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Trooper report: fisheries violations, domestic violence, sea rescue

July 25th, 2011 | Bristol Bay Times Staff Print this article   Email this article  

Alaska State Troopers reported nine incidents July 17-24 for fishing in closed waters, disorderly conduct, driving under the influence, trespass, failure to register to fish, domestic violence and a rescue at sea.

The information below is taken from the troopers' reports on the dates reported. Any charges are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty

July 17

Two commercial fishermen from Monterey, CA. were cited on several charges on July 17 after Alaska Wildlife Troopers on aircraft patrol spotted their drift gillnet vessel fishing in closed waters.

They men were identified as skipper/operator Richard R. Aiello, 42, and crewman Manual L. Amorin, 39.

According to the trooper report, when troopers attempted to document the identity of the vessel, two crewmen moved to the sides of the vessel and intentionally used bumper buoys to obstruct the vessel's Alaska Department of Fish and Game numbers from view of the trooper aircraft. The second crewman was identified only as Aiello's 16-year-old son.

After some time, the vessel was identified as the F/V Richie A. Troopers made contact with the vessel, but were unable to board because of rough seas. The vessel was ordered to shore at Naknek.

Richard Aiello was issued mandatory court citations for commercial fishing in closed waters, contributing to the delinquency of a minor and commercial fishing with obscured ADF&G numbers.

Amorin was cited on one count of hindering prosecution 2.

The juvenile was not charged. Arraignment on all charges was set for July 21st in Naknek District Court.

July 19

Walter Hansen, 49, of New Stuyahok was arrested on July 19 by a village public safety officer at New Stuyahok for disorderly conduct after Hansen was repeatedly told to quiet down, Alaska State Troopers said.

Hansen had been contacted earlier in the vening after a disturbance at a local residence, left the residence, but continued yelling during the early morning hours, according to the trooper's report.

He was remanded to the public safety office in New Stuyahok. Alcohol was a factor, the trooper report said.

Troopers responded to a residence in Iliamna on July 19 for a possible trespass complaint. Upon arrival, troopers saw a blue van bearing Alaska license EZM331 leaving the residence.

Troopers contacted the driver and sole occupant, Raymond Wassillie, 56, of Newhalen, and investigation revealed that he was intoxicated while operating a motor vehicle.

Wassillie was arrested for driving under the influence and transported to Iliamna Post where he was held pending arraignment and subsequently released.

James A. Parker, 56, of Everett, WA, was cited by wildlife enforcement troopers on July 19 for commercial fishing in closed water outside the Egegik District. Arraignment was set for July 22 in Naknek District Court.

Bradley Hockett, 21, of Sedro Wooley, WA, was cited July 19 by wildlife enforcement troopers for failing to register to commercial fish with drift net gear in the Egegik District from June 25 through June 27. Arraignment was set for July 22 in Naknek District Court.

July 23

Troopers reported that at 1:35 p.m. on July 21 Ekwok Village Public Safety Officer received a report that Carl Garry Hansen, 51 of Ekwok was driving while intoxicated near the Ekwok airport. The VPSO contacted Hansen and noted a strong odor of an alcoholic beverage on Hansen's person. Hansen showed impairment and after a series of sobriety tests, was arrested for DUI. Hansen was transported to Dillingham for breath testing and remanded at the Dillingham Jail.

Cavelila Hanson, 22, of New Stuyahok was arrested at about 10 p.m. on July 22 on charges of domestic violence assault III, domestic violence assault IV, assault IV on peace officer, harassment I and resisting arrest. According to the troopers' report, the village public safety officer received a report of a disturbance at a residence in New Stuyahok. Investigation revealed that Hanson physically assaulted one person, and placed another in fear of serious injury. When Hanson was arrested, Hanson assaulted the VPSO and VPO by striking them with his head, biting, and then spitting on them. Hanson was booked at Dillingham Jail with bail set at $7,500.

July 24

Alaska State Troopers based at King Salmon said they received a report of an assault at Chignik Lagoon. Investigation revealed that Rodney Anderson, 51 of Chignik Lagoon had assaulted a female the previous evening. Anderson was arrested by the Chignik Bay village public safety officer for domestic violence assault IV and was transported to the King Salmon jail.

Three occupants of a 20 foot skiff that capsized due to being struck by waves were rescued near Coffee Point of Nushagak Bay at 10:37 a.m. on July 24. The rescuers were several citizens who responded to the distresscall before a search and rescue was initiated by Alaska State Troopers. Alaska Wildlife Troopers met the rescue party and provided transportation to the Dillingham harbor. No injuries were reported and the vessel was recovered. Names of those involved were not given.


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