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Troopers: Rescues, arrests

On the Y-K Delta


Alaska State Troopers and search teams found and rescued Jobe Abraham, 42 of Chefornak, on Feb. 2 after he had gone missing while hunting. The troopers were notified on Feb. 2 that Abraham was overdue from hunting near Dall Lake and Bair Inlet. Search teams from Chefornak, Kipnuk and Newtok were deployed, but called off due to limited visibility. The next day the search resumed with aircraft from the troopers, Civil Air Patrol and local pilots, and ground teams from Nightmute, Newtok and Kipnuk. Abraham was located from the air after he contacted a plane by VHF. He was transported back to Chefornak. He was cold and tired, but OK, according to the trooper report.

Trooper investigation led to the arrest of Sinka Zaukar, 78 of Sleetmute, for attempted sexual assault on Feb. 1. According to troopers Zaukar attempted to sexually assault a 45-year-old female Sleetmute resident. He was transported to Yukon Kuskokwim Correctional Center where he was held without bail.

Ignati “Teddy” Bobby, 47 of Aniak, was arrested Feb. 5 after it was reported that he had left Aniak for Crooked Creek on a snowmachine and had not been heard from since. He was contacted in Crooked Creek and was OK. Investigation revealed that he was violation of probation for an earlier DUI conviction by travelling to Crooked Creek without a travel permit and had consumed a controlled substance. Upon Bobby’s return to Aniak he was arrested and remanded to YKCC.

Troopers received a report on Feb. 1 that while intoxicated and driving a snowmaching Kenneth John, 20 of Newtok, struck 21-year-old Tom Julius of Toksook Bay who was walking in Newtok. Julius sustained minor injuries. Investigation revealed that John was in violation of probation on an earlier DUI conviction by consuming alcohol. John had fled Newtok prior to troopers’ arrival, according to the AST report.

Kasigluk Tribal Police Officers reported to troopers that on Feb. 1 that while attempting to arrest Stanley Berlin, 48 of Kasigluk, on a warrant, he exited his bedroom with a rifle to confront the officers. The officers were able to take the rifle from him and take him into custody after a brief struggle. The officers observed that Berlin was intoxicated while in the possession of the rifle. Berlin was transported to YKCC for the warrant, and additional charges of Assault III and Misconduct Involving Weapons IV.

On Feb. 3, Alaska State Troopers in Bethel received a call from Akiak Village Police, who reported there had been a house fire, possibly as the result of arson. The State of Alaska Fire Marshal’s Office was notified of the incident and the cause of the fire is under investigation.

A 17 year old was arrested Feb. 7 in Napakiak after AST found that he was intoxicated when he assaulted a 14-year-old household member by biting him on the wrist, causing pain and minor injury. He then took a shotgun outside and shot eight times into the air. He was remanded to Bethel Youth Facility.

Troopers investigated an family disturbance in Oscarville on Feb. 7 in which Harry John Napoka assaulted his girlfriend while she slept. After the assault Napoka stumbled, fell and hit his face on a wall, and sustained injuries. He was transported to Bethel and then Anchorage for treatment. A warrant was issued for his arrest after his release from medical care.

Ella Guest, 27 of Quinhagak, was arrested Feb. 4 on charges of Alcohol Importation and Assault IV. The VPSO had investigated a report by school officials that Guest had assaulted her child to get information from the child. The child was treated for minor injuries at the local clinic and released to relatives at the direction of the Office of Children Service. Guest boarded a plane out of Quinhagak before the VPSO could speak with her. Troopers in Bethel obtained a warrant for Guest and arrested her while she was attempting to board a plane back to Quinhagak with her other child. In her bags the troopers found alcohol destined for the dry village. Guest was remanded to YKCC. The child was placed with relatives in Quinhagak.

Troopers arrested a 15-year-old Aniak resident on Feb. 7 after a report that on Feb. 5 he had pushed a 46-year-old female relative causing fear of injury, and physically assaulted a 14-year-old male relative in January. The youth was charged with Assault IV-DV and referred to Bethel Juvenile Justice.

On a probation check Feb. 9 troopers found that Kuzma Effemka, 32 of Sleetmute, had violated his probation on a conviction of Assault III by consuming alcohol. He was arrested and remanded to YKCC without bail.

State troopers arrested Norman Macar, 40 of Crooked Creek, after finding that on Feb. 11 he twice assaulted an adult female relative, then went to the home where she was hiding, kicked his way in and assaulted an adult male relative and the homeowner after refusing to leave. After the break in he made repeated threats to the occupants by telephone. Macar was charged with burglary, assault, criminal mischief, criminal trespass, probation violation and harassment and taken to Aniak for arraignment.

Troopers arrested 21-year-old Raven Alexandria Levi of Lower Kalskag on Feb. 12 on assault charges. Levi had argued and physical altercation with an adult male relative at her residence, according to troopers. She had slapped him, threw a fire poker at him, slashed him with a knife and superficially stabbed him, according to the report. Troopers arrested Levi on three Assault II-DV charges on Feb. 13 and remanded her to YKCC where she was held without bail.

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