January 20, 2011 |

Court Report

Angela Widell, 45, of Haines was convicted Jan. 4 of harassment for a Nov. 19 incident when she punched a woman multiple times in a Main Street bar.

Widell said she had been drunk and felt insulted by the way the woman looked at her and spoke to her.

Widell was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 85 days suspended. She was ordered to pay $100 in surcharges and was placed on one year’s probation.

Derek Poinsette, 35, of Haines was convicted Dec. 13 after claiming to have shot a moose that another man killed illegally.

Poinsette was fined $1,500, $500 suspended. He was ordered to pay a $50 police charge and to forfeit the seized moose to the state. He was placed on one year’s probation.

Poinsette took possession of the moose when he validated his harvest ticket and reported to the state that he shot it.

A case is pending against the man the state says actually shot the animal without a permit.

Andrew Hotch, 35, of Haines was convicted Dec. 8 of reckless driving.

Hotch was sentenced to 33 days in jail, 30 suspended. He was ordered to pay $100 in surcharges and to get treatment for alcohol. Hotch’s driver’s license was revoked 30 days and he was placed on one year’s probation.

Hotch on Sept. 4 was driving a minivan down Main Street when an officer observed his vehicle weaving and traveling 10 mph below the posted speed limit. Hotch failed field sobriety tests.

Christopher Dixon, 31, of Wasilla was convicted Dec. 2 of disorderly conduct.

His sentence is suspended until Dec. 2, 2011. Suspended imposition of sentence requires a $50 charge and the completion of 20 hours of community service work. Dixon was placed on probation one year.

Dixon challenged another man to fight in a Main Street bar Oct. 17. Dixon wrapped his arms around a woman’s waist and drew her body toward his. The woman demanded Dixon let her go, and he got into a shoving match with the man.

Rikki Gelston, 29, of Juneau was cited Nov. 30 for shooting a sub-legal moose during the local hunt.

Gelston was fined $500 and forfeited her moose to the state. She was ordered to pay a $10 police charge.

Gelston on Sept. 20 brought in a moose with a 46-inch antler spread and two brow tines on each side, not meeting hunt requirements.

Gelston said on Sept. 19, she saw a moose at Bear Flats. She viewed the moose for about five minutes through a rifle scope and said she thought it had three brow tines.

Edward Landry, 46, of Haines was convicted Nov. 30 of driving without a valid license. Landry was fined $250 and ordered to pay a $50 police charge.

Landry on June 20 was driving a truck on the Haines Highway and waved at an officer. The officer knew Landry did not have a driver’s license, and pulled him over. Landry’s driver’s license had been revoked.

Donna Murphy, 44, of Haines was convicted Nov. 29 for refusing a breath test.

Murphy was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 70 days suspended. She was fined $3,000 and was ordered to pay $125 in surcharges and $1,467 cost of imprisonment. Murphy must complete an alcohol and substance abuse treatment assessment. Her driver’s license was revoked one year and she was placed on probation for two years.

Murphy on July 2 refused to submit to a chemical test following a 911 call from her residence. A person accused Murphy of being abusive and tried to call 911, but Murphy pulled the telephone cord out of the wall. The person said Murphy had been drinking excessively and had left the residence in her vehicle.

Charges of assault, driving under the influence and interfering with a report of domestic violence were dismissed.

Murphy also on Nov. 29 was convicted of violating the conditions of her release for a misdemeanor. She was sentenced to 15 days in jail, and received credit for time served from her Nov. 12 arrest. She was ordered to pay $100 in surcharges.

An anonymous caller on Nov. 12 reported Murphy was at a Second Avenue bar, drinking wine, a violation of her conditions of release.

Charles Williams, 44, of Haines was convicted Nov. 29 of criminal trespass.

Williams was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail, with credit for time served since his Nov. 6 arrest. He was ordered to pay $100 in surcharges.

Williams on Nov. 6 entered a woman’s dwelling by using a crawlspace to gain entry. The woman had called 911 and stated Williams was breaking in.

The woman said she and Williams had gotten into an argument, and Williams became verbally abusive and was asked to leave. When Williams walked outside, the woman locked the doors. Williams entered the house as the woman was calling 911.

Jack Anderson Jr., 33, of Juneau was convicted Nov. 24 of reckless endangerment.

Anderson was sentenced to 30 days in jail, with credit for time served since his Sept. 3 arrest. Anderson was ordered to pay $100 in surcharges and to forfeit his knife.

Anderson on Sept. 3 pulled a knife to attack a man who was standing in a group outside the entrance to a Haines bar. Anderson went into the bar and then ran out and down Main Street to Haines Highway, chased by bar patrons.

Ryan Williams, 22, of Haines was convicted Nov. 24 of driving without a valid license.

Williams was fined $250, with $250 suspended on the condition that he provide a valid driver’s license within 60 days. He was placed on probation until May 24, 2011, and ordered to pay a $50 police charge.

Williams did not have a valid driver’s license when pulled over for driving 59 mph at 3.5 Mile Haines Highway on Oct. 15.

Marjory Ballew, 53, of Haines was convicted Nov. 8 of reckless driving.

Ballew was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail, 27 days suspended, ordered to pay $100 in surcharges and to get alcohol counseling. Her driver’s license was revoked 30 days and she was placed on probation one year.

On June 29, police made contact with Ballew at 14 Mile Haines Highway.

Ballew said she had consumed four alcoholic beverages. A breath test found her blood alcohol level was .127.

Chelsea Ridge, 27, of Haines was convicted Oct. 26 of leaving the scene of an accident.

Ridge was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 90 days suspended. She was ordered to pay a $50 police charge and to pay the state $200 for the cost of appointed counsel. She was placed on two years’ probation.

Ridge on July 1 left the scene of an accident after her vehicle collided with another on Dalton Street. The victim contacted police and said Ridge was intoxicated and had an infant with her when she left the scene.

An officer made contact with Ridge at her residence. Ridge agreed to field sobriety tests, and the officer concluded she failed and took her into custody. Ridge refused to provide a breath sample.

Garrett Phillips, 24, of Haines was convicted Oct. 26 of driving under the influence.

Phillips was sentenced to 90 days in jail, 70 days suspended. He was to receive 21 days of credit for completion of a court-ordered, inpatient treatment program. Phillips was fined $3,000 and ordered to pay a $75 police charge. His driver’s license was revoked one year. Phillips was placed on probation for two years.

On July 2, Phillips was reported spinning "doughnuts" at the end of Mud Bay Road and sped off traveling 50 to 60 mph toward Haines. He was stopped and submitted a breath sample that measured his blood alcohol level at .213.

Frank Flory, 43, of Juneau was convicted Oct. 14 of fourth-degree theft.

Flory was fined $2,000, with $1,500 suspended. He was ordered to pay a $50 police charge and to get alcohol counseling. He was placed on probation until April 14, 2011.

Flory stole a bottle of tequila May 25 by placing it in his pant leg and walking out of the store. The clerk followed him outside and saw Flory remove the tequila from his pant leg before getting into a truck.

Peter Katzeek, 48, of Haines was cited Oct. 11 for killing a sublegal moose during the local hunt.

Katzeek was fined $500, and the seized moose was to be forfeited to the state. He was ordered to pay a $10 police charge.

Katzeek said he saw a legal moose walk out into a dry riverbed, then walk back into trees.

Katzeek then shot a moose in the neck as it walked out of the tree line. Katzeek said he discovered it was not the same moose because the larger moose he had observed came running out.

Greg Palmieri, 45, of Haines was cited Oct. 11 for unlawfully killing a mountain goat.

Palmieri was fined $500, and the seized goat was to be forfeited to the state. He was ordered to pay a $10 police charge.

Palmieri reported shooting a goat Sept. 17 at approximately 10 a.m. in an area that was closed by emergency order the previous night.

Don Phillips, 57, of Haines was cited Oct. 11 for killing a sublegal moose during the local hunt.

Phillips was fined $500, and forfeited his moose. He was ordered to pay a $10 police charge and $1,000 restitution to the state.

His moose’s antlers were 48 inches wide, and it had two brow tines on each side, not meeting hunt requirements.

Phillips said he killed the moose on Sept. 15 near Mosquito Lake after observing it from less than 30 yards, with good visibility.

Don Hotch, 36, of Klukwan was convicted Sept. 30 of reckless driving.

Hotch was sentenced to serve 30 days in jail, 27 days suspended. He was fined $1,000, with $500 suspended and was ordered to pay $100 in surcharges. His driver’s license was revoked 30 days. Hotch was placed on probation one year.

Hotch was speeding Sept. 5 when he lost control of his vehicle, which traveled across the opposing lane of traffic, left the road and rolled over in the parking lot of a Haines Highway service station. An officer responded but did not locate Hotch. A service station employee later found Hotch about 150 feet from the vehicle’s location.

Dean Lari, 48, of Haines was convicted Sept. 30 of driving without a valid license.

Lari was fined $125, with $125 suspended on the condition he provide a valid license within 30 days. He was ordered to pay a $50 police charge and placed on probation until March 3.

Lari was driving Sept. 17 from the Haines School toward a downtown restaurant when he did not use turn signals for two right turns. He was not able to provide an officer with a valid Alaska driver’s license.

Michael Ward, 19, of Haines was convicted Sept. 30 of misconduct involving a controlled substance.

Ward was sentenced to a 10-day suspended jail term. He was fined $2,000, with $1,500 suspended, was ordered to pay a $50 police charge and was placed on probation one year.

Ward on Sept. 18 was found in possession of a marijuana pipe and a small amount of marijuana while operating a vehicle on the highway. He had been stopped for speeding.

Bruce Spencer, 52, of Haines was convicted Sept. 28 of driving under the influence.

Spencer was sentenced to serve 60 days in jail, 55 days suspended. He was fined $3,000, with $1,500 suspended. He was ordered to pay $125 in surcharges and $330 cost of imprisonment. Spencer was ordered to complete alcohol counseling. His driver’s license was revoked 90 days. Spencer was placed on probation two years.

Police dispatch on Aug. 9 received a report of a man staggering out of a Main Street bar and getting into a van. Spencer’s blood alcohol level was .208.

Nathaniel Jones, 24, of Haines was convicted Sept. 27 of reckless driving.

Jones was fined $1,000, with $500 suspended. He was ordered to pay a $50 police charge, and his driver’s license was revoked 30 days. He was placed on probation one year.

Jones on Aug. 21 was driving southbound on Haines Highway at an estimated speed of 80 mph. He failed to stop when a trooper activated emergency lights and a siren. Another trooper made a traffic stop at 3 Mile Haines Highway.

Michael Lamberty, 44, and Danny Spinney, 46, on Sept. 27 were convicted of unlawfully using a dip net to catch spawning salmon out of a man-made culvert in a stream near 10 Mile Haines Highway.

Each man was fined $1,000, with $500 suspended. Each was ordered to pay a $50 police charge and placed on probation one year.

A witness reported that on Aug. 19 Lamberty and Spinney used a dip net to catch pink salmon out of a man-made culvert that crossed Haines Highway. The witness said Spinney had the dip net and would block off the culvert while Lamberty took a stick and herded salmon into the culvert.