The Valdez Star - Serving Prince William Sound and Copper River Basin

Police and emergency


(Any charges reported in this press release are merely accusations and the Defendant is presumed innocent until proven guilty.)


Criminal Mischief: Sometime after 9pm, someone knocked over the “Bear Paw” 4’ x 8’ sign down. There was no damage to the sign.

Missing Person: A Mother reported her daughter missing. She spoke with her on Thursday but has not been able to contact her since. An Officer was able to locate and talk with the subject. She contacted her Mother and was going to get a ride back to Anchorage.

Agency Assist: Officers assisted the Fire Department with a fire complaint.

MICS Marijuana: Contraband was found on school grounds. A juvenile was later identified as the owner and the parents were contacted.


Disturbance Other: A woman requested an Officer after she and her ex got into it and he wouldn’t let her leave the residence. Officers responded to talk to both parties involved. Upon further investigation no crime was committed and both parties were separated for the night.

Theft Property: A person reported the theft of his license plates from his vehicle. An Officer talked to the complainant and advised him to request new plates from the Department of Motor Vehicles.

Traffic Complaint: A report of a 1985-1995 blue Nisson Pathfinder speeding in and out of the closed Alpetco Road area was received. Also, a burned vehicle in the area was found. This case is currently under investigation.

Traffic Complaint: Caller reported that a red car with no hood was tearing up the snow dump area. Officers made contact with the driver who said they would not do it anymore.

Animal at Large: Dispatch received a call that a pit bull was chasing kids around the park at the end of Gulkana Street. Animal Control responded and impounded the dog.


Traffic Complaint: One of the construction contractors reported that vehicles are speeding through the work zone and running the red light.

Panic Alarm: An alarm from a local business was reported. Officers responded and determined that a new employee had pressed the button on accident.

Lost Property: An Iphone 5C was reported lost in the Valdez area. If you have found this phone, please turn it in to the Valdez Police Department.

Traffic Complaint: A caller reported that he and a friend were walking on the bike path and was almost hit by a male on a yellow dirt bike. After talking with several people in the area, the suspect could not be located.

Lost Property: Caller reported that his friend last a small camera bag with a memory chip in it, either around the Worthington Glacier area or in Valdez. If you have found this item, please turn it into the Police Department.

Fraud: VPD received a fraud report involving Western Union. This case is under investigation.


Welfare Check: A check was requested on an individual when his neighbor noticed that the individual’s dog was running around all night. The individual was contacted and determined to be fine.

Traffic Complaint: A caller reported that a pickup swerved at him and a friend as it sped towards them. This case is under investigation.

Drug Paraphernalia: A marijuana pipe was confiscated from a juvenile at school. Parents were contacted.

Intoxicated Pedestrians: A caller reported three males were near her residence and seemed to be very intoxicated. One was lying on the ground and the other two were stumbling. The caller did not think they could make it home safe. Officers responded but could not locate anyone.


Disturbance: Dispatch received a report that two men were in a physical altercation behind the post office. The caller told them she was calling the police and the two men immediately left.

Reckless Driving Complaint: A caller reported that a red Honda Gold wing motorcycle passed two vehicles on the tide flats and they felt the driver was being reckless. Officers responded but did not locate the motorcycle.

Arrested: David R. Davis, DOB: 1/18/96, of Valdez on a Valdez Arrest Warrant for Arson 3rd Degree, Criminal Mischief 3rd Degree and Failure to Report/Control a Fire after Mr. Davis had confessed to burning a vehicle. He is being held at the Valdez Jail on a $5,000 bail.


Welfare Check: While on patrol, an officer noticed an individual slumped over the steering wheel of his vehicle. The officer made contact with the person who indicated they were just resting waiting for assistance for a tow truck.

Welfare Check: A caller requested officer’s check on two young boys playing on the dike next to the river. The caller was concerned that they would fall in the river. The officers made contact with the boys. It was determined that the boys were with their parents.


Theft of Property: An engagement ring was reported either lost or stolen. The complainant later called back to say he had found the ring.

Search & Rescue: VPD dispatch received report that an individual had been gone for over an hour on a jet ski at Robe Lake. The complainant ended up making contact with the person who said that he had engine troubles and had tried to swim back, and ended up on an island on the lake. He was in contact with responders and was ok.

On May 17 at 4:08 pm Fire personnel completed a home inspection for fire code violations. This is part of a Fire Fighter 2 class being completed by the VFD.

On May 19 at 11:52 pm Fire personnel responded to a dumpster fire at Aleutian Village. The fire was extinguished by a resident of Aleutian Village prior to the apparatus arrival. Crews checked for further hot spots.

On May 20 at 8:19 am Fire personnel responded to alarm activation at Gilson Middle School. The system at the school was not alarming and it was determined to be a false alarm.

On May 21 at 6:53 pm EMS personnel responded to a 35 year old female that was unresponsive. Upon arrival crews woke the patient and she was determined to be fine.

On May 22 at 1:00 pm Valdez Fire Department and the Airport DOT responded completed an exercise at the airport simulating a plane crash. Volunteers from the US Coast Guard and Silver Bay Seafood along with residents of Valdez assisted in the exercise. Twenty one people, moulaged with all kinds of injuries were placed onboard a bus to simulate an aircraft. Barrels were placed near the bus and set a blaze to allow the airport crash rescue truck to demonstrate the ability to put the fire out and protect the occupants. VFD responded to assist the ARFF rig with the fire. Once the fire was extinguished the EMS section kicked into gear. The occupants were quickly triaged and moved off the bus. Once out the patients were taken to the DOT Garage where they would have been treated further and then transported to the hospital. The exercise went off as expected with a few corrections pointed out. Over all this exercise showed us that we are prepared and can handle the event quickly and efficiently. Thank you for all the volunteers and those that supplied the extra equipment it would not work if we did not have the help.

On May 22 at 10:21 pm Fire personnel responded to report of a man overdue to the dock at Robe Lake. He was reported as being on a blue jet ski. Eleven member of the fire department responded with a ski jet, zodiac and a 20 aluminum boat for search and rescue. A team was sent to the scene to gather more information from the party he was from. At 10:35 the reporting party called in having found the overdue man. The man had run out of gas and was swimming the Jet Ski to a grassy island. He was picked up by another boat and taken to shore. He was reported cold and tired but okay.

Total Police and Animal calls for the week: 103


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