THE DAILY DISPATCH 5-13-19

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AP

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) - A man and two pets have died in an early morning fire in Alaska that destroyed a motor home. The Anchorage Daily News reported Sunday that firefighters found the man and two animals dead inside the motor home in Anchorage. The victim was not immediately identified and officials could not say what type of animals died in the fire. An official says investigators are still trying to determine the cause of the fire, but it "does not appear suspicious."

FAIRBANKS, Alaska (AP) - A man who became lost on an Alaska mountain trail has been safely located by searchers. The Fairbanks Daily News-Miner reported Saturday that 26-year-old Logan Holmer of Missouri was among four hikers on Far Mountain Trail Thursday who were reported overdue. Searchers located Holmer in good condition on a ridge around 4 p.m. Saturday. Police say the other three hikers in his party returned to the Chena Hot Springs Resort near Fairbanks, but Holmer remained missing until Saturday.

AKIACHAK, Alaska (AP) - An Alaska man has died while in police custody, the third person to die in a western Alaska community jail in the past two weeks. The Anchorage Daily News reports that 54-year-old Robert Nick of Akiachak died in a tribal jail. Police say Nick was intoxicated and taken into protective custody Friday by a tribal officer in the village northeast of Bethel. A man and woman died April 28 in a fire at the village jail in Napakiak, southwest of Bethel. The fire is still under investigation.

TALKEETNA, Alaska (AP) - An injured snowboarder and a climbing partner were rescued off North America's tallest mountain four days after the climber was injured in a snowboarding accident. Denali National Park's helicopter pilot and rangers conducted the airlift Sunday off the mountain. The climber was injured in a snowboard fall while descending Windy Corner, on the west buttress route of Denali. They used a satellite phone to alert authorities and then waited out a storm and high winds.

FPD

On Monday, May 13th at approximately 4:30am, officers with the Fairbanks Police Department (FPD) stopped a sexual assault in progress that was occurring in the vestibule of FPD at 911 Cushman Street. DEVAN THOMAS GAGE (DOB 11/22/93) was arrested and charged with three counts of Sexual Assault in the Second Degree.
Investigation into the incident revealed that at approximately 3:56am, a male (GAGE) and female entered the lobby of the Fairbanks Police Department and, after slipping a lost debit card under the closed front-desk window, left the lobby and sat down in the vestibule to warm up. Review of surveillance cameras show that at approximately 4:25am the female slumped over after passing out, and GAGE proceeded to begin sexually assaulting her.
Shortly after the assault began, a dispatcher with the Fairbanks Emergency Communication Center (FECC) became aware of the assault by means of the surveillance system. She quickly alerted the two officers that were in the building and the two officers responded immediately to the vestibule and pulled the male off the female. The female victim began to wake up and was very confused as to what was happening. The victim’s level of impairment precluded her from providing consent for sexual contact, and the victim was transported by ambulance to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for medical care while GAGE was booked at Fairbanks Correctional Center.
An empty 375ml bottle of alcohol was found in GAGE’s jacket, however his portable breath test (PBT) sample registered .000 breath alcohol. GAGE stated he had been hanging out with the victim all night and that he was sober.
Sexual assault is a serious problem throughout Alaska, and the City of Fairbanks administration and the Fairbanks Police Department take all cases of sexual assault very seriously. While in this case officers were able to stop the sexual assault from continuing and arrest the perpetrator, it is very disturbing that it occurred at all. A victim advocate was arranged to provide further assistance to the victim.
Thank you to FECC dispatchers, FPD officers, Fairbanks Fire medics, and the staff at Fairbanks Memorial Hospital for your assistance to the victim of this heinous crime.

AST

Location: Healy
Type: MVC-I
Dispatch Text:

On 5/12/2019 at approximately 2006 hours Troopers received a report of an overturned semi-truck at mile 252.5 Parks Highway. The semi, being operated by RL Trucking out of Anchorage, was traveling northbound when it lost control negotiating the curve over Panguingue Creek. The driver was cited for driving too fast for road conditions, crossing the center line of the roadway and not wearing his seat belt. The driver suffered minor injuries and was transported to Fairbanks Memorial Hospital as a precautionary measure. The Parks Highway was closed for approximately 4 hours while crews cleared the roadway.

Location: Fairbanks
Type: Criminal Mischief 3rd degree, DV
Dispatch Text:

On 5/11/19 around 2029 hours, the Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks received a report of a disturbance that occurred in the Love Road area subdivisions. Troopers responded and the investigation revealed Keith Green, 26 years old of Fairbanks, caused more than $750 worth of damage to his ex-girlfriend's property. Keith was arrested and remanded at Fairbanks Correctional Center for Criminal Mischief in the 3rd degree, DV.

Location: North Pole
Type: Death Investigation
Dispatch Text:

On May 12, 2019 at approximately 1020 hours, the Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks and EMS responded to Starlit Lane in North pole of a Deceased male. The male was identified as Gregory Davis age 67 of North Pole. There is no signs of foul play and the next of Kin as been notified. Investigation continues.

Location: Fairbanks
Type: Assault 4th (DV), Criminal Mischief 4th (DV)
Dispatch Text:

On 05/11/2019 at 2028 hours the Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks received a report about a disturbance at a residence near Loftus Road. Investigation determined Eric Dehn, age 22 from Fairbanks caused injury to a family member and damaged the same family member's vehicle. Dehn was arrested for Assault 4th (DV) and Criminal Mischief 4th (DV) and was remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center where he was held without bail.

Location: Fairbanks
Type: Assault 4-DV / Disorderly Conduct / VCOR / Warrant Arrest
Dispatch Text:

On 05-11-19 at approximately 0336 hours, Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks received a report of an active disturbance at a residence on Sandvik Street in Fairbanks. AST responded and contacted Michelle Rowland, age 26 of Fairbanks; Samantha Oman, age 22 of Fairbanks; and Emily Jordan, age 25 of Fairbanks. Investigation revealed Rowland assaulted a family member causing physical injury, Jordan violated her conditions of release (VCOR), and Oman continually made an unreasonably loud noise after being advised she was disturbing the peace of others. Investigation further revealed Oman had an active arrest warrant for Failure to Appear with an underlying charge of Driving While License Revoked for DUI. Rowland was arrested on one (1) count Assault 4th Degree/DV. Jordan was arrested on one (1) count VCOR. Oman was arrested on the warrant as well as one (1) count Disorderly Conduct. Rowland, Jordan, and Oman were all remanded to FCC.

Location: Fairbanks
Type: VCOR
Dispatch Text:

On 05-11-19 at approximately 0201 hours, Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks contacted Douglas Felix, age 32 of Artic Village, on Airport Way in Fairbanks. Investigation revealed Felix had violated his conditions of release by consuming alcohol. Felix was remanded to FCC on one count VCOR. Bail was set at $250.

Location: Anderson
Type: Theft
Dispatch Text:

On 05/10/2019 at approximately 1000 hours Parks Highway AST received a report that a Caterpillar D3 had been stolen from the City of Anderson. AST responded and investigated the report. Upon completion of the scene investigation, AST traveled north on the Parks Highway towards the residence of a person known to have a history of being involved in thefts and having once been employed by the City of Anderson. In the proximity of the suspect's residence, AST noted that forested land had recently been cleared by heavy equipment.

At approximately 1300 hours AST contacted the individual and found the stolen D3. The D3 was returned to the City of Anderson and charges will be filed against the suspect.

Location: Fairbanks
Type: Fail To Yield/VCOR
Dispatch Text:

On 5-11-19 at approximately 0843 hours, Troopers attempted to initiate a traffic stop on a vehicle Travelling on McGrath Road near Farmers Loop. The vehicle briefly led Troopers on a pursuit prior to coming to a stop. The driver, identified as Paul Williams, 33 of Fairbanks, was found to have an outstanding $500 misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. Additionally, Paul was on conditions of release for a previous court case. Paul was arrested for Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Police Officer in the 2nd Degree, Violating Conditions of Release, and the outstanding warrant and remanded at FCC.

Location: Fairbanks
Type: Search and Rescue
Dispatch Text:

Update:
On 5-11-19, at 1550 hours Logan Holmer was located in good condition on a ridge North of Van Curlers airstrip by search members. The Department of Public Safety would like to give a special thanks to WSAR, PAWS, CAP, the Rescue Coordination Center, and Chena Hot Springs Resort for their support to the searchers.
On 5-9-19, at 0515 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report that four hikers were overdue from a trip on Far Mountain Trail from Chena Hot Springs Resort. Three of the hikers returned on their own and one of the hikers identified as Logan Holmer, age 26, of Missouri did not return. Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, WSAR, CAP, State Park Rangers and PAWS have deployed assets into the field to locate Holmer

Location: Chevak
Type: Missing Person
Dispatch Text:

Update:

On 5/12/19, at approximately 2145 hrs, Chevak Search and Rescue notified State Troopers a body was located mostly covered in snow two miles from Chevak towards Hooper Bay. Troopers responded to the scene. The remains are believed to be that of Sara Nicholas, 35 of Chevak. No evidence of foul play was found. The State Medical Examiner's Office requested the body for exam. Next of kin have been notified.

Original Release: On 3/31/19, 1637 hrs, State Troopers were notified by Chevak Village Police Officers (VPO) of a missing person. Investigation found that Sara Nicholas, 35 of Chevak, was last seen by family on 3/18/19. The community of Chevak is actively searching for Sara Nicholas and State Troopers and VPOs are following up on any information that is received about her location. Investigation continues. Anyone with information is asked to contact State Troopers at 543-2294 or their nearest Law Enforcement office.

Location: Sterling
Type: Fail to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer I / MVC / Warrant Arrest
Dispatch Text:

On 05/11/2019 at approximately 0038 hours, Alaska State Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Robinson Loop Road area of Sterling. The vehicle failed to stop and a short vehicle pursuit ensued, at the end of which the suspect vehicle crashed into a ditch and the driver fled on foot into the woods. A short while later, AST attempted to contact a male walking nearby who then fled into the woods. A K9 was deployed and successfully tracked the male, identified as 42 year old Lyle Webb of Sterling. Webb was found to have an outstanding $500 arrest warrant for failing to appear and was arrested. Further investigation determined Webb was not the suspect driver. Webb was transported and remanded to Wildwood Pretrial on the outstanding warrant and the originating case is still under investigation.

Location: Wasilla
Type: Failure to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer 1st Degree / DUI / Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test / Reckless Endangerment
Dispatch Text:

On 5/11/2019 at approximately 0246 hours, Alaska State Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on 99 Chevy pickup at the intersection of Parks Highway and Clapp Road. The vehicle fled from the location at a high rate of speed on Clapp Road. The driver, later identified as Dakota Troseth, age 23 of Wasilla, lost control of the vehicle at the intersection of Clapp Road and Knik Goose Bay Road resulting in a collision. Dakota fled from the vehicle to a nearby field. Wasilla Police Department and K9 “Echo” responded. K9 “Echo” tracked Dakota, who was located under a shed on the property and apprehended. Dakota was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial on the charges of Failure to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer 1st Degree, DUI, Refusal to Submit to a Chemical Test, and Reckless Endangerment, where he was held pending arraignment.

Location: Wasilla
Type: Warrant Arrest
Dispatch Text:

On 05/11/2019 at 1420 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of Helen Lane for the report of a suspicious female. Investigation revealed, Wanda Haisley, age 37 of Wasilla, and was arrested for an outstanding warrant for Violating Condition of Release original charge Burglary/Theft. Haisley was transported and remanded at Mat-Su Pretrial where she will be held without bail.

Location: Wasilla
Type: Death Investigation
Dispatch Text:

On 05/11/2019 at approximately 1230 hours the Alaska State Trooper were called to a residence in the area of Vine Rd. for the report of a deceased individual. Investigation revealed a 45 YOA male appeared to have died of natural causes. No foul play is suspected and Next of Kin has not been notified.

Location: Palmer
Type: Terroristic Threatening / Assault
Dispatch Text:

*Please note that this is a separate incident from the threat to a highschool that AST assisted the Palmer Police Department with on 5/9/2019. That threat was reported to PPD on 5/8/2019. That incident is an ongoing investigation by PPD, with AST assistance.

Original text: On 5/9/2019 Palmer Police Department and Alaska State Troopers were made aware that a threat to shoot students at Palmer Junior Middle School was made from an Instagram account. Investigation led to the arrest of a Palmer Junior Middle School student. The juvenile is charged with multiple felonies related to the threat. The juvenile was remanded to Mat-Su Youth Facility. The Alaska State Troopers worked in conjunction with the Palmer Police Department, AST Technical Crimes Unit, AST General Investigative Unit, The FBI Anchorage Office, Palmer Junior Middle School Administrators, and the Mat Su School District Student Safety Office to resolve this case.

Location: Wasilla
Type: Warrant Arrest
Dispatch Text:

On 05-11-19, at 1938 hours, AST responded to a residence on Salmonberry St. after it was reported that Stephen A. King, age 32, of Wasilla was on scene. Stephen had an active warrant for his arrest for failing to remand on the original charge of Felony Refusal. AST contacted Stephen at the residence. Stephen was arrested without incident and remanded into Mat-Su Pretrial where he was held with four months to serve.

Location: Akiachak
Type: Death Investigation
Dispatch Text:

On 5/10/19 at about 2053 hours, Alaska State Troopers in Bethel received a call from Tribal Police in the village of Akiachak reporting a death at the village jail. Earlier in the evening Robert Nick (54 yoa of Akiachak) had been placed into protective custody by tribal police officers due to his level of intoxication. Robert was found unresponsive in the jail cell by tribal jail guards. Life saving measures were attempted, but unsuccessful. Troopers responded by boat to Akiachak and conducted an investigation. The remains have been sent to the State Medical Examiners Office in Anchorage. Next of kin has been notified. This incident remains under investigation. Alcohol appears to be a contributing factor.

Location: Kokhanok
Type: Assault 2nd/Robbery 1st
Dispatch Text:

On 5/11/2019 at approximately 0806 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault in the village of Kokhanok. Troopers responded to the village and investigation revealed Jim Eknaty, age 38 of Kokhanok had physically assaulted a family member with a dangerous instrument in the course of attempting to obtain money. Eknaty was subsequently arrested without incident for Assault 2nd and Robbery 1st. Eknaty was transported and remanded into the King Salmon jail.