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Big Lake man charged with Felony DUI

Police BlotterOn 12/10/2016 at approximately 9:04 pm Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a gray Mitsubishi SUV for driving left of center on the Parks Highway near mile 52. Investigation revealed the driver, Robert Wilson, age 48 of Big Lake, was operating a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Further investigation revealed Wilson had a Felony conviction for DUI within the past 10 years making this a Felony DUI. Wilson was arrested and transported to Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he was held on $5,000 cash corporate plus $3,000 cash and court approved third party custodian. Wilson’s vehicle impounded for forfeiture.

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Houston man arrested on warrants

Police BlotterOn 11/4/2016, Alaska Wildlife Troopers arrested Charles Rohr, age 22 of Houston, on two outstanding warrants for his arrest for failing to appear at court for two separate DUI cases. Rohr was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $3000 + CATP.
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Houston woman charged with Disorderly Conduct

Police BlotterOn 12/07/2016 at approximately 11:02 am, Alaska State Troopers started to receive numerous 911 calls reporting a female, later identified as Brandi Slover age 33 of Houston, causing disturbances at various businesses and jumping into traffic along the Parks Hwy. Between 7:24 am and 2:03 pm, Troopers received at least 5 reports of this behavior in Talkeetna, Willow, Houston, and Big Lake. Troopers arrested Slover in Big Lake for Disorderly Conduct and she was remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and later released on her own recognizance.
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AST Strongly Urges Citizens to Lock Their Doors

Police BlotterIn recent weeks, the Alaska State Troopers have taken numerous calls for service for thefts from unlocked vehicles in Wasilla, particularly in residential areas off of Knik Goose Bay Road. Multiple items of value, particularly firearms have been targeted of the thefts. Citizens are strongly urged to lock their vehicles and secure any items of value that are in their vehicles. If anyone has any information on any identifiable suspects in these thefts are asked to contact your Alaska State Troopers at 745-2131.
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Troopers arrest teen, charged as an adult with Murder in connection with missing teen.

Police BlotterUpdate:

On 12-2-16 at 2 pm, human remains believed to be those of David Grunwald were located by AST in the Knik River Road area near Palmer. The remains have been sent the Office of the State Medical Examiner for confirmation of identity and a determination of cause and manner of death.

The investigation of this case resulted in the arrest of 16 year old Erick Almandinger of Palmer who is being charged as an adult with Murder in the First Degree and Kidnapping. Others involved in this incident have been identified but have not been charged as of yet.

Previously: The Alaska State Troopers are asking for the public’s assistance in potentially locating surveillance video that has footage of Grunwald or his Ford Bronco, license plate JFM910. The Bronco has a dark blue body with a thin tan stripe down the side and matching trim. If you have a surveillance camera set up (either home or business) in the Palmer/Wasilla area, please review your footage from 11/13/2016 from 1800 hours through 11/14/2016 at approximately 1100 hours. If you believe you have footage that shows Grunwald or the Bronco, please contact Alaska State Troopers at 907-352-5401.

AST continues to investigate the disappearance of 16 year old David Grunwald. Anyone with any information or who may have seen Grunwald or his vehicle on Sunday evening (11/13/2016) is encouraged to contact Alaska State Troopers at 907-352-5401.

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Houston woman charged with Disorderly Conduct

Police BlotterOn 11/29/16 at 7:43 pm, AST responded to the intersection of the Parks Highway and Hawk Lane in Houston for numerous reports of a person walking in the roadway and creating a traffic hazard.

Upon arrival, AST contacted Brandi Slover, age 33 of Houston, who proceeded to run into traffic creating a hazardous condition for herself and passing motorists. AST was able to detain Slover and she was arrested for the original charge of Disorderly Conduct. Slover was transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where she was remanded into custody and held without bail.

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Houston woman arrested, charged with DUI

Police BlotterOn 11/27/2016 at approximately 12:17 am Alaska State Troopers stopped a Ford pickup near the intersection of the Parks Hwy. and Deskas St. in Wasilla for a moving violation. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Natasha A. Williams, age 24, of Houston. Williams was found to be operating the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Williams was arrested and remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where she was to be released on her own recognizance.

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Houston man attempts to elude Troopers

Police BlotterOn 11/26/16 at approximately 8:57 pm Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a green 1997 Chrysler Cirrus for a moving violation in Houston. The vehicle failed to yield to Troopers and continued and drove recklessly in the Houston area. The vehicle eventually stopped and the driver was identified as Kevin Wheeler, age 48 of Houston.

Wheeler had multiple outstanding warrants for his arrest. Wheeler was arrested on his outstanding warrants and for Failure to Stop at the Direction of a Peace Officer 1 (Felony Eluding). Wheeler was transported and remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where he was held without bail.

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Big Lake man found deceased in his home

Police BlotterOn 11/23/16 at approximately 9 am Alaska State Troopers received a report of a Big Lake resident found deceased in his home. A family member reported he located 74 year old Horst Krewetzki unresponsive during a welfare check. The State Medical Examiner and Alaska State Troopers responded to the residence off Horseshoe Lake. State experts concluded foul play not to be a factor and Horst died of natural causes.
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Houston man faces charges

Police BlotterOn 11/25/16 at approximately 9:16 pm Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI report of a vehicle traveling north on the Glenn Highway near mile 32. Troopers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near the intersection of the Parks Hwy. and Seward Meridian Pkwy. in Wasilla.

Investigation found Jacob Carter, age 22 of Houston, was driving under the influence while in possession of a firearm. Carter was arrested and remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility on the charges of DUI and Misconduct Involving Weapons 4th Degree with bail set at $1,000 C/C and $500 Cash Performance.

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Thanksgiving Click It or Ticket Campaign

Police BlotterOne way to avoid a road-side chat with law enforcement this holiday season is as simple as buckling up! The Alaska State Troopers will be out conducting extra traffic enforcement efforts to ensure the safety of Alaskans while they celebrate the Thanksgiving Holiday. While patrols will be focused on seat belt enforcement, troopers will also watch for impaired driving, speeding, aggressive driving, and distracted driving. The intention of the focused enforcement is to bring the number of major-injury or fatal collisions on Alaska’s roads down to zero.

Regardless of what your ultimate plans are for Thanksgiving, Troopers encourage you to always practice safe driving behaviors on the roads while traveling to and from your destination. If you are in a vehicle, you should always wear your seatbelt and encourage those around you to do the same. Children in vehicles should be properly restrained using the appropriate safety equipment whether it be a seatbelt, a booster seat or a car seat.

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Houston man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 11/21/2016 at about 3:01 pm, Alaska State Troopers contacted Bryan Hamersley, age 26, of Houston. Hamersley was found to have an arrest warrant. Hamersley was arrested and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, without incident. Hamersley was booked for the warrant on the original crime of: Robbery 2 and Theft 4. Bail was set at $1,000.00.
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Big Lake man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 11/18/16 at approximately 9:45 pm Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2004 Chevy Aveo for an equipment violation on Big Lake Road in Big Lake.

Investigation revealed a passenger, William Johnson, age 33 of Big Lake, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on the original charge of Criminal Mischief IV. Johnson was arrested for his warrant and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was held on $750.00 bail.

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Troopers still searching for Missing Juvenile, Asks for Public's Help

Police BlotterThe Alaska State Troopers are still searching for a missing youth.

Missing Person Poster Courtesy of AST.

According to a Press Release, AST continues to investigate the disappearance of 16 year old David Grunwald. Anyone with any information or who may have seen Grunwald or his vehicle on Sunday evening (11/13/2016) is encouraged to contact Alaska State Troopers at 907-352-5401.

On 11/13/2016 at approximately 11:48 pm, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a missing teenager. It was reported that David Grunwald, 16 of Palmer, had not returned home Sunday evening. On 11/14/2016 at approximately 12:37 pm, Grunwald’s Ford Bronco was located burned up on a trail off of Solitude and Sitze.

Grunwald is approximately 6 feet tall, weighs approximately 150 pounds and has short brown hair. He was reportedly wearing an orange North Face jacket or pull over, jeans and tennis shoes. If anyone has information regarding his whereabouts, they are asked to call troopers at 907-352-5401.

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Troopers seek information in Willow crash

Police BlotterOn 11/15/16 at 12:05 am, AST observed a white 1997 GMC flatbed pick-up with significant damage on top of a guard rail at mile 83 of the Parks Highway in Willow over the Kashwitna River Bridge.

The driver had fled the scene prior to AST arrival. Damage to state property is estimated to be over $5,000 in value and AST is requesting anyone with information about the incident to contact Crime Stoppers at 745-3333 or AST dispatch at 352-5401.

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