Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Friday, August 5, 2022

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

A Detachment

  • AK22080470

    Location: Nikiski
    Type: Assault 4, DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 8/4/22 at approximately 1821 hours, AST received a report of a disturbance at a residence in Nikiski.  AST responded and investigation revealed Shay Smith, 19 of Nikiski, assaulted another household member.  He was arrested for Assault 4 DV and remanded to Wildwood Pre-Trial.

    Posted on 8/5/2022 7:41:09 AM by DPS\jehunter

B Detachment

  • AK22080568

    Location: Palmer
    Type: Criminal Mischief 4 DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 08/05/22 at approximately 1024 hours Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance on E Snowy Pass Circle. The investigation revealed Bradley Stewart, age 32, of Palmer, committed the crime of criminal mischief, under $750, against a family member. Stewart was placed under arrest and remanded to Mat-Su Pre-trial Facility with no set bail.

    Posted on 8/5/2022 5:14:51 PM by DPS\hbyoung

  • AK22080564

    Location: Sutton
    Type: Criminal Trespass 1

    Dispatch Text:

    On 8/5/2022 at approximately 0458 hours, AST responded to the area of Chickaloon Way in Sutton for a reported disturbance. AST contacted Miro Milic, age 32 of Sutton, who stated that he had been at a residence nearby. Investigation revealed that Miro had been previously trespassed for life from that property, and was subsequently arrested for Criminal Trespass 1 and remanded at Mat-Su Pretrial.

    Posted on 8/5/2022 8:03:06 AM by DPS\krklingen

  • AK22080514

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Assault 4 DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 8/4/2022 at approximately 2223 hours, AST responded to a residence near Marble Way in Wasilla for a reported disturbance between two parties. Investigation revealed that Alexandra Whitsett, age 33 of Wasilla, had recklessly caused physical injury to a family member. Alexandra was arrested for Assault 4 DV, and transported to Mat-Su Pretrial where she was remanded and held without bail.

    Posted on 8/5/2022 8:06:28 AM by DPS\krklingen

C Detachment ...No news reported.

D Detachment

  • AK22080528

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: MICSII

    Dispatch Text:

    On August 4th, 2022 at approximately 2000 hours, Fairbanks AST received a report of an occupant in a vehicle doing heroin. Upon contact investigation revealed Lesley Irvine (35 of Fairbanks) to be in possession of a controlled substance. Lesley was remanded to FCC for her outstanding warrants as well as Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance II.

    Posted on 8/5/2022 12:38:24 AM by DPS\ctroyer

  • AK22080551

    Location: North Pole
    Type: DUI/MIW4

    Dispatch Text:

    On 08/05/2022 at approximately 0300 hours the Alaska State Troopers in Fairbanks responded to the area of Old badger Road in North Pole for a disturbance. The complaint gave a description of the suspects vehicle to the AST Dispatch who then relayed it to responding Troopers. The first Trooper on scene quickly located a vehicle matching the description leaving the immediate area of the disturbance. Troopers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the operator as Dolly Yatlin (41). Dolly was identified as the suspect in the disturbance. A thorough investigation revealed that Dolly was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Dolly was in possession a firearm that was located next to an open bottle of beer. Dolly was arrested and remanded at the Fairbanks Correctional Facility for DUI and Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Fourth degree. Dolly was released on her own recognizance. 

    Posted on 8/5/2022 12:53:33 PM by DPS\ztchicoine

  • AK22078508

    Location: Nulato
    Type: Assault 1, Assault 2, and Assault 4

    Dispatch Text:

    On 7/30/22 at 0020 hours Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault in Nulato.  On 8/5/22 at approximately 1730 hours a 15 year old juvenile, of Huslia was arrested at Fairbanks Post without incident for Assault 1, Assault 2, and Assault 4 and remanded at FYF on no bail.

    Posted on 8/5/2022 7:22:43 PM by DPS\ranunley

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK22080228

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Burglary

    Dispatch Text:

    On August 4, 2022 at approximately 1200 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to a complaint of a burglary and criminal trespass in progress in Wasilla. A neighbor observed two women illegally enter a fenced property and attempt to kick in a door. Troopers identified Brandi Slover, 39, and Molly Ivanoff, 34, both of Wasilla as the two individuals reported by the complainant. Brandi and Molly were arrested for Attempted Burglary – 2nd and Criminal Trespass – 1st. They were remanded to Mat-Su Pre-Trial where they were held on $1500.00 bail.

    Posted on 8/5/2022 8:14:15 AM by DPS\amdrahms

  • Department of Public Safety Advisory

    Location: Dalton Highway, North Eastern Brooks Range

    Advisory Text:

    On 08/05/2022, the National Weather Service issued a Winter Storm Warning for the North Eastern Brooks Range, including the Dalton Highway effective tonight at 2200 hours to Sunday at 0400 hours. Hunters should expect and be prepared for up to 8 inches of snow by Sunday morning, reduced visibility and difficult driving conditions along the Dalton Highway. As a reminder to Dall Sheep hunters in the Brooks Range, the Federal Subsistence Board has closed Dall Sheep hunting to all users in GMU24A and GMU26B west of the Sagavanirktok rivers on all federal public lands during the 2022/2023 and 2023/2024 regulatory years.

    Posted on 8/5/2022 12:28:51 PM by DPS\bdlemay

  • AK22080615

    Location: Juneau
    Type: Search And Rescue

    Dispatch Text:

    On 8/5/2022 Alaska Wildlife Troopers received report that Connor Beckman, of Nevada, had not returned home from a hike up Mount Roberts and Sheep Mountain on the afternoon on 8/4.  Beckman was not prepared to overnight in the field and had no food or water.  Juneau Mountain Rescue and SEADOGS were mobilized along with concerned family and friends who began searching the trail system.  The US Coast Guard sent a helicopter from Sitka Station who flew the area but weather prevented effective aerial searching. 

    At about 1405 hours on 8/5/22 Beckman walked out to the trailhead where he was met by searchers.  He had unexpectedly spent the night on Sheep Mountain after a weather system moved in while he was on the mountain and prevented him from finding the way down due to dense fog.  The weather system also brought strong wind and rain so Beckman made a rock wind break and dug into the rocks for shelter for the night.  In the morning he resumed looking for the trail back down, which he eventually did.  He walked in the dense fog not knowing where the trail he found would lead.  He eventually found his way to the trailhead.

    Beckman reported no injuries.  The Alaska Wildlife Troopers thank the hours or work by Juneau Mountain Rescue, South East Alaska Dogs Organized for Ground Search, and the US Coast Guard for their efforts in the search.  

    Posted on 8/5/2022 4:47:26 PM by DPS\rkwelch

AK Bureau of Investigation

  • AK22080714

    Location: Anchorage
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On 08/05/2022 at approximately 1400 hours, ABI was notified of the death of an inmate that occurred at the east Anchorage Correctional Complex (ACC). Investigators responded to the scene. Initial investigation revealed that inmate Austin Wilson, age 34 of Anchorage, was found unresponsive in a cell by himself around 1235 hours by a correctional officer and was later pronounced deceased by EMS after life saving measures were taken.  The SME responded and took custody of the body for autopsy. No foul play is suspected at this time.

    Posted on 8/5/2022 5:59:35 PM by DPS\dbledford

AK Bureau of Highway Patrol

  • AK21143341

    Location: Fairbanks
    Type: Stolen Vehicle recovery, Warrant arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 08-05-22, at 1840 hours, AST located an occupied stolen Chevrolet 2500 on Geist Rd in Fairbanks.  AST performed a traffic stop on the stolen vehicle and took the occupants into custody without incident.  The driver was identified as  Isiah S. Alexander, age 32, of Fort Yukon.  Isiah was determined to have three active warrants, two misdemeanor and one felony, for his arrest with a total bail of $2000 and not to be released until being seen before a judicial officer.  Isiah was arrested for his three active warrants and transported to FCC where he was held.  The stolen Chevrolet was returned to its owner.  The investigation into the stolen vehicle is still pending. 

    Posted on 8/5/2022 10:42:22 PM by DPS\prfrederick

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

AK Div of Fire and Life Safety

  • AK22080563

    Location: Chena Hot Springs Road
    Type: Fatal Fire Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    Update 12/27: The deceased male from this fire has been positively identified by the state medical examiner as 61-year-old Fairbanks resident Bart Stewart.

    Original: On Friday, August 5, 2022, at approximately 4:15 am, the Alaska State Troopers received a 911 call reporting a residential structure fire at 5100 block of Chena Hot Springs Road, which is located outside of a fire protection area. Troopers arrived on scene to find a single story structure heavily engulfed. Preliminary interviews with friends and neighbors reported that the homeowner and sole occupant of the structure, an adult male, had been seen the evening prior, and that both of his primary vehicles and 4-wheeler were in the driveway, with a high probability that he was inside the structure. An Alaska Department of Public Safety Deputy Fire Marshal (DFM) from Fairbanks responded to conduct an origin and cause investigation. North Star Volunteer Fire Department (NSVFD) responded to assist with cooling the scene to facilitate the investigation. The remains of a deceased human adult were located inside. The remains have been transferred to the State Medical Examiner for autopsy and positive identification. A preliminary investigation of the origin and cause revealed that the fire originated in the living room and spread throughout the structure. 

    Posted on 8/5/2022 3:32:03 PM by DPS\ajmcdaniel