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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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Troopers arrest two in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 12/16/17, at 8:45 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a Blue 2007 Pontiac on Big Lake Road near Hollywood for an equipment violation. An investigation revealed the driver, Ashley M. Miller, 31 yoa of Big Lake, was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Additionally a passenger in the vehicle, Cody W. French, 23 yoa of Big Lake, had a $100 warrant for his arrest, original charge Criminal Mischief. Both were arrested and transported to Mat-Su pretrial.

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Big Lake man charged with Assault 4th DV

Police BlotterOn 12/17/17 at 9:20 a.m. Alaska State Troopers received a 911 call reporting a disturbance at a residence in Big Lake. Investigation revealed Jeff Hawley (47) of Big Lake had placed a household member in fear of being hurt by his actions. Hawley was arrested and later remanded to Mat Su Pretrial on the charge of Assault 4th DV and bail was set at no bail. Alcohol is believed to be a factor.

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Troopers seek information in Big Lake burglary/theft

Police BlotterOn 12-16-2017, at 11:45 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to a report of a burglary at 5863 S Nofli Court in Big Lake. Investigation revealed that an unoccupied cabin on the property had been entered and personal items were found to be missing. The incident was reported to have occurred between 2:45 a.m. and 9:30 a.m. on 12-16-2017. Anyone with information regarding this incident is encouraged to call Matcom dispatch at 907-352-5401.

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Big Lake man arrested on warrants

Police BlotterOn 12-15-2017, at 2:24 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Dawson Laporte, 19 yoa, of Big Lake. Dawson was wanted on warrants 3PA-17-00542CR Failure to Appear for Driving While in Violation of Permit, and 3PA-17-01552CR Failure to Appear for Driving While in Violation of Permit. Dawson was transported to Mat-Su Pretrial where he was held on a $100 bail.

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Troopers investigate aviation fuel theft in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 12/16/2017 at approximately 11:21 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of aviation fuel stolen from an airplane. The incident occurred at an airstrip in Big Lake. The victim uncovered the wings and noticed the fuel cap was off and believes 15-18 gallons of fuel was stolen. The incident occurred within the past 4 days. Anyone with information reference this incident is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 352-5401.

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Troopers seek information in Big Lake burglary/theft

Police BlotterOn 12/16/17 at 3:45 a.m., AST responded to Burma Road in Big Lake for the report of a theft from yards. Investigation revealed a male in a 1990's model Chevy pick-up stole tools from a trailer on the property. AST is requesting anyone with information about the incident or suspicious activity in the area to contact Crime Stoppers at 745-3333 or AST dispatch at 352-5401.

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