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Houston man faces multiple charges

Police BlotterOn 02/03/2017 at approximately 8:34 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to the Silver Fox Bar in Wasilla for a report of a combative male.

Investigation revealed James Cantine, age 53 of Houston was being disorderly and would not leave the establishment. Cantine resisted arrest and assaulted a trooper in the process.

He was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest and assault on a Trooper. He was remanded to MSPT where his bail was set at no bail.

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Troopers arrest 2 in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 1/28/2017 at approximately 6:43 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Lucille Creek Road in Big Lake.

Investigation revealed Douglas J. Vanlue, age 36 of Big Lake, had a warrant for his arrest for failure to comply with conditions of probation on the original charge of Assault 4th degree. Further investigation revealed that Maxwell S. Vanlue, age 31 of Big Lake, was in violation of probation on the original charge of Assault 3rd degree (DV).

They were arrested and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial. The bail for Douglas was set at $250 c/c and Maxwell was set at no bail.

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Troopers arrest 2 in connection with Trapper Creek thefts

Police BlotterOn 01/26/17 at approximately 12:47 pm. Alaska State Troopers received several reports from local residents in the Trapper Creek area of two suspicious vehicles stuck in the snow on the unmaintained portion of Oil Well Road. Residents in the area reported there were people around the vehicle and they were concerned cabins in the area were being burglarized.

On 01/27/17 at approximately 12:35 pm, AST received more reports about the suspicious vehicles as well as an additional vehicle stuck in the snow on the unmaintained portion of the road. AST was unable to access the area to contact individuals in the vehicles.

At approximately 5:43 pm, a local resident reported one of the vehicles, a pickup was headed out to the road and the vehicle had a snow machine in the bed. AST responded to the area, located the pickup and contacted the occupants; Steven D. Peldo Jr aged 30 of Wasilla, and Ashley M. Cobb aged 21 of Palmer. The snow machine in the bed of the pickup was determined to have been stolen from a cabin in the area. Based on the investigation a search warrant was executed on the vehicle. The snow machine was seized to be returned to the owner. Other suspected stolen items were seized from the pickup.

Peldo was placed under arrest for Vehicle Theft I, Theft II, Criminal Trespass-I, and MIW V. Cobb was placed under arrest for Vehicle Theft I, Theft II, and Criminal Trespass I. Peldo Jr and Cobb were transported to and remanded in the MSPT with their bail set at $2500.00. The occupants of the other vehicles were contacted and identified, their involvement is unknown at this time.

The investigation is ongoing to determine what cabins have been burglarized and to identify additional victims. AST is requesting anyone with further information to contact 352-5401 or to remain anonymous contact the Mat-Su Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.

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Houston man involved in crash

Police BlotterOn 01/25/17, at approximately 11:16 am, Alaska State Troopers responded to mile 184.1 Glenn Hwy to investigate the report of a two vehicle collision with no injuries.

Investigation revealed a Toyota Tacoma driven by Heung Kim (age 62 of Anchorage) rear ended a Fishers Fuel Tanker Truck driven by Randy Hunter (age 55 of Houston) when the truck slowed to make a left hand turn. There were no injuries reported and no fuel was spilled. Kim was issued a citation for failure to exercise due care.

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Wasilla man arrested in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 01/26/17 at approximately 12:35 am, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Explorer near the intersection of the Parks Hwy and Big Lake Rd for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed the driver, Dylan Jordan age 20 of Wasilla, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for Failure to Comply with Conditions of Probation on the original charge of Theft 2.

Jordan was arrested and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he was remanded into custody with bail set at $200 plus 5 days to serve.

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Troopers arrest 3 in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 1-25-17 at about 4:04 am, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a report from a concerned citizen regarding a suspicious vehicle in the neighborhood. Upon arrival, Troopers contacted the vehicle, a 2004 Ford Escape.

Investigation revealed the vehicle had been reported stolen to APD on 1-23-17. Three occupants were identified as 27 year old Anchorage resident Yasen Taha, 24 year old Big Lake resident Danny Luafulu, and 19 year old Anchorage resident Joseph Hodson.

All three were arrested and remanded to MSPT. Taha was charged with False Information and Probation Violation and Joseph Hodson was charged with Hindering Prosecution and Probation Violation, both were held without bail.

Luafulu was remanded on 4 outstanding felony warrants for failure to comply with conditions of release on the following charges: Criminal Trespass 1st, Assault 3rd, Vehicle Theft x4, False Info x2, Assault 4th, Arson 3rd, Theft 2nd, Theft 4th, and DUI. He was held on $10,000 bail plus CATP.

The investigation into the stolen vehicle is continuing.

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Big Lake Homeowner Interrupts Burglary

Police BlotterOn 01/17/2017, at approximately 12:20 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of an active Burglary at an address on Little Meadow Creek Drive, in Big Lake. The suspect fled the area prior to AST arrival.

Investigation revealed a man had entered the residence and attempted to steal items. The homeowner arrived home and interrupted the crime. The suspect fled the scene on foot and was located approximately thirty minutes later by Troopers during a traffic stop.

The suspect was identified as Jace E. Fesler, age 33, of Wasilla. Fesler was arrested on the charges of Burglary in the First Degree, Theft in the Fourth Degree, and Criminal Trespass in the First Degree. He was transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was remanded on a $5,000 bail with a Third Party Custodian Requirement.

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Wasilla man charged in Houston case

Police BlotterOn 12/23/2016 Alaska State Troopers contacted Jason Michael Jensen, age 28 of Wasilla, during an investigation in Houston. During the course of the investigation, it was determined Jensen committed Criminal Trespass 2 and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance 5. He was arrested and transported to Mat-Su Pre-trial and remanded with O/R bail.
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Houston residents charged after traffic stop

Police BlotterOn 01/08/2017 Alaska State Troopers contacted Brent Nichols, age 37 of Houston, and Mary Nichols, age 34 of Houston during a traffic stop in Houston. During the course of the investigation, it was determined Brent was operating his motor vehicle while his license was revoked and Mary was wanted for failure to appear for arraignment for prior charges. Brent was issued a misdemeanor citation to appear in court for a later date. Mary was arrested and transported to Mat-Su Pre-trial where she was held without bail.
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Fatal crash closes KGB

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*UPDATE*

Next of kin notification has been made. The driver of the turning 1998 Saturn SL is identified as Laurie Carroll-Bakk (age 36 of Wasilla). The passenger is identified as Brooke Gilpin (age 26 of Douglas). Neither occupant was wearing a seat belt at the time of the collision. Alcohol and drugs do not appear to be factors. Investigation is continuing.

On 1/6/2017 at approximately 2:57 pm, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle collision involving three vehicles at the intersection of Knik Goose Bay (KGB) Road and Compass Drive in Wasilla.

Investigation revealed two vehicles were traveling on KGB away from Wasilla. The front vehicle was attempting to turn left onto Compass Dr. The vehicle behind the turning vehicle collided with the rear of the turning vehicle, pushing it into the opposite lane and into on-coming traffic. A Dodge 5500 box truck was traveling on KGB towards Wasilla and collided with the side of the sedan. Both the driver and passenger from the turning sedan died at the scene. Next of kin has not been notified yet.

The SME has responded and taken the bodies to the SME office in Anchorage. No charges or citations have been issued at this time. Investigation is continuing.

KGB remains closed near the incident scene, but will open this evening when on scene investigation is complete.

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Big Lake woman arrested for DUI

Police BlotterOn 1/3/16, at approximately 7:22 pm, Alaska Wildlife Troopers stopped on a vehicle in the ditch on the Parks Highway near Stanley, within the designated Highway Safety Corridor.

Investigation revealed that the vehicle had recently been called in as a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) prior to going into the ditch. The female driver, identified as Julie A. Shedlock, 45 yoa of Big Lake, was operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol.

Shedlock was arrested for DUI and later transported to mat-su pretrial where she was set to be release OR.

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Teen injured in Big Lake crash

Police BlotterOn 1/3/2017 at approximately 7:55 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to a single vehicle MVC on W Hughes Homestead Road in Big Lake.

Investigation revealed 17 year old Joshua T Seidl of Wasilla, was driving eastbound in a gold 1996 GMC pick up truck when he lost control and skidded off the road, colliding with roadside trees. Seidl suffered non-life threatening injuries and the vehicle sustained approximately $4000 in damage.

Seidl was issued a citation for driving too fast for conditions and released at the scene.

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Houston woman arrested for DUI

Police BlotterOn 12/30/2016 at approximately 9:40 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to reports of a vehicle in the ditch on White Rabbit Dr near Cheri Lakes Dr, Houston.

Investigation revealed the driver, Jolene McLean, age 49 of Houston, was operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol. Further investigation revealed this was McLean’s second DUI in the past 10 years.

McLean was arrested and transported to MATSU pretrial where she booked on charges of DUI and held on $1,000 cash plus $500 cash corporate bail.

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Houston man found deceased in his residence

Police BlotterOn 12/26/2016 at approximately 12:13 pm, William Lewis Attwood notified the Alaska State Troopers he had found his father William Francis Attwood, 92 of Houston, deceased in his residence. Investigation revealed that Attwood died due to natural causes. The State Medical Examiner’s Office released Attwood to a local Funeral Home. Foul play is not suspected.
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Willow man charged in Christmas Day assault

Police BlotterOn 12/25/16 at approximately 3:04 pm Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence off of E. Fairview Loop in Wasilla.

Investigation revealed Daniel Draveling, age 34 of Willow assaulted a household member and damaged private property. He was arrested for Assault 4th DV, Criminal Mischief 5th DV and Interfering with a report of domestic violence. He was remanded at MSPT with no bail.

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