Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, June 23, 2022

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

A Detachment

  • AK22062853

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: DWLR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/22/2022 at about 1940 hours, the Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a gray Kia for a moving violation at mile 4 of the North Tongass Highway. Investigation revealed that the driver Don Wright, age 52 of Ketchikan was operating a motor vehicle while his driver's license status was Revoked from a prior DUI conviction. Further Investigation also revealed that Wright had a previous conviction for DWLR and had a pending DWLR charge. Wright was arrested for DWLR and remanded to Ketchikan Correctional Center.

    Posted on 6/23/2022 1:06:36 AM by DPS\jpbeaudoin

  • AK22062868

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: DV Assault 4

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/22/22 at approximately 2020 hours, The Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna took a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Kenai. AST arrived on scene and contacted 44 Y/O Kenai resident, Mario Madera. Investigation revealed that Madera assaulted a juvenile household member. Madera was arrested and transported to Wildwood Pretrial where he was remanded. 

    Posted on 6/23/2022 6:10:22 AM by DPS\scburgin

B Detachment

  • AK22045607

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/23/2022 at approximately 1511 hours, Alaska State Troopers contacted Dawn Jensen, age 63 of Wasilla, at an address on Williwaw Way. Investigation revealed that Dawn had an outstanding misdemeanor warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charge of MISC 5.  Dawn was arrested and transported to Mat-Su Pretrial where she was held on $250.00 bail. 

    Posted on 6/23/2022 4:24:35 PM by DPS\rrhuffman

  • AK22062685

    Location: Eagle River, AK
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/22/2022 at 1715 hours, Palmer Judicial Services remanded Britanee Tona Wilhelm, age 28 of Houston, for her outstanding warrant for Fail to Appear for Arraignment on the original charge of Theft 4th degree. She was already in custody at Highland Mountain Correctional Center on other charges. Bail is set at $50 in this matter.

    Posted on 6/23/2022 11:17:25 AM by DPS\evscholtisek

  • AK22063227

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 23, 2022 AST responded to a residence in Wasilla for a disturbance. Investigation revealed that 21 year old Taylor Duvall of Wasilla committed Assault 4 and Criminal Mischief 5 against a family member. Taylor was placed under arrest and was remanded to Matsu Pretrial.

    Posted on 6/23/2022 11:33:30 PM by DPS\cbrafferty

C Detachment

  • AK22062074

    Location: Norton Sound Region
    Type: Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/21/2022 at approximately 0139, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/23/2022 2:57:16 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22062066

    Location: Old Harbor
    Type: Deceased Person

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/21/2022 at approximately 0034, Alaska State Troopers received a report that Alec R. Inga, 46 y/o of Old Harbor, had passed away. Next of kin has been notified.

    Posted on 6/23/2022 2:57:37 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22062337

    Location: Norton Sound Region
    Type: Damage property

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/21/2022 at approximately 1356, Alaska State Troopers received a report of property damage. Investigation into this incident is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/23/2022 2:57:55 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22062380

    Location: Bristol Bay Region
    Type: Sexual assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/21/2022 at approximately 1637, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a Sexual Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/23/2022 2:58:13 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22062443

    Location: Norton Sound Region
    Type: Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/21/2022 at approximately 2024, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/23/2022 2:58:32 PM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22062489

    Location: Norton Sound Region
    Type: Disturbance

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/21/2022 at approximately 2309, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 6/23/2022 2:58:50 PM by DPS\tlfirch

D Detachment

  • AK22062181

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/22/2022 at approximately 1623 hours, the Alaska State Troopers attempted warrant service on Lesley Irvine, 35, of Fairbanks. Irvine had a $100,000 felony warrant for Failure to Appear for a hearing for an original charge of Theft 2nd Degree (ref. 4FA-21-799CR). Troopers located Irvine inside a business near Gaffney Rd. and Turner St. and placed her under arrest. Irvine was remanded to the Fairbanks Correctional Center without incident.

    Posted on 6/23/2022 4:36:14 PM by DPS\tjnorris

  • AK22062582

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/22/2022 at approximately 1210 hours, the Alaska State Troopers attempted warrant service on Mary Walsh, 66,of Fairbanks. Walsh had an outstanding $250 misdemeanor arrest warrant for Failure to Appear at Arraignment for Criminal Trespass 2nd Degree (ref. 4FA-22-1281CR). Troopers contacted Walsh at 1979 Peger Rd., where she was placed under arrest and remanded to the Fairbanks Correctional Center.

    Posted on 6/23/2022 4:41:17 PM by DPS\tjnorris

  • AK22063225

    Location: Delta Junction
    Type: Assault 1st, criminal mischief 4th

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6-23-22, Delta AST responded to a report of a disturbance at a restaurant in Delta Junction.  Investigation revealed that Timothy Huebscher, 38 yoa of Delta Junction, had broken a cell phone of a family member at the restaurant, and then left with family member prior to AST arrival.  Timothy was located a short time later by AST at a residence with the family member.  Investigation revealed prior to AST arrival to the residence, Timothy had assaulted the family member by means of a dangerous instrument.  Timothy was placed under arrest for assault 1st degree and criminal mischief 4th degree and was transported to Fairbanks Correctional Center. 

    Posted on 6/23/2022 11:54:54 PM by DPS\kbcarson

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK21097317

    Location: Wrangell
    Type: Commercial Fishing Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/23/2022 at approximately 1200 hours, Mark Stevens, of Wrangell, was issued a Summons for three counts of commercial seine fishing in closed waters and one count of falsifying fish tickets. Arraignment is set for June 28th, at 1000 hours. The Arraignment will be held at the Wrangell Court House.

     

     

    Posted on 6/23/2022 12:40:07 PM by DPS\clyoder

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 . Edited on 6/23/2022 9:50:01 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

AK Bureau of Highway Patrol

  • AK22063072

    Location: Palmer
    Type: DUI

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6-23-22, at approximately 1304 hours, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a vehicle in the ditch at the intersection of East Scott Road and City Water Well Road in Palmer. The driver was identified as Sean McDermott, age 22 of Wasilla. Investigation revealed McDermott was driving under the influence and was arrested for DUI. McDermott was processed and released to a sober party with a date to appear in court. 

    Posted on 6/23/2022 5:18:39 PM by DPS\jfsimpson

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

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