On Sunday, Talkeetna Wildlife Troopers arrested a man wanted in Idaho after conducting a traffic stop in Willow. The driver, Dustin Simpson, is wanted for probation violation. According to Trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters, Simpson’s probation was due to a charge of leaving the scene of an injury accident. His probation violation earned him the label of “Fugitive from Justice.” Simpson was taken to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility, where he is being held on $500 bail.
On Tuesday evening, an armed man entered Millers Market in Houston and demanded cash. The man was masked, and pointed a gun at two employees, who are described by store owner Gary Miller as teenage females. Miller says that the gunman was masked, making identification difficult. He says that surveillance footage is being reviewed for any clues, and that the tape will be provided to the Alaska State Troopers. (more…)
A Houston man was arrested in Willow on Monday afternoon for violating a Domestic Violence Protective Order. According to Trooper reports, 49-year-old Jeffery Laplant of Houston violated the Protective Order by appearing at the workplace of a woman who had a petition against him. Troopers responded at approximately 3 pm, and after an investigation, Laplant was placed under arrest and transported to MatSu pretrial and remanded on the charge of violating a Domestic Violence Protective Order. He is currently being held with out bail.
An Alaska Superior Court judge on Thursday ordered the promoter of the Trapper Creek Bluegrass festivals to follow Mat Su Borough regulations on outdoor gatherings.
The Borough Attorney says the action came about because of citizen complaints. Complaints on the two separate festivals started in 2006. (more…)
Last year, in April, a 30 year old man from Wasilla vanished in the Talkeetna area without a trace. The case remains a mystery to those involved with the search.
“Chucky” Palmer, age 30
aired wed. (4/27) – Talkeetna Fire Department and Rescue and Alaska state troopers responded to a single car accident along the Talkeetna Spur Road this morning (4/27).
According to Fire Chief Ken Farina, the southbound car struck the guard rail at the bottom of the hill at Answer Creek and traveled part way up the hill before coming to a stop.
The driver, William Helser the 3rd, age 30, was not injured. He was the only one in the car at the time. He was arrested on a driving under the influence charge..
Traffic was slowed slightly due to emergency vehicles. Farina said their main role in the accident was traffic control to get motorists safely past the accident.
Trapper Creek Rescue and ambulance and Talkeetna rescue responded to a motor vehicle rollover near Trapper Creek Tuesday afternoon.
Troopers responding to the accident report that a vehicle, operated by Joseph E. Carroll, 31 of Wasilla, was traveling southbound on the Parks Highway when it left the roadway and rolled multiple times, ejecting Carroll. Citizens driving by soon after the crash attempted CPR, but Carroll was declared dead at the scene. (more…)
The start date for the trial of Samuel E Clark of Talkeetna has been delayed until June. Clark is accused of killing Dirk Fast, also of Talkeetna, on October 30 of last year. He is still incarcerated at Mat Su Pre trial and is being held on half a million dollars bail with a third party custodian requirement.
The trial is now scheduled for June 13th in Palmer Superior Court. The judge assigned to the case is Eric Smith.