Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Saturday, May 14, 2022

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

A Detachment

  • AK22046986

    Location: Kenai
    Type: DWLR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 5/14/2022 at approximately 0018 hours, Soldotna AST stopped a maroon Dodge passenger car for failing to maintain lane near mile 8 Kenai Spur Highway.  Subsequent investigation found Wesley Fuxa, age 31 of Soldotna, to be driving while his license is revoked.  Fuxa was issued a misdemeanor citation.

    Posted on 5/14/2022 5:26:26 AM by DPS\rlhunter

  • AK22047215

    Location: Anchor Point
    Type: New Owner Fail to Transfer Title

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/14/2022 at 1835 hours the Alaska State Troopers in Anchor Point conducted a traffic stop in Anchor Point for an equipment violation.  Investigation determined the driver, Lauren Bassett, age 42 failed to register the vehicle in her name.  Lauren was issued a misdemeanor summons in the Homer Court for New Owner Fail to Transfer the Title.

    Posted on 5/14/2022 10:36:46 PM by DPS\dwbozman

  • AK22047238

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: Assault 4th x2

    Dispatch Text:

      On 5-14-2022 at 1910 Hours, the Soldotna AST K-9 Team responded to an address near Fern Forest in Soldotna for a report of a domestic disturbance. Upon AST arrival investigation revealed a Juvenile (12-YOA) of Soldotna physically assaulted his grandmother (75YOA) of Soldotna. The Juvenile was arrested and transported to KPYF where he was remanded on two counts of Assault 4th Degree.        


    Posted on 5/14/2022 11:40:18 PM by DPS\jawoodruff

B Detachment ...No news reported.

C Detachment

  • AK22040009

    Location: Kodiak
    Type: SAR/Missing Child

    Dispatch Text:

    Final Update 5/18/22: The Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers have concluded their investigation into the death of Sawyer Cipolla. After a thorough review of all of the facts and evidence, Troopers have determined that Sawyer died from hypothermia due to exposure to the elements, and no signs or indications of foul play or suspicious circumstances were found. The preliminary information from the State Medical Examiner corroborates these findings. DPS would like to thank the thousands of volunteers, dozens of agencies, businesses, and organizations, and the entire Kodiak community for your assistance with this search and investigation over the last week and a half.   

    Update 5/15/22: On May 15, 2022, at approximately 12:30 pm, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified that two adults recreating in the Pillar Mountain area had located a deceased juvenile. Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers immediately responded to the area. Troopers identified the deceased juvenile as 7-year-old Kodiak resident Sawyer Cipolla who was reported missing on May 7, 2022. There were no obvious signs of foul play identified at the scene by Troopers. Sawyer’s remains will be sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy. Next of kin has been notified. The investigation into the death of Sawyer Cipolla is ongoing.


    Update 5/14/22: An update on the search strategy can be found online at:

    UPDATE: 5/12/2022, 14:00 hours. Crews, air assets, K9 teams, and volunteers continued to search throughout the day on 5/11 and are continuing with coordinated searches today. Kodiak Island Search & Rescue (KISAR) concentrated their search efforts in a prior search area to close any gap in coverage. No new leads have developed in the last 24 hours. Anyone with information please contact the Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak directly by calling 907-486-4121.     

    UPDATE: 5/11/2022, 1000 hours. Throughout the day on 5/10, search dogs were utilized and multiple air assets including USCG, AK Army National Guard, and Deckload Aviation helicopters continued to fly the expanded search area while 300+ ground searchers continued to conduct directed searches.  Ground search teams will continue searching today. Four new K9 teams arrived in Kodiak onboard a USCG C-130 from Anchorage and will be searching throughout the day.  At this time no new leads have developed. Anyone with information please contact the Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak directly by calling 907-486-4121.     

    UPDATE: 5/10/2022 the search for Sawyer Cipolla continues. Aerial assets (USCG helicopter and Deckload Aviation’s R-44) flew the coastline and search area throughout the day and into the evening of 5/9 with thermal goggles and FLIR.  Search dogs were deployed into multiple search areas and will continue searching throughout the day today.  Volunteer searchers will meet back at Bayside Fire Department (Incident Command and searcher staging area) at 1200 hours to begin the 4th day of ground searching. Anyone with information please contact the Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak directly by calling 907-486-4121.

    UPDATE: 5/9/2022, 1800 hours, more than 400 ground searchers, multiple K9 search teams, multiple aircraft, thermal drones, and boats continued the search for Sawyer Cipolla on Kodiak Island today with no results. Search efforts will continue into the evening and night hours. The large scale of the search, and tremendous efforts by volunteers and search agencies continues to be outstanding. Anyone with information please contact the Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak directly by calling 907-486-4121.

    UPDATE: 5/9/2022, the search for seven-year-old Sawyer Cipolla that went missing from his residence in Kodiak on 5/7/2022, continues.  There has been an outpouring of support from the community with as many as 950 volunteers searching over the weekend to include ground searchers, local pilots, and horseback teams. More than a dozen agencies are participating in the search including; Kodiak Police Department, City of Kodiak Fire Department, Bayside Volunteer Fire Department, Kodiak Island Search and Rescue, Alaska State Troopers, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, US Coast Guard, US Navy Seals, Alaska Air National Guard Rescue Coordination Center, K9 search and rescue teams from Anchorage and Mat-Su including; MATSAR, AKSSD, and ASARD. As the search continues, volunteers are requested to check in at the Bayside Volunteer Fire Department. Anyone with information regarding the whereabouts of Sawyer Cipolla is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak at 907-486-4121.

    A missing person's bulletin including a current photo can be found online here.

    ORIGINAL Release: On 05/07/22 at approximately 1220 hours Alaska State Troopers in Kodiak were notified of a missing autistic 7 year old child last seen at his residence off Forest Drive in Kodiak. At the time of the report, the child had been missing for approximately 30 minutes. The missing child’s name is Sawyer but he responds to “come on in”. He was last seen wearing grey pants, camo top with hiking boots. Sawyer is 4.5ft tall, 55lbs, white male, brown hair, and brown eyes. AST arrived on scene and immediately started searching with no success.  As of 1845 hours, there are approximately 100 people actively involved in the search, including members of Kodiak Police Department, AWT, AST, City of Kodiak Fire Department, Bayside Volunteer Fire Department, Kodiak Island Search and Rescue, Coast Guard sector Anchorage/Air Station Kodiak and local residents.  If located please call 907-486-4121.

    Posted on 5/7/2022 7:06:17 PM by DPS\tjdespain . Edited on 5/14/2022 11:35:01 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

D Detachment

  • AK22047044

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: DV Assault 4

    Dispatch Text:

    On May 14, 2022 AST responded to a report of a disturbance in Fairbanks. An investigation revealed Jacquelyn Henry, age 21 of Anchorage, assaulted a family member. Jacquelyn was remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center on a misdemeanor charge.

    Posted on 5/14/2022 9:12:48 AM by DPS\jgstoller

  • AK22046774

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Warrant Service

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/13/22 at approximately 1212 hours, Fairbanks Criminal Suppression Unit and Patrol was in Fairbanks, AK for a warrant service. Troopers contacted Marcus Nelson in the driveway, who was wanted on a Federal Warrant. Marcus was remanded to FCC on 1 count of Fugitive from Justice. 

    Posted on 5/14/2022 10:48:15 AM by DPS\jdschoeffel

  • AK21113027

    Location: Stevens Village
    Type: Forgery/Fraud

    Dispatch Text:

    On September 27, 2021, Alaska State Troopers took the report of some fraudulent receipts that were turned into the Tanana Chiefs Conference (TCC) for reimbursement in the amount of $723 by 41-year-old Nicole Pitka. TCC sent a letter requesting Nicole pay them back for the $723, Nicole did not comply. Charges on Nicole has were sent to to the District Attorney Office for Forgery in the Third Degree and Theft in the Third Degree on May 14, 2022.

    Posted on 5/14/2022 5:59:29 PM by DPS\jrongstad

  • AK22047199

    Location: Tok
    Type: Trespass/Resisting

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/14/22 at approximately 1639 hours, Tok Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to the Snowshoe Motel for a trespass. It was reported Nancy Joe was trespassing and confirmed through Fairbanks Dispatch that Nancy was trespassed from the Snowshoe. Nancy was found at the Snowshoe and placed under arrest for trespass. Nancy resisted arrest and tried to get away, but was arrested. 

    Posted on 5/14/2022 9:28:09 PM by DPS\begullikson

  • AK22047229

    Location: Tok
    Type: Minor in Consumption

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/14/22 at approximately 1856 hours, Tok Alaska State Troopers took a report of a fight at the Three Bears grocery store in Tok. Allen Agnes was contacted and identified as one of the parties involved. Allen was observed to have a strong odor of intoxicating beverage about his breath and person, poor coordination, and slurred speech. Allen is 19 years of age and was placed under arrest for minor in consumption of alcohol. 

    Posted on 5/14/2022 9:32:33 PM by DPS\begullikson

  • AK22046974

    Location: Tok
    Type: DV Assault 4

    Dispatch Text:

    On 05/13/22 at approximately 2114 hours, Tok Alaska State Troopers took a report a domestic violence assault on Borealis Avenue. Troopers conducted an domestic violence assault investigation and found probable cause to arrest, Candy Pete, for assault in the 4th degree. Candy was arrested after a search warrant was granted to enter her residence, and taken into custody without incident. Candy was transported the Tok Trooper post to be arraigned.  

    Posted on 5/14/2022 12:38:25 AM by DPS\begullikson

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.