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Big Lake woman arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 1-17-18 at about 1:30 a.m., the Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in Big Lake and contacted 24 year old Ashley Sowle. Investigation revealed Sowle had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for a Probation Violation. She was arrested and remanded to MSPT where she was held on $5000 bail.

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Criminal Mischief / Trespass / Vandalism Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 01/15/2018, Alaska State Trooper dispatch was contacted by a State Park Employee to report a Destruction/Damage/Vandalism at a State Park in Big Lake. The complainant stated someone had entered the park and caused damage to several traffic control signs. The dollar amount of the items damaged was approximately $1000. The investigation is ongoing and the public is asked to contact Alaska State Trooper Dispatch at 352-5401 with any information.

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Troopers seek information in Big Lake theft

Police BlotterOn 1/15/18 at approximately 3 p.m., AST responded to a residence on Big Lake Road where a building had been broken into and a truck engine had been stolen. Anyone with information about this crime is encouraged to contact AST at 745-2131.

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Troopers investigate Big Lake theft

Police BlotterOn 01/14/2018 at approximately 8:49 p.m., AST received a call about a theft on Creek Frontage Road in Big Lake. The investigation revealed that a propane tank was taken from the residence. The investigation is ongoing at this time. The Troopers are requesting that anyone with information on this to contact the Troopers at 352-5401.

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Big Lake woman charged with vehicle theft

Police BlotterOn 1/9/2018 at approximately 8:32 a.m., a teal 1997 Nissan Sentra sedan was reported to be stolen from the owner's residence in Palmer.

On 1/10/2018 at approximately 1:00 a.m., AST located the stolen Nissan Sentra vehicle while patrolling the Walmart parking lot in Wasilla. An investigation revealed April D. Murray, 32 YOA of Big Lake, was the driver of the stolen vehicle. Murray was arrested for Vehicle Theft in the First Degree. Murray was remanded into custody at Matsu Pretrial in Palmer. The vehicle was released to the owner.

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Troopers investigate Big Lake woman's death

Police BlotterOn 01/07/2018 at approximately 6:08 p.m., AST received a report of a deceased person on S Muskrat St in Big Lake. The investigation revealed a 25 year old female was deceased. State Medical Examiner has taken the body pending an autopsy. No foul play is suspected at this time and Next of Kin has been notified.

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Man charged with 1st Degree Murder in Big Lake woman's death

Police BlotterUpdate: On 1-3-18 at approximately 1:00 p.m., Anthony Smith was arraigned at the Palmer Courthouse. He continues to be held with bail set at $250K and a Court approved Third Party Custodian required. In addition to the Murder 1st Degree charged, after consultation with the Palmer District Attorney’s Office, an additional charge of Assault in the 4th Degree was added based on the investigation of events that prompted a prior AST response to the residence that morning. Troopers had responded to a disturbance at the Big Lake residence on 1/1/18 at 0218 hours.

In addition to the ongoing criminal investigation. AST is conducting a comprehensive review of our initial response to this residence.

Update: The deceased has been positively identified by the State Medical Examiner’s Office as Amy Smith, 37 of Wasilla. On 1/2/18 an autopsy was conducted on Amy Smith and the results of the autopsy indicated the cause of death was homicide. At approximately 4 p.m. on 1/2/2018, members of the “B” Detachment Criminal Suppression Unit arrested Anthony Smith, 38 of Wasilla, for Murder in the First Degree. Smith was remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he will be held without bail. Investigation by Palmer GIU is ongoing. Amy Smith’s next of kin has been notified.

Original text: On 1/01/18 at 4:54 a.m., AST and Emergency Medical personal responded to a residence in the Big Lake area for CPR in progress on a 37 year old female. This case is currently being investigated by Palmer GIU.

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Talkeetna man faces charges in Big Lake assault

Police BlotterOn 1/3/18, at 3:05 a.m., State Troopers responded to a residence in Big Lake for a report that an unknown male had barged into the house, intoxicated, and was causing a disturbance.

Investigation revealed that John B. Wilson, 54 yoa of Talkeetna, had crashed his vehicle nearby on Hollywood Road while under the influence, then walked to the home believing his fiancée was there and had unlawfully entered the residence without permission. While inside the residence he assaulted a female by placing her in fear of injury and had damaged property.

After being arrested, Wilson refused to provide a sample of his breath for analysis and was additionally charged with Refusal. Wilson was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial on the above 5 charges with bail set at $500 cash.

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Troopers arrest man in Big Lake womans homicide

Police BlotterUpdate: The deceased has been positively identified by the State Medical Examiner’s Office as Amy Smith, 37 of Wasilla. On 1/2/18 an autopsy was conducted on Amy Smith and the results of the autopsy indicated the cause of death was homicide. At approximately 1600 on 1/2/2018, members of the “B” Detachment Criminal Suppression Unit arrested Anthony Smith, 38 of Wasilla, for Murder in the First Degree. Smith was remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he will be held without bail. Investigation by Palmer GIU is ongoing. Amy Smith’s next of kin has been notified. Original text: On 1/01/18 at 4:54 a.m., AST and Emergency Medical personal responded to a residence in the Big Lake area for CPR in progress on a 37 year old female. This case is currently being investigated by Palmer GIU.

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Troopers investigate Big Lake woman's death

Police BlotterOn 1/01/18 at 4:54 a.m., AST and Emergency Medical personal responded to a residence in the Big Lake area for CPR in progress on a 37 year old female. This case is currently being investigated by Palmer GIU.

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Focused Holiday Traffic Enforcement Stats

Police BlotterFocused Holiday Traffic Enforcement Stats so far: Alaska State Troopers have been out on the roadways for the focused holiday enforcement effort. For the time period of 12/13/2017 through the morning of 12/28/2017, Troopers made the following contacts:

- 22 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 4 felony DUI Arrests

- 9 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.

- 67 REDDIs reported with 22 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI

- 159 damage only crashes, 18 injury crashes and 2 fatal collision were investigated by troopers

- Of the 486 citations issued, 128 were issued for speeding and 15 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations

Troopers will continue the effort into the early morning hours of Jan. 1, 2018. If you plan on celebrating the New Year with any impairing substance, please have a plan to get home safe. That includes not getting behind the wheel. Additionally, don’t hesitate to make a REDDI report by calling 911! (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately).

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Wasilla man charged with Assault 4 DV in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 12.26.17, Alaska State Trooper dispatch was contacted reference an assault on a family member. The victim stated Kevin Dean Trumble age 25 yo of Wasilla was causing a disturbance on Jenalee Cir in Big Lake. Investigation and evidence support the arrest of Kevin Dean Trumble for Assault in the 4th degree (DV) on a family member. Kevin Dean Trumble was transported to MatSu Pretrial and was remanded with no bail.

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Big Lake man charged with assault

Police BlotterOn 12/24/2017 at approximately 8:13 p.m., AST received a report of a disturbance on W Goldstreak Drive in Big Lake. Investigation revealed a 60 year old Big Lake male recklessly placed a 64 year old Big Lake male in fear of a firearm when the suspect shot a gun towards the victim. No one was injured in the incident and charges for this report are being forwarded to the DA Office.

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Troopers investigate Big Lake mail theft

Police BlotterOn 12/23/17, at approximately 11 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the vicinity of the intersection of Big Lake Road and Fish Creek Road for a report of mail theft and criminal mischief. Investigation revealed that some time on 12/23/17, suspect(s) broke into and stole mail from multiple mail boxes at the location. Anyone having information about this incident is encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers or MATSU CrimeStoppers at 745-3333.

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Troopers seek information in Big Lake burglary/theft

Police BlotterOn 12/17/2017 at approximately 1:49 p.m., the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary in the Big Lake area. Investigation revealed sometime between 5 p.m., on 12/16/2017 and 1 p.m. on 12/17/2017 someone made forced entry into a residence located near S Rogers Rd, Big Lake stealing furniture and household items estimated to be valued at approximately $1,700.00. Damages caused to the residence are estimated to be approximately $300.00.

Anyone who has information regarding this burglary and theft are asked to contact Palmer Alaska State Troopers at 907-745-2131.

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