Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

DUI, Dec. 9 — An officer contacted a driver who had veered off the road before abruptly turning across the roadway and parking near a defunct processing plant. Driver Nicholas Meriwether Dryden, 32, was arrested on charges of driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Fire response, Dec. 19 — Caller reported hearing an explosion near Magone Marine and then seeing a skiff on fire in that area. Fire personnel who responded to the area found a large controlled burn in a ship's hull, which was being used as a fire pit.

Assistance rendered, Dec. 19 — School bus driver reported being stuck on ice on Captains Bay Road. Officers provided traffic control while personnel from Westward Seafoods used their equipment to move the bus.

Ambulance request, Dec. 19 — EMS personnel provided care and transport for a young man who had accidentally stabbed himself in the leg with a new Victorinox knife which was protruding from his backpack.

Assault, Dec. 21 — A man voiding his bladder in public threatened another man who had the impertinence to order him to cease micturating. The unruly urinator was advised he could be barred from company premises if he continued to create problems.

Suspicious activity, Dec. 21, 1801 hours — Crewmembers reported their captain had not been seen since approximately midnight, when he had been drinking at a bar. The crew, who were drinking at another bar, did not appear overly concerned about this state of affairs. A short time later the captain was reported to be back.

Assault, Dec. 22 — Officers responded to a melee outside the airport and found about a dozen alcohol- and testosterone-fueled fishermen milling about the bathroom. The men, only one of whom was injured, could not individually provide any coherent story but collectively related a tale of fishermen gone bad, quite possibly as a result of overconsumption of alcohol.

Noise disturbance, Dec. 24 — A bunkhouse tenant who was decidedly lacking in holiday cheer called police to complain about a neighbor who was cooking, albeit quietly, a late dinner in the communal kitchen. An officer suggested that the complainant simply be nice to his neighbor.

Suspicious activity, Dec. 24 — Caller reported men in a bucket truck were doing something to equipment on the Standard Oil Hill tsunami siren. The responding officer found two city employees repairing tower-mounted communication equipment.

Drunk disturbance, Dec. 26 — A dipsomaniac who had been fired from his previous employment made his way to a different vessel at a different dock, where he was again told by vessel management and police officers to leave.

Seiner pleads guilty at Sitka, nets $1,500 fine

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Conviction
On 9/4/14 Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Nyle D. Thomas, 31, of Petersburg, after observing the F/V Barbara set a seine net prior to the 0600 opening of the Deep Inlet fishery. On 12/2/14 Thomas pled guilty in Sitka District Court to one count of commercial fishing in a closed period. He was fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended and placed on probation for one year. The fish caught in the illegal set were released alive at the time of the violation.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Domestic disturbance, Nov. 16 — Caller requested officer assistance in removing his girlfriend from his residence. Caller was upset because his girlfriend wouldn't sleep with him but was sleeping with everybody else. Officers advised that the two separate for the evening to avoid further issues.

Welfare check, Nov. 17 — Boat captain requested assistance with a crewmember who went "crazy" aboard the vessel a few days earlier. Captain wanted the individual checked out by mental health when the vessel arrived in town. Officers contacted the individual in question who stated he did not go crazy, but just lost his cool due to the poor conditions on the vessel.

Theft, Nov. 19 — Caller reported approximately $25,000 worth of stolen fishing gear from their vessel. Suspect was identified. Complainant just wanted the property returned and did not want to press charges.

Noise disturbance, Nov. 19 — Caller reported that his neighbor was playing loud, Satan-like music and he wanted it to stop. Officers contacted the group and advised them to turn down the music.

Assistance rendered, Nov. 20 — Officers assisted the Harbor Department with the seizure of a vessel.

Trespass, Nov. 20 — Boat captain requested assistance in removing an intoxicated and aggressive individual from his vessel. Officers advised the subject he was trespassed indefinitely from the vessel upon the captain's request.

Drug violation, Nov. 21 — Officer was notified of possible drug activity by a local fisherman. Individual in question had flown off the island.

Roads, Dec. 1 — Caller reported a fishing buoy rolling around in the roadway on the South Channel Bridge. A city sanitation specialist removed it.

Ketchikan man charged with illegal shrimping

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Ketchikan
Type: Commercial shrimp closed season
On 12/08/14 Donald E. Westlund, 63, of Ketchikan, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Ketchikan Post, for commercial shrimping during a closed season and unlawful storage of gear. Westlund was cited after 15 of his commercial shrimp pots were located in fishing condition. Arraignment set for 12/17/14 in Ketchikan District Court.

Thursday, December 4, 2014

Bait seller cited at Dutch Harbor

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Dutch Harbor
Type: No catcher-seller permit
On 12/4/14 Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Reynaldo Bada Sidro, 42, of Anchorage, for selling Pacific cod as bait to a commercial fishing vessel without possessing a catcher-seller permit. Arraignment set for 12/16/14 in Unalaska District Court.