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Troopers seeking Public Help on rash of Willow crimes

Police BlotterOn 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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Willow man charged with Assault

Police BlotterOn 10/17/16 at 11 am, AST responded to a residence on Douglas Drive in Willow for a disturbance involving a firearm. Investigation revealed Jason Hunt, age 27 of Willow, recklessly placed a family member in fear of imminent serious physical injury during the incident. Hunt was arrested for the original charge of Assault in the 3rd Degree and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility in Palmer where he was remanded into custody and held without bail.
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Big Lake Man Passes Away

Police BlotterOn 10/16/16, at approximately 10:40 am, AST was notified of an unexpected death at a residence off of Wasey Way in Big Lake. Investigation revealed Raymond Rossiter (67) of Big Lake had died during the night from natural causes.

Raymond’s Next of Kin was located and notified of his death. The SME was contacted and released Raymond to a local Funeral Home. No foul play is suspected.

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MIW 4th/ Animal Cruelty/Assault 4th on a Peace Officer/Resisting Arrest-Big Lake

Police BlotterOn 10/14/16 at 6:25 pm, the Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a disturbance on Sunrise in Big Lake. Investigation revealed a small dog was shot and wounded by a neighbor, identified later as 77 year old Big Lake resident William Hansen.

Further investigation showed Hansen was intoxicated when he shot the dog. Hansen was advised he was under arrest and subsequently resisted arrest and placed the Trooper in fear of imminent physical injury.

Hansen was arrested and remanded to MSPT on charges of MIW 4th, Animal Cruelty, Assault 4th on a Peace Officer, and Resisting Arrest. He was released on his own recognizance.

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Big Lake man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 10/10/2016, at approximately 3:12 pm, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a blue 2002 Chevrolet Cavalier, at the intersection of Big Lake Road and Beaver Lake Road, in Big Lake, for an equipment violation.

Investigation revealed the passenger, William C. Johnson, age 33, of Big Lake, had an outstanding arrest warrant for Failure to Appear at Arraignment on the charge of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree. Johnson was arrested and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was remanded on a $500 bail.

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Willow Teen arrested as suspect in homicide

Police BlotterOn 10/9/16 at 7:20 am, Alaska State Troopers received a report of a death at a residence in the Caswell Lakes Subdivision in Willow. Elizabeth Foster, 41 of Willow, was found deceased at the scene. The death is being investigated as a homicide and a 14 year old male suspect was taken into custody and remanded to Division of Juvenile Justice.
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Warrant Arrest / Theft 2 / False Information / Stolen Vehicle

Police BlotterOn 10/8/2016 at approximately 6:46 pm Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a stolen blue 1997 Chevrolet Suburban at the intersection of Shamrock Street and Hollywood Road.

Investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle, Brian M. Sandidge, age 37 of Wasilla, had a warrant for failure to comply with conditions of probation on the original charge of Assault 4th degree. Sandidge was arrested and remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial for his warrant, Theft 2nd degree, Felonies Related to Removal and Representation of Vehicle, and False Information. The bail was set at $7500 c/c.

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REDDI / Felony DUI Drugs / Endangering Welfare of Minor / DWLR

Police BlotterOn 10/8/16 at approximately 11 pm Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of an impaired driver with an infant in the vehicle. Troopers located the Chevrolet Suburban near mile 51 of the Parks Hwy. and conducted a traffic stop.

Investigation revealed the driver, Cynthia Hardcastle, age 37 of Palmer, was operating the vehicle while under the influence of an impairing substance. Furthermore, Hardcastle had her infant child in the vehicle and her driver’s license was revoked for a prior DUI.

Hardcastle was arrested for Felony DUI Drugs, Endangering the Welfare of a Minor in the First Degree, and Driving While License Revoked. Hardcastle was transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial facility where she was remanded into custody with bail set at $1,500 and a Court Approved Third Party.

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Houston man arrested on multiple charges

Police BlotterOn 10/07/16 at approximately 8:17 pm, Alaska State Troopers responded to the report of a suspected motor vehicle collision on Parks Highway near milepost 59 in Houston. Investigation revealed William Copeland, age 60 of Houston, was driving under the influence and in possession of a firearm while impaired.

Copeland failed to immediately declare the concealed firearm and initiated a brief struggle with law enforcement. Copeland was subsequently arrested for DUI, Misconduct involving a Weapon in the 4th and 5th degrees and Disorderly Conduct. He was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was released on his own recognizance.
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Troopers seek information in Willow hit and run

Police BlotterOn 10-6-16 at about 1:15 am, Alaska State Troopers along with MSB EMS and Willow Rescue responded to a reported motor vehicle versus pedestrian collision on Long Lake Drive in Willow.

Investigation revealed 27 year old Willow resident, Antoinette Holliday, was assisting a disabled motorist on Long Lake Drive near Sides Drive. A vehicle approached at a high rate of speed and struck Holliday, who was standing on the shoulder of the road next to her vehicle. The suspect vehicle then struck the disabled vehicle before continuing on without stopping. Holliday suffered moderate injuries to her lower extremities and was transported to MSRMC.

The suspect vehicle was described as a small white sedan. If anyone has information on this incident, please contact Troopers at 352-5401.

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Big Lake man arrested on warrant

Police BlotterOn 9/30/16 at approximately 11:51 pm Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a green Chevrolet Silverado near the intersection of the Parks Hwy. and S. Johnson Rd. for a moving violation.

Investigation revealed a passenger in the vehicle, Lloyd Ives, age 31 of Big Lake, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for Failure to Remand on the original charge of Reckless Driving. Ives was arrested and transported to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility where he was remanded into custody with 15 days to serve followed by $500 bail.

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Wasilla woman arrested in Houston

Police BlotterOn 9/30/2016 at approximately 7:03 pm Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on W. Wasey Way in Houston to the report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed the suspects were driving away from the residence. A traffic stop was conducted on blue 2002 Dodge Dakota.

An occupant in the vehicle provided a false name and was subsequently identified as Aleaha R. Niemann, age 32 of Wasilla. Niemann was arrested for Failure to Appear Pretrial Conference Hearing on 7/13/2016 on the original charge of NVOL and False Information. She was remanded to Mat-Su Pretrial with bail set at $1500 c/c.
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Willow man faces charges

Police BlotterOn 9/28/2016, approximately 1:43 am, Alaska State Troopers stopped a red 2000 Chevrolet pick up truck near mile 72 Parks Highway in Willow for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed a passenger, 31 year old Kiprian G Reutov of Willow, attempted to provide Troopers with false information regarding his identity to avoid being arrested on an outstanding $5000 warrant for FTC COP on the original charge of Felony DUI. Then, while being arrested, Kiprian physically resisted his own arrest while in possession of approximately 2.5 grams of heroin.

Kiprian was remanded to MSPT where he was held on a total of $13,000 bail with a required court appointed third party.
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Houston man arrested for Parole Violation

Police BlotterOn 9/23/16 at about 6:30 pm, Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a pickup near the intersection of Jim Dahler and Arrowhead street in Soldotna.

Investigation revealed the driver, Michael Anthony Roberts, 54 of Houston, was on Felony Parole with conditions including not to purchase alcoholic beverages and to possess a travel permit when outside the area of Anchorage/Wasilla/Palmer. Roberts was in possession of a case of beer, a bottle of scotch, and did not have a travel permit.

Michael Roberts was arrested for a Parole Violation and issued a mandatory court citation for Driving with a Revoked License. Roberts was remanded at Wildwood pretrial with no bail.
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Trooper K-9 Killed by Suspect, Investigation Continues

Police BlotterOn 9/25/2016, at approximately 5:20 am, a Palmer Police Officer initiated a traffic stop on a 4 door Geo sedan with 4 occupants in the city limits of Palmer. As the vehicle began traveling southbound on the Glenn Highway, Palmer Police Department requested the assistance of the Alaska State Troopers. The suspect vehicle eluded police for several miles until it pulled into a driveway, near the Glenn Highway/Parks Highway interchange.

The suspect vehicle drove a couple hundred yards down the driveway, and the driver exited and ran into the woods. A Palmer Policer Officer and an Alaska State Trooper with a K9 pursued the suspect into the woods. The driver, identified as Armando Abarca, fired multiple rounds striking the AST K9. Both officers fired back striking Armando Abarca once in the shoulder.

Abarca was transported to a Hospital with a non-life threatening injury. The AST K9 was transported to a local veterinarian in critical condition. At 9:32 am the AST K9 died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.

The AST Alaska Bureau of Investigation has responded to the scene, and is conducting the scene investigation. The officer’s names will not be released for 72 hours per PPD and DPS department policy. Abarca is being charged with Assault in the Third Degree (two counts), Harming a Police Dog in the First Degree, Eluding Police, and was remanded on an outstanding $20,000 arrest warrant (PACE warrant for Burglary 2).

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