Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Thursday, June 6, 2024

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

A Detachment

  • AK24052099

    Location: Cooper Landing and Kenai
    Type: Vehicle Theft I, DUI, Criminal Impersonation I, Fraudulent Use of an Access Device, Theft II, and agency assist

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/01/2024, at approximately 2019 hours, AST received information that a stolen vehicle was traveling south onto the Kenai Peninsula from Portage. Soldotna and Seward based Troopers responded along with a US Forest Service officer. The vehicle was located and stopped near the Sterling Highway junction of the Seward Highway. Investigation determined the operator, Kiril Johnson, age 42 of Michigan, had recently traveled to Anchorage's Ted Steven International Airport and had stolen the vehicle from a parking lot there. Jonhson was found to be under the influence of controlled substances. He was arrested for driving under the influence and first-degree vehicle theft. AST continued to investigate Johnson and property he possessed at the time of his arrest. That investigation determined Johnson had likely burglarized more vehicles at the airport. The following day Johnson attempted to post his bond using a credit card belonging to another person. Further investigation by AST led to Johnson being remanded on additional counts of first-degree criminal impersonation, attempted fraudulent use of an access device, and attempted second degree theft. Working with the Anchorage Airport Police and Whittier Police Departments AST discovered that while at the airport Johnson had burglarized several cars, taken multiple items, and fraudulently used another person's credit card at the airport and at businesses in Girdwood. More criminal counts are forthcoming from those agencies.


    Posted on 6/6/2024 3:33:04 AM by DPS\jlmiller1

  • AK24053742

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: VCOR; DVPO Violation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/05/2024, at approximately 2143 hours, AST received a report of a domestic violence protective order violation in Soldotna. Investigation revealed the individual who violated the order was 53 year old Kenai resident Patricia Marseilles. She was arrested for violating her conditions of release and violating a DV protective order and remanded at Wildwood pretrial. 


    Posted on 6/6/2024 5:39:57 AM by DPS\cebryant

  • AK24048789

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: MICS in 4th degree

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/05/2024 at approximately 0041 hours AST contacted 37 year old Soldotna resident Ben Tikka during a traffic stop where Soldotna PD had him under arrest for driving with a cancelled license. Tikka was remanded to Wildwood pretrial for driving with a cancelled license and two counts of misconduct involving controlled substances in the fourth degree. 

    Posted on 6/6/2024 6:11:44 AM by DPS\cebryant

B Detachment

  • AK24053983

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: VCOR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 6/6/2024, at approximately 1237 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report that William Wallis, 58 year-old male from Wasilla, was at his residence near Graphite Circle in Wasilla. After an investigation, it was determined that Wallis violated his conditions of release. Wallis was remanded at Mat-Su Pre-trial, where he was remanded and held without bail pending arraignment. 

    Posted on 6/6/2024 4:18:35 PM by DPS\jflloyd

C Detachment ...No news reported.

D Detachment

  • AK24053832

    Location: Healy
    Type: Disturbance-False Report

    Dispatch Text:

    On 06/06/2024 at approximately 0715 hours AST received a 911 call about an active disturbance involving a knife in Healy at employee housing for seasonal workers.  AST responded to the scene.  Investigation determined there was no actual fight involving a knife.  Benjamin Kannapel, age 31 from Colorado was arrested and remanded to FCC for False Report.  Alcohol was considered to be a contributing factor in this incident.  

    Posted on 6/6/2024 11:21:15 AM by DPS\dwbozman

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK24053081

    Location: Seward
    Type: SAR/Body Recovery

    Dispatch Text:

    On June 4, 2024, at 10:53am, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a person in distress in the saltwater off the beach of Nash Road in Seward. It was reported that a person in waders was having trouble staying above water.  The U.S. Coast Guard responded to the area and Bear Creek Volunteer Fire Department responded and recovered the body of an unidentified adult female. Initial attempts by Troopers on scene to identify the woman were unsuccessful. The State Medical Examiner’s Office took position of the body and made positive identification as Cynthia Arca, age 47 of Anchorage. Next of kin has been notified.

    Posted on 6/6/2024 11:48:41 AM by DPS\tjdespain

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.