Alaska State Troopers Press Release of Wednesday, September 21, 2022

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

A Detachment

  • AK22098774

    Location: Sterling
    Type: A4, VCOR

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/20/22 at approximately 2318 hours, AST responded a residence on Jennifer Drive in Sterling for a disturbance. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of John Spinka (69 YOA) of Soldotna for Assault 4 DV and VCOR. Spinka was remanded at Wildwood Pretrial Facility and held without bail.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 6:05:25 AM by DPS\gwjensen

  • AK22098737

    Location: Soldotna
    Type: MICS 5 / Warrant Arrest

    Dispatch Text:

    On 09/20/22 at 1939 hours, Soldotna AST responded to a pullout near mile 98 Sterling Highway in Soldotna for a welfare check. Subsequent investigation led to the arrest of Steven E. Meyer (38 YOA of Kenai) for MICS 5 and a $250 Arrest Warrant for Theft 4th Degree. Meyer was remanded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 6:30:39 AM by DPS\slherrin

  • AK22098690

    Location: Gustavus, AK
    Type: Assault II (DV)

    Dispatch Text:

    On 09/21/22. at approximately 1557 hours, the Alaska State Troopers investigated a report of an assault in the Gustavus. Investigation revealed Nikolai Kookesh, age 33, Angoon, assaulted his significant other. He was arrested on one count of Assault II (DV) for causing serious physical injury and remanded to LCCC. He will be arraigned the next day through the Hoonah Court. 

    Posted on 9/21/2022 3:08:45 PM by DPS\clrussell

  • AK22098965

    Location: Ketchikan
    Type: Assault in the 4th Degree

    Dispatch Text:

    On 09/21/2022 at about 1022 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault which had occurred at a residence on Higgins Spur road. Investigation revealed that Marina Snover, age 29 of Ketchikan had assaulted a family member. Snover was arrested for Assault in the 4th Degree DV and remanded to Ketchikan Correctional Center with No Bail.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 8:08:04 PM by DPS\jpbeaudoin

B Detachment

  • AK22098742

    Location: Wasilla
    Type: Criminal Mischief

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/20/2022, at approximately 2009 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report for a disturbance in the area of W. Gail Dr. Wasilla, AK. Further investigation revealed, Paul Newsom age 34 of Wasilla, damaged the property of a family member. Paul was arrested for Criminal Mischief in the 5th, DV. Paul was transported to Mat-Su Pretrial without incident and held without bail.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 2:35:43 AM by DPS\jmanspaugh

  • AK22098786

    Location: Palmer
    Type: DV Criminal Mischief 3

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/21/2022 at approximately 0030 hours, Alaska State Troopers responded to Soapstone Rd in Palmer for a Domestic. Troopers arrived on scene and spoke with the victim who alleged Frankie Geffe, age 35 of Palmer, vandalized 4 car tires and smashed their large flat screen TV. Frankie fled on foot prior to AST's arrival however she was located prior to departing. Total damages of property were estimated in excess of $762. Frankie was remanded to Matsu Pretrial for DV Criminal Mischief 3 where she is currently held without bail. 

    Posted on 9/21/2022 2:51:23 AM by DPS\attaylor

C Detachment

  • AK22097937

    Location: Red Devil
    Type: Death Investigation

    Dispatch Text:

    On September 18, 2022, at 10:11 pm, the Alaska State Troopers were notified that 54-year-old Sleetmute resident Nick Sakar was reported missing. He was last seen on September 16th  in Red Devil by the individual that made the report. On September 19, 2022, Troopers began searching for Sakar in the region. Local search teams in Sleetmute, Aniak, and Red Devil also began looking for Sakar. Sakar was located deceased near the Kuskokwim River on September 20, 2022, at approximately 3 pm. No foul play is suspected at this time; however, the investigation into the circumstances surrounding Sakar’s death is still open. Sakar’s remains were sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office for autopsy, and his next of kin have been notified.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 9:51:18 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

  • AK22098739

    Location: Nikolai
    Type: Aircraft Crash

    Dispatch Text:

    On September 20, 2022, at 7:14 pm, the Alaska State Troopers were notified of a plane crash near the village of Nikolai. The Piper PA-12 had two adult male occupants who reported no injuries at the time of the crash. An Alaska Air National Guard rescue team was dispatched by the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center to the scene. The two men were transported to Anchorage. The NTSB has been notified.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 10:21:33 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

  • AK22097686

    Location: Kodiak Island Borough
    Type: Assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/18/2022 at approximately 0448, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 11:55:45 AM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22097703

    Location: Koyuk
    Type: Destruction/Damage/Vandalism

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/18/2022 at approximately 0741, Alaska State Troopers received a report of property damage. Upon conclusion of the investigation, charges of Criminal Mischief 5 have been sent to the DAO on Kaster Lockwood, 48 y/o of Anchorage and Mary Otton, 33 y/o of Koyuk.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 11:56:06 AM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22097748

    Location: Norton Sound Region
    Type: Sexual assault

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/18/2022 at approximately 1225, Alaska State Troopers received a report of Sexual Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 11:56:21 AM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22097812

    Location: Koyuk
    Type: Assault - DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/18/2022 at approximately 1446, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a DV Assault. Upon conclusion of the investigation, Troopers arrested Adrian Nassuk, 34 y/o of Koyuk was arrested for Assault 3.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 11:56:38 AM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22097963

    Location: Norton Sound Region
    Type: Assault - Non DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/19/2022 at approximately 0113, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 11:57:01 AM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22098491

    Location: Norton Sound Region
    Type: Assault - Non DV

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/19/2022 at approximately 1519, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an Assault. Investigation is ongoing.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 11:59:10 AM by DPS\tlfirch

  • AK22098234

    Location: Manokotak
    Type: Liquor Laws

    Dispatch Text:

    On 9/19/2022 at approximately 1613, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an individual violating the liquor laws. Upon conclusion of the investigation, Noah Paul, 57 y/o of Manokotak was charged with Importation. Charges have been forwarded to the DAO.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 11:59:28 AM by DPS\tlfirch

D Detachment ...No news reported.

E Detachment ...No news reported.

Headquarters ...No news reported.

AK Wildlife Troopers

  • AK22098712

    Location: Glenn Highway - Palmer Hay Flats
    Type: Bear Attack

    Dispatch Text:

    On September 20, 2022, at 6:37 pm, the Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified of a bear attack near mile 36 of the Glenn Highway off Matanuska Road. Troopers and EMS immediately responded to the scene and discovered an injured juvenile male and an adult male. The pair were taken to a Mat-Su area hospital; the juvenile sustained serious injuries, and the adult male had minor injuries. After a preliminary investigation, Troopers determined that the pair were hunting in the hay flats area when they came upon a brown bear. The bear attacked the juvenile. During the attack, the adult male shot and killed the bear. Troopers and Alaska Department of Fish and Game staff will be back in the area on September 21 to continue their investigation.

    Posted on 9/21/2022 8:25:29 AM by DPS\ajmcdaniel

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.