Trooper Report August 1st-14th 2022 - P.O.W. Report

Monday, August 15, 2022

Trooper Report August 1st-14th 2022


Location: Ketchikan

Type: Assault 4 DV

Dispatch Text:

On 08/10/2022 at about 0028 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance at a residence on Eagle Avenue.  Investigation revealed that Richard Shields Jr., age 39 of Ketchikan had assaulted another family member at the residence.  Shields Jr. was arrested for Assault in the 4th Degree DV and transported to Ketchikan Correctional Center with No Bail.

Location: Ketchikan

Type: VCOR

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On 08/10/2022 at about 1756 hours, the Alaska State Troopers received an anonymous report of a male passed out at a bus stop on Killerwhale Avenue. Investigation revealed that Richard Shields Jr., age 39 of Ketchikan was intoxicated by alcohol and ultimately found to be violating current conditions of release which were set on 08/10/2022 by the Ketchikan Courthouse. The original charge stems from Assault in the 4th Degree DV. Shields Jr. was arrested for VCOR and remanded to Ketchikan Correctional Center with No Bail.

Location: Ketchikan

Type: MVC - Serious Injury

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On 8/11/2022 at approximately 1100 hours Alaska State Troopers received a report of a collision between a motorcycle and tour bus near George Inlet Lodge. Investigation revealed a motorcycle traveling at a high rate of speed impacted the front passenger section of a tour bus that was full. After the impact the motorcycle caught fire and was extinguished by good Samaritans. The driver of the motorcycle was transported to a local hospital with serious injuries. A passenger from the bus was also transported to a local hospital for non-life threatening injuries. 

Around the State

Location: Palmer

Type: MVC-Fatal / SAR

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UPDATE August 1, 2022: The two deceased individuals that were recovered from the Matanuska River on July 30, have been identified as Clayton McManis, age 31 of Chugiak and Kaitlin Ogden, age 26 of Chugiak. Clayton McManis was the driver of the Tacoma when it left the roadway and entered the river. Next of kin for McManis and Ogden have been notified.

UPDATE: On July 30, 2022 at 2:30 pm, recovery efforts began utilizing Matsu Borough Dive Rescue, Vulcan Towing, Elite Towing, Matanuska Towing and Recovery, and Terrasond. At 6:00 pm, the vehicle, a 1995 Toyota Tacoma, was removed from the Matanuska River. The vehicle was occupied by a male and female. While the original report stated the vehicle was occupied by three, there was no evidence to suggest that a third person was in the vehicle.  Next of kin notification is pending and the identity of the two deceased occupants will be released once next of kin has been notified.

Original release: On July 29, 2022 at 4:39 pm, Alaska State Troopers, Mat-Su Central Fire/EMS and Mat-Su Dive and Rescue responded to a single vehicle that entered the Matanuska River after leaving the south bound lanes of the Glenn Hwy at the Matanuska River Bridge Just before the Knik River bridge. Numerous witnesses reported the vehicle, believed to be a Toyota Tacoma, and was believed to be occupied by three individuals when it went underwater. Mat-Su Dive and Rescue attempted numerous methods of recovery but have been unable to safely reach the vehicle.  The river is moving to swiftly with no visibility for a diver to be safely placed into the water. Investigation on scene has shown that the vehicle left the side of the roadway and traveled down the embankment and ultimately into the water, missing the cement barriers, cable barriers and steel barriers for the Bridge. Efforts to identify the individuals in the vehicle is ongoing. A drone was used to search the area and no bodies were located on the banks in the immediate area.  Efforts for the recovery were suspended at 8:28 pm, and will resume on 7/30/22 at low tide. 

Location: Soldotna


Dispatch Text:

Soldotna based Troopers arrested Elias Skiba (26) of Funny River Rd for six counts of burglary 2, six counts of theft 3 and six counts of criminal trespass. Troopers were notified of missing property from a local church. Investigation revealed Skiba broke into the church building on 6 separate occasions and was caught on security cameras. He was arrested and transported to Wild Wood Pretrial.

Location: Kotzebue

Type: Wildlife Investigation

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In March 2020, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers received an anonymous complaint that 56-year-old Paul Atkins had illegally harvested a muskox. The Wildlife Investigation Unit (WIU) of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers began a thorough investigation into the allegations. During the multi-month investigation, it was revealed that Atkins had harvested multiple muskoxen on Alaska resident only Tier II subsistence permits. In addition, Atkins, on numerous occasions, failed to comply with the requirements of the permit, which required destroying the trophy value of the animal. Further investigation revealed that Atkins was claiming residency for hunting purposes in both Alaska and Oklahoma. In coordination with the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, Atkins's primary residency was determined to be in Oklahoma. Troopers determined that Atkins had harvested at least 29 different animals in Alaska with an Alaska resident hunting license.

In August 2021, the Alaska Office of Special Prosecutions charged Atkins with multiple hunting regulation violations, including one count of Failure to Comply with Hunt Permit Conditions, one count of False information, and one count of illegally transporting game. On July 28, 2022, Atkins agreed to a plea agreement and pleaded guilty to one count of Failure to Comply with Hunt Permit Conditions, one count of False information, and one count of illegally transporting game. Atkins is to pay $12,000 in fines and $3,000 in restitution. Atkins's Alaska hunting license is revoked for three years, and he is on probation for three years. Atkins also forfeited 20 taxidermy items that were seized during the investigation.

The Alaska Wildlife Troopers would like to thank the Cherokee Nation Marshal Service and the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation for their assistance during the investigation.

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.  

Location: Juneau

Type: SAR

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On August 5, 2022 at 10:31 am, Alaska State Troopers received a report of 3 lost hikers on Mt. McGinnis. Kianna Potter, age 19 of Juneau, Aiwen Desai, age 20 of Madison, Wisconsin, and Olivia Magaret, age 19 of Portland, Oregon, had stayed the night in a tent on Mt. McGinnis and in the morning attempted to hike back down but due to the poor weather were unable to locate the trail. At 3:06 pm, members from Juneau Mountain Rescue located the lost hikers and assisted them back to the trial and onto the trailhead. At 6:30 pm, all parties arrived safely back at the trailhead.

Location: Sitka

Type: Commercial Troll Closed Period

Dispatch Text:

On 7/26/22, Skordahl pled guilty to one misdemeanor count of commercial fishing closed period, in the district court at Sitka.  He was fined $8000 with $4000 suspended and placed on probation for one year.

On 6/30/22 at approximately 1753 hours, Alaska Wildlife Troopers on patrol offshore of Kruzof Island, observed the F/V Tyee with commercial troll fishing gear in the water unlawfully prior to the commercial salmon opening on 7/1/22.  Investigation revealed, Lucas Skordahl, age 38, of Sitka was operating power troll gear prior to the open season.  An arraignment is set in the district court at Sitka.

Location: Wasilla

Type: Death Investigation

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Update 8/12/22: Update: After a thorough investigation, the Alaska State Troopers have arrested 49-year-old Michael Jackson for the murder of Christina Jackson. Michael was remanded without incident to Mat-Su Pretrial on August 11 on charges of Murder 1 and Murder 2. 

Original: On August 8, 2022, at approximately 4:00 am, the Alaska State Troopers were notified that 43-year-old Wasilla resident Christina Jackson had been shot. Alaska State Troopers, with the assistance of the Wasilla Police Department, immediately responded to the Wasilla home where the incident occurred. Despite life-saving efforts by law enforcement and first responders, Jackson was declared deceased at the scene. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation Mat-Su Valley Major Crimes Unit has assumed case responsibility for the incident and is actively conducting an investigation. Investigators have contacted everyone involved, and at this time, no arrests have been made. The state medical examiner will conduct an autopsy on Jackson’s remains, and her next of kin has been notified.

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