Tag Archives: Alaska State Troopers

Kodiak man killed in Bering Sea fishing accident

A 55-year-old Kodiak resident died last week aboard a fishing vessel during a transfer operation in the Bering Sea, according to Alaska State Troopers. Alaska State Troopers said in an online dispatch that they learned Wednesday of Christopher O’Callaghan’s death aboard the 95-foot F/V Ocean Hunter. “O’Callaghan was on the deck while the vessel was tied off to another vessel in the open sea, transferring fish,” troopers wrote. “A slack line suddenly went taut, striking O’Callaghan on the chest, causing bruising and internal injuries, resulting in his death. >click to read< 13:15

Exonerated Suspect in Unsolved Alaska Fishing Boat Mass Murder Breaks His Silence

Thirty-five years have passed since the massacre of eight people on the fishing boat Investor first shocked the nation. For those whose lives were upended by the killings, the case remains a painful cloud that refuses to lift. For John Peel, the former deckhand who police and prosecutors suspected of committing the grisly slayings, the mystery is something else: a question mark that still hangs over his head. Peel was charged with the killings in 1984, but after two expensive, headline-grabbing trials, he was found not guilty. Decades later, the case is Alaska’s worst unsolved mass homicide. Video, click here to read the story 12:25

Remains of Two Fishermen in F/V Miss Destinee Capsizing Recovered from Vessel Cabin Identified

Alaska State Troopers report that the remains of the two people missing crew that were missing from the F/V Miss Destinee were located in the cabin of the vessel  on July 4th. At 7:45 am on July 4th, a salvage company reported that they had managed to right the Miss Destinee and pump her out. The  vessel was then towed to the Kodiak harbor. Upon arrival. AST, Kodiak City Fire and the USCG Marine Safety Detachment responded to the vessel and recovered the remains of the two previously missing crew, identified as  Joshua Osborne, age 18, and Abigail Osborne, age 22, both of Wasilla. The State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage requested the remains for autopsy. click here to read the story 18:14

Crewmember Sentenced in July Bristol Bay Tender Assault, bannished from the fishing grounds

Alaska State Troopers reported the conclusion and conviction of a crewmember that assaulted his captain and a fellow crewmember on the F/V Diligence, a tender that was at the time moored in the Egegik Commercial Fishing District last summer. It was July 3rd that troopers responded to the assault complaint. 54-year-old Don Iodice was placed under arrest on the charge. On July 13th, Iodice was arraigned and by October, he entered a change of plea in the case. He was scheduled to be sentenced in the case on December 15th of last year, But, when the date arrived, Iodice didn’t. A $10,000 bench warrant was issued on January 19th, and Iodice was back in court on March 10th and his warrant was quashed. Five days later, Iodice was sentenced to 360 days with 330 suspended in Naknek District Court and placed on probation for two years. In addition, Iodice was ordered to not return to the fishing grounds in Bristol Bay.  Link 17:09

Fisherman arrested after reportedly trying to ram fishing vessels with his fishing vessel near Sitka

A Klawock man faces a slew of charges, including boating under the influence, after Alaska State Troopers say he ran his fishing vessel over other vessels’ deployed gear near Sitka on Saturday. Troopers said in a Sunday dispatch that 33-year-old Timothy D. Demmert was taken into custody after several calls shortly before 2 p.m. Saturday, reporting “a fishing vessel attempting to ram other vessels” during the Sitka Sound winter salmon troll fishery near Cape Edgecumbe. Read the rest here 18:45

Man diving for sea cucumbers near Kodiak dies after medical airlift

USCGA Kodiak man working as a commercial diver aboard a vessel taking part in a  was airlifted to an area hospital Sunday — but Alaska State Troopers say he couldn’t be resuscitated. An initial call about the incident came in to Kodiak troopers at about 1:30 p.m. Sunday, after a U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crew flew 36-year-old Gary Graves to Providence Kodiak Island Medical Center’s emergency room. Graves had been diving from the fishing vessel Momo & Maddie. Read the rest here 15:54

Alaska State Troopers: 6 boats seized for fishing outside permitted area in Southwest

Six fishing vessels were seized this month after their operators were discovered drifting gillnets one to two nautical miles outside an open fishing area in Kulukak Bay in Southwest Alaska, state troopers say. The operators and permit holders aboard the boats were charged with misdemeanor commercial fishing in closed waters. Troopers said all the fishermen are from Togiak, a village of nearly 900 people 67 miles west of Dillingham. Read more here  12:38

Former Alaska Board of Fisheries Chairman Dan Coffey cited for violating fishing regulations

A state trooper on a boat patrol in the Peril Strait area, north of Sitka, found that crab traps belonging to Coffey had been baited with sport-caught king salmon, according to a written statement from the troopers. Under state fishing regulations, only salmon scraps can be used as bait, and “Coffey was using other than the head, tail, fins, closely trimmed skeleton, or viscera,” according to the troopers’ account. [email protected] 09:05

2 Men Found Guilty of Commercial Fishing Violations

A couple of commercial fishermen were found guilty of violations last week in Naknek. 46-year old Sergie Chukwak of Naknek was cited by the State Troopers for fishing during a closed period near Naknek and he was found guilty of that charge during a bench trial on August 26th in the Naknek District Court. [email protected] 14:41

Prosecutor drops United Fishermen of Alaska complaint without investigation

23523_354387901211_7651997_aJUNEAU — After shutting down an Alaska State Troopers investigation that had barely begun, chief state prosecutor Richard Svobodny decided no criminal charges will be filed in response to a complaint from the United Fishermen of Alaska that someone at the offices of the Kenai River Sportfishing Association eavesdropped on its January board teleconference meeting. continued @ Alasksa Journal