Trooper Report Week of November 28th 2021 - P.O.W. Report

Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Trooper Report Week of November 28th 2021

Location: Thorne Bay

Type: Sexual Abuse of Minor/Warrant Arrest

Dispatch Text:

On 12/01/2021, the Thorne Bay VPSO arrested 20-year-old Eli Brookins of Thorne Bay on a $10,000 arrest warrant issued by the POW Court for the offense of Sexual Abuse of the Minor 2nd Degree. Brookins was remanded to the Craig Jail pending arraignment. 

Location: Craig

Type: Warrant Arrest

Dispatch Text:

On 12/03/2021 at 1056 hours, Prince of Wales State Troopers were notified by the FBI of a 62-year-old Haines resident Fredrick Folletti. Folletti was suspected to be on Prince of Wales Island, and was wanted on a no bail Federal arrest warrant for the original charge of drug conspiracy.  Folletti was located in Craig at 1244 hours and arrested on the Federal arrest warrant. Folletti was remanded to the Craig Jail pending transfer to Juneau


Other Reports Around the State

Location: Funny River Rd, Lake Rd

Type: DWLS

Dispatch Text:

  On 11-28-2021 at 2317 hours, the Soldotna AST K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop near Funny River Road and Lake Road on a silver 2001 Ford Escape for traveling above the posted speed limit. The driver was identified as Andrew S. Williams, 31 YOA of Funny River. An APSIN check revealed Williams Operator’s License is suspended for a DMV Points System violation. Williams has several prior DWLS citations and convictions within the last 10 years. Williams was issued a citation with a mandatory court appearance.  

Location: Livengood

Type: Closed Season Caribou

Dispatch Text:

Update: On 11/29/2021, Gabriel Dobson and Dalton Borton plead guilty to taking caribou closed season. Both are fined $1,500 with $750 suspended, ordered to pay restitution for the caribou taken unlawfully, and placed on 1 year of probation.

On 10/30/2021, Coldfoot AWT conducted a traffic stop on a white Toyota pickup near the Colorado Creek Trailhead after receiving a tip the occupants may have taken a caribou near mile 95 of the Elliott Highway. Investigation revealed two occupants of the vehicle had each taken a caribou at approximately 100 mile Elliott Highway, where the caribou season closed on 09/20/2021. Gabriel Dobson (age 19), and Dalton Borton (age 18), both of Chugiak, were issued criminal misdemeanor summons for Taking Caribou Closed Season with a mandatory court appearance in the Nenana Court. The rifle used and both caribou were seized, the caribou have been donated to a charity in Fairbanks.

Location: Whittier

Type: Search & Rescue, Missing Person

Dispatch Text:

UPDATE: On 12-04-21, the owner of the vessel involved with the initial SAR and other family members of Luki Akelkok III responded to Whittier to help locate and retrieve the vessel that capsized on 12-01-21. At approximately 1210 hours, those same persons located the vessel in Logging Camp Bay, which is located approximately 9 miles northeast of Whittier. Approximately 30 minutes later, the remains of missing person / boater - Luki Akelkok III, was found approximately 200 yards from the vessel and offshore in 2 feet of water. At the time of the body recovery, Luki was not observed to be wearing a PFD. It appears the body of Luki drifted approximately 5 miles before coming to rest.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to conduct a follow up investigation and the body of Luki is being transported to Anchorage per the request of the State Medical Examiner’s Office. Luki’s next of kin and the USCG have been advised of the recovery.

On 12-01-21 at 1848 hours, MatCom dispatch contacted AST to report a vessel was sinking near Whittier.  Further investigation revealed a group of 2 vessels with 2 persons onboard each vessel had been hunting deer on Esther Island in Prince William Sound and were returning separately to Whittier on Wednesday afternoon. 

One of the vessels arrived in Whittier at approximately 3:30 pm.  The other vessel, a 20-foot aluminum Lund skiff operated by Luki Akelkok (age 28 of Dillingham) with passenger Stefan Weingarth (age 28 of Anchorage), and 4 deer and 2 seals on board, encountered inclement weather conditions on the way back to Whittier. 

At 5:53 pm, Weingarth contacted the other boat operator who was already en route back to Anchorage to report the bow of their vessel was underwater, they were 5 minutes outside of Whittier, and they were sinking.  On-scene weather at the time was described by the witness as seas of 6 feet with white caps on top of the waves, winds blowing 40 knots, and dark skies.  USCG D17 Juneau and USCG Sector Anchorage were contacted, and they immediately coordinated a multi SAR platform response utilizing a vessel and aircraft from Valdez, however, their response was slowed down due to bad weather while en route to the scene. 

On 12-01-21 at 10:13 pm, the USCG reported 1 unidentified person was located deceased and wearing a life jacket approximately 5 miles northeast of Whittier in Passage Canal, near Trinity Point.  In addition, the missing vessel was located, and 1 person was still missing and unaccounted for.  The USCG continued to remain on scene and resume the search. On 12-02-21 at 03:10 am, Whittier PD met with USCG vessel crews to receive and tentatively identify the recovered remains as Stefan Weingarth.  The remains are being transported to the SMEO in Anchorage.  SAR efforts continued to be hampered with severe weather conditions as winds are blowing 50-60 knots.  AWT Troopers have responded to Whittier to assist with the search.  A USCG cutter from Seward has also responded and is on scene.  In addition, a USCG helo from Kodiak is anticipated to assist as well. Luki Akelkok remains a missing person.  All next of kin have been notified and the search for Luki Akelkok continues.

The Alaska State Troopers wish to thank the USCG, their aircraft, and boat crews for their response and valiant efforts.  In addition, AST wishes to thank Whittier PD for their assistance. 

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