Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Sunday, March 28, 2021

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

A Detachment

  • AK21031948

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 03/27/2021 at approximately 2325 hours Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop on a black Kia Sportage on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna for moving violations. Investigation revealed the driver Keegan Dubendorf, age 22 of Soldotna, was driving under the influence. Dubendorf was arrested for DUI and remanded at Wildwood Pretrial.

    Posted on 3/28/2021 5:08:00 AM by DPS\bcglenn

  • AK21031873

    Location: Sterling
    Type: DWLR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 03/27/2021, at approximately 1854 hours, AST conducted a traffic stop for moving violations in Sterling.  Investigation revealed William Strain, age 42 of Soldotna, was operating the vehicle while his license was revoked.  He has been previously convicted 18 times for the same offense.  He was arrested for driving while license revoked and remanded at Wildwood Pretrial. 

    Posted on 3/28/2021 8:17:08 AM by DPS\jlmiller1

  • AK21031968

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 03/28/2021, at approximately 0135 hours, AST conducted a traffic stop for moving and equipment violations in Soldotna.  Investigation revealed the operator, Charles Scott, age 30 of Soldotna, was impaired by alcohol and controlled substances.  He was arrested for driving under the influence and remanded at Wildwood Pretrial. 

    Posted on 3/28/2021 8:20:59 AM by DPS\jlmiller1

B Detachment

  • AK21031918

    Location: Knik Glacier
    Type: Aircraft Crash

    Dispatch Text:

    Update 3/29 1215: The survivor of the helicopter crash near Knik Glacier remains in serious but stable condition and is receiving medical care at an Anchorage area hospital. The survivor is identified as 48-year-old Czech Republic resident David Horvath.

    The following photos are being released by the Alaska State Troopers, please courtesy the photos to the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group.

    PHOTO 1 - Alaska Mountain Rescue Group volunteers near the crash site near Knik Glacier.

    PHOTO 2 - An Alaska Army National Guard helicopter near the crash site near Knik Glacier.

    PHOTO 3 - Photo from the crash site near Knik Glacier. 

     

    Update 3/28 1650: The Alaska Army National Guard and volunteers from the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group have recovered the deceased from the helicopter crash site near Knik Glacier. Next of kin for the deceased have been notified, and they are identified as:

    • 52-year-old Colorado resident Gregory Harms
    • 56-year-old Czech Republic resident Petr Kellner
    • 50-year-old Czech Republic resident Benjamin Larochaix
    • 38-year-old Girdwood, Alaska resident Sean McManamy
    • 33-year-old Anchorage, Alaska resident  Zachary Russell (pilot) 

    The injured passenger remains in serious but stable condition and is receiving medical care at an Anchorage area hospital. The helicopter was an Airbus AS350B3 owned by Soloy Helicopters of Wasilla, Alaska. The group is believed to have been heliskiing in the area. The NTSB will conduct an investigation into the cause of the crash. The deceased have been turned over to the Alaska State Medical Examiner. The Temporary Flight Restriction that was in place over the Knik Glacier area has been lifted.

    The Alaska State Troopers would like to thank the volunteers from the Alaska Mountain Rescue Group and our partners at the Alaska Army National Guard for their assistance in the recovery operations.

     

    Update 3/28 1211: A temporary flight restriction is currently in place from 1100 hrs 3/28 to 1100 hrs 3/29 near Knik Glacier for a recovery mission. Pilots should avoid the area. More information and detailed coordinates can be found at: https://tfr.faa.gov/save_pages/detail_1_1372.html

    Original: On March 27, 2021, at approximately 2200 hours, Alaska State Troopers were notified of an overdue helicopter and the location of possible crash debris in the area of Knik Glacier. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center dispatched a rescue team who located the crash site. The rescuers found a sole survivor at the crash site and transported the individual for medical care; the survivor is currently in serious but stable condition. Five other occupants of the helicopter were found deceased. The Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Army National Guard, and Alaska Mountain Rescue Group will attempt recovery efforts at the crash site today. Next of kin notifications are ongoing. The NTSB will be conducting an investigation into the cause of the crash.

    Posted on 3/28/2021 9:59:52 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

  • AK21032154

    Location: Palmer
    Type: Assault II DV & Assault IV DV x2

    Dispatch Text:

    On 03/28/2021 at approximately 1402 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of an assault on E. Gershmel Loop in Palmer. Investigation led to the arrest of Kevin Hogan, age 28 of Palmer, for Assault III and two counts of Assault IV after assaulting a family member. Hogan was arrested and remanded to the custody of Mat-Su Pretrial.

     

    Posted on 3/28/2021 5:33:59 PM by DPS\rranderson

C Detachment ...No news reported.

D Detachment

  • AK21030544

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On March 28, 2021 at approximately 2056 hours, AST contacted Theresa Orozco, age 36 of North Pole, at a residence off Badger Rd in North Pole. Theresa had an arrest warrant for FTA on original charges of Assault 3, Assault 4, Misconduct Involving Weapons 3, and Violation of Conditions of Release. Theresa was arrested and remanded to FCC on $2,500 bail. 

    Posted on 3/28/2021 11:23:57 PM by DPS\dcbrooks

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK21032167

    Location: Big Lake
    Type: No Sport Fish License

    Dispatch Text:

    On March 28, 2021, at approximately 4:51 pm, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted 37 year old Anchorage resident Wayne WALTERS while he was ice fishing at Big Lake. Subsequent investigation resulted in Wayne being issued a citation for not having a valid 2021 Sport Fish License. Bail is set at $220.

    Posted on 3/28/2021 6:04:09 PM by DPS\lareid

  • AK21032202

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Felony DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On March 28, 2021, at approximately 7:05 pm, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Claudia ROSE, age 48 of Wasilla, when her vehicle was blocking partial traffic on the Parks Highway. Subsequent investigation resulted in Claudia being arrested for Felony DUI. She was remanded at MatSu Pre-trial without incident.

    Posted on 3/28/2021 10:00:59 PM by DPS\lareid

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.