicensed crewmember aboard the F/V US Liberator. Bail was set at $260 for Unalaska District Court.

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fisherman charged with illegal lingcod retention

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Homer
Type: Commercial fish closed season
On 12/14/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a summons to Nikolai Yakunin, 36, of Anchor Point, after investigation revealed he retained lingcod during a closed season while commercial fishing in June. Yakunin's arraignment is scheduled for 1/3/12 in Homer District Court.

Sitka man charged with fish ticket violation

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Fish tickets
On 12/20/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, cited Michael T. Knauss, 61, of Sitka, the permit holder onboard the F/V Fascination, for failing to submit commercial salmon fish tickets within seven days. Arraignment set for 1/10/12 in Sitka District Court.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Halibut fisherman cited over lack of CFEC card

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Homer
Type: Possess commercial fish without CFEC card
On 12/12/11 Ace Keim, 31, of Anchorage, was issued a mandatory court citation for possessing commercially caught halibut without a Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission card while commercial fishing from the F/V Avery Taylor on 7/18/11. Keim's arraignment is scheduled for 1/3/12 in Homer District Court.

Sitka crabber accused of unlawful gear storage

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka, Patterson Bay
Type: Unlawful storage of Dungeness gear
On 12/17/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, observed commercial Dungeness crab pot gear still stored in the water, after the closure of Southeast Alaska to commercial Dungeness fishing. Subsequent investigation revealed the pots belonged to Jeffrey R. Wolfe, 33, of Sitka. Wolfe was cited on 12/19/11 for unlawful storage of Dungeness pot gear with arraignment set in Sitka District Court.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Blue king crab were undersized, troopers say

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Dutch Harbor
Type: Possession of undersized crab
On 12/15/11 Elliot Neese, 29, of Homer, was cited by Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers for possession of undersized blue king crab onboard the F/V Ramblin Rose. The undersized blue king crab amounted to 5.5 percent and were seized and forfeited to the state. Neese was given an arraignment date of 1/4/12 in Unalaska District Court.

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Feds: Oregon man lied about sablefish catch

The F/V Kamilar, seen here in November 2009 at Fishermen's Terminal, Seattle. Deckboss photo

Federal authorities have charged a 46-year-old Oregon man, Freddie Joe Hankins, with misreporting where he caught about 6,000 pounds of sablefish in 2006.

The vessel involved was the longliner Kamilar.

That's the boat named in a similar case brought against Arne Fuglvog, a former aide to Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski. Fuglvog is awaiting sentencing, and is expected to draw prison time.

Here is the criminal complaint against Hankins, and here is a very interesting affidavit by a NOAA Fisheries special agent.

Southeast fisherman convicted, nets $3,100 fine

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Update — multiple violations
On 12/2/11 David Schwehm, 22, of Metlakatla, pled guilty to commercial fishing in state waters without a permit and commercial fishing in closed waters. Schwehm was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, on 9/28/11 for commercial fishing without a state permit, unlawful possession of commercial fish, commercial fishing in closed waters, prohibited conduct and failure to register a power vessel. Schwehm was cited after investigation by troopers and the National Marine Fisheries Service revealed the F/V Winter Hawk was commercial gillnetting in state waters without state permits. Schwehm was fined $6,100 with $3,000 suspended and placed on one year probation.

Crewman arrested at Dutch in identity theft case

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Dutch Harbor
Type: Identity theft
On 12/14/11 Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers arrested Omar Ivan Villanueva, 30, of East Wenatchee, Wash., for forgery in the second degree, criminal impersonation in the second degree, and two counts of activities by aliens prohibited. Troopers were made aware of Villanueva using a Social Security number of an individual out of Texas and a fraudulent alien registration card. Villanueva was a crewmember onboard a commercial fishing vessel which is a prohibited activity for an illegal alien.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Disorderly conduct, Dec. 6 — UniSea security advised of a fight in progress at the Grand Aleutian hotel. Responding officers determined that several drunken fishermen had engaged in heated argument which resulted in one man receiving a cut on his head.

Theft, Dec. 6 — Officer investigated the theft of 11 crab pots from a processing facility, and determined the pots had been inadvertently released to a person other than the owner. The two parties contacted one another and made arrangements for the return and/or appropriate sale of the fishing gear.

Welfare check, Dec. 7, 0840 hours — Caller reported a man with dark skin and dark clothing was walking near the roadway without apparently paying attention to passing traffic. An officer contacted the man, who was not incapacitated in any way, and advised that he wear brighter clothing for walks in the pre-dawn Aleutian gloom.

Suspicious activity, Dec. 7 — A twitchy bunkhouse resident claimed, among other things, that his housemates have been removing his fingerprints from framed photographs in order to incriminate him in nefarious crimes. An officer advised the man to better secure his personal belongings and suggested that reducing illicit drug use might also reduce his paranoia.

Theft, Dec. 8 — A grocery store patron demanded that she be given a bag of shrimp for which she claimed to have already paid. The patron stalked off with the shrimp after an employee, believing something fishy might be going on, took the matter to a supervisor. Store management elected to handle the matter without police assistance.

Traffic crime, Dec. 9 — Officer contacted the driver of a pickup whose load of unsecured crab buoys kept falling from the vehicle, creating a rolling traffic hazard and stopping traffic on at least two occasions.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Yakutat man fined $2,250 for unattended setnet

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Yakutat
Type: Unattended setnet site
On 11/22/11 in Yakutat District Court, George Bogren was found guilty and fined $2,000 for failing to supervise his setnet and $250 for failing to identify his setnet as required. Alaska Wildlife Troopers from Yakutat contacted Bogren, 59, of Yakutat, on 07/24/11. Investigation revealed he was not present as required at his operating commercial setnet site at the Situk-Ahrnklin Inlet area. Bogren's setnet additionally was not marked as required.

Crabber fined $500 for pot storage violation

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Illegal storage of crab pots
On 11/16/11 Ben Gross, 38, of Wasilla, pled no contest in Juneau District Court to one count of illegal storage of a commercial Tanner crab pot. The gear was initially inspected and seized as part of a P/V Enforcer mission inside of Seymour Canal on 10/8/11. Gross was fined $500 and will be on probation for one year.

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Another company ticketed over fish tickets

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Failure to submit fish tickets
On 11/28/11 Alaska Glacier Seafoods Inc. was cited for failing to submit fish tickets to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game within seven days as required by regulation. A court date has been set for 12/7/11 in Juneau District Court.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Trespass, Nov. 21 — Woman asked that an officer advise a man who had been living in her house for the last two and a half months that he was no longer welcome, because he has told too many lies.

Roads, Nov. 25 — Several complaints were received regarding adults, children and dogs sledding down the middle of a roadway and generally creating hazardous conditions for everyone around them. An officer contacted the offenders and advised them against playing in the middle of the road.

Theft, Nov. 26 — Officers responded to Bering Fisheries, where a fight had broken out after one man had stolen several items from another. Officers were able to locate most but not all of the missing items after speaking to witnesses. Under investigation.

Juneau gillnetter fined, forfeits fish worth $3,800

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Update — commercial fish closed period
On 11/23/11 Ryan C. Gullufsen, 37, of Juneau, entered a guilty plea to two counts of operating a commercial gillnet during a closed period south of Juneau. A third count of commercial fishing during a closed period was dismissed as part of a plea agreement. Gullufsen was fined a total of $24,000 with $20,000 suspended and placed on probation for two years. In addition, he was ordered to forfeit just over $3,800 worth of illegally retained fish. The charges stemmed from a patrol near the Point Bishop commercial fishing regulatory marker. Gullufsen, on board his boat the F/V Seniavin Sun, was videotaped drifting over the line into closed waters on three separate occasions within a three-hour period.

Cold storage nets $750 fine in fish ticket case

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Petersburg
Type: Update — fish ticket
On 11/23/11 Coastal Cold Storage Inc., of Petersburg, was represented by Greg Einerson in Petersburg District Court. Coastal was charged with one count of failing to complete all forms required of fish buyers. The charge was the result of an Alaska Wildlife Troopers investigation that showed Coastal took possession of a load of commercial red king crab and did not begin a fish ticket at the time of delivery, as required by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Coastal pled guilty to the charge and was sentenced to a fine of $2,000 with $1,250 suspended and placed on probation for one year.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Drunk disturbance, Nov. 15, 0225 hours — Officers responded to a food fight onboard a fishing vessel, where they found that the captain and another man had thrown mashed potatoes, corn dogs and jalapeƱos at the cook's stateroom door. The captain, who denied involvement until reminded by officers that his shoes were covered with food similar to that found in the hallway, was advised to apologize and treat his crew with more respect.

Animal, Nov. 18 — A cat whose seasickness prevented it from adapting to life on a boat was turned in for adoption.

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Man fined for false report of illegal Kusko fishing

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Quinhagak
Type: False report
On 11/10/11 James T. Williams, 34, of Quinhagak, pled guilty in Bethel District Court to one count of making a false report of a crime occurring. Williams made false statements to a peace officer in connection with a Wildlife Safeguard complaint alleging criminal commercial fishing violations in Kuskokwim Bay during the summer of 2011 fishing season. The allegations were proven to be fabricated. Williams was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended, and placed on probation for one year.

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Sitka crabber fined $3,000 in sad Dungeness story

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Update — operate Dungeness gear from tender
On 11/15/11 David A. Coleman, 54, of Sitka, pled no contest in Sitka District Court to one count of operating commercial Dungeness gear from a registered tender. Coleman was fined $6,000 with $3,000 suspended and placed on probation for two years. The charge stems from Coleman being observed by troopers operating gear with a vessel registered as a tender for Dungeness crab in Hoonah Sound on 7/16/11. The tender used in the violation was later inadvertently sunk while being operated with a load Dungeness pot gear aboard. Commercial Dungeness crab regulations prohibit the operation of Dungeness gear or possession of Dungeness gear on a tender registered in the Dungeness fishery.

Troopers charge Sitka pair with guiding violations

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Sportfish guide violations
On 11/15/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, charged Robert L. Warren, 34, and Michael R. Keating, 55, both of Sitka, for sportfish guiding violations. The violations are a result of Warren being observed with four clients on a chartered trip with Big Blue Fisheries while using a vessel not registered to sportfish guide. Investigation showed Keating, owner of Big Blue, had compelled Warren to charter the clients on a vessel Keating knew was unregistered and did not have saltwater logbooks assigned. Warren was charged for failing to register the sportfish guide vessel and for failing to obtain a sportfish guide logbook. Keating was charged with two counts of sportfish guide operator assisting in a violation. Arraignments are set for 11/29/11 in Sitka District Court.

Salmon troller, crewman fined after guilty pleas

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Craig
Type: Update — commercial fish closed season
On 11/7/11 Thomas A. George, 56, and Jared B. Barlow, 37, both of Klawock, pled guilty to one count each of commercial salmon trolling in a closed season. George, the permit holder onboard the F/V High Pockets, was fined $10,000 with $6,000 suspended and placed on probation for three years. Barlow, the crewman onboard the vessel, was fined $7,500 with $5,000 suspended and placed on probation for one year. Charges for unlawful possession of fish were dismissed as part of the agreement.

Petersburg seiner nets $1,500 fine after guilty plea

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Petersburg
Type: Update — commercial fish closed period
On 11/14/11 Lars R. Eide, 69, of Petersburg, entered a guilty plea in Petersburg District Court for one count of commercial salmon seining during a closed period. Eide was fined $5,000 with $3,500 suspended. The charge stemmed from Alaska Wildlife Troopers observing Eide, the permit holder and operator of the F/V Island Girl, deploying seine gear approximately five minutes before the seine opening in Tebenkof Bay on 7/31/11.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Public safety, Nov. 9, 0146 hours — Officer watched three extremely intoxicated and giggling louts urinate on the road, on themselves, on one another, and on a taxi in front of the Harbor View bar. The wet-legged men abashedly explained to the admonishing officer they had been kicked out of the bar before having an opportunity to use the restroom there.

Death investigation, Nov. 9, 0506 hours — A crewman onboard the F/V Alaska Warrior was found in his stateroom, dead of undetermined causes. Several persons of interest were identified. Under investigation.

Liquor law violation, Nov. 11 — An officer following up on a complaint about bringing open containers of alcohol into a bar found evidence to suggest that two underage Coast Guard crew may have been drinking alcohol as well. Information passed on to USCG cutter staff.

Petersburg cold storage cited over fish ticket

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Petersburg
Type: Fail to complete fish ticket
On 11/12/11 Coastal Cold Storage Inc. in Petersburg was issued a summons for failure to complete fish tickets at the time of sale or delivery. On 11/3/11 Coastal Cold Storage purchased red king crab from a local fisherman and failed to complete a fish ticket at the time of delivery. Arraignment set for 11/30/11.

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Seiner nets $4,000 fine after guilty plea at Hoonah

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Hoonah
Type: Update — commercial fish closed waters
On 11/9/11 Alan C. Jacklet, 47, of Carnation, Wash., and off the F/V Adirondack, entered a guilty plea in Hoonah District Court to one count of commercial fishing in closed waters. Jacklet was charged after Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed his vessel fishing closer than 500 yards to the mouth of a documented salmon stream in July. The incident occurred south of Tenakee Inlet. Jacklet was fined $8,000 with $4,000 suspended and placed on probation for one year. After troopers contacted Jacklet he chose to release the set and did not retain any of the fish.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Suspicious activity, Oct. 31 — UniSea security reported that someone had docked a skiff in a suspicious location near managers' housing. An officer determined that this did not constitute a crime.

Public safety, Nov. 3 — High wind advisory, gusting to 80 mph.

Disorderly conduct, Nov. 3 — Officers responded to a disturbance at the Grand Aleutian hotel, and were met with an extremely intoxicated man who exposed himself to security officers and beat his roommate with a pillow before being placed under arrest. Ruben Eram, 24, of Portland, was charged with criminal trespass, indecent exposure and resisting arrest.

Friday, November 4, 2011

Juneau man cited over tardy fish tickets

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Fish tickets
On 9/23/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Juneau Post, issued Jacob B. Carte, 28, of Juneau, a summons for failing to submit commercial fish tickets to the Department of Fish and Game within seven days of the initial delivery. Arraignment set for 9/29/11 in Juneau District Court.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Two men charged with illegal sea cucumber takes

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Commercial fish closed season, unlawful possession
On 11/1/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, charged James Mitchell Cowan, of Sitka, and Jorge Ignacio Molina-Salas, of Atlanta, Ga., with one count each of commercial fishing during a closed season and unlawful possession of commercial fish. Previous investigation revealed Cowan and Molina-Salas had taken 177 pounds of sea cucumbers with dive gear from the F/V Wild Horses in late August, when the season did not open until 10/3/11. Arraignments set for 11/15/11 in Sitka District Court.

Monday, October 31, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Assistance rendered, Oct. 23 — Vessel captain requested officer presence when his boat docked, due to problems with a disgruntled crewman. The issues had been resolved by the time the boat made port.

Theft, Oct. 25 — Andrey Bachal, a Russian national and apparent fan of American television, was caught stealing a "Deadliest Catch" T-shirt from Alaska Ship Supply. Bachal, who insisted he had intended to pay for the shirt which he had stuffed inside his zipped-up jacket, was charged with one count of concealment of merchandise.

Theft, Oct. 25 — A woman reported that her vehicle had been stolen from her driveway, and was unable to say whether her husband might possibly be driving it. A dispatcher phoned the husband, who confirmed that he in fact was driving his wife's truck.

Disorderly conduct, Oct. 27 — A scuffle broke out between a Russian national who had been told by Immigration and Customs Enforcement that he was not allowed to leave his vessel, and a shoreside employee who attempted to prevent the man from departing. The local ICE agent was notified.

Animal, Oct. 27 — Driver reported a bald eagle had swooped in front of his car and shattered his windshield. Injuries to the eagle were not assessed.

Theft, Oct. 28 — Caller reported his debit card had been used for about $2,000 worth of fraudulent purchases. Investigation indicated that the debit card number had probably been stolen when the caller used it at an online pornography site.

Liquor law violation, Oct. 29 — Officer watched a man using paper napkins to clean vomit from a parking lot, and subsequently advised the man he was too intoxicated to return to the Harbor View bar. He agreed.

Welfare check, Oct. 29 — Harbor officer heard screams emanating from the wheelhouse of a boat docked at the small-boat harbor. An officer contacted the captain of the vessel, who said he was screaming merely because he was drunk.

Public safety, Oct. 29 — A man caught urinating in public apologized profusely after being "caught by a girl" and swore he would not make the same mistake again.

Assault, Oct. 29, 0305 hours — An intoxicated man who had been hitting on a female U.S. Coast Guard crew member all night became increasingly assertive, prompting another, male, USCG crew member to restrain the man by holding him about the neck. The terrified inebriate then fled to the cutter, which he refused to leave until police arrived and assured him of his safety. The inebriate was warned about his unwanted displays of affection.

Assault, Oct. 30, 0117 hours — A man was sucker-punched by an unidentified assailant at the Harbor View bar, causing injuries severe enough to require transport to Anchorage. Under investigation.

Ambulance request, Oct. 30, 0119 hours — EMS personnel provided care and transport to a man who had been punched in the face and lost consciousness for several minutes.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Welfare check, Oct. 18, 1240 hours — Several callers reported seeing flares in the vicinity of Captains Bay. The Ports Department confirmed a vessel was conducting tests.

Assault, Oct. 19, 0136 hours — Caller reported two men, one of whom had a bloody nose, fighting in front of the Museum of the Aleutians. Officers contacted the two men who both admitted their wrestling match had, probably due to their alcohol consumption, gotten a little out of control. Neither wished to pursue any charges.

Disorderly conduct, Oct. 19 — Captain of a vessel requested assistance removing three inebriated crew members who had been fired but refused to leave the vessel. An officer responded and helped expedite their departure.

Warrant arrest, Oct. 20 — Jonathan P. Brown was arrested on an outstanding warrant for failure to appear. He was originally charged with a commercial fishing violation.

Drunk disturbance, Oct. 20, 0209 hours — Caller reported two drunken men walking in the roadway and kicking at the tires of vehicles parked nearby. Officers spoke briefly with the two, who were both employed on a vessel docked nearby.

Ambulance request, Oct. 21 — EMS personnel provided care and transport to a patient, arriving from Akutan, with severe hand injuries.

Suspicious activity, Oct. 22, 0153 hours — A man caught urinating in public apologized profusely, and admitted to knowing there were public facilities nearby, after being contacted in flagrante delicto by an officer.

Fire response, Oct. 22, 2143 hours — EMS and fire personnel responded to the Bering Fisheries processing area after an employee reported an ammonia leak in the ice house. Approximately 500 pounds of ammonia were ventilated from the ice house. No injuries were reported.

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Drinking safely

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Nushagak River
Type: Search and rescue
On 10/21/11 at approximately 2000 hours, Dillingham AST received a report that Wassillie Neketa, 41, of New Stuyahok, had called for help, reporting that his skiff was sinking somewhere on the Nushagak River, believed to be near the village of Ekwok. The Ekwok village public safety officer searched the area via skiff but did not locate Neketa. The U.S. Coast Guard deployed a rescue helicopter to the area and located Neketa approximately seven miles downriver from Ekwok in a remote cabin on the Nushagak River at approximately 0215 hours. Neketa was consuming alcohol, was in safe condition, and declined assistance.

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Troopers say seiner was too near salmon stream

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Gustavus
Type: Seine within 500 yards of salmon stream
On 10/6/11 Sven Stroosma, 46, of Washington state, was cited by Hoonah Wildlife Troopers for commercial purse seining within 500 yards of a salmon stream. Troopers contacted Stroosma onboard the F/V Voyager just south of Tenakee Inlet on 7/27/11 while his power skiff was only 380 feet from the mouth of South Passage Point Creek, which is listed as an anadromous salmon stream. Stroosma is scheduled for court on 10/26/11 in Hoonah.

Petersburg shrimper accused of illegal fishing

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Petersburg
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 10/11/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers onboard the P/V Enforcer issued a summons to Otis M. Marsh, 70, of Petersburg, for operating commercial shrimp pot gear inside of Port Houghton after the area had previously closed by emergency order to commercial shrimp fishing. Arraignment is set for 10/19/11 in Juneau District Court.

Cod skipper ticketed over unlicensed crewman

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sand Point
Type: Employ unlicensed crewmember
On 10/8/11 Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Robert Craig Starr, 47, of Kodiak, for employing an unlicensed commercial fishing crewmember onboard his Pacific cod longline vessel. The fine is $260.

Troopers make two cases in Yakutat

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Yakutat
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 10/9/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Yakutat received a report that Charles Russell, 43, of Yakutat, and a male juvenile were fishing on the Tsiu River. Investigation revealed that Russell and the juvenile were commercial fishing during a closed period. They were issued summonses to appear on 10/20/11 in Yakutat District Court.

Location: Yakutat
Type: File false fish ticket
On 6/29/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Yakutat received a report that David Brown, 59, of Juneau, had filed a false fish ticket with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. Investigation revealed that a false fish ticket was filed. On 10/14/11 Brown was served with a summons to appear on 10/20/11 in Yakutat District Court.

Monday, October 17, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Trespass, Oct. 10 — Jesus S. Menchaca and Ignacio Trevino III were charged with criminal trespass when it was discovered they had returned to UniSea property after having been advised they were no longer allowed on the premises.

Drunk disturbance, Oct. 11, 0433 hours — Officers investigated a disturbance which began in one UniSea bunkroom and continued to another, involved copious amounts of alcohol and belligerence, and resulted in one laptop being broken and two men sustaining minor injuries. No charges were filed.

Ambulance request, Oct. 12, 0629 hours — EMS personnel provided care and transport to a man who had fallen in the water near City Dock.

Environmental, Oct. 14 — Caller reported a small ammonia leak, which had already been isolated and repaired, at a local processing facility.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Crews of two driftnet boats charged at Ketchikan

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Multiple violations
On 10/04/11 Jerry Scudero, 21, of Ketchikan, and Zachary Mills, 20, of Metlakatla, were cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, for commercial fishing without a Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission permit, unlawful possession of commercial fish, commercial fishing in closed waters, prohibited conduct and failure to register a power vessel. Scudero and Mills were cited after the National Marine Fisheries Service observed the F/V Sophia Nicole commercial drift gillnetting in state waters without state permits. Arraignment is scheduled for 10/13/11 in Ketchikan District Court.

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Multiple violations
On 9/28/11 Richard Olin, 29, David Schwehm, 22, and Trinity Jackson, 33, all of Metlakatla, were cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, for commercial fishing without a Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission permit, unlawful possession of commercial fish, commercial fishing in closed waters, prohibited conduct and failure to register a power vessel. Olin, Schwehm and Jackson were cited after the National Marine Fisheries Service observed the F/V Winter Hawk commercial drift gillnetting in state waters without state permits. Arraignment is scheduled for 11/16/11 in Ketchikan District Court.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Animal, Oct. 3 — A fox with orange plastic netting around its neck and leg was sighted at a local processing facility. Officers were unable to locate the fox and the processing plant was reminded of the effect of failing to properly dispose of garbage on wildlife.

Disorderly conduct, Oct. 5 — Jealous fighting fisherman caused a ruckus over a woman. Erik G. Valenzuela, 28, of San Jose, Calif., was charged with disorderly conduct.

Drunk disturbance, Oct. 7 — Intoxicated individual waiting to leave the island disagreed with the captain of the vessel he was staying on regarding galley hours. The disagreement escalated to involve another individual, who employed wrestling moves to quiet the hungry drunk. All parties agreed the situation was now settled.

Assault, Oct. 8 — Abubakar B. Jeylani, 31, of Unalaska, was charged with kidnapping after he entered a women's restroom and attempted to force a woman into a stall in an aggressive manner.

Unalaska radio station KUCB has more on the kidnapping case.

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Cook Inlet fisherman receives court summons

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 9/29/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a summons to Fedor S. Gostevskyh, 32, of Anchor Point, to appear in court on 10/28/11 for operating a commercial fishing net from the F/V Lisa Ann while in closed water on 7/11/11.

Friday, October 7, 2011

Gillnetter charged with illegal fishing at Bear River

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Bear River, Alaska Peninsula, Area M
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 9/21/10 King Salmon Wildlife Troopers received information from Alaska Department of Fish and Game biologists in Port Moller that a commercial fishing violation had occurred on 9/1/10 near the mouth of the Bear River on the Alaska Peninsula. Investigation revealed that Paul A. Martushoff, 27, of Reardan, Wash., acting as skipper and permit holder aboard the F/V Orbit, commercial fished with a drift gillnet in closed waters near the mouth of the Bear River on 9/1/10. On 10/5/11 Martushoff was contacted by Alaska Wildlife Troopers at his residence in Washington via phone and interviewed. During the interview, Martushoff made statements that corroborated the ADF&G observations. Martushoff was issued a citation charging him with commercial fishing in closed waters with arraignment set for 11/15/11 in Valdez District Court.

Monday, October 3, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Trespass, Sept. 27 — Local processing plant requested officers trespass an individual from the plant for 30 days.

Welfare check, Sept. 30 — A man's intoxication obscured his attempt to communicate to 911 dispatchers. Contact with another person on scene clarified that he was angry because he got fired for being drunk.

Sunday, October 2, 2011

Dungeness crabber started too early, troopers say

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Haines
Type: Commercial fish closed season
On 10/1/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Haines contacted Kris Morden, 46, of Haines. Investigation revealed that Morden was operating commercial Dungeness crab gear from the F/V Sequel prior to the noon commercial opening. Morden was issued a summons for
commercial fishing during a closed season and given a mandatory court appearance date of 10/14/11 in Haines District Court.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Ketchikan gillnetter charged with illegal fishing

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 9/25/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, cited Thomas Widmyer, 40, of Ketchikan, for commercial fishing for salmon with a drift gillnet in the closed waters of Neets Bay. A mandatory court appearance was set for 10/11/11 in Ketchikan District Court.

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Assault, Sept. 19 — Officers investigated a report of an assault between several intoxicated men at a local processing plant. Officers determined no assault had occurred, but that the complainant had outstayed his welcome.

Suspicious activity, Sept. 21 — Officers attempted to locate several individuals who were spreading false rumors about a tsunami headed towards Unalaska.

Domestic disturbance, Sept. 22 — Officers investigated a report of an intoxicated female causing a disturbance at a local processing plant. Joycelyn John, 25, was arrested and charged with assault and furnishing alcohol to a minor.

Ambulance request, Sept. 24 — EMS assisted with transporting a patient from a fishing vessel to the clinic.

Trespass, Sept. 25 — Michael Silipa, 22, was arrested and charged with criminal trespass after he was discovered on UniSea property by plant security.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Charter captain cited on multiple counts

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Charter violations
On 9/21/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, cited charter captain and Aurora Sportfishing owner Michael Anthony Knuteson, 31, of Ketchikan, for the following: illegally taking halibut for guided sportfish purposes in a manner inconsistent with International Pacific Halibut Commission and National Marine Fisheries Service regulations; aiding in the commission of a client violation by retaining an illegal halibut on a guided trip; possessing a halibut not of legal size; failing to submit sportfish charter logbooks to the Alaska Department of Fish and Game in the time specified; failing to complete sportfish charter logbooks; and transporting on deck four persons under 13 years of age who were not wearing personal floatation devices.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Three charged with herring pound violations

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Fail to mark commercial herring pound or web support
On 9/19/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, issued citations after investigation revealed the following persons failed to mark herring pound equipment during this spring's Hoonah Sound spawn-on-kelp fishery. Each defendant is scheduled to appear for arraignment on 9/27/11 in Sitka District Court.

Shane R. Lohr, 29, of Petersburg
Laura Mastrella, 49, of Haines
Steven T. Davis, 51, of Petersburg

Monday, September 19, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Ambulance request, Sept. 14 — EMS volunteers responded to a vessel bringing an individual in with severe crush injuries.

Animal, Sept. 15 — An at-large dog came to Public Safety, as she has become aware of the tasty treats available to friendly canines. Her owner was contacted and picked her up shortly thereafter.

Assault, Sept. 16, 0540 hours — A belligerent and intoxicated male who was threatening and vulgar to others was contacted at a processing facility.

Trespass, Sept. 16, 0635 hours — Above individual was trespassed from the processing facility. Officers stood by while he gathered his belongings.

Drunk disturbance, Sept. 16 — Caller reported an intoxicated crewmember who had been fired was causing problems. He had already been banned from the hotel for sneaking into a room. He was not violent, but he was provoking the violent tendencies in others. Officers convinced him to stay in his state room for the rest of the night.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Reports of marine engine fraud investigated

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Homer
Type: Assist agency outside of Alaska
On 9/14/11 at 1230 hours, the Alaska State Troopers began assisting Georgia authorities on a fraudulent business practices investigation where marine engines were ordered from a shop in Georgia via the Internet. A Homer resident received engines that were used and not the engines promised. A Wrangell resident has described similar fraud. The findings of the investigation in Alaska will be forwarded to Georgia authorities to aid them in their investigation.

Herring fisherman nets $3,000 fine after guilty plea

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Update — commercial fish closed season
On 9/8/11 Nicholas Johanson, 61, of Seattle, pled guilty to one count of commercial fishing in closed waters in Southeast Alaska. Johanson was charged on 4/7/11 during the 2011 Sitka herring sac roe fishery. He was fined $6,000 with $3,000 suspended. Johanson also was placed on probation for two years, not to commit any commercial fishing violations during this period.

Troopers spot seiner in closed waters near creek

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Pavlof Bay, Alaska Peninsula
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 9/14/11 King Salmon-based Alaska Wildlife Troopers served a summons to William J. Wiebe, 58, of Homer, for commercial fishing with salmon seine gear in closed waters within 500 yards of the mouth of Settlement Creek in Pavlof Bay. Wiebe was acting as skipper and permit holder aboard the F/V Namorada when the violation was observed by AWT on a fisheries patrol in a state aircraft on Aug. 16. Arraignment is set for 9/27/11 in Valdez District Court.

Troopers: PWS cod fisherman lacked registration

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Cordova, Prince William Sound
Type: Groundfish registration
On 9/14/11 Efery G. Reutov, 48, of Wasilla, operator and permit holder on the F/V Sea Dancer, was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers for operating groundfish gear for Pacific cod within the registration area without a valid nonexclusive area registration. Arraignment set for 10/26/11 in Cordova District Court.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Sitka salmon troller fined after guilty plea

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka, Silver Bay
Type: Update — commercial fish closed waters
On 9/7/11 Victor Littlefield pled guilty to one count of commercial fishing in closed waters. He was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended, ordered to pay $724.80 in restitution to the state, and placed on probation for one year. On 6/24/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, observed Littlefield, 38, of Sitka, take king salmon in closed waters of Bear Cove while operating commercial hand troll gear.

NOAA, researchers settle case of unpermitted Steller sea lion take, group to pay $9,000 penalty

Here's a press release from the NOAA Office of Law Enforcement.

Three herring pounders net $300 fines after pleas

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Update — fail to mark herring pound or web support
On 9/13/11 the following defendants pled no contest in Sitka District Court to failing to mark commercial herring pounds or web support. The charges resulted from commercial herring pound activities during April and May. Each defendant was fined $600 with $300 suspended and placed on one-year probation not to commit commercial fishing violations.

Matthew Carle Sr., 61, of Hydaburg
Charles Christiansen, 55, of Petersburg
Oliver Christiansen, 28, of Petersburg

Sitka Dungeness crabber cited over tender use

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka, Hoonah Sound
Type: Operate commercial Dungeness gear from tender
On 9/13/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, cited David A. Coleman, 53, of Sitka, for operating commercial Dungeness crab gear from a tender. Previous investigation and observations revealed Coleman was using two vessels to operate commercial Dungeness gear with one of the vessels being registered as a tender for Dungeness. Arraignment set for 9/27/11 in Sitka District Court.

Dutch Harbor man accused of eLandings infraction

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Dutch Harbor
Type: Fail to initiate an initial landing report
On 9/12/11 Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers issued Rocky Christopher Caldero, 43, of Dutch Harbor, a summons for failing to ensure an initial landing report was electronically generated within the eLandings system after a vessel had completed its delivery of fish. Arraignment set for 10/5/11 in Unalaska District Court.

Cordova troopers issue two CFEC-related citations

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Cordova, Eshamy Bay
Type: Fail to imprint fish ticket with CFEC card
On 8/17/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Cordova Post, contacted Anthony Barnes, 33, of Cordova. Investigation revealed that Barnes had delivered commercially caught salmon and failed to have his 2011 Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission card imprinted on the fish ticket. Arraignment set for 9/28/11 in Cordova District Court.

Location: Cordova
Type: Fail to obtain CFEC permit
On 9/12/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Cordova Post, contacted Toni Bocci, 55, of Cordova. Investigation revealed that Bocci had failed to obtain a 2011 Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission permit prior to operating longline gear, possessing commercially caught fish, and subsequent delivery and sale of the fish. Arraignment set for 9/28/11 in Cordova District Court.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

EMS other services, Sept. 4, 1945 hours — EMS personnel accompanied a patient from his vessel to the dock.

Ambulance request, Sept. 4, 2111 hours — EMS personnel provided transport to a patient coming to town from a vessel at sea.

Domestic disturbance, Sept. 5 — Caller reported he had been struck in the face after he got in an argument with a housemate over dirty dishes, frying fish and open windows. Officers received conflicting accounts of events and were unable to determine what if any criminal event may have occurred, and told both boys they needed to just get along.

Suspicious person, Sept. 6, 0242 hours — Officer contacted an intoxicated man lying on the ground near the South Channel Bridge. The man refused all offers of transportation and insisted on walking back to his vessel.

Domestic disturbance, Sept. 7, 0717 hours — Two men who had previously argued about dirty dishes and fried fish continued their disagreement, with one man spitting in the other's face, and being punched in the face in response. Victor T. Tamasoaalii, 53, of Oregon, was charged with one count of assault.

DUI, Sept. 7 — Caller reported a man allegedly drinking and driving near the UniSea processing plant. An officer contacted the suspect, who was not driving and had not been drinking.

Assault, Sept. 7, 2054 hours — Two men, apparently unable to get past their puerile differences over fried fish and dirty dishes, continued antagonizing one another. An officer advised the two men, again, to stay clear of one another after it was determined that no crime had been committed.

DUI, Sept. 8 — Peter J. Albee, 27, of Seattle, was charged with driving under the influence after an officer stopped him for having expired registration and learned that he had been drinking. Albee failed field sobriety tests and in spite of having a "Get out of Jail Free" card in his possession, was arrested and taken to jail.

Disorderly conduct, Sept. 8, 1956 hours — The fried fish and dirty dishes men continued shouting at one another and annoying their fellow housemates.

Assault, Sept. 8 — A man who complimented a bar maid on the way she smelled had the opportunity to smell equally nice a few minutes later when the bar maid returned to his table and spritzed him with her perfume. The man, who was offended by the bar maid's response, was advised by an officer that the behavior did not constitute a crime.

Fire response, Sept. 9, 0242 hours — Fire personnel responded to the Alyeska Seafoods processing facility, where a fire had been ignited by a welding machine.

Ambulance request, Sept. 9, 0245 hours — EMS personnel responded to a fire scene.

Assistance rendered, Sept. 9, 0246 hours — Officers assisted with evacuation and patient transport at a fire scene.

Criminal mischief, Sept. 9, 0724 hours — One of the fried fish and dirty dishes boys reported that someone, presumably his other half, had cut several of his jackets with a knife. Under investigation.

Suspicious activity, Sept. 9 — Caller reported steam in a parking lot and asked that an officer determine the source of it.

Domestic disturbance, Sept. 9, 2031 hours — The fried fish and dirty dishes boys called police to complain that bad words had been directed at one another in the common kitchen of their boarding house. Officers again encouraged the two males to engage in age-appropriate behavior.

Public safety, Sept. 10, 0200 hours — An officer advised two inebriates that it might not be in their best interest to walk in the middle of the road at night in dark clothing, especially when using headlights of oncoming vehicles to examine photographs instead of stepping out of the way.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Troopers charge 1,065-pound sablefish overage

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Cordova
Type: Exceed sablefish quota
On 9/8/11 Lyle G. Myrvold, 57, of Wasilla, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Cordova Post, for exceeding his Prince William Sound state sablefish quota by 1,065 pounds. Arraignment set for 9/28/11 in Cordova District Court.

Two shrimpers charged with fish ticket violations

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Prince William Sound
Type: Fish tickets
On 9/8/11 Larry D. Gilman, 51, of Whittier, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Cordova Post, for failing to submit fish tickets for commercial shrimp deliveries as required by regulation. Arraignment set for 9/28/11 in Cordova District Court.

Location: Prince William Sound
Type: Fish tickets
On 9/8/11 Shawn M. Phillips, 41, of Whittier, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Cordova Post, for failing to submit fish tickets for commercial shrimp deliveries as required by regulation. Arraignment set for 9/28/11 in Cordova District Court.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Suspicious person, Aug. 28 — Caller reported a youth in army fatigues was crawling around the softball field and shooting at gulls. They boy's parents said their son was hunting "pheasants," and believed that new ordinances allowed such activity in the city limits. An officer advised them of the rules pertaining to firearms use in the municipality.

Drunk disturbance, Aug. 28 — Taxi driver took her drunken, nonpaying passenger to the police station and requested assistance getting the money that was owed to her. The drunk, who said he had money on his boat and would pay the driver if she took him to it, was advised that he would be arrested if he failed to do exactly that.

Animal, Aug. 30 — Animal control officer responding to a barking dog complaint found the dog owner's grandson sleeping outside in a doghouse.

Welfare check, Aug. 30 — An officer checked on a young boy who had earlier been sleeping in a doghouse, and learned that the boy did not feel well and missed school on a regular basis, and that his mother was busy with her boyfriend. Information passed on to Alaska Children's Services.

Trespass, Sept. 1 — Officer issued a trespass advisement, per Westward Seafoods management, to a man who was no longer welcome on any of the business property.

Public safety, Sept. 2, 0300 hours — Community evacuation following the issuance of a tsunami warning for the Unalaska area. The warning was canceled and residents returned to their homes a short time later.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

Southeast charter guide fined $520 after plea

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Gustavus
Type: Conviction
On 8/25/11 Steve E. Petty, 42, of Gustavus, entered a no contest plea in Hoonah District Court to one count of failing to carry proof of a sportfish charter business license and one count of making a false statement on his 2011 sportfish license. Petty was initially contacted as he actively guided paying sportfish charter clients near Goose Island in Icy Strait on 7/16/11. Petty was fined a total of $520 for both offenses.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

Two charged at Yakutat with fish ticket violations

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Yakutat
Type: File false fish tickets
On 8/28/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Abigail Burgoyne, 29, of Tigard, Ore., in Yakutat. Investigation revealed that Burgoyne had filed two fish tickets a few days previously using an invalid Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission permit card. She was issued two summonses to appear on 9/22/11 in Yakutat District Court.

Location: Yakutat
Type: File false fish ticket
On 8/28/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers from Yakutat issued a summons to Fred Grant, 71, of Sitka, for filing a false fish ticket. Arraignment set for 9/22/11 in Yakutat District Court.

Two cited at Kodiak over lack of crew license

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Kodiak
Type: Crew license
On 8/21/11 Jeffery Winegarden, 43, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for failing to possess a valid commercial crewmember license.

Location: Kodiak
Type: Employ unlicensed crewmember
On 8/21/11 Freddie Christiansen, 51, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for employing an unlicensed crew member.

Sitka troller charged, coho proceeds seized

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 8/28/11 at 0928 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, contacted the F/V Chancey commercial power trolling for salmon in closed waters of Ushk Bay. Permit holder Patrick Parrish, 50, of Sitka, was issued a summons to appear in Sitka District Court on one count of commercial trolling in closed waters. The state seized $142.80 in proceeds for illegally taken coho salmon.

Southeast seiner accused of fishing closed area

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Hoonah
Type: Commercial fish closed area
On 8/23/11 Jared Bright, 36, of Petersburg, was cited by Hoonah Wildlife Troopers for commercial purse seine fishing in a closed area. Troopers on 7/3/11 observed Bright fishing onboard the F/V Obsession outside of the legal fishing area in District 13C. Bright is scheduled for arraignment on 9/6/11 in Sitka District Court.

Monday, August 29, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Motor vehicle accident, Aug. 23, 0232 hours — Devon Davis, 19, drove through a stop sign and sped through the UniSea area before striking three vehicles and a cement barrier on Salmon Way. Alcohol was a factor in the collision. Davis will be charged with reckless driving and minor in possession. Other charges pending further investigation.

Assist other agency, Aug. 23, 0312 hours — A harbor officer found a couple fornicating in the middle of Ballyhoo Road. The couple, who were both intoxicated and naked from the waist down, agreed it might be best to return to their vessel before resuming their sexual activity. Charges of public indecency were not filed.

Assistance rendered, Aug. 24 — A man flagged down an officer and demanded information about how to locate and contact various "Deadliest Catch" fishing vessels and crew, as he was certain that employment on one of those vessels would pay more than a job in Michigan.

Missing person, Aug. 27 — American Seafoods personnel reported a longtime employee had not reported for work when his vessel left the dock, and had not been found anywhere onboard the vessel.

Lost property, Aug. 27 — Brown vinyl binder with fishing documents.

Welfare check, Aug. 27 — Officer attempted to locate three men who reported being depressed due to their inability to get a flight off the island.

Drunk disturbance, Aug. 28, 0124 hours — Three drunken men who were arguing with one another told an officer that their disagreement came about after two of the men told the third man that his wife was having an affair, which in turn led to an unpleasant confrontation between the man and wife. The first two men later admitted the only reason they thought the wife was having an affair was because she was beautiful and the only woman on the boat.

Drunk disturbance, Aug. 28 — Officers responded to Westward Seafoods where a drunken man was threatening other employees, who had allegedly employed racial epithets in conversations with the drunk.

Sunday, August 28, 2011

Sitka troopers ticket Deep Inlet fisherman

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Commercial fish closed season
On 8/21/11 the Alaska Department of Fish and Game reported that the F/V Kenai Ranger possibly was commercial fishing in Deep Inlet near Sitka. Deep Inlet is currently closed to all commercial fishing by ADF&G emergency order. On 8/25/11 Sitka Wildlife Troopers contacted Larry Rhea, 62, of Lindale, Texas, on the F/V Kenai Ranger. Investigation revealed Rhea was commercial fishing during a closed period in Deep Inlet. Rhea was issued a mandatory court appearance summons for 8/30/11 in Sitka District Court.

Friday, August 26, 2011

Three arrested after assault on fishing vessel

This incident started on the commercial fishing vessel Alaska Rose and then moved to land, an Alaska State Troopers spokeswoman told The Brig.

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Chignik Bay
Type: Assault, kidnapping, criminal mischief
On 8/24/11 King Salmon-based Alaska State Troopers responded to the village of Chignik Bay for a reported assault. Investigation revealed that Christopher Jordan, 33, of Oregon; Lloyd Davis, 36, of Kenai; and Daniel Whittington, 22, of Oregon, all went onto a fishing boat and assaulted an 18-year-old male who was sleeping on the
boat. Jordan, Davis and Whittington were all arrested and transported to the King Salmon jail where they are awaiting arraignment.

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Troopers ticket two fishermen in Juneau

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 8/18/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers received a report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that the F/V Ragtime was observed fishing in closed waters in District 11B south of Juneau. The owner-operator of the F/V Ragtime was identified as Leslie J. Nelson, 62, of Blaine, Wash. Troopers contacted Nelson in Juneau and issued a citation for fishing in closed waters.

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 8/18/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers received a report from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game that the F/V Vindicator was observed fishing in closed waters south of Juneau in Speel Arm by Bride Point. The owner-operator of the F/V Vindicator was identified as Mike L. Delong, 47, of Juneau. Troopers contacted Delong in Juneau and issued a citation for fishing in closed waters.

Sablefish fisherman cited at Dutch Harbor

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Dutch Harbor
Type: Vessel registration
On 8/19/11 Jesse Pavlik, 27, of Yakutat, was cited by Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers for failing to register his vessel with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game for the Aleutian District sablefish fishery. Pavlik was given an arraignment date of 10/5/11 in Unalaska District Court.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Welfare check, Aug. 17, 0040 hours — Officer found an inebriate passed out in front of the Harbor View bar. Several comrades agreed to ensure that the man returned to his vessel safely.

Liquor law violation, Aug. 17, 0114 hours — Officer observed numerous extremely intoxicated persons inside the Harbor View bar. A responsible party agreed to gather his personnel and take them back to their vessel.

Public safety, Aug. 17 — A half-ton of explosives was left on the tarmac at the Unalaska airport after the company contracted to transport the explosives claimed they had no vehicles or drivers to do so.

Other services, Aug. 18 — Police, fire and EMS personnel provided support services for an U.S. Air Force demolition team on the island to dispose of a WW II hand grenade.

Fire response, Aug. 20, 0007 hours — Fire personnel responded to the North Pacific dock on Captains Bay Road, where a pickup had been found on fire.

Ambulance request, Aug. 20, 0013 hours — EMS personnel responded to a fire scene.

Assistance rendered, Aug. 20, 0014 hours — Officer initiated an investigation into the source of the fire which had ignited a pickup on the North Pacific dock.

Friday, August 19, 2011

Homer man charged with fishing in closed waters

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 8/18/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a summons to Charles D. Walkden, 57, of Homer, to appear in court for operating a commercial fishing net from the F/V June Bug while in closed waters on 7/19/11.

Florida man accused of interfering with gear

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Valdez
Type: Interfere with commercial fishing gear
On 8/17/11 Daniel Alley, 44, of Florida, was cited by the Valdez Wildlife Trooper for interfering with the commercial fishing gear of another. Arraignment scheduled for 9/22/11 in Valdez District Court.

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Homer man indicted, might lose boat in drug case

Here's a press release from the U.S. attorney's office.

Two sentenced in Bristol Bay illegal fishing case

Here's an update to a case we first reported here.

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Naknek
Type: Update — commercial fish closed waters, hindering prosecution
On 8/17/11 in Naknek District Court, Richard Aiello pled guilty to a consolidated strict liability violation for commercial fishing in closed waters. He was sentenced to pay a $5,000 fine with none suspended, and he will receive six demerit points against his Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission permit. A charge of contributing to the delinquency of a minor was dismissed as part of an agreement. Manual Amorin pled guilty to one count of hindering prosecution and received a $500 fine.

Another Kodiak salmon fisherman ticketed

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Kodiak
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 8/12/11 Freddie Christiansen, 51, of Kodiak, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for commercial salmon fishing during a closed period.

Troopers make three Prince William Sound cases

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Prince William Sound
Type: Commercial fish closed waters, unlawful possession
On 8/14/11 Everett Lindholm, 68, of Washington state, was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Valdez Post, for commercial fishing closed waters and unlawful possession. Arraignment scheduled for 9/28/11 in Cordova District Court.

Location: Valdez
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 8/14/11 Roderick Jensen, 37, of Cordova, was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Valdez Post, for commercial fishing on 8/1/11 within 500 yards of a salmon stream terminus in Snug Corner Cove. Arraignment scheduled for 9/28/11 in Cordova District Court.

Location: Valdez
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 8/13/11 Robert Bernard, 32, of Oregon, was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Valdez Post, for commercial fishing in the closed waters off Point Helen, south Knight Island. Arraignment scheduled for 10/26/11 in the Cordova District Court.

Fisherman reports his stuff thrown overboard

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Kodiak
Type: Criminal mischief
On 8/15/11 at approximately 1500 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of criminal mischief from a 26-year-old male resident of Virginia. The man reported an assortment of his personal belongings were thrown overboard while he was commercial fishing in Larsen Bay. The items were valued at approximately $185. The incident is under investigation.

Kodiak troopers cite salmon fisherman

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Kodiak
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/30/11 Jody Yakanak, 34, of Kodiak, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing for salmon during a closed period.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Weapons, Aug. 8 — A possibly unexploded, WW II-era hand grenade was located on a nearby beach. A team marked the area and provided appropriate military authorities with relevant information.

Drunk disturbance, Aug. 8 — One of two drunken men who were causing problems at the Grand Aleutian fell down and cut his head while trying to flee from UniSea security.

Disorderly conduct, Aug. 8 — UniSea security requested assistance with three men who had been engaged in an altercation. Officers learned that one man had screamed at two others while waiting in a cafeteria line, and found no evidence that a crime had occurred.

Drunk disturbance, Aug. 12 — Officers escorted a drunken, chest-thumping man to his bunkhouse room after receiving a report from UniSea security that the man was challenging others to fight.

Alcohol, Aug. 12, 0208 hours — Officers contacted a man who was passed out against a warehouse, and learned he had been drinking at a local bar and was trying to make his way back to his vessel. Officers located a sober third party who agreed to take responsibility for the inebriate.

Drunk disturbance, Aug. 12, 2202 hours — Caller reported an extremely intoxicated man wandering about on Salmon Way. An officer transported the drunk to his vessel, where the captain agreed to take responsibility for him.

Trespass, Aug. 13 — Officers issued trespass advisements, per Westward security, to several men who had been involved in the commission of crimes on Westward Seafoods property.

Fire response, Aug. 13, 1623 hours — EMS and fire volunteers responded to a report that an "old gentleman" had just jumped from the South Channel Bridge into Captains Bay.

Assistance rendered, Aug. 13, 1624 hours — Officers assisting fire and EMS personnel contacted two uninjured men who had elected to take a recreational plunge from the South Channel Bridge, and who were most apologetic for having caused a commotion amongst the emergency response community.

Assistance rendered, Aug. 13 — Caller reported a man had illegally parked in an apartment parking lot, ignored the caller's complaint about same, put a bicycle in his vehicle, and had then driven away. The caller said he would fight the dastardly parker if he returned.

Monday, August 15, 2011

Troopers cite trollers, donate salmon to charity

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Craig
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 8/14/11 at 1205 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, contacted the F/V High Pockets commercial power trolling for salmon off Baker Island during a closed season. Investigation revealed the vessel had retained eight king salmon before the opening of the season at 1201 hours on 8/15/11. Skipper and permit holder Thomas A. George, 56, and crewman Jared B. Barlow, 37, both of Klawock, were cited with one count each of commercial fishing in a closed season and unlawful possession of fish. Arraignment was set for 8/31/11 in Craig District Court. The eight illegally taken salmon were seized and donated to charity.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Gillnetter hit with summons at Soldotna

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 8/8/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a summons to Thomas P. Huhndorf, 53, of Anchorage, to appear in court on Aug. 19 for operating a commercial drift gillnet from the F/V Andrea Grace while in closed waters on 7/16/11.

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Seiner nets $3,000 fine, forfeits $4,000 catch

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Update — commercial fish closed waters
On 8/9/11 Paul Rostad, 51, of Kake and the F/V Christina Dawn, pled no contest in Juneau District Court to one count of operating a commercial seine net in the closed waters of District 10. He was fined $6,000 with $3,000 suspended and placed on probation for two years. His catch, valued at just under $4,000, was ordered forfeited. The violation occurred near the southern tip of the Glass Peninsula south of Juneau.

Crewman jailed at Unalaska on warrant

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Dutch Harbor
Type: Warrant arrest
On 8/5/11 Christopher R. Laier, 39, of Libby, Mont., was arrested by Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers on an Unalaska warrant. The original charge was for driving while license suspended or revoked. Laier was arrested off the F/V Frontier Explorer and booked into the Unalaska jail without incident.

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Welfare check, Aug. 2 — 911 hang-up call, received from the Alyeska Seafoods area. There was no indication of any emergency at that location.

Welfare check, Aug. 5 — Caller reported a fully clothed man playing in the Bering Sea in water up to his shoulders, and expressed concern about his developing hypothermia. A fire officer was dispatched to the scene.

Trespass, Aug. 6 — Officers issued a trespass advisement, per Bering Fisheries security, to a man who had been lolling about the area and had cursed at a security officer who told him to vacate the premises.

Drunk disturbance, Aug. 7 — A pool player who insulted another man's girlfriend suddenly found himself without a cue ball when the boyfriend stole it and then fled from the area. No one was injured in the ensuing melee, and all parties were advised to depart.

Suspicious activity, Aug. 7, 0321 hours — Officer observed a small skiff being operated by an apparently intoxicated man. The inebriate, who could not be identified, refused to come ashore when ordered to do so and continued driving out of the harbor.

Monday, August 8, 2011

Homer fisherman charged with illegal lingcod take

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Yakutat
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 8/5/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers from Yakutat contacted Tom Hogan, 62, of Homer, in Yakutat. Investigation revealed that Hogan had retained lingcod on 7/7/11 from the closed waters of the Icy Bay subdistrict. Hogan was issued a summons with a mandatory court date of 8/25/11 in Yakutat District Court.

Two Cook Inlet salmon fishermen get court dates

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 8/5/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a summons to Jeffrey M. Widman, 43, of Anchorage, to appear in court on 8/19/11 for operating a commercial drift gillnet from the F/V Albacore while in closed waters on 7/21/11.

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 8/5/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a summons to Brian M. Ranguette, 34, of Nikiski, to appear in court on 8/19/11 for operating a commercial drift gillnet from the F/V Costa Lotta while in closed waters on 7/11/11.

Saturday, August 6, 2011

Gillnetter fished in closed waters, troopers say

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 8/4/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a summons to Michael A. Basargin, 32, of Nikolaevsk, to appear in court on 8/19/11 for operating a commercial drift gillnet from the F/V Kasatka while in closed waters on 7/7/11.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Troopers ticket two Kodiak salmon fishermen

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Kodiak
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/30/11 Albert "Richie" Bigley III, 33, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers for commercial salmon fishing prior to the noon opening of the Inner Ayakulik River on 7/18/11.

Location: Kodiak
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/24/11 Mitchell Keplinger, 50, was cited by Kodiak Wildlife Troopers for commercial salmon fishing prior to the noon opening of the Inner Ayakulik section on 7/18/11.

Island Girl fished four minutes early, troopers say

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Tebenkof Bay
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/31/11 at 0456 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, observed the F/V Island Girl operating commercial salmon seine gear before the 0500 hours opening in Tebenkof Bay. The permit holder and operator, Lars R. Eide, 67, of Petersburg, was cited for commercial fishing during a closed period. Arraignment set in Petersburg District Court.

Troopers ticket salmon setnetter at Yakutat

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Yakutat
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/31/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Jerald Holmes, 39, of Des Moines, Wash., at the East River near Yakutat. Investigation revealed that Holmes was operating his commercial setnet during a closed period on the East River. Holmes was issued a summons to appear on 8/25/11 in Yakutat District Court.

Monday, August 1, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Drunk disturbance, July 24 — Officers contacted several men regarding an altercation at the Galaxy dock. One of those contacted was found to be in violation of his probation conditions; information passed on to his probation officer.

Assist other agency, July 25 — Police and harbor officers contacted the captain of a sailboat which had run aground near the East Channel. The captain, who spoke no English, displayed no signs of intoxication.

Theft, July 25 — A woman reported the theft of $200 from her room in a Westward Seafoods bunkhouse. The victim also told officers she had lost her labeled room key several weeks earlier, and had not to this date requested a new lock. No suspects were identified.

Assistance rendered, July 29, 0317 hours — Request to have some sodium lights, which were interfering with drivers' ability to see, turned off at a local dock. A harbor officer was able to remedy the situation.

Assistance rendered, July 31, 0210 hours — Officer found an intoxicated man vainly attempting to climb into a Dumpster. When confronted, the inebriate told the officer he was simply going to his room. The officer, who knew the man lived in a nearby bunkhouse and not a Dumpster, assisted the man to his residence.

Troopers ticket several gillnetters at Juneau

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/27/11 Aaron C. Place, 38, of Juneau, was charged with two counts of operating a commercial drift gillnet in closed waters. Place was given an arraignment date of 8/9/11 in Juneau District Court.

Location: Juneau
Type: Undersized gillnet mesh
On 7/27/11 Gunnar K. Noreen, 55, of Douglas, was cited for operating a commercial gillnet with mesh smaller than legally allowed. He was given an arraignment date of 8/10/11 in Juneau District Court.

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/27/11 Bernard R. Ivey, 75, of Juneau, was cited for operating a commercial drift gillnet in closed waters. Ivey was given an arraignment date of 8/10/11 in Juneau District Court.

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/27/11 Jed Bickford-Harding, 35, of Gustavus, was issued two citations for operating a commercial drift gillnet in closed waters. One charge was based on observations made on 7/24/11 near Point Bishop and the other was based on observations made on 6/26/11 near Benjamin Island. Bickford-Harding was given an arraignment date of 8/11/11 in Juneau District Court.

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/27/11 Christopher J. Place, 39, of Douglas, was cited on four counts of operating a commercial drift gillnet in closed waters. Three counts are from events observed on 7/24/11 near Point Bishop and one count is from events observed on 6/26/11 near Benjamin Island. Place operates the F/V Mara. He was given an arraignment date of 8/9/11 in Juneau District Court.

Location: Juneau
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/24/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed the F/V Seniavin Sun operated by Ryan Gullufsen, 36, of Juneau, commercial gillnet fishing over the Point Bishop line on three separate occasions. On 7/28/11 Gullufsen was issued three misdemeanor citations for fishing in closed waters.

Troopers charge two Cook Inlet gillnetters

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/22/11 while on routine helicopter patrol of the Cook Inlet commercial fishery, Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed the F/V Matros fishing in closed waters. Troopers contacted Nihei P. Reutov, 35, of Wasilla, and issued a summons to appear in court on 8/12/11.

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/11/11 while on routine helicopter patrol of the Cook Inlet commercial fishery, Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed the F/V Night Stalker fishing in closed waters. Troopers contacted Angela K. Niemi, 24, of Astoria, Ore., and issued a summons to appear in court on 8/9/11.

Hoonah troopers accuse seiner of overtime fishing

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Hoonah
Type: Commercial fish closed season
On 7/23/11 Stephen Huestis, 49, of Washington state, was cited by Hoonah Wildlife Troopers for commercial purse seine fishing during a closed season. Huestis was towing his commercial purse seine and fishing just off Hawk Inlet two minutes past the 8 p.m. closure time. Huestis was scheduled for arraignment on 7/27/11 in Hoonah District Court.

Saturday, July 30, 2011

Sitka seiners fined, forfeit $6,500 worth of salmon

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Update — commercial fish closed waters
On 7/18/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, observed the F/V Wendy Anne operating commercial seine gear near False Island. The area was not open to commercial purse seining. Permit holder Todd M. Nevers and owner-operator Todd L. Bayne, both of Sitka, were cited for commercial fishing in closed waters, and 13,536 pounds of salmon were seized. On 7/26/11 both Nevers and Bayne pled no contest to commercial seining during a closed period. Nevers was fined $6,000 with $3,000 suspended, and he was placed on probation for two years. Bayne was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended and placed on probation for one year. The illegally taken fish, valued at approximately $6,500, were forfeited to the state.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Assistance rendered, July 19 — Complainant reported that one of his crew mates had not shown up to the airport with the rest of the crew. Individual was eventually located.

Welfare check, July 19 — Caller requested officers conduct a welfare check on a friend that called her in a drunken state late last night, reporting he was missing half of his nose and near high voltage wires. Contact with the individual resulted in the discovery that he had a rough night, but did not need medical attention.

Welfare check, July 21 — An out-of-town judge reported a plaintiff in a case threatened suicide and to kill an attorney in Anchorage, presumably not in that order. Officers contacted the individual who stated he had lost his temper and it would not happen again, as he had discovered how important it was to take his medication.

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Troopers ticket five Cook Inlet salmon setnetters

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/16/11 while on routine helicopter patrol of the Cook Inlet commercial fishery, Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed a setnet fishing after the period closed. Troopers contacted Robert V. Williams, 50, of Kasilof, and issued a summons to appear in court on 8/19/11.

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/16/11 while on routine helicopter patrol of the Cook Inlet commercial fishery, Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed a setnet fishing after the period closed. Troopers contacted Steven J. Stassel, 49, of Anchorage, and issued a summons to appear in court on 8/19/11.

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/16/11 while on routine helicopter patrol of the Cook Inlet commercial fishery, Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed a setnet fishing after the period closed. Troopers contacted Jeffrey P. Beaudoin, 60, of Kasilof, and issued a summons to appear in court on 8/19/11.

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/16/11 while on routine helicopter patrol of the Cook Inlet commercial fishery, Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed a setnet fishing after the period closed. Troopers contacted Wayne U. Wong, 42, of Clam Gulch, and issued a summons to appear in court on 8/19/11.

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/16/11 while on routine helicopter patrol of the Cook Inlet commercial fishery, Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed a setnet fishing after the period closed. Troopers contacted Nathanael B. Johnson, 31, of Pocatello, Idaho, and issued a summons to appear in court on 8/12/11.

Crew accused of fishing illegally, hiding boat ID

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Naknek
Type: Commercial fish closed waters, hindering prosecution
On 7/17/11 at about 1536 hours, King Salmon Wildlife Troopers on aircraft patrol of the commercial fishery in the Naknek section observed a drift gillnet vessel fishing in closed waters. As troopers attempted to document its identity, two crewmen moved to the sides of the vessel and intentionally pulled up and positioned several bumper buoys to obstruct the vessel's Alaska Department of Fish and Game numbers from view. After some time, the boat was identified as the F/V Richie A. Troopers aboard the P/V Woldstad made contact with the vessel but were unable to board due to rough seas and ordered it to shore. At 1834 hours the F/V Richie A was contacted in Naknek and the skipper identified as Richard R. Aiello, 42, of Monterey, Calif. The crewmen who obstructed the investigation were identified as Manual L. Amorin, 39, also of Monterey, and Aiello's 16-year-old son. Aiello was issued mandatory court citations for commercial fishing in closed waters, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and commercial fishing with obscured ADF&G numbers. Amorin was cited into court on one count of hindering prosecution. The juvenile was not charged. Arraignment on all charges set for 7/21/11 in Naknek District Court.

Location: Egegik
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/19/11 James A. Parker, 56, of Everett, Wash., was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing in closed waters outside the Egegik District. Arraignment scheduled for 7/22/11 in Naknek District Court.

Gillnetter nets $3,000 fine, forfeits value of catch

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Juneau
Type: Update — commercial fish closed period
On 7/21/11 Ronald L. Martin, 69, of Haines, pled no contest in Juneau District Court to one count of commercial fishing during a closed period. Martin was fined $5,000 with $2,000 suspended and ordered to forfeit the $1,400 value of the illegally taken fish. Martin was placed on probation for two years. The case originated when Juneau Wildlife Troopers contacted Martin fishing during a closed period near Point Bridget north of Juneau.

Boat escorted to port for lack of firefighting gear

From the U.S. Coast Guard:

July 21, 2011

Coast Guard terminates voyage of fishing vessel near St. Paul

KODIAK — The Coast Guard cutter Rush terminated the voyage of the 32-foot St. Paul-based commercial fishing vessel Nina Matrona II for a safety violation during a boarding Wednesday three miles northeast of St. Paul Island.

A boarding team found the vessel master operating without any firefighting equipment. The Coast Guard requires commercial fishing vessels between 26 feet and 40 feet to have two fire extinguishers.

The Nina Matrona II, a longliner, was fishing for halibut at the time of the boarding.

The Rush escorted the boat to St. Paul Island after the boarding was completed.

The crew of the Rush also boarded four other vessels in the vicinity of St. Paul Island.

The 378-foot Rush is a high-endurance cutter based out of Honolulu. It was launched in New Orleans in 1968 and is named after Richard Rush, a former treasury secretary.

Two commercial fishermen cited at Valdez

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Valdez
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/19/11 James Jensen Jr., 58, of Cordova, was cited by the Valdez Wildlife Trooper for commercial fishing within 500 yards of a salmon stream in Port Valdez on 7/17/11. Arraignment scheduled for 9/22/11 in Valdez District Court.

Location: Valdez
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/17/11 Louis Beaudry, 83, of Idaho, was cited by the Valdez Wildlife Trooper for commercial fishing within the closed waters of a salmon stream, in Anderson Bay. Arraignment scheduled for 8/25/11 in Valdez District Court.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Assistance rendered, July 11 — Complainant came to Public Safety with a fellow crew member who was suffering from paranoia.

Ambulance request, July 11 — Caller requested EMS for a crew member who may be experiencing a heart attack aboard a fishing vessel.

Suspicious person, July 12 — Caller reported there was a guy acting crazy in the middle of Ballyhoo Road in front of the old Alaska Ship Supply.

Assault, July 13 — Caller reported he was having a disagreement with three to five men off the F/V Ocean Alaska at the Spit Dock which escalated in one of the men pulling a knife from his belt. Several subjects were contacted by officers, all of whom had varying descriptions of what had occurred. No charges were filed.

Animal, July 13 — Caller reported to Public Safety that several people were feeding the eagles on East Broadway, just across the street from Kelty Field. For that reason, the eagles were not moving out of the way of oncoming vehicles, impeding traffic by staying on the roadway and making it difficult for pedestrians to safely walk their dogs. Officer responded and cleared the area.

Suspicious activity, July 13 — A person who just came from Captains Bay Road reported a suspicious "red skiff" floating in the bay. Officers responded and determined an intoxicated individual had passed out in the skiff and went adrift. A friend responded to assist in another skiff. While crossing over to a second skiff the intoxicated individual fell into the water but was eventually pulled into the skiff by his friend.

Ambulance Request, July 13 — Officer requested EMS for a man who fell into the bay while attempting to get back onto shore.

Suspicious activity, July 13 — Caller reported hearing what seemed like a seal bomb or gunfire coming from the bay area. Officers investigated and were unable to locate persons in the area.

Drunken disturbance, July 16, 0149 hours — Individual called 911 and requested officer assistance at the Harbor View bar. Report that someone had thrown a bottle at the glass window near the dance floor. The window did not break but the bottle shattered upon impact.

Trespass, July 16, 0209 hours — On behalf of UniSea, the drunken individual who tried to play baseball with a bottle and hit the glass window was trespassed from all UniSea hospitality locations for three months.

Assault, July 16, 0254 hours — Caller reported several men fighting behind the UniSea Mall. No charges were filed.

Trespass, July 16, 0343 hours — On behalf of UniSea, individual female was trespassed from all UniSea bunkhouses and UniSea Inn permanently.

Trespass, July 16, 1645 hours — On behalf of UniSea, a male individual was trespassed from both the Cape Cheerful Lounge and the Harbor View bar due to his disruptive and aggressive behavior.

Ambulance request, July 16 — Caller reported a passenger on PenAir flight 7303 partially cut off a portion of his/her finger while possibly maneuvering the arm rest. Patient was safely taken to the clinic for treatment.

Sitka seiners cited, 13,536 pounds of fish seized

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/18/11 at approximately 0843 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, observed the F/V Wendy Anne operating commercial seine gear near False Island. The area was not open to commercial purse seining. Permit holder Todd M. Nevers and owner-operator Todd L. Bayne, both of Sitka, were cited for commercial fishing in closed waters with arraignment set in Sitka District Court. As a result of the violation, 13,536 pounds of salmon were seized.

Troopers ticket Bristol Bay fisherman at Naknek

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Naknek
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/16/11 David F. Iani, 51, of Kodiak, was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing in a closed period in the Naknek section. Arraignment scheduled for 7/20/11 in Naknek District Court.

Sunday, July 17, 2011

Lack of halibut permit costs Metlakatla man $3K

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Update — no commercial halibut permit
On 6/28/11 Jay Beal, 32, of Metlakatla, pled no contest to fishing for halibut in Alaska state waters without a Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission permit. Beal was fined $3,000 and placed on probation for two years. Beal originally was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, after he was contacted in June commercial fishing outside Annette Island waters.

Troopers cite seven more Bristol Bay fishermen

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Egegik
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/15/11 Clayton Franklin, 39, of Sedro-Woolley, Wash., was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing in closed waters in the Egegik District. Arraignment scheduled for 7/21/11 in Naknek District Court.

Location: Egegik
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/15/11 Robert King, 51, of Brush Prairie, Wash., was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing in closed waters in the Egegik District. Arraignment scheduled for 7/21/11 in Naknek District Court.

Location: Egegik
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/15/11 Mark O. Noste, 52, of Oak Harbor, Wash., was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing in closed waters in the Egegik District. Arraignment scheduled for 7/22/11 in Naknek District Court.

Location: Naknek
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/12/11 Thomas Aliotti, 42, of Bellingham, Wash., was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing in closed waters on 7/9/11 near the Naknek section. Arraignment scheduled for 7/20/11 in Naknek District Court.

Location: Ugashik
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/13/11 Jeremy Salmon, 19, of Igiugig, was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing during a closed period in the Ugashik District of Bristol Bay. Arraignment scheduled for 7/21/11 in Naknek District Court.

Location: Naknek
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/12/11 Ben Stammerjohan, 40, of Kingston, Wash., was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing in closed waters outside the Naknek section on 6/25/11. Arraignment scheduled for 7/20/11 in Naknek District Court.

Location: Ugashik
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/13/11 Marc F. Watson, 52, of Naknek, was cited by Bristol Bay Wildlife Troopers for commercial fishing during a closed period in the Ugashik District of Bristol Bay. Arraignment scheduled for 7/21/11 in Naknek District Court.

Troopers ticket Kuskokwim fisherman

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Kuskokwim River, subdistrict W1-B
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/13/11 Bethel Wildlife Troopers on a routine commercial fisheries float plane patrol near Napakiak cited Nicholai Steven, 60, of Oscarville, for commercial fishing in a closed period. Arraignment set for 7/25/11 in Bethel District Court.

Friday, July 15, 2011

Arrest warrants issued for 2 Bristol Bay fishermen

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Dillingham
Type: Update — commercial fish closed period
On 6/28/11 Nicholas N. Basargin, of Plamondon, Alberta, and Alexey E. Basargin, of Homer, both were cited for two counts of commercial fishing during a closed period in the Nushagak District. Nicholas Basargin was the skipper and Alexey Basargin was the permit holder onboard the F/V Baikal when the violations were committed. On 7/12/11 both defendants failed to appear for their arraignments in Dillingham District Court. The court issued $1,000 bench warrants for their arrest.

Several Bristol Bay fishermen plead at Dillingham

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Dillingham
Type: Update — commercial fish closed waters
On 7/12/11 Maximilian Pozdeev, 20, of Homer, pled guilty in Dillingham District Court to one charge of commercial fishing in closed waters. He was fined $3,000 with $2,000 suspended and placed on probation for a period of two years under conditions of committing no other commercial fishing violations.

Location: Dillingham
Type: Update — commercial fish closed period
On 7/12/11 Thomas L. Hoseth, 59, of Dillingham, pled guilty in Dillingham District Court to one charge of commercial fishing in a closed period. He was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended, ordered to forfeit 483 pounds of fish seized during the investigation, and placed on probation for a period of two years under conditions of committing no other commercial fishing violations.

Location: Dillingham
Type: Update — commercial fish closed waters
On 7/12/11 David B. Zielinski, 47, of Seattle, pled guilty in Dillingham District Court to one charge of commercial fishing in closed waters. He was fined $6,000 with $4,000 suspended and placed on probation for a period of two years under conditions of committing no other commercial fishing offenses. The charge against Karl L. Nelson, who was a co-defendant in the case, was dismissed as part of the resolution.

Location: Dillingham
Type: Update — commercial fish closed waters
On 7/12/11 Chad E. Tennyson, 22, of Dillingham, pled guilty in Dillingham District Court to one charge of commercial fishing in closed waters. He was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended and placed on probation for a period of two years under conditions of committing no other commercial fishing offenses.

Location: Dillingham
Type: Update — commercial fish closed waters
On 7/12/10 Michael M. Kelley, 49, of Cordova, pled guilty in Dillingham District Court to one charge of commercial fishing in closed waters. He was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended, and 216 pounds of fish seized during the investigation were forfeited to the state. Kelley also was placed on probation for a period of two years under conditions of committing no other commercial fishing violations.

Hoonah crabber fined $1,500 after no contest plea

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Icy Strait
Type: Commercial fish closed waters, unlawful gear storage
On 7/6/11 William Veler, 49, of Hoonah, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, for commercial fishing in closed waters and for unlawful storage of Tanner crab gear. Veler was cited after the patrol vessel Enforcer located nine commercial Tanner crab pots in fishing condition in closed waters. On 7/6/11 Veler appeared in Hoonah District Court and pled no contest to commercial fishing in closed waters. He was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended.

Troopers ticket Cook Inlet fisherman at Soldotna

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Soldotna
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 7/2/11 Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed the F/V Seafarer fishing in closed waters. On 7/10/11 troopers contacted Edward Johnson, 37, of Kenai, and issued a summons to appear in court.

Seiner fished at Hoonah after closure, troopers say

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Hoonah
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 7/12/11 Bryan Howey, 43, of Sitka, was cited by Hoonah Wildlife Troopers for commercial purse seine fishing in closed waters. At 5:04 p.m. troopers contacted Howey, who was towing his seine and fishing just off Hawk Inlet. Howey, the skipper onboard, apparently was unaware that the purse seine fishery on the Hawk Inlet shoreline closed at 5 p.m. Arraignment set for 7/20/11 in Hoonah District Court.

Sitka salmon troller, crewman net fines, probation

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Update — commercial fish closed waters
On 7/12/11 Patrick Barker pled guilty in Sitka District Court to one count each of commercial fishing in closed waters, retaining undersized king salmon and possessing commercial fish without a valid permit card in possession. Barker was fined a total of $4,250 with $2,500 suspended, ordered to pay $255.80 in restitution for illegally taken fish, and placed on probation for one year. The undersized fish were forfeited. Carl Heckman, as the crewmember on the vessel, pled guilty to one count of commercial fishing in closed waters and was fined $1,500 with $1,000 suspended. He also was placed on probation for one year.

Read the initial press release here.