Sunday, February 21, 2016

Troller fined, charge against crewman dropped

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Commercial fish closed period
On 2/8/16 Braden Jay pled guilty in Sitka District Court after a plea agreement was reached with the Juneau District Attorney's Office. In exchange for a guilty plea the charge against deckhand Justin Swindler was dismissed. Jay was found guilty and sentenced to a fine of $4,000 with $2,000 suspended, 30 days in jail with 30 days suspended, and two years of probation. The proceeds of the seized king salmon were forfeited to the state. On 6/30/15 Alaska Wildlife Troopers patrolling the summer troll fishery observed the F/V Brena in the area of Puffin Bay engaged in fishing. Investigation revealed Jay, 28, and deckhand Swindler, 33, both of Sitka, were attempting to catch king salmon prior to the legal opening of the season. Five king salmon were seized and both men were cited for fishing in a closed period.

Saturday, February 20, 2016

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Harassment, Jan. 24 — Officers investigated a report that a dancer touched the gluteus maximus of another dancer while dancing. None of the involved wished to pursue charges.

Assist other agency, Jan. 30 — Officers responded to a report of flashing lights aboard a docked vessel. The vessel was found to be fine.

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Two cited at Sitka over improper salmon sale

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Sitka
Type: Permit, fish ticket
On 2/6/16 Sitka Wildlife Troopers contacted Bruce Ulrich, 63, of Sitka, as he attempted to sell king salmon at Sitka Sound Seafoods. Investigation revealed Ulrich was not a valid permit holder and was attempting to sell fish that were caught by George Jackson, 75, of Sitka. Ulrich had removed the fish from the F/V Lady Savage in ANB Harbor and transported them to Sitka Sound Seafoods for sale. Only fishermen holding a valid permit may sell salmon, and a fish ticket must be completed at the time of delivery, which is the time the fish are removed from the vessel to be transported for sale. Ulrich was issued a summons for failing to possess a permit, and Jackson was issued a summons for failing to complete a fish ticket as required. Both subjects must appear in Sitka District Court.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Animal, Jan. 18 — Caller reported an injured eagle on the side of the roadway. Officer responded and captured the wounded eagle. Prior to the eagle being moved to Public Safety for transport to Anchorage, it escaped and flew away.

Trespass, Jan. 22 — Caller requested assistance with removing a problem employee from his vessel. Officers responded and assisted in removing the employee, who appeared to be having mental health issues. He was referred to people who could possibly assist him.

Assistance rendered, Jan. 22 — Caller requested advice on how to deal with a former crewmember having issues with methamphetamine.

Monday, February 8, 2016

Kodiak police make arrest in shooting on vessel

Details in this Alaska Dispatch News story.

Californian fined for unlawful shellfish possession

From the Alaska State Troopers:

Location: Prince of Wales Island
Type: Conviction
On 11/16/15 Alaska Wildlife Troopers based on the P/V Enforcer contacted Sidney McGuire, 27, of California, in Hetta Inlet near Prince of Wales Island. McGuire was onboard the commercial fishing vessel Sea Hunt and was participating in the commercial sea cucumber dive fishery. Investigation revealed McGuire was in unlawful possession of rock scallops while in possession of commercially harvested sea cucumbers. McGuire was issued a summons to appear in Craig District Court. A bench trial was held on 2/3/16 and McGuire was found guilty of the offense of unlawful possession of miscellaneous shellfish aboard a vessel. McGuire was sentenced to a fine of $400 with $200 suspended and one year of probation.

Monday, February 1, 2016

Dutch Harbor report

From the local police blotter:

Trespass, Jan. 10 — Officers assisted in trespassing a crewmember from a vessel after the crewmember was fired for drunkenness.

Public safety, Jan. 12, 0207 hours — Officer contacted an individual wading in the Iliuliuk River. The officer was concerned because the individual was not dressed to be wading in the water and the weather was not conducive to this type of activity. The individual stated he was just going for a walk. It was suggested that wading in cold water, at night, during the winter, without proper gear, was probably not a good idea.

Environmental, Jan. 16 — Caller reported that the Resolve Marine barge that was usually moored in the bay in front of APL had broken loose and was adrift and nearing the Bayview Avenue beach area. The barge eventually ran aground and was later successfully pulled from the beach.