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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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Troopers Halfway Through Memorial Day Weekend CIOT Campaign

Police BlotterThe Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers are halfway through the Annual Memorial Day Weekend Click It or Ticket High Visibility Enforcement Effort .

From 5/15/2017 thru 5/25/2017, troopers conducted the following investigations:

16 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.

64 REDDIs reported with 16 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI.

25 damage only crashes, 4 injury crashes and 0 fatal collisions investigated by troopers.

Of the 623 citations issued, 259 were for speeding and 71 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations.

The main focus of the National Click It or Ticket enforcement campaign is to save lives. AST hopes motorists drive safely throughout the High Visibility Enforcement campaign and the rest of the summer. Wearing seatbelts saves lives and goes a long way to protect all vehicle occupants from being seriously injured or killed.

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Anchorage woman leads Troopers on High-Speed Chase

Police BlotterOn 05-25-17, at 2:27 am, AST received a call from APD reporting a black Dodge Durango had eluded APD officers heading northbound on the Glenn Hwy. APD reported the vehicle was last seen at 2:14 am hours at 18 mile of the Glenn Hwy traveling northbound at a high rate of speed without any headlights on.

At 2:54 am, near mile 76 of the Parks Hwy, Troopers located the vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed and attempted a traffic stop. The vehicle immediately accelerated to speeds exceeding 100 mph and continued northbound. A second Trooper joined in the pursuit which continued northbound until mile 102 of the Parks Hwy where a Patrol Intervention Technique was used to immobilize the vehicle, a 1998 Dodge Durango, operated by Katie Jones-age 31 of Anchorage. Jones was arrested without incident.

Further investigation revealed Jones was intoxicated and subsequently provided a breath sample revealing a BrAC of 0.198%. Jones was transported to MatSu Pretrial for remand and charged with Reckless Driving, Fail to Stop at Direction of a Peace Officer , Assault III, and DUI. Bail had not been set at the time of this press release

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Troopers say man's death on Hollywood Road due to natural causes

Police BlotterOn 05/22/17, at approximately 12:50 pm, AST was notified of a male who had collapsed and was not breathing at a business on Hollywood Road. AST and EMS responded to the location and contacted the male and EMS began CPR. EMS transported the male to the hospital for further treatment where he later died.

His family was contacted and told of his death. They revealed the male had a history of health problems. A check of the scene resulted in no evidence of foul play.

[The man's name has not been released to the public.]

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Fatal crash on KGB

Police BlotterOn 5/16/2017 at approximately 4:07 pm, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a collision on Knik Goose Bay Rd. near Foothills.

Investigation revealed a black 1993 Toyota Tacoma pickup, driven by Daniel Alexander, 37 of Wasilla, was southbound on KGB when it crossed the centerline into the northbound lane and struck a green 2002 Chevrolet Suburban, driven by Curtis Tucker, 30 of Wasilla. Both Alexander, who was not wearing a seatbelt, and his passenger, a child in a car seat, were ejected from the vehicle.

While being transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Alexander succumbed to his injuries. The passenger in Alexander’s vehicle was flown to Providence Medical Center in Anchorage for what appeared to be non-life threatening injuries. Tucker and his five passengers were transported to Mat-Su Regional Medical Center. Alexander’s NOK have been notified.

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Houston man arrested in Big Lake, faces numerous charges

Police BlotterOn 05-16-2017 at approximately 4:18 pm, Alaska State Troopers with the Criminal Suppression Unit responded to a report of a disturbance at a property on Lakeway Loop, Houston. The complainant located a male suspect attempting to steal items from his property. The complainant confronted the suspect and a struggle ensued, during which the complainant was struck with a wrench and injured. The suspect then fled the area on foot.

At approximately 6:27 pm, State Troopers located and arrested the suspect, identified as JT Thompson (age 25 of Houston), walking in the area of Cattail Drive, Big Lake.

Thompson was remanded at the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held without bail on charges of Robbery 1, Assault 3, attempted Theft 3, as well as two outstanding felony warrants for his arrest for failure to comply with conditions of probation on the original charges of Vehicle Theft 1 and Theft 2.

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Troopers seek information in Big Lake burglary

Police BlotterOn 05/15/2017 at approximately 5:41 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to an address on Apryl Lane in Big Lake for a report of a burglary. Investigation revealed unknown suspect(s) unlawfully entered the dwelling and stole approximately $300 in property. Anyone with information related to this incident is urged to contacted Troopers at 352-5401 or Crime Stoppers at 745-3333.

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Houston man arrested for Eluding & Warrants

Police BlotterOn 05/15/2017 at approximately 1:23 am, Troopers responded to a church on Seward Meridian Pkwy in Wasilla for a report of a suspicious vehicle. Upon arrival, a green 2002 Dodge Durango quickly exited the parking lot almost striking the Trooper’s vehicle. The vehicle ran a stop sign and failed to signal and Troopers attempted a traffic stop of the vehicle.

The vehicle failed to yield to the Trooper for approximately 25 minutes while driving recklessly. Speeds during the pursuit were between 80 and 90 MPH. The vehicle came to a dead end on Lynn Road off of Fairview Loop.

The driver, Robert Paulsberg age 53 of Houston, was arrested without incident. Further investigation revealed Paulsberg to have $4050 in warrants. Paulsberg was arrested and remanded to the custody of the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and held on $2500 bail in addition to his warrants.

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