Twitches lead to drug arrest
WASILLA — Two people observed twitching and behaving oddly in a local gas station possessed a lot of drugs, authorities said.
Alaska State Troopers arrested Jason Craig Dowell, 42, of Wasilla, after employees at the gas station reported he and a female companion were “acting oddly, twitching and moving about in an odd way,” according to an affidavit written by trooper Daron Cooper and filed in Superior Court.
Cooper found Dowell in a red Chevrolet Trail Blazer with a stripe down the side in the parking lot Aug. 28, according to the affidavit. When Cooper showed up, Dowell admitted he did not have a valid driver’s license.
“During the initial contact, both the male and female were twitching around and reaching around the vehicle even after being told multiple times to keep their hands where I could see them,” Cooper wrote.
While they were talking, Cooper says he spotted a marijuana pipe on the vehicle’s center console, according to the affidavit. When he searched Cooper, he also found heroin, methamphetamine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.
Cooper transported Dowell to the Mat-Su Pretrial Facility and he had posted bail by Monday.
Game violations span three states
PALMER — A Missouri man tried to transport a black bear, 40 sockeye salmon and one king salmon illegally harvested in Copper River back to Missouri, authorities said.
Ilya Kovalenko, 59, of Arnold, Missouri, faces six charges in Palmer Court relating to the return of the fish and the bear after agents with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in North Dakota intercepted him at the U.S.-Canadian border, according to Alaska State Trooper media reports. Kovalenko was contacted in Missouri by the Missouri Department of Conservation.
The Missouri resident traveled to Alaska in May and obtained a resident fishing license with a king salmon tag, and also harvested a black bear, authorities said. Troopers allege he did not have a non-resident locking tag or a black bear harvest tag
Kovalenko obtained in June a Copper River Personal Use Dipnet permit and took the sockeyes, troopers said. Those types of permits are open to Alaska residents only.
Kovalenko faces arraignment Sept. 18 in the Palmer Court.
Disturbance call nets stolen vehicles
WASILLA — Two Williwaw subdivision men were in possession of two stolen cars Sunday evening and had spray-painted one of them black, authorities said.
Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Pioneer Peak Drive about 8 p.m., Sept. 7. Once there, they met Derek Twete, 32, of Wasilla and Joshua Payton, 22, of Wasilla, according to state trooper dispatches.
Twete had a $500 warrant for his arrest for failure to appear in court for a driving while license revoked charge.
Payton had three warrants out for his arrest, for failure to appear on two separate charges of driving while license revoked and a single charge of second-degree eluding. Payton had $5,000 in warrants.
The two also had two stolen trucks, one taken in June from Anchorage and the other taken in the last week. One truck, a white Toyota Tacoma, had been spray-painted black, while the other truck, a blue-colored Chevrolet, had already been stripped of parts by the time troopers arrived, according to trooper spokeswoman Megan Peters.
Troopers charged Twete and Payton with one count each of first-degree vehicle theft and tampering with evidence, and transported them to Mat-Su Pretrial, where both remained without bond Monday.
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