Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Wednesday, January 25, 2023

Any charges reported in these press releases are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.

A Detachment

  • AK23007860

    Location: MP 81 Sterling Hwy
    Type: MCV-D DUI, DWLR

    Dispatch Text:

      On 1-24-2023 at 1933 hours, AST received a call about a motor vehicle collision involving an ATV near Mile 81 of the Sterling Highway. The driver of the ATV was identified as Billy R. West, 60 YOA of Sterling. An APSIN check revealed West’s Operators License is revoked for DUI. Investigation revealed West was driving under the influence. West was arrested for DUI and DWLR and was transported and processed to Wildwood Pretrial.

     

    Posted on 1/25/2023 5:03:43 AM by DPS\dwannamaker

  • AK23007926

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: MVC-D

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1-24-2023 at 0520 hours, AST responded to MP 3 of Kenai Spur Hwy for a report of a vehicle collision. Investigation revealed the driver of a grey 2004 GMC Sierra, identified as Adam M. McClure, 37 YOA of Soldotna, lost control of his vehicle on icy roads and slid into the oncoming lane of traffic. Maxwell A. Rogers, 20 YOA of Sterling, was operating a grey Chevy Traverse while traveling the opposite direction. Maxwell was unable to avoid the truck that was in his lane of travel, resulting in a collision. No injuries were reported, and all parties were noted to have been wearing seatbelts at the time of the collision.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 7:07:02 AM by DPS\dwannamaker

  • AK23007629

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: Violation of Domestic Violence Protective Order/Violation of Conditions of Release

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/24/23 at 1500 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a business on Kalifornsky Beach Rd. in Soldotna following a report of a male who’d violated a Domestic Violence Restraining Order. While at the business contact was made with Todd Ross Shumway, age 54 of Soldotna. Shumway was arrested on a charge of Violating a Domestic Violence Protective Order and violating Conditions of Release. Shumway was transported and remanded at Wildwood pretrial without bail.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 7:47:41 AM by DPS\ajflowers

B Detachment ...No news reported.

C Detachment

  • AK23005135

    Location: YK Delta
    Type: Sexual Abuse of a Minor

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/16/2023 at approximately 15:21 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of Sexual Abuse of a minor. The investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:27:28 AM by DPS\tjsmith3

  • AK23005173

    Location: Upper Kalsag
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On, 1/16/2023 at approximately 12:48 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault. The investigation showed conflicting stories. No arrest was made, and the case was forwarded to the DA.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:28:33 AM by DPS\tjsmith3

  • AK23005174

    Location: YK Delta
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/16/2023 at approximately 18:36 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault. Case closed exception.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:29:23 AM by DPS\tjsmith3

  • AK23005347

    Location: YK Delta
    Type: Sexual Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/17/23 at approximately 11:05 hours, Alaska State Troopers were informed that the Alaska Bureau of Investigation is investigating a Sexual Assault. A 55 YOA was arrested for Sexual Assault 1 and Incest.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:31:26 AM by DPS\tjsmith3

  • AK23005492

    Location: Kwethluk
    Type: Weapon Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/17/23 at approximately 11:41 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a Weapon Violation. 22 YO Preston Ashpak was arrested after pointing a rifle at people.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:32:30 AM by DPS\tjsmith3

  • AK23005854

    Location: Anvik
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/18/2023 at approximately 05:56 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault - DV. An arrest warrant was requested.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:33:41 AM by DPS\tjsmith3

  • AK23005894

    Location: Emmonak
    Type: Welfare Check

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/18/23 at approximately 15:37 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a request for a Welfare Check.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:36:29 AM by DPS\tjsmith3

  • AK23005971

    Location: Oscarville
    Type: Welfare Check

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/19/2023 at 05:03 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a request for a Welfare Check. Person was located and investigation closed.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:39:35 AM by DPS\tjsmith3

  • AK23006350

    Location: Tuluksak
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/19/2023 at approximately 11:00 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault - DV. Investigation resulted in the arrest of 20 YO Jonathan Evan of Tuntutuliak.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:41:01 AM by DPS\tjsmith3

  • AK23006420

    Location: Grayling
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1/20/2023 at approximately 06:52 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault - DV. A warrant has been requested.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:42:02 AM by DPS\tjsmith3

  • AK23006774

    Location: Aniak
    Type: Violate Conditions

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/20/2023 at approximately 23:06 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a person Violating Conditions of their release. Case was forwarded to the DA 's office for review.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:45:58 AM by DPS\tjsmith3

  • AK23005108

    Location: Kotzebue
    Type: SAR

    Dispatch Text:

    FINAL UPDATE 1/25: On January 25, 2023, a North Slope Borough helicopter arrived in Kotzebue with multiple searchers to assist in the search for Thomas Brown. At around 1:30 pm, Brown's body was located 10.5 miles south of Kotzebue near Cape Blossom. Next of kin has been notified.

    Update 1/23: The search for Thomas Brown continued over the weekend into today. Alaska State Troopers and volunteers are continuing to search the area around where Josiah Ballot was found with ground and air assets.

    Update 1/21: The search for Thomas Brown is continuing via ground and air. Josiah Ballot was medevaced to an Anchorage area hospital for medical treatment. Anyone with information about Brown's whereabouts is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 451-5100.

    UPDATE 1/20: On January 20, 2023 at 2:17 pm, a private plane located Josiah Ballot approximately 28 miles south of Kotzebue. The pilot alerted an Alaska Wildlife Trooper in the area. Ballot was suffering from severe frostbite and was transported via a Troopers plane directly to Kotzebue for medical services. The search for Thomas Brown is ongoing via air and land assets.

    Update 1/20: The search for Ballot and Brown continues today. Local search and rescue teams continue to search on the ground, and private aircraft and DPS aircraft are conducting aerial searches. Anyone with information about Ballot and Brown's whereabouts is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 451-5100.

    Original: On January 16, 2023, at 12:29 pm, the Northwest Arctic Borough Search and Rescue Coordinator called Alaska State Troopers to report two people were overdue on a red and black Yamaha snowmachine traveling between Kotzebue and Noorvik. It was reported that Josiah Ballot 18 years old of Selawik and Thomas Brown 18 years old of Ambler, told friends they were leaving Kotzebue at midnight via social media. Messages from the party identified their location in Kotzebue at 3:00 am on January 16, possibly heading to Noorvik. Searchers from Kotzebue, Noorvik, and Selawik conducted ground searches of the trails and coastline in the area. Troopers have flown the Selawik to Noorvik trail and the Noorvik to Kotzebue trail in search of the two men. On January 18, Noorvik, Selawik, and Noatak searchers along with Troopers searched the trails and area between Kotzebue and Noorvik. On January 19, search teams will continue searching for Ballot and Brown via ground and air.

    Posted on 1/19/2023 11:21:43 AM by DPS\jsdougherty . Edited on 1/25/2023 4:09:21 PM by DPS\jsdougherty

D Detachment

  • AK23007904

    Location: Delta Junction
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1-24-23 at approximately 2242 hours, Delta Junction AST observed a vehicle blow the stop sign on Emmaus Rd at a high rate of speed and enter onto Nistler Rd almost striking a vehicle on Nistler Rd. A traffic stop was conducted and the driver was identified as Robert Ross III, age 39 of Delta Junction. Investigation led to Robert being placed under arrest for DUI. He provided a sample on the Datamaster resulted in a BrAC of .178. Robert was released on his own recognizance.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 1:11:05 AM by DPS\cihudson

  • AK23007746

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Escapee 2, VCOR, Probation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1-22-2023 at about 1321 hours, the Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks received a report from Adult Probations that Ivan Vent (35 yoa) of Fairbanks had cut off his ankle monitor while on official detention and house arrest.

    Fairbanks Police Department responded to the area where the monitor was abandoned. The monitor was recovered at the scene but Ivan Vent had fled into the Fairbanks Community.

    With the primary efforts of the Alaska State Troopers Criminal Suppression Unit and with the assistance of Adult Probations, the Alaska State Troopers Patrol Unit, and Fairbanks Pre-Trial. Ivan Vent was hunted for two days and was located hiding in a vehicle and arrested without incident. Ivan Vent attempted to use a false name to conceal his identity with little effect.   

    Ivan Vent was transported to the Fairbanks Correctional Center where he was remanded on Escape 2, Probation Violation, Violation of Conditions of Release, and Criminal Mischief for damaging the monitor. 

    Posted on 1/25/2023 1:34:17 PM by DPS\bacebulski

  • AK23008239

    Location: Cantwell
    Type: MVC-DAMAGE

    Dispatch Text:

    On 1-25-2023, at approximately 1052 hours, Parks Highway Alaska State Troopers came upon a MVC that had just occurred between a State of Alaska DOT road grader and a CMV semi pulling double  flatbed trailers.  The incident occurred at mile 195 of the Parks Highway.  The DOT road grader received minimal damage to the front plow.  The semi received no damage, but the trailer did receive minimal damage and had two flat tires.  There were no injuries.  Both the grader and semi were driven from the scene.  The incident is still under investigation.  

    Posted on 1/25/2023 5:50:14 PM by DPS\gdyoung

  • AK23008309

    Location: Tanacross
    Type: VCOR

    Dispatch Text:

    On January 25, 2023, at approximately 1944 hours a Tok Alaska State Trooper was conducting follow up in the village of Tanacross and observed Kyle Allen, age 26 of Tanacross, at the residence of a household member. It was known to AST that Allen had been arrested on January 20, 2023, at that residence for a crime involving Domestic Violence. A check of court records confirmed that Allen was on conditions of release in 4TO-23-00015CR not to be at that residence. Allen was placed under arrest for one count of Violating Conditions of Release and remanded to the Fairbanks Correctional Center where he was held pending arraignment.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 10:13:28 PM by DPS\jnburnham

  • AK23008300

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Assault DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 01/24/2023 at approximately 1859 hours, Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks received a report of an assault domestic violence at a residence on Farmer’s Loop in Fairbanks. The investigation in ongoing.

    Posted on 1/25/2023 11:39:20 PM by DPS\bjhibbs

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Investigation ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Highway Patrol ...No news reported.

AK Bureau of Judicial Services ...No news reported.

AK Div of Fire and Life Safety ...No news reported.