November 8, 2012 | Volume 42, Number 45

Court report

Kristopher T. Morden, 47, was convicted April 24 of unlawfully harvesting commercial Dungeness crab. Morden harvested crab on Oct. 1, 2011, in Tanani Bay prior to the season opening. He was sentenced to one year of probation, $10 in fees, and $500 in fines.

James Studley, 55, was convicted on Dec. 28, 2011, of driving under the influence. Studley was pulled over after driving through the intersection at Second Avenue and Main Street and turning into an oncoming traffic lane on Aug. 2, 2011. He admitted to consuming alcohol and failed several sobriety tests. Studley was sentenced to three days in jail, $1,500 in fines, $455 in fees, a substance abuse treatment assessment, one year’s probation, 90-day license revocation and six months’ use of an ignition interlock device. A charge of refusing to submit to a chemical test was dismissed.

Wayne A. Szabo, 33, was convicted Aug. 16 on two counts of unlawful methods of taking big game from a boat and failure to possess a harvest ticket. Szabo shot a brown bear from his boat near Lutak Road on May 20. He was sentenced to $650 in fines, $20 in fees, and $1,300 in restitution.

Robert C. Grant, 58, was convicted Oct. 22 of violating hunting season and bag limit laws for taking a sublegal moose on Sept. 29. He was sentenced to $300 in fines and $10 in fees. He forfeited the moose.

Phillip C. Lende, 56, was convicted Oct. 22 of violating hunting season and bag limit laws for taking a sublegal moose Sept. 24. He was sentenced to $300 in fines and $10 in fees. He forfeited the moose.

Roger H. Tuenge, 67, was convicted on Oct. 22 of violating hunting season and bag limit laws for taking a sublegal moose on Sept. 27. He was sentenced to $300 in fines and $10 in fees. He forfeited the moose.

Giancarlo M. Gomez, 33, was convicted Aug. 8 of violating hunting season and bag limit laws for moose. On April 27, Gomez told troopers his friend shot a moose near Gomez’s house at 32 Mile Haines Highway. Gomez dragged the moose with his car and a tow strap up the driveway, where he attempted to butcher it. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, $3,000 restitution, and $400 in fees. His hunting license is revoked until Aug. 8, 2015, which is also the length of his probation. Three other game charges related to the incident were dismissed as part of the plea deal, as were three driving charges from a separate, May 16 event.

Gomez also was convicted of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor. On June 28, he broke the mirror on a woman’s vehicle, locked all the doors of her residence, and blocked exits so she couldn’t get out. She said she was afraid he would hurt her if she tried to escape. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, $300 in fees, and to pay restitution for the broken mirror. Charges of criminal mischief in the fourth degree and assault in the fourth degree were dismissed.

Jessy M. Shaw, 34, was convicted Sept. 10 of driving under the influence on June 30. Shaw left a downtown bar and staggered toward an alley. An officer offered her a ride, but she refused and wandered away. Moments later, the officer heard a vehicle start and back into a ditch. Shaw emerged from the driver’s side and admitted to having four to five drinks. Her sentence included three days in jail, $1,500 in fines, $455 in fees, alcohol counseling, 90-day license revocation, use an of ignition interlock device for six months and one year’s probation.

Shaw also was convicted of violating conditions of release Aug. 24 after an officer smelled alcohol on her while she was visiting an inmate in jail. She was sentenced to one day in jail, $100 in fees, and one year’s probation.

Francis K. Adams, 35, was convicted Aug. 29 of violating conditions of release on Aug. 22. An officer responded to a domestic dispute complaint involving Adams and found she was under the influence of alcohol. She was sentenced to seven days in jail, $50 in fees, one year’s probation, and alcohol counseling.

Adams was convicted Sept. 26 of reckless driving on May 27. A caller reported two trucks racing wildly near 3 Mile Lutak Road. The owner of the truck said Adams had jumped in his truck and took off. An officer pulled over Adams, who refused to perform field sobriety tests. Her sentence included 10 days in jail, a $1,500 fine, $300 in fees, 24 hours of community service, one year’s probation, 30-day license revocation, and an alcohol screening. Charges of refusing to submit to a chemical test and driving with an invalid license were dismissed.

Adams was convicted on a separate charge of violating conditions of release stemming from a July 28 incident when a man called police and requested Adams be removed from his house because she was intoxicated. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and a $50 fee.

Jay J. Linhart, 54, was convicted Sept. 11 of driving under the influence on Dec. 23, 2011. Officers saw Linhart’s vehicle drifting over road lines near 4 Mile Haines Highway. Linhart admitted to having six drinks before getting in his truck. He was sentenced to five days in jail, $1,500 in fines, $455 in fees, alcohol counseling, one year’s probation, 90-day license revocation, and six months’ use of an ignition interlock device. Two counts of misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree were dismissed.

Linhart also was convicted Sept. 11 of violating conditions of release on Jan. 20. Linhart was contacted by officers at a bar with a drink in front of him. Linhart argued and cursed and said officers were out to “ruin his life.” He was sentenced to 10 days in jail, $100 in fees, and one year’s probation.

David H. Dalmaso, 60, was convicted May 29 of driving under the influence on Feb. 13. Dalmaso was pulled over on Second Avenue. He admitted to having two or three beers at a local bar, and failed a battery of sobriety tests. Dalmaso was sentenced to three days in jail, $1,500 in fines, $455 in fees, substance abuse treatment assessment, one year’s probation, 90-day license revocation and six months’ use of an ignition interlock device.

Angela R. Williams, 22, was convicted June 4 of criminal mischief in the fourth degree. Williams went to the home of a man on April 25 and threw a car stereo speaker into the windshield of his truck. She was sentenced to $100 in fees, one year’s probation, and to pay restitution for the broken windshield. A charge of disorderly conduct was dismissed.

Colin B. Griffiths, 26, was convicted May 31 of driving without a valid operator’s license on May 19. He was driving with defective taillights near Sawmill Road on May 19 when an officer pulled him over. Griffiths was sentenced to $60 in fees and no fines because he produced a copy of his driver’s license within 30 days.

Jorge Cardenas, 36, was convicted Sept. 25 of driving under the influence on Aug. 11. Officers saw Cardenas make a sharp left from Main Street and accelerate rapidly to a bar. Officers contacted Cardenas, who failed various sobriety tests and admitted consuming liquor. He was sentenced to $1,500 in fines, $455 in fees, one year’s probation, an alcohol assessment, a 90-day license suspension, and six months’ use of an ignition interlock device.

Richard N. Bachman, 21, was convicted Sept. 25 of disorderly conduct on July 29. Bachman got into a fight at a downtown bar. He was subsequently contacted at another and denied being Richard Bachman. When asked for identification, Bachman threw his wallet at police and ran, but was caught. He was sentenced to five days in jail, $100 in fees, and 36 hours of community service. A charge of assault in the fourth degree was dismissed.

James L. Ritter, 60, was convicted Oct. 11 of reckless driving on May 1. Ritter stopped at the intersection of Dalton Street and Second Avenue with the nose of his car sticking into the northbound lane. As he continued to drive, he swerved into the opposite lane, and stopped past a stop sign at another intersection. He was sentenced to $50 in fees, completion of an alcohol treatment program, one year’s probation and 30-day license revocation.

Darren J. Dunn, 44, was convicted Sept. 26 of disorderly conduct on July 27. Dunn attempted to stop a fight with people in his residence. He was sentenced to $50 in fees, 24 hours of community service, and one year’s probation.

Donald S. Hotch, Jr., 38, was convicted Sept. 26 of reckless driving on May 25. Hotch drove off Haines Highway at 12 Mile and into a pond. He said he was driving home from a downtown bar. Hotch was sentenced to 20 days in jail, $100 in fees, a substance evaluation, and one year probation. His license was revoked for 30 days. A charge of misconduct involving weapons in the fourth degree was dismissed.

Blake R. Mcdonald, 24, was convicted Oct. 11 of reckless endangerment. On Oct. 30, 2011, an officer stopped Mcdonald’s vehicle because he appeared lost. The officer observed an open bottle of alcohol in the center console. Mcdonald failed several sobriety tests. He was sentenced to a $500 fine, $50 in fees, one year’s probation, and enrollment in an alcohol program. An open container charge was dismissed.