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Theft from Big Lake campsite

Police BlotterOn 08/13/2017, at approximately 10:40 am Alaska State Troopers received a report of a theft at a Big Lake campsite, where the complainant reported 2 Honda 2100 Generators taken from his campsite. The value of the generators stolen was estimated to be $2,000. Anyone with information regarding this theft, or the various other thefts recently reported in the Mat-Su area, is encouraged to call the Alaska State Troopers at 373-8300.

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Willow man arrested in Big Lake, charged with DUI, refusal

Police BlotterOn 8/11/17 at approximately 12:46 am, Alaska State Troopers responded to a vehicle stopped in the roadway on S Johnsons Rd near the Parks Hwy. Troopers located the vehicle, a silver Chrysler 300 and contacted the driver, Merlyn Shandley age 22 of Willow, passed out behind the wheel.

Investigation revealed Shandley was operating the vehicle while impaired by alcohol. Shandley was arrested for DUI Alcohol and later refused to submit to chemical testing. Shandley was transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was remanded into custody to be released on his own recognizance once sober.

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Warrant Arrest, Houston

Police BlotterOn 08/07/17 at approximately 10:16 pm, Alaska State Troopers were in the vicinity of Wasey Way and Cattail Circle in Houston for a follow up investigation. Troopers contacted Michael Cooksey, age 40 from Kodiak.

Investigation revealed Cooksey had an outstanding arrest warrant for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Assault 3. Cooksey was arrested and transported to Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility where he was remanded and held on $5,000.00 bail plus court approved third party.

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Vehicle Theft, Eluding, Warrant Arrest-Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 8/2/17 at 11:36 pm, Alaska State Troopers initiated a stop on a black 2009 GMC Sierra for multiple moving violations. The vehicle failed to stop and after reaching speeds of 97 mph the vehicle lost control while making a turn and rolled into the ditch.

The driver was taken into custody after attempting to flee on foot and identified as Cody Akers.

Investigation revealed the truck was reported stolen on 7/29/17 and Akers had an warrant for failure to appear Pretrial hearing original charge MIW3.

Akers was arrested on his warrant, Eluding 1, Theft 2 and Vehicle Theft 1. Akers was remand to Mat-Su Pretrial where he was held without bail.

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Big Lake man rolls vehicle, charged with DUI

Police BlotterOn 07/25/2017 at approximately 6:49 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a single vehicle rollover on Beaver Lake Drive near Rocky Street in Big Lake.

Investigation revealed Zachary Williams, age 29 of Big Lake, was driving his vehicle on Beaver Lake when he lost control and his tan 2000 Chevy SUV rolled into the ditch.

Further, William was driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage. Williams was arrested and remanded to the custody of the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and will be released on his own recognizance. Williams reports wearing a seatbelt.

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Houston man cited in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 07/18/17 at 7:10 pm, AST performed a traffic stop on a blue Dodge pick-up on Big Lake Road near North Shore Drive in Big Lake for a moving violation. Investigation revealed Buddie Holmgren, age 57 of Houston, was driving while his license was revoked for the original charge of DUI. Holmgren was issued a misdemeanor citation with a mandatory court appearance at a later date.
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Big Lake man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 7/18/2017, approximately 12:30 am, Alaska State Troopers contacted a suspicious maroon Saturn 4-door in the area of Schrock Road and Shushana Drive in Wasilla.

Investigation revealed 35 year old Kristopher C. Simpson of Big Lake had one outstanding $100 cash only arrest warrant for fail to appear on the original charge of DWLR. Simpson was arrested at the scene without incident and remanded to MSPT where he was held on the warrant bail.

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Troopers arrest 2 in Houston after pursuit

Police BlotterOn 07/12/2017 at approximately 12:46 am, Alaska State Troopers attempted a traffic stop on a 1971 Chevrolet pickup near mile 54 of the Parks Highway in Houston after receiving a REDDI report about the vehicle. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Kevin Marshall Wheeler, age 48 of Wasilla, failed to stop and a short pursuit ensued, ending at a residence on Corn Street.

Marshall fled on foot and was apprehended after a foot pursuit. An investigation revealed Wheeler had an outstanding no bail felony warrant for his arrest for violating conditions of his probation, original charges of Assault 3 x 2, Assault 2, Assault 4, Harming a Police Dog, Theft 2 x 2, and False Information.

A subsequent investigation at the residence Wheeler fled to lead to the recovery of two stolen vehicles located at the property. Steven Lee Bennett, age 33 of Wasilla, was also found cowering in the crawl space of the residence. Bennett had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for violating conditions of his probation, original charge of Theft 2.

Both Wheeler and Bennett were placed under arrest, transported and held at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer. The investigation in the recovery of the stolen vehicles is ongoing.

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Car totaled in Big Lake crash

Police BlotterOn 7/3/2017, approximately 7:25 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported smoking vehicle in the ditch at mile 3 Big Lake Road in Big Lake.

Investigation revealed 50 year old Marlo S Lugar was operating the vehicle without a valid license when she lost control of the vehicle and struck a roadside culvert totaling the yellow 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier she was operating southbound on Big Lake Road. Lugar was issued a misdemeanor citation and released with a promise to appear in court at a later date.

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Big Lake man arrested, Stolen goods recovered

Police BlotterOn 06-27-2017, Alaska State Troopers with the Criminal Suppression Unit began an investigation into a string of burglaries and thefts of cabins in the Big Lake area.

On 06-29-2017, State Troopers arrested Justis Holbrook (age 28 of Big Lake) in connection to the crimes on a traffic stop at Big Lake Road and Hollywood Road, Big Lake. A boat valued at $25,000 was recovered, as well as a stolen handgun and other stolen items.

Holbrook was subsequently transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was remanded into custody and held without bail. Investigation is ongoing and additional charges may follow.

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Big Lake man arrested on warrants

Police BlotterOn 06/23/17, at approximately 1:35 am, the Alaska State Troopers responded a report of a suspicious person near the intersection of Big Lake Road and W. Wasey Way in Big Lake.

The investigation revealed Ivan Julian, age 29, of Wasilla, had two misdemeanor warrants for his arrest. One was for $50.00 for failing to appear for court for an original charge of DWLR. The other was for $1500.00 for failing to appear for court for an original charge of Assault IV. Julian was arrested and remanded to MATSU Pretrial.

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Troopers arrest Wasilla man in connection with Denali Highway murders

Police BlotterOn 06/20/2017, after consultation with the Palmer District Attorney’s Office, the Alaska Bureau of Investigation obtained an arrest warrant for Bruce Floyd Dowd Butler, 42 of Wasilla, for the murders of Lynn Butler and Richard Casler that occurred on or about 07/02/2015. Butler was taken into custody at his Wasilla residence without incident at approximately noon. He is charged with two counts of Murder in the First Degree. Investigation is ongoing and additional details are not being provided at this time.
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Houston man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 6/18/17 at about 9:15 pm, the Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed the driver, 21 year old Brent Matthews of Houston, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for misdemeanor Probation Violation. He was arrested and remanded to MSPT where he was held on $50 bail.

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Big Lake man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 06/14/2017 at approximately 4:53 pm, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a blue Chevy 4 door for equipment violations on Johnsons Road near Schulz Road.

nvestigation revealed a passenger, Dawson Laporte age 18 of Big Lake, had a warrant for his arrest for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Instructional Permit Violation. Laporte was arrested and remanded to the custody of the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $100 bail.

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Eagle River teen arrested in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 6/2/17 at approximately 12:01 am, Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of a potentially impaired female driving a silver pickup on Big Lake Rd. Troopers located and stopped the vehicle on the Parks Hwy near Big Lake Rd.

Investigation revealed the driver, Alexis Allen age 18 of Eagle River, was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Allen was arrested for DUI Alcohol, MOCA, and MCA and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where she was remanded into custody to be released on her own recognizance.

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