State Troopers Report
July 7th 12:43 pm | Staff Report
On June 26, Alaska State Troopers working with Selawik village police officers responded to a report of a fight happening near the Native store. When they arrived, they found a 25-year-old man from Selawik bleeding from injuries to his mouth. He was then taken into protective custody because he was intoxicated, troopers noted. Charges of assault in the fourth degree will be filed against another man and will be forwarded to the Kotzebue District Attorney.
On June 27, troopers in Selawik were contacted regarding the theft of a snowmachine. According to troopers, "a 25-year-old man reported that another village resident drove a snowmachine out of his yard, falsely claiming he was owed the machine." The man who filed the complaint said he was able to catch up to the suspect on the boardwalk by following him in an ATV. The snowmachine was found and troopers say the case will be forwarded to the Kotzebue District Attorney for prosecution.
On June 29, troopers and local emergency medical personnel responded to a report of a man not breathing in Selawik just before 10 p.m. Leonard Ballot, 37, was pronounced dead at the Selawik clinic after attempts to save his life were unsuccessful. According to troopers, his death is considered a suicide and is under investigation by the State Medical Examiner's office.
On July 1 at about 5:30 p.m., a residential burglary in Deering was reported to troopers in Kotzebue, which is now under investigation. Anyone with information on the burglary is asked to contact the Kotzebue trooper post at 907-442-3222 and ask to speak with Trooper Tilley.
On July 2, troopers made contact with a person at a Nome airport who was planning to travel to Gambell. After investigation, troopers seized four 750 mL bottles of liquor from the person. A criminal charge for the importation of alcohol is now pending.
On July 2, troopers and the Noorvik village police officers were contacted regarding a physical fight outside the bingo hall in Noorvik, which they are now investigating. One person reported minor injuries. Anyone who witnessed the fight is asked to contact the Kotzebue trooper post at 907-442-3222 and ask to speak with Trooper Tilley.
On July 2, troopers and the Noorvik village police officers were contacted about an intoxicated driver in Noorvik who had been involved in a single-vehicle collision, which is now under investigation. After the accident, the driver was transported to the Noorvik Clinic with non-life-threatening injuries and a minor riding in the vehicle was unharmed in the crash. Any witnesses or anyone with information about the vehicle collision is asked to contact the Kotzebue trooper post at 907-442-3222 and ask to speak with Trooper Tilley.