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Parks Law Enforcement Reports


Warrant Arrest - ASP2404081

On June 16, 2024 at approximately 1023 hours, a State Park Ranger on foot patrol in Finger Lake Campground observed a male and female in various stages of undress in plain view occupying a reserved campsite. Investigation determined the occupants were not the holders of the reservation. The female initially provided false identification but was ultimately identified as 33-year-old Megan McDonald and remanded on her warrants for Failure to Appear on the original charge of Assault and Failure to Comply with Conditions of Release. Bail totaled $550. McDonald was additionally charged with False Information.


Warrant Arrest, Felony Elude, Resisting Arrest, Disorderly Conduct, Assault 3, and Assault 4 - ASP2403512

On 06/13/24, at approximately 1335 hours Alaska State Park Rangers contacted a blue Sedan bearing AK plate JSX878 at the Chena River State Recreation site for a park violation. Upon contact one of the three occupants fled the scene. The male driver later identified as Joseph Marotta (age 24 of Soldotna) gave a false name and upon the Ranger attempting to detain him became combative attempting to strike the Ranger. A taser was deployed and the female passenger later identified as Mynah Hart (age 24 of Kenai) intervened and broke the Taser wires. Hart was tased because of her actions and the active threat she posed. The Ranger continued in a physical altercation with Marotta attempt to take him into custody and OC spray was deployed. During the altercation Hart took control of the vehicle and drove at the Ranger. The Ranger disengaged with Marotta and pulled their handgun at which point Hart veered away fleeing the area picking up Marotta who was now fleeing on foot. A vehicle pursuit was initiated, and the Alaska State Troopers were requested to assist. The vehicle Pursuit ended near the intersection of the Johansen Expressway and Steese Highway after the Alaska State Troopers PIT the vehicle. Both occupants fled on foot from the vehicle. After a short foot pursuit Rangers took Marotta into custody. During this time, the Alaska State Troopers took Hart into custody. Investigation revealed Marotta had three outstanding 10,000 felony arrest warrants. Marotta was remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center on the charges of Assault 4, Resisting Arrest, and Disorderly Conduct. Hart was remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center on the charges of Assault 3, Resisting/Interfering with an arrest, Disorderly Conduct and Felony Elude. Alaska State Parks would like to thank the Alaska State Troopers, Fairbanks PD, and UAF PD for their assistance with this case. Author: WDD0 Author: WDD0


Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance - ASP2403512

On 05/26/24, at approximately 1411 hours, Alaska State Park Rangers contacted Christopher Boster (age 36 of Fairbanks) in the Chena River Recreation Site in Fairbanks. Investigation revealed Boster was in possession of methamphetamine. Boster was subsequently arrested and remanded to Fairbanks Correctional Center on a charge of MICS 5. Author: WDD0


Protective Custody - ASP2403318

On May 18, 2024 at approximately 1310 hours, Northern Region State Park Rangers responded to a local Fairbanks Hotel for the report of an intoxicated male threatening to fight people. Upon arrival Rangers contacted a 62yoa male who threatened to fight them. The male was detained and a PBT revealed a BrAC of .187. The male was transported to Fairbanks Correctional Center and placed into protective custody to be released once sober.


Warrant Arrest - ASP240311

On 05/18/24, at approximately 0900 hours, Alaska State Park Rangers located Gabriel Luke Harrison at the Chena River State Recreation Site in Fairbanks and arrested him for an outstanding no bail arrest warrant. The arrest warrant was for failing to report to jail for an assault charge. Harrison was remanded at Fairbanks Correctional Center where he will be required to serve out his sentence.


Warrant Arrest - ASP2403312

On 05/18/24, at approximately 1000 hours, Alaska State Park Rangers located Robert Corey Inglis at the Chena River State Recreation Site in Fairbanks and arrested him for an outstanding $750 arrest warrant. The arrest warrant was for failure to appear for arraignment original charges Driving with a Canceled/Suspended/Revoked License and Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance. Tapley was remanded at Fairbanks Correctional Center.


Chena Pump Wayside Failure to Pay Fees - ASP2403125

On May 11, 2024 at approximately 0938 hours, Alaska State Park Rangers in Fairbanks contacted a suspicious vehicle at the Chena Pump Wayside for failure to pay day use fees. The driver was identified as Jacquelyn Ballenger (age 63 of Anchorage). Investigation revealed Ballenger was driving a vehicle which was not registered to her and had placed a plate on the vehicle which did not belong to it. The plate was removed from the vehicle and seized. Based on the subsequent investigation Ballenger was issued a misdemeanor citation for Misuse of Plates, as well as a citation for Failure to Pay Fees.


At-Risk Individual Found - ASP2402946

On May 5, 2024 at 1400 hours while a Chugach State Park Ranger was patrolling the Seward Highway, the Anchorage Police Department put out a BOLO for a vehicle driven by a suicidal individual headed to Seward. At 1408 hours the Ranger observed the vehicle near mile 108 and began following it. Shortly thereafter the individual pulled into the falls creek trailhead and began hiking. Two Anchorage Police officers and the Ranger were able to contact the individual on the trail and take her into custody for mental health treatment.


Chena Pump Wayside Misuse of License Plates - ASP2403125

On May 11, 2024 at approximately 0938 hours, Alaska State Park Rangers in Fairbanks contacted a suspicious vehicle at the Chena Pump Wayside for failure to pay day use fees. The driver was identified as Jacquelyn Ballenger (age 63 of Anchorage). Investigation revealed Ballenger was driving a vehicle which was not registered to her and had placed a plate on the vehicle which did not belong to it. The plate was removed from the vehicle and seized. Based on the subsequent investigation Ballenger was issued a misdemeanor citation for Misuse of Plates, as well as a citation for Failure to Pay Fees.


Montana Creek Felony Arrest - ASP2402702

On 04/26/24 at 1700 hours, AST and a State Parks Ranger responded to the Montana Creek subdivision near Talkeetna for the report of a trespassing male, Mitchell Drover age 29 of Talkeetna, who had an outstanding felony warrant for his arrest. Upon contact, Drover resisted arrest and was eventually taken into custody after being tased and O/C sprayed. After being medically treated at a hospital, he was remanded into custody at the MSPT facility in Palmer.

Ref AST case# AK24038744


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