Trooper Report Week of December 26th 2021 - P.O.W. Report

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Trooper Report Week of December 26th 2021


Location: Hollis

Type: Death Investigation

Dispatch Text:

On 12/29/2021 at approximately 1833 hours, Prince of Wales State Troopers responded to a residence in Hollis for a reported unresponsive adult male. Investigation determined that 67-year-old Steve Matherley of Hollis died of natural causes. Matherley's next of kin were on scene. After consultation with the State Medical Examiner, Matherley's remains were released to the family. 

Location: Prince of Wales

Type: Assault 3, MIW4

Dispatch Text:

AST was dispatched to a disturbance in Naukati Bay Alaska. Investigation revealed Jimmy Alford was intoxicated when he drove to  a location were his wife was staying after an argument. Jimmy was told to leave a couple of times and did, but kept returning. The third time Jimmy arrived, he pointed a rifle at the victim. The male victim was able to take the gun away and Jimmy left again. AST arrived and arrested Jimmy for Assault in the Third Degree and Misconduct Involving Weapons in the Forth Degree. PBT at time of arrest was 0.287.

Location: Ketchikan

Type: DWLR

Dispatch Text:

On 12/29/2021 at about 2326 hour, the Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a green GMC at mile 1 of the South Tongass Highway.  Investigation revealed that the driver James Tavares, age 48 of Ketchikan was operating a motor vehicle while his driver's license was revoked.  Further investigation revealed that Tavares had a prior conviction for DWLR.  Tavares was issued a Summons for DWLR and a traffic citation for Failure to Show Proof of Insurance.  The vehicle was released to a licensed driver. 

Other Stories Around the State:

Location: Mat-Su Valley

Type: Joint Fugitive Operation

Dispatch Text:

On December 22 and December 23, 2021, a joint operation with the Alaska State Troopers Mat-Su Criminal Suppression Unit, Palmer Judicial Services, and Alaska Department of Corrections Division of Pretrial, Probation, and Parole netted the arrest of six fugitives living in the Mat-Su Valley. The two-day operation focused on locating individuals that have absconded probation or had felony arrest warrants. In addition to the fugitive arrests, Trooper-led investigations conducted as part of the operation resulted in at least 14 additional felony charges for multiple people that were arrested during the operation. Troopers also seized approximately 20 grams of suspected methamphetamine and 12.3 grams of suspected heroin. The Mat-Su Criminal Suppression Unit is a specialized team of Alaska State Troopers dedicated to investigating complex property crimes reported across the Mat-Su Valley. The CSU works closely with other Alaska State Trooper units, local police departments, and the Alaska Department of Corrections to assist with a variety of operations that help address crime and improve the quality of life across the Valley.

Similar operations are planned across the state in the future, so if you have an active warrant for your arrest or have absconded from probation you are encouraged to turn yourself in at the nearest Trooper post or local police department. The Alaska Department of Public Safety maintains an online list of active warrants across the state:

Location: Palmer

Type: Assault; Criminal Mischief

Dispatch Text:

On 12/28/21 at 2048 hours, AST responded to a residence near Old Trunk Road in Palmer for the report of a disturbance involving a firearm being discharged. During the incident AST contacted Corbin Perkins, age 33 of Palmer. Investigation revealed Perkins assaulted a household member and he was arrested for the original charges of Assault in the 3rd Degree, Assault in the 4th Degree, and Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree. Perkins was remanded into custody at the MSPT facility in Palmer.

Location: Kodiak

Type: No Non-Resident King Salmon Stamp

Dispatch Text:

On 12/28/2021 Steven UNDERWOOD, 37 YO of Mesa, Arizona, was issued a citation by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Kodiak Post, for fishing for and retaining king salmon without having a non-resident king salmon stamp. Bail is set at $220.00 in the Kodiak Courts.

Location: Nenana

Type: Search and Rescue

Dispatch Text:

On December 29, 2021, the Alaska Wildlife Troopers were notified that two adult males were stranded on their snowmachines outside of Nenana. The two men’s snowmachines were stuck in overflow, and they did not know their exact location. The two men had been attempting to rescue two other men that had been caught in overflow on December 28, 2021 who were taking shelter at a cabin. Fairbanks based Wildlife Troopers determined the stranded men’s location and responded to Nenana with snow machines to attempt a rescue. Poor weather conditions prevented Trooper air assets from traveling to the area, so assistance was requested from the US Army. An Army helicopter traveled to the area from Fort Wainwright and picked up two Wildlife Troopers in Nenana. Both men stranded with their snowmachines in overflow were rescued, and one man from the cabin were picked up by the helicopter, one man opted to stay at the cabin.

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