Thursday, February 28, 2013

Bristol Bay fisherman fined for unlawful delivery

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: King Salmon
Type: Sentencing
On 2/27/13 KJ Herman, 58, of Kodiak, was arraigned in Naknek District Court on one count of delivering salmon outside of the district in which they were taken. Herman pled guilty to the charge and was fined $3,000 fine with $1,500 suspended. He also was placed on probation for one year. During the investigation, King Salmon Wildlife Troopers determined that Herman caught approximately 2,000 pounds of salmon in the Ugashik District and delivered them to a processing plant in Port Moller. In Bristol Bay, salmon must be delivered in the same fishing district in which they are caught.

Thursday, February 21, 2013

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Assistance rendered, Feb. 11 — UniSea security requested assistance with a drunk in the lobby of the Grand Aleutian hotel. An officer retrieved the drunk's phone, which he had left on the vessel from which he had recently been fired, in order that the drunk might make arrangements to pay for a room for the night.

Theft, Feb. 11 — Cab driver reported a passenger had refused to pay his fare. By the time officers arrived on scene, the man had paid and returned to his vessel. Both the passenger and the driver claimed that the other was rude.

Trespass, Feb. 12 — Officer issued a trespass advisement, per vessel management, to a man no longer welcome on Icicle Seafoods property.

Roads, Feb. 13 — Caller reported three large buoys in the middle of the road. Officers responded and found that a responsible citizen had already moved them out of the roadway.

Trespass, Feb. 14 — UniSea security asked that officers issue a 72-hour trespass advisement to a non-UniSea employee who had elected to utilize the company's compressed air to fill his truck tires.

Traffic crime, Feb. 15 — A truck driver struck a parked vehicle in an Alyeska Seafoods parking area, causing minor damage to the parked vehicle. No injuries were reported.

Motor vehicle accident, Feb. 16 — A garbage truck driver who forgot to drop the boom on his truck struck a skywalk at UniSea, causing a minor ammonia leak which was quickly contained. The truck driver was cited.

Plane crash, Feb. 16 — Police, fire and EMS personnel responded to a late afternoon plane crash at the Tom Madsen airport. No fire resulted from the crash, and none of the plane's occupants needed medical attention. The pilot reported having had difficulty maintaining control of the aircraft, and some landing gear and one wing had ultimately collapsed while landing.

Troopers cite Sand Point cod fisherman, crewman

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Jacob Island area, Alaska Peninsula
Type: Commercial fish closed waters
On 2/8/13 Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers issued a summons to Peter Burton Calugan, 28, of Sand Point, for fishing Pacific cod in the Western Gulf of Alaska regulatory area during the parallel season while the area was closed to cod pot fishing. Arraignment set for 3/12/13 in Valdez District Court. Calugan also was given a $260 citation for employing an unlicensed crewmember.

Location: Jacob Island area, Alaska Peninsula
Type: Unlicensed crewmember
On 2/8/13 Dutch Harbor Wildlife Troopers issued a $260 citation to Carl J. Hoblet Jr., 29, of Sand Point, for working as a commercial crewmember aboard the F/V Tammy Ilene without being properly licensed.

Two fisheries convictions notched at Ketchikan

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Conviction
On 2/8/13 James Scudero Jr., 34, of Ketchikan, pled guilty to operating halibut longline gear without a valid Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission permit. He also pled guilty to attempted tampering with physical evidence. Scudero's sentence included fines totaling $2,400, jail time of 60 days suspended, and 18 months of probation.

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Conviction
On 2/13/13 Thomas George, 57, of Klawock, was found guilty of possessing commercial hand troll gear aboard his power troll vessel. George was fined $2,000 and placed on probation for 12 months.

Tanner crabber cited at Kodiak

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Kodiak
Type: Commercial fish closed area
On 2/19/13 Ty L. Rouse, 51, of Kodiak, was cited by Kodiak Wildlife Troopers for commercial Tanner crab fishing in closed waters of the Kodiak District, Southeast Section. Arraignment set for 3/8/13 in Kodiak District Court.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Ketchikan man accused of geoduck overlimit

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Craig
Type: Overlimit commercial geoduck clams
On 2/14/13 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Klawock Post, cited Samuel Swanson, 48, of Ketchikan, for harvesting an overlimit of geoduck clams on 11/1/12 after the Alaska Department of Fish and Game establish a trip limit for the fishery. Arraignment set for 3/1/13 in Craig District Court.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Ambulance request, Feb. 3 — EMS personnel provided care and transport for a man who had been hit in the chest with a monkeyfist and had then fallen and hit his head.

Theft, Feb. 3 — Vessel captain reported some prescription drugs were missing from his boat's medicine supplies, and possibly from his sister vessel's medicine supplies as well. A suspect was identified but not yet located. Under investigation.

Welfare check, Feb. 9 — Officer checked the airport terminal after multiple 911 calls were received from a pay phone at that location. The officer was told by one child that another child had seen a monster and so had phoned 911. The officer did not find any of the aforesaid monsters in the terminal.

Friday, February 8, 2013

Dungeness crabber draws $1,500 fine, probation

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Petersburg
Type: Conviction — commercial fish closed season
On 1/29/13 Charlie Gadd, 28, of Wrangell, pled no contest to one count of commercial fishing in a closed season. An Alaska Wildlife Troopers investigation that showed Gadd negligently left 16 Dungeness crab pots in fishing condition after the close of the commercial season. Gadd was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended and placed on probation for one year.

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Ambulance request, Jan. 28, 1519 hours — EMS provided care and transport for a patient who had been struck in the head with a case of frozen fish.

Ambulance request, Jan. 28, 1642 hours — EMS provided care and transport for a patient with injuries caused by a listing vessel. (Radio station KUCB reported the F/V American Dynasty was pulling into the Kloosterboer cold storage dock when the vessel "suddenly listed to the side," causing a few crewmembers to fall.)

Assault, Jan. 29 — A drunken man who was upset about being teased by a coworker punched the coworker in the face while the two were in the Bering Fisheries galley. Ralph J. E. Galpo, 25, of Nevada, was arrested on one count of assault.

Trespass, Jan. 31 — Drunken homeowner asked that two women be barred from his home for the next year. An officer reminded the drunk that he often makes such requests only to rescind them the next day, and told him to call police again when he’s sober if he still wishes to take that course of action.

Fire response, Feb. 2 — Fire personnel responded to the Coastal Dock regarding a fire onboard the F/V Alaska Lady.

Suspicious person, Feb. 2 — A drunken man phoned police and said he was naked, cold and exposing himself to passing vehicles and in need of assistance. He was unable to name or describe his location. Officers searched the common and not-so-common haunts of naked drunks but did not find the man in question. No other calls were received from the man.

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Fisherman charged at Seward with VMS violation

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Seward
Type: No activated vessel monitoring system
On 2/2/13 Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Seward Post, issued a summons to Michael Roy Stassen, 44, of Fountain Hills, Ariz., on the commercial fishing vessel Spectre for participating in a state and federal groundfish fishery without having an activated vessel monitoring system onboard. Arraignment set for 2/12/13 in Seward District Court.

Monday, February 4, 2013

Tax evasion nets Cordova fisherman prison term

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