Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Monday, June 20, 2022

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

A Detachment

  • AK22060569

    Location: Seward
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 17, 2022, at approximately 12:10 am, the Alaska State Troopers were notified of a death at Spring Creek Correctional Center. 28-year-old SCCC inmate Leefisher Tukrook was found deceased in his cell.  He was subsequently taken to a Seward area hospital where he was pronounced deceased.  Tukrook was alone in the cell, and there is no indication of foul play at this time.  His remains were sent to the SME for autopsy.  Next-of-kin was notified by North Slope Borough Police. 

    Posted on 6/20/2022 3:33:39 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

  • AK22061355

    Location: Seward Hwy
    Type: Assault / Criminal Mischief

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 18, 2022, at 4:22 pm, the Alaska State Troopers were notified that an adult male was creating a significant traffic hazard by walking in and out of traffic near mile 24 of the Seward Highway. A Seward-based Alaska State Trooper responded to the area and located a naked 22-year-old Anchorage resident walking down the middle of the Seward Highway. Attempts to communicate with the male and convince him to leave the roadway were unsuccessful. The male became aggressive and physically assaulted the trooper by fighting and biting him, in addition to violently slamming his own head into the Trooper’s marked patrol vehicle. Taser and OC deployments showed no effect on the male, and the Trooper ultimately had to physically restrain the male with the use of his baton.  Medical personnel subsequently transported the male to a Seward area hospital for medical treatment and evaluation.  Criminal charges of Assault IV and Criminal Mischief are forthcoming.   

    Posted on 6/20/2022 4:57:49 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

B Detachment

  • AK22061688

    Location: Palmer
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/19/2022 at approximately 2303 hours, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a GMC Yukon which was eastbound on Palmer Wasilla Highway near 49th State Street for speeding.  Investigation revealed the driver and sole occupant, George Goldy age 44 of Anchorage, was operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol.  Goldy was arrested and processed for DUI before being released to a sober adult on his own recognizance.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 3:49:40 AM by DPS\sanorman

  • AK22061716

    Location: Houston
    Type: Disorderly Conduct

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 20, 2022 at approximately 0038 hours, AST received a report of a disturbance on Birch Harbor Rd. while on scene events unfolded, leading to the arrest of Kathleen Johnson, a 47-year-old woman from Houston. Ms. Johnson was transported to Mat-Su Pretrial where she was remanded on a Disorderly Conduct charge.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 6:03:08 AM by DPS\jtgillioun

  • AK22061732

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Criminal Mischief 4th DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/20/2022 at approximately 0325 hours, The Alaska State Troopers with the help of The Wasilla Police Department responded to a residence on Hermon Rd. in Wasilla for a disturbance. Investigation revealed Austin Zweifel, 22-year-old of Wasilla, damaged property in the household with the total value being over $250. Zweifel was arrested for Criminal Mischief in the 4th DV and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial where he is held without bail pending arraignment.  

    Posted on 6/20/2022 6:27:04 AM by SOA\cmwerschey

  • AK22061620

    Location: Willow
    Type: Warrant Arrest, Theft 2nd, Criminal Trespass 1st

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/19/2022 at approximately 1805 hours, The Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on W. Parks Hwy. in Willow for a report of a male Trespassing and stealing a trailer off the property. When Troopers arrived on scene the suspect vehicle had already left the area with the trailer. Troopers patrolled the local Willow area and were unable to locate the vehicle or trailer. The suspect vehicle was later located at the Houston Three Bears Gas Station.  Investigation revealed Levi Jacobs, 34-years-old of Wasilla, trespassed and stole the trailer. Further investigation revealed Jacobs had an outstanding Parole Violation warrant with the original charges of Theft in the 2nd x2 and Theft in the 3rd. Jacobs was arrested on his Parole warrant, Theft in the 2nd and Criminal Trespass in the 1st. Jacobs was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial where he is held without bail.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 6:52:40 AM by SOA\cmwerschey

C Detachment

  • AK22061715

    Location: Nome
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 20, 2022, at 2:18 am, the Alaska State Troopers were notified that 46-year-old Selawik resident Jarvis Sours was located unresponsive in his cell at Anvil Mountain Correctional Center. Despite life-saving efforts by DOC staff, Sours was declared deceased at the facility. Troopers responded and identified no signs of foul play. Sours remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner for autopsy. Next of kin have been notified.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 4:42:24 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

  • AK22060950

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/17/2022 at approximately 1716, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:08:52 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061091

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/17/2022 at approximately 2355, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:09:12 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061119

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/18/2022 at approximately 0254, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:09:26 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061127

    Location: Nunapitchuk
    Type: Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/18/2022 at approximately 0356, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault from the VPO in Nunapitchuk. VPOs reported that Monisha Sallison, 20 y/o of Nunapitchuk ran her boyfriend over with an ATV. Troopers traveled to Nunapitchuk later that morning and arrested Sallison for Assault 3 and transported her to YKCC.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:09:50 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061383

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/18/2022 at approximately 2007, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:10:07 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22060667

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/17/2022 at approximately 0719, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a DV Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:10:22 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22060679

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/17/2022 at approximately 0751, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a DV Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:10:38 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22060771

    Location: Chuathbaluk
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/17/2022 at approximately 1150, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance in the village of Chuathbaluk. Investigation revealed James Alexie, 40 y/o of Chuathbaluk, assaulted a family member. Troopers were unable to locate James in the village. Charges of Assault 4 -DV were forwarded to the D.A.O. for review.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:10:52 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061056

    Location: Emmonak
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/17/2022 at approximately 2141, Alaska State Troopers received a report of DV Assault. Investigation lead to the arrest of Leah Kasayuli, 19 y/o of Emmonak for DV Assault 4.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:11:05 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061076

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/17/2022 at approximately 2345, Alaska State Troopers received a report of DV Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:11:28 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061096

    Location: Kotlik
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/17/2022 at approximately 2343, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a DV Assault. Investigation lead to charges of Assault 4 on Lawrence Seton, 28 y/o of Kotlik.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:11:42 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061294

    Location: Emmonak
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/18/2022 at approximately 1640, Alaska State Troopers received a report of DV Assault. Investigation lead to the arrest of Ashleigh Edwards, 19 y/o of Emmonak, for DV Assault 4.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:12:31 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061365

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/18/2022 at approximately 2050, Alaska State Troopers received a report of DV Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:12:45 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22060781

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Assault - Non DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/17/2022 at approximately 1206, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:13:01 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061005

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Disturbance

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/17/2022 at approximately 1859, Alaska State Troopers received a 911 open line. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:13:24 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061102

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Sexual Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/18/2022 at approximately 0700, Alaska State Troopers received a report of Sexual Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:13:45 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22061235

    Location: YK Region
    Type: Sexual Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/18/2022 at approximately 1421, Alaska State Troopers received a report of Sexual Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:14:03 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22060986

    Location: Mekoryuk
    Type: Terroristic Threat

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/16/2022 at approximately 1630, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a male, later identified as Jonathan David, 31 y/o of Mekoryuk, was threatening the Vitus Energy barge that was attempting to supply the village with fuel. Troopers responded and following an investigation, David was arrested for Terroristic Threatening 2 and remanded to YKCC, where he was held without bail.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 2:14:38 PM by DPS\tlfirch

D Detachment

  • AK22061684

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Missing person

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/19/2022 at approximately 2148 hours, Kathryn of Presbyterian Hospitality House reported that Karissa Harris ran away from the home around 1930 hours and has not returned.

    Kathryn stated Karissa came home from work shortly after 1900 and ate dinner. After dinner Karissa packed a bag and walked away.

    Karissa was last seen wearing a Grey Jacket, blue jeans, black backpack, and a small white purse heading Eastbound on Mitchell Avenue toward University.

    Her photo and missing persons bulletin can be found here: https://dps.alaska.gov/getmedia/020e9c30-6e99-4181-8e4f-e957196a5aea/Harris 

    Posted on 6/20/2022 1:12:04 AM by DPS\cmseminario

  • AK22062026

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: DVPO Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6-20-22 at approximately 1706 hrs, Fairbanks AST Dispatch received a 911 call from the petitioner of a DVPO stating it had been violated. Investigations revealed the respondant, Shannon Levit 43 of Fairbanks, violated the conditions of the DVPO. AST was unable to locate Shannon and charges have been forwarded to the DAO.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 8:50:31 PM by DPS\sjphilbrick

  • AK22040995

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Warrant arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/20/2022 at approximately 2033 hours, Shaylan was contacted off Newby rd and Conifir in North Pole, Alaska. She was arrested and remanded to FCC on warrant, failure to appear for a DUI.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 10:34:23 PM by DPS\cmseminario

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK22061739

    Location: Bethel
    Type: Wildlife Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/20/22, Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Bethel contacted Kurt Foss, 59, of Akiak, while he was salmon fishing during a closed period on the Kuskokwim River. Troopers issued Foss a citation for Salmon Fishing During Closed Period with a mandatory court appearance in the Bethel District Court.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 9:15:06 AM by DPS\slcantine

  • AK22061919

    Location: Chitina
    Type: Fail to Record Salmon on Personal Use Permit

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/19/22 Tok Wildlife Troopers cited Yoo Kim, age 60, of Anchorage for failing to record fish caught during a personal use fishery.  Bail was set at $120 in the Glennallen District Court.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 3:41:10 PM by DPS\rrlanders

  • AK22061926

    Location: Chitina
    Type: Fail to Record Salmon on Personal Use Permit

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/18/22 Tok Wildlife Troopers cited Eddie Ahyakak, age 45, of Fairbanks for failing to record fish caught during a personal use fishery.  Bail was set at $120 in the Glennallen District Court.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 3:55:00 PM by DPS\rrlanders

  • AK22061921

    Location: Chitina
    Type: Fail to Record Salmon on Personal Use Permit

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/19/22 Tok Wildlife Troopers cited Gabriel Pease-Madore, age 45, of Delta Junction for failing to record fish caught during a personal use fishery.  Bail was set at $120 in the Glennallen District Court.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 3:56:33 PM by DPS\rrlanders

  • AK22061933

    Location: Chitina
    Type: Fail to Have Personal Use Permit as Required

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/18/22 Tok Wildlife Troopers cited Jason Halverson, age 40, of Anchorage for fishing in a personal use fishery without the required permit.  Bail was set at $220 in the Glennallen District Court.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 4:06:14 PM by DPS\rrlanders

  • AK22061906

    Location: Chitina
    Type: Fail to Record Salmon on Personal Use Permit

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/19/22 Tok Wildlife Troopers cited Yong Turner, age 68, of Anchorage for failing to record fish caught during a personal use fishery. Bail was set at $120 in the Glennallen District Court.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 3:31:58 PM by DPS\rrlanders

AK Bureau of Investigation

  • AK22061772

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Pursuit / Trooper Involved Shooting

    Dispatch Text:

    Update 6/23 9:50 am: 

    The law enforcement officers that discharged their duty weapons during the June 20 incident in Fairbanks are identified as:

    • Alaska State Trooper Alex Valdez, a three-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers
    • Alaska State Trooper Cody Kasper, a one-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers
    • Alaska State Trooper Joshua Schoeffel, a one-year veteran of the Alaska State Troopers
    • Sergeant Dennis Benn, a fourteen-year veteran of the Fairbanks Police Department
    • Officer Lane Bonham, a five-year veteran of the Fairbanks Police Department

    The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is continuing its investigation into all of the facts surrounding this officer-involved shooting. Their preliminary investigation revealed that the injuries to the adult female passenger and the Alaska State Trooper resulted from gunfire from law enforcement and that the driver did not discharge his firearm during the incident. Once the ABI investigation is complete, it will be independently reviewed by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions.

     

    Update 6/20 4:30 pm: The driver has been identified as 57-year-old Anchorage resident Amos Lane. Next of kin has been notified. 

    Original: On June 19, 2022, at around 2:55 am, the Alaska State Troopers attempted to stop a 2011 Ford sedan for erratic driving near the Mitchell Expressway and Airport Way. The sedan failed to stop, and Troopers pursued the vehicle until the conditions became unsafe for a pursuit, and the pursuit was terminated. On June 20, 2022, at around 9:00 am, Alaska State Troopers attempted to pull over the same 2011 Ford sedan near Peger Road and Phillips Field Road. The sedan attempted to flee again, and Troopers and Fairbanks Police Officers pursued the driver for approximately 15 minutes in the Fairbanks area. At around 9:15 am, an Alaska State Trooper performed a PIT maneuver to stop the vehicle near Cushman Street and 23rd Avenue in Fairbanks. Law enforcement then blocked the vehicle, preventing it from continuing to flee. The driver, an adult male, then produced a handgun and then pointed the handgun at a female passenger that was also in the vehicle. The driver failed to follow the commands of law enforcement officers on the scene, and due to his actions, multiple law enforcement officers from the Alaska State Troopers and Fairbanks Police Department fired their duty weapons at the driver, fatally wounding him. During the incident, an Alaska State Trooper assigned to Fairbanks post was struck by a bullet causing non-life-threatening injuries. The Trooper was taken to a Fairbanks area hospital, and has since been released. The female passenger, and only other occupant in the sedan, was also injured by gunfire during the incident and was transported to a Fairbanks area hospital for medical treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The driver’s body is being sent to the State Medical Examiner for autopsy. The identity of the driver will be released once the next of kin has been notified.

    The Alaska Bureau of Investigation has assumed case responsibility and is actively conducting a thorough investigation into the incident. Once their investigation is complete, it will be independently reviewed by the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions. In accordance with AST and FPD policy, the identities of the law enforcement officers that discharged their duty weapons will be identified in 72 hours by the Alaska State Troopers.

    Posted on 6/20/2022 3:19:33 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

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.