Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Sitka man accused of illegal Dungeness crabbing

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Commercial crab closed season
On 8/27/10 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, cited Reginald I. Baggen, of Sitka, for commercial fishing during a closed season for Dungeness crab. More than 70 of Baggen's pots were located still fishing in the Peril Strait area 8/23/10. The season closed 8/15/10. Baggen was summoned to Sitka District Court for arraignment on 9/14/10.

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Troopers say Craig troller caught kings illegallly

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: King salmon violations
On 08/27/10 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, issued a summons to Charles Elton Boothman, 45, of Craig, for negligently hand trolling on the fishing vessel Sydney Jean in marine waters near Snail Rock, 35 miles south of Ketchikan, and unlawfully retaining five commercially caught king salmon during a closed season. All five kings were under the legal size limit of 28 inches. Boothman also was charged for unlawful possession. Arraignment is set for 9/15/10 in Ketchikan District Court.

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter, as reported by the Unalaska Advertiser:

Theft, Aug. 17 — Officer investigated the theft of approximately $4,000 from a man living in a processing plant bunkhouse. Several suspects were identified. Under investigation.

Criminal mischief, Aug. 18 — Business employee reported that labor union personnel were stirring up trouble on the work site by leaving vulgar messages, directed at other union members, in public locations.

Theft, Aug. 21 — A man who had lent money to another man several months ago reported that the borrower refused to pay him back. While an officer was speaking to the complainant, the borrower returned from a visit to the ATM with the man's payment.

Animal, Aug. 21 — Caller reported a dog trying to get at a tote full of rabbits. The responding officer located the dog's owner, and also discovered that someone had captured rabbits on Hog Island and brought them to Unalaska Island to make pets out of them.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Man attempts to land halibut without credentials

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Cordova
Type: No CFEC card
On 8/22/10 Ivan Seledkov, 30, of Woodburn, Ore., was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Cordova Post, for possessing and attempting to land approximately 7,638 pounds of commercially caught halibut without a 2010 Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission card. Arraignment was set for 9/1/10 in Cordova District Court.

Inept bear does a number on GMC Yukon

Now just imagine if this beast found a sockeye or a sandwich or something in the car!

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: King Salmon
Type: Destruction of property
On 8/21/10 John Fundeen, 66, of King Salmon, reported a brown bear had somehow gained entry to a parked vehicle in a residential driveway and caused significant damage. Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded and documented the near total destruction of the vehicle, a 2004 GMC Yukon, to include all seats in the vehicle, both rear doors and a significant portion of the headliners. In addition all four vehicle doors were damaged when the bear made entry and attempted to exit the vehicle. Damage is estimated at over $10,000. No evidence of food or attractants in the vehicle was apparent.

Saturday, August 21, 2010

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter, as reported by the Unalaska Advertiser:

Assistance rendered, Aug. 6, 2001 hours — A dipsomaniac asked police to come to his house and carry him from his chair to his bed, as he was unable to make this journey himself and nobody else would agree to help him.

Ambulance request, Aug. 6, 2011 hours — Officer requested an ambulance for a drunk who couldn't get out of his chair.

Assault, Aug. 7 — A man with a bloody lip reported he had been assaulted by two coworkers in a stairwell of a UniSea bunkhouse. Initial reports and surveillance footage seemed to indicate that the victim may have been the initial aggressor in the altercation. Under investigation.

Welfare check, Aug. 10 — Driver reported he had nearly struck an intoxicated man who was wearing dark clothing and walking in the roadway. An officer located the man in question and provided him with courtesy transport to his vessel.

Drunk disturbance, Aug. 10 — Officers responded to Westward Seafoods, where a drunken man who repeatedly identified himself as a German nationalist had allegedly made remarks to his roommate's girlfriend, indicating his intentions that she cook and clean for him. Both the roommate and his girlfriend were most offended by his remarks. The drunken nationalist was moved to another room.

Traffic crime, Aug. 11 — Caller reported a driver had run a stop sign. An officer located the suspect driver, a visitor from another country who thought perhaps he had slowed down at the stop sign but wasn't exactly sure. The driver was given a warning and a brief lesson about U.S. traffic laws.

Found property, Friday, Aug. 13 — A paycheck. Issuer notified.

Traffic crime, Aug. 13 — An anonymous caller reported someone who might or might not have a license might or might not have been driving a vehicle that might or might not belong to someone else.

Trespass, Aug. 15 — UniSea security requested assistance with a man who was to be barred from their property.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Fisherman anchored driftnet illegally, troopers say

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Valdez
Type: Illegal commercial fishing activity
On 8/14/10 Jose Ceballos, 47, of Cordova, was issued a citation by the Valdez Wildlife Troopers for anchoring a commercial drift gillnet on 7/14/10 in Lake Bay, western Prince William Sound. Arraignment scheduled in Cordova District Court.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Aleutians crabber charged with observer violation

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Dutch Harbor
Type: Observer coverage
On 8/12/10 Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers issued a summons to Frederick D. Alvarez, 49, of Camano Island, Wash., for not providing 50 percent observer coverage while commercial golden king crab fishing west of 174 degrees W long. during the third trimester of the fishery. Arraignment is scheduled for 8/25/10 in Unalaska District Court.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Ketchikan troller charged after kings tossed

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Retain king salmon in closed season, waste
On 8/2/10 Mark R. Anderson, 51, of Ketchikan, was cited for waste of commercial-caught troll salmon. Anderson was cited after Alaska State Troopers contacted Anderson at E.C. Phillips in Ketchikan. Investigation revealed Anderson had retained three king salmon aboard his commercial troller the F/V Nina. During the investigation Anderson threw the king salmon overboard. The State Troopers Tactical Diving Unit responded and recovered the king salmon Anderson threw over the side of his vessel. Investigation is still ongoing. Arraignment is scheduled for 9/21/10 in Ketchikan.

Troopers seize 6,467 pounds of salmon

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Whittier
Type: Anchor drift gillnet
On 8/6/10 Kiril Matveev, 19, of Homer, was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Girdwood Post, for anchoring his commercial drift gillnet to the shoreline while commercial fishing. A total of 6,467 pounds of salmon were seized during the investigation. Matveev's vessel also was unregistered and he received a $60 bailable citation for it. Matveev was given an arraignment date of 9/1/10 in Cordova District Court.

Troopers make two Prince William Sound cases

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Cordova
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 8/1/10 Jake Rosauer, 22, of Anchorage, was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Cordova Post, for commercial fishing 23 minutes after the close of the period, as skipper and permit holder aboard the F/V Silver Drift. The arraignment date was set for 9/1/10 in Cordova District Court.

Location: Valdez
Type: Anchor drift gillnet
On 8/7/10 Kurt St. Jean, 39, of Homer, was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Valdez Post, for anchoring his drift gillnet on 7/14/10 in Lake Bay by tying off to the fish pens for the duration the net was out. Arraignment scheduled for 9/29/10 in Cordova District Court.

Monday, August 9, 2010

Who shot this sea lion?

From the National Marine Fisheries Service:

Aug. 9, 2010

NOAA Enforcement seeks information in sea lion shooting

JUNEAU — NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement is asking for the public's help in finding out who shot a Steller sea lion that was found dead on a beach north of Juneau last week.

A thin and lethargic sea lion was first reportedly sighted on Tuesday, Aug. 3, between Amalga Harbor and Boy Scout Beach. It was spotted again in the same vicinity the following day.

The deceased sea lion was discovered on Boy Scout Beach at about 5:30 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 6.

NOAA Fisheries veterinarian Kate Savage performed a necropsy Saturday to determine the cause of death. That's when she discovered a bullet casing in the 1-year-old male's shoulder.

"The probable cause of death is starvation resulting from the injury," Savage said. "The sea lion was unable to forage due to the wound in its shoulder, which was also badly infected."

NOAA Fisheries Office of Law Enforcement is asking anyone with information on the shooting to call 586-7225, or the NOAA Enforcement Hotline at (800) 853-1964.

Sunday, August 8, 2010

Judge Burgess ticketed on dipnetting violation

The Brig is confident the person named in the press release below is U.S District Judge Timothy Burgess of Anchorage. The judge's office was contacted twice to verify whether he had, in fact, received the citation. No reply was received. A copy of the citation, obtained by mail from the court clerk's office in Kenai, shows a middle initial of "M" for the accused. The judge's middle name is Mark. The judge was born in 1956, which is consistent with the age stated in the release. Further, a spokeswoman for the Alaska State Troopers said that according to records they checked, the person cited is Judge Burgess. On Aug. 2, Burgess signed a court paper indicating he was pleading no contest and enclosing the $110 penalty.

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sterling
Type: Fail to record salmon on personal use permit
On 7/21/10 Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Timothy Burgess, 53, of Anchorage, at mile 84 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed that Burgess had harvested five red salmon at the dipnet fisheries in the mouth of the Kenai River and failed to record them on his personal use permit. Burgess was issued a citation for failing to record the salmon on his personal use permit. Bail was set at $110.

Friday, August 6, 2010

Troopers ticket Petersburg fisherman

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Steamer Rocks
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 8/3/10 at approximately 1202 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued James Vandebunte, 48, of Petersburg, a citation for commercial fishing in a closed period. Vandebunte was given a mandatory court date in the Petersburg District Court.

Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter, as reported by the Unalaska Advertiser:

Assistance rendered, July 26 — Officer responded to a residence within which were two intoxicated adults, one of whom complained of pain in both hands after being bitten by a fish.

Trespass, July 27 — Officers contacted a vagrant who had been living in an abandoned building on North Pacific Fuel property and advised him, per NPF management, that he was not welcome to stay there or any other place on their property.

Drunk disturbance, July 28 — Security officer requested police assistance with a drunk who had no place to go and refused to leave UniSea property. After police advised the man of his options he elected to leave the area on foot.

Trespass, July 28 — An anonymous caller phoned 911 to report being annoyed by the sound of someone honking a car horn. An officer responded to the emergency and found two drunken, squabbling women, one of whom was annoying the neighbor with her incessant honking, and one drunken man who wished to tell police that he had seen the two women scuffling. The officer determined that no emergency existed.

Taxi violation, July 28 — A taxi driver phoned 911 to report that another taxi driver had taken her fare. An officer contacted the two bickering taxi drivers and told them to just get along.

Lost property, July 29 — Debit card. Lost at the bank. Or in a taxi. Or somewhere.

Theft, July 29 — A boy's bike was stolen from the Methodist Church while he was inside taking piano lessons. Under investigation.

Taxi violation, July 30 — More taxi drivers engaged in inconsequential squabbles.

Fire response, July 30 — Caller reported a fire alarm from a building near the City Dock, and then corrected the information to indicate the alarm was coming from a Coast Guard cutter docked nearby.

Fire safety, July 30 — Caller reported a fire at the new small-boat harbor construction area. A fire captain found a 10-gallon drum of burning waste oil and extinguished it.