Trooper Report Week of February 13 thru 19th 2022 - P.O.W. Report

Monday, February 21, 2022

Trooper Report Week of February 13 thru 19th 2022


Location: Ketchikan

Type: SAR Body Recovery

Dispatch Text:

On 02/15/2022 at 0845, Alaska State Troopers received a report of an overdue boater in the area of Meyers Chuck. The tentative report was 83 year old Steven Peavey, of Meyers Chuck, had been on his skiff the day prior and had not returned to Meyers Chuck before nightfall. The U.S. Coast Guard advised they had launched both a U.S.C.G. vessel and a helicopter.  The U.S. Forest Service launched a vessel from Prince of Wales with an Alaska State Trooper on board. A small skiff matching Peavey’s, was located heavily damaged on rocks outside of Meyers Chuck. At 1324 hours Peavey’s body was located and confirmed deceased. Peavey’s body was recovered by Alaska State Troopers and U.S.F.S. personnel. Next of kin has been notified.

Other Reports from the State:

Location: South Fork Koyukuk River

Type: Protection of Fish and Game

Dispatch Text:

On 07/16/2021, the Alaska Department of Fish and Game notified Fairbanks AWT and Coldfoot AWT of a denied Fish Habitat Permit for river crossing and cross-country travel along the South Fork Koyukuk River. The South Fork Koyukuk River has been specified as being important for the spawning, rearing, or migration of anadromous fishes pursuant to AS16.05.871(a) by ADF&G. The river requires approval from ADF&G to cross in a wheeled or tracked vehicle in open water. The river provides spawning habitat for Chinook and Chum Salmon and rearing habitat for Chinook Salmon.

A U.S. Bureau of Land Management Law Enforcement Ranger subsequently patrolled the area in a department aircraft, and did not observe any tracks along the riverbed.

An AWT aircraft patrol on 07/22/2021 revealed several equipment tracks present along the riverbed and gravel bars leading from one mining claim to a separate mining claim.

Subsequent investigation by Coldfoot AWT revealed mine owner/operator Ash Berringer (age 42 of Wasilla) had transported a wheeled front loader and tracked excavator through approximately 17 miles of protected waterway without approval from ADF&G, and in violation of his existing mining permits. Following the completion of AWT's investigation, the case was provided to the Department of Law's Office of Special Prosecutions for review.

On 02/14/2022, Mr. Berringer was contacted by Coldfoot AWT and issued a misdemeanor summons with arraignment set in the Nenana District Court.

The Alaska Wildlife Troopers would like to thank the U.S. Bureau of Land Management and Alaska Department of Fish and Game for their assistance in the investigation.

Location: Tok

Type: DV Burg 1, DV Crim Mis 5, DUI, Endangering Welfare of Minor 1

Dispatch Text:

On 2/14/22 at approximately 1848 hours Tok AST received report of a burglary after the fact. The complainant described coming home to find a broken window and his house ransacked. He had also followed a vehicle he believed to be involved in the burglary to the Tok Chevron. Tok AST responded and contacted the suspect vehicle. Investigation revealed Sierra Lance, age 28 of Tok, had burglarized an ex-boyfriends house and caused damage to a window. Further investigation revealed Lance had operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol with a minor child inside. Lance was ultimately arrested and transported to FCC where she was remanded on charges of DV Burglary 1st Degree, DV Criminal Mischief 5th Degree, DUI and Endangering the Welfare of a Minor 1st Degree.

Location: Sitka

Type: False Statement on Hunting License

Dispatch Text:

On 2/17/22, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Sitka Post, cited Oral A. Wallace, age 53, with two counts of knowingly making a false statement on 2021 hunting license and tags, following a residency investigation.  An arraignment is set in the district court at Sitka.

Location: Glennallen

Type: unlawful take of Dall sheep

Dispatch Text:

On 2/5/22, Remington Strong, age 26 of Utah, was summonsed to appear in Glennallen District Court for the unlawful take of a Dall sheep by a non-resident, and unlawful possession and transportation of game.  Strong was also charged with falsifying a fact on a sealing record and making a false statement on a license application.  An investigation by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers revealed Strong, a non-resident, killed a Dall sheep in the Wrangells in 2021 and was not accompanied by a licensed guide, or Alaska resident relative of second degree kindred as required by regulation.  Strong is scheduled to appear in Glennallen Court on 2/22/22.

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