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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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Big Lake man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 11/10/2016 at approximately 10:37 pm Alaska State Troopers received a report of a suspicious red 1999 Ford Explorer in the vicinity of South Rue De La Paix Loop. Investigation revealed the driver, Christopher A. Watson (age 26 of Big Lake) and the passenger David S. Caswell (age 30 of Wasilla) had warrants for their arrest.

Watson had an extraditable warrant from Montana for Count I: Partner or Family Member Assault (misdemeanor) and Count II: Solicitation to Commit Tampering with Witnesses or Informants (felony) with bail set at no bail. Caswell had a warrant for failure to appear arraignment on the original charge of Theft 3rd degree with bail set at $50 appearance bond. Watson and Caswell were arrested and remanded to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility.

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Anchorage man arrested in Houston

Police BlotterOn 11/3/16 at approximately 11:15 pm Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Anthony Road in Houston for a report of a male criminally trespassing and refusing to leave a vehicle. Investigation found Matthew Phillips, age 25 of Anchorage, had entered and remained inside a vehicle without the permission of the owner. Phillips was arrested for Criminal Trespass 2 and transported to the Mat Su Pretrial Facility for remand.
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Assault-Talkeetna

Police BlotterOn 10/31/16 at 9:50 am, AST investigated a disturbance at a remote cabin on Sockeye Lake approximately 11 miles north east of Talkeetna. Investigation revealed Joseph Watson, age 45 of Talkeetna, recklessly placed two citizens in fear of imminent serious physical injury with a firearm.

A warrant for Watson's arrest was obtained and on 11/02/16 at 4 pm, AWT responded to the area via helicopter to investigate unrelated reported fishing violations. Watson was contacted in the area, arrested on his outstanding warrant, and transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held on $5,250 bail.

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DWLR-Willow

Police BlotterOn 11/02/16 at 6 pm, AST performed a traffic stop on a silver 1997 Volvo for speeding. Investigation revealed Brian Correira, age 32 of Talkeetna, was driving while his license was revoked. Correira was issued a misdemeanor citation for the original charge of Driving While License Revoked with a mandatory court appearance at a later date.
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Not-so-Scary Stats after Halloween Enforcement

Police BlotterThe Alaska State Troopers completed its special DUI overtime enforcement patrols for the Halloween weekend.

From the time period of October 28 – thru Nov. 1 Troopers contacts included:

- 9 misdemeanor DUI arrests, 0 felony DUI Arrests
- 8 drivers charged with driving with a suspended or revoked license.
- 34 REDDIs reported with 8 drivers contacted and ultimately determined not to be DUI
- 33 damage only crashes 3 injury crashes and 0 fatal collision were investigated by troopers
- Of the 337 citations issued, 127 were issued for speeding and 14 issued for seatbelt or other occupant restraint violations.
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Fugitive From Justice Arrest

Police BlotterOn 11/01/16 at 3:09 pm, AST performed a traffic stop on a teal Toyota Corolla near mile 74 of the Parks Highway in Willow for expired registration. AST recognized a fugitive female passenger in the vehicle, Brandi Munoz age 31 of Talkeetna. Munoz was arrested for her outstanding Governor's Warrant for failure to appear to arraignment for an extraditable warrant from Texas. Munoz 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 for DUI

Police BlotterOn 10/29/16 at approximately 11 pm Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a Ford Mustang for an equipment violation on Bogard Road in Wasilla. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Kimberly Egbert, age 40 of Houston. Investigation found Egbert was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Egbert was arrested for DUI and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility for remand where she was held without bail.
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Wasilla man arrested in Houston

Police BlotterOn 10/24/16 at 5 pm, AST responded to a residence near Miller’s Reach Road in Houston for a disturbance. During the investigation, AST contacted Joshua Grunstein, age 36 of Wasilla, who had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for the original charge of Theft in 4th Degree. Grunstein was arrested for the warrant and transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held on $500 bail.

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Troopers arrest 2 in connection with Willow burglaries

Police BlotterUPDATE: On 10/23/16 AST arrested Michael Peterson, age 56 of Willow, and Jessica Tankersley, age 39 of Willow, for the original charges of Burglary in the 1st Degree x 3 counts and Theft in the 2nd Degree x 2 counts associated with a string of burglaries in the area. Both were transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where they were remanded into custody. Peterson was held on $5,000 bail and Tankersley was held on $3,000 bail.

On 10/18/16 at 12:30 pm, AST responded to numerous locations on Wilderness Rim in Willow for the report of burglaries and thefts which occurred in the previous few days. AST is requesting anyone with information about any of the incidents to contact Crime Stoppers at 745-3333 or AST dispatch at 352-5401.

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DUI/DWLR-Houston

Police BlotterOn 10/21/16 at 11:14 am, the Alaska State Troopers received a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Black Knight Drive in Houston. Troopers responded to the scene and contacted the vehicle's owner, 22 year old Charles Rohr, who had walked away from the scene. Investigation revealed Charles was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol and was driving with a revoked driver's license. Troopers arrested Charles and transported him to Mat-Su Pre-Trial where he was remanded.
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Wasilla woman arrested in Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 10/20/16 at approximately 11 pm Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2000 Audi A4 for a moving violation on Big Lake Road in Big Lake. Investigation revealed the driver, Maria Cogan, age 24 of Wasilla, was operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol.

Further investigation revealed Cogan was in possession of a schedule IIA controlled substance. Maria was arrested for DUI and MICS IV and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility for remand. Bail was set for Cogan to be released on her own recognizance.

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Talkeetna man goes on rampage with a baseball bat

Police BlotterOn 10/18/16 at 3:30 pm, AST responded to C Street in downtown Talkeetna where it was reported a male was threatening to hit people with a bat.

Investigation revealed Jensen Green, age 29 of Talkeetna, recklessly placed a citizen in fear of imminent physical injury and destroyed private property with the bat during the incident. Green was arrested for the original charges of Assault in the 4th Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 5th Degree.

Green was transported to the MSPT facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held on $1,250 bail.

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