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Trooper Report Week of August 27, 2017

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Location: Prince of Wales Island

AK17061013
Type: Warrant Arrest
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On 8/29/17 at approximately 1100 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Prince of Wales Island contacted Curtis John Demmert, age 31 of Hydaburg, during a routine Seine fishery patrol. Investigation revealed that Demmert had an outstanding felony arrest warrant for the original charge of misconduct involving a controlled substance in the second degree. Demmert was placed under arrest and transported to the Craig jail facility where he was remanded into their custody without bail.

Location: Prince of Wales

Type: Sport Fish Guide Violations - Sentencing
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UPDATE: On 8-28-17, Stuart E. Merchant, age 75 of Klawock, AK pled guilty to four counts of wildlife crimes in the Prince of Wales District Court. In June, Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Craig charged Merchant with three counts of violating halibut regulations and one count of falsifying sport fish charter logbooks after they contacted him in illegal possession of sport caught halibut. Merchant is the owner and operator of “Forget Me Knot Charters” based on Prince of Wales Island. Merchant had been convicted of similar violations in 2015 and had his sport and guiding privileges revoked for the month of August 2016. During the time that Merchant was revoked, Wildlife Troopers observed and documented him actively fishing with non-resident friends. This led to additional fines for violating his probation and another revocation for the month of August 2017. As part of the most recent conviction, Merchant was fined a total of $13,000 with $8,000 of that suspended. He was fined an additional $2,000 dollars for violating the conditions of his probation from the original 2015 case. In addition, Merchant was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 30 days suspended, his fishing and guiding privileges are suspended for 22 months and for 12 of those months he may not enter a boat in Alaskan waters. Finally, Merchant’s 26 foot guide boat and boat trailer were forfeited to the state.


On 6/20/17, Alaska Wildlife Troopers Prince of Wales Post finalized a three day investigation concerning a sport fishing charter operation based out of the Klawock Harbor. The investigation resulted in Stuart E Merchant (75 y/o) being charged with one count of Unsworn Falsification and three counts of violating Limitations for Halibut set by National Marine Fisheries Service by retaining halibut with no charter halibut permit. He has a mandatory appearance in the Prince of Wales District Court.


Location: Prince of Wales Island

AK17061224
Type: Employing an unlicensed crew member
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On 8/29/17 at approximately 1130 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Prince of Wales Island contacted Curtis Demmert, age 31 of Hydaburg, during a routine Seine fishery patrol. Investigation revealed that one of Demmert’s crew was working without a crew members license. Demmert was issued a $260.00 citation for employing an unlicensed crew member.


Location: Prince of Wales Island

AK17061219
Type: No crew member license in possession
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On 8/29/17 at approximately 1130 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers on Prince of Wales Island contacted Clint Bowen, age 46 of Hydaburg, during a routine Seine fishery patrol. Investigation revealed that Bowen was working as a crew member aboard a seine vessel without a crew members license. Bowen was issued a $260.00 citation for not having a crew member license in possession.


Location: Coffman Cove

AK17061679
Type: Gunshot Wound
Dispatch Text:

On 08-31-17 at approximately 1600 hours, Alaska State Troopers on Prince of Wales received a report of a juvenile with a gunshot wound in Coffman Cove. The juvenile was evacuated to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle, WA. The investigation is ongoing.


Location: Whale Pass

AK17062062
Type: Death Investigation
Dispatch Text:

On 09-02-17, Alaska State Troopers on Prince of Wales were advised Amy Jo Sarff, age 60 of Whale Pass, was found deceased in her home. Investigation revealed Sarff died of natural causes. No foul play is suspected, and the remains were released to the Ketchikan Mortuary. Next-of-Kin has been notified.



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