ALL IN THE SAME TACO BOAT – Sitkans, many wearing face masks, line up this afternoon at the Sitka Elks Lodge food booth. With the pandemic, most of this year’s Sitka Independence Day events have been modified, but not entirely canceled. The American Legion and Sizzling Chow Cuisine also will have outdoor food booths. While there’s no downtown parade, there is a parade of classic cars that will tour Sitka streets beginning at 1 p.m. at Whale Park. A sing-along and military salute will take place on Totem Square 7 p.m. Friday and a fireworks display will take place 11:30 Friday night over Sitka Channel, with spectators asked to follow social distancing recommendations. The Rotary Club is holding its annual Duck Race on the fourth. (Sentinel Photo by James Poulson)

May 29, 2020, Police Blotter

Police received the following calls as of 8 a.m. today:

May 27

A domestic problem was reported at 8:10 a.m. on HPR.

A theft was reported at Back Beach.

A theft was reported at an HPR trailer court.

An assault was reported at 3:15 p.m.

At 6:15 p.m. suspicious activity was reported at Totem Square.

At 6:28 p.m. a caller reported suspicious activity at Sandy Beach.

A domestic problem was reported at 6:32 p.m. at a residence on HPR.

At 10:59 suspicious activity was reported on Rudolph Walton Drive.

At 11:35 p.m. a caller reported a bear in the 4800 block of HPR.

May 28

A traffic stop was made in the 4500 block of HPR at 1:03 a.m.

An animal problem was reported on Versa Place at 8:21 a.m.

At 9:55 a.m. a traffic accident with damage was reported on Knutson Drive.

At 11:50 a.m. suspicious activity was reported at a downtown bar.

At 3 p.m. an animal problem was reported on Burkhart Street.

A family fight was reported at a grocery store at 3:56 p.m.

A gas station reported a theft at 4 p.m., and a grocery store reported a theft at 6 p.m.

A store in the 1300 block of SMC reported suspicious activity at 5:04 p.m.

A security check was reported in the 900 block of HPR at 10:49 p.m.

A traffic accident with injury was reported at 11:48 p.m. at Herring Cove.

May 29

A bear was reported at 2716 HPR at 12:18 a.m.

At 4:37 a.m., suspicious activity was reported near Back Beach.


Sitka Police

Terence Waldal, 55, was charged Wednesday with driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test. He was cited for driving with a revoked license.

Elijah Didrickson, 22, was cited early Thursday morning for speeding.

Moses Jarquin, 19, was arrested Thursday on a warrant.


Emergency Calls

Sitka Fire Department received four ambulance calls Wednesday and 10 on Thursday.

One of the calls, at 11:48 p.m. Thursday, was for the driver of a vehicle that had gone off the road just after the Sawmill Creek bridge, outbound on the Herring Cove Road. The male driver, the only occupant, was taken to  the hospital, Fire Chief Dave Miller said.


In Court

Barry Lee McKee, 71, of Sitka, pleaded guilty to charges of failure to file a fish ticket on Aug. 20, 2018; failure to file reports required of fishermen, processors, buyers, exporters and operators on May 17, 2018; and taking/trafficking in fish/game/plants on Aug. 20, 2018. He was fined a total of $30,000 on the charges with $15,000 suspended. The state was ordered not to seek forfeiture of computers, documents or other assets of the boat or proceeds from the sale. Twenty other fishing charges were dismissed.

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Alaska COVID-19
At a Glance

(updated 7-2-20)

By Sentinel Staff

The state Department of Health and Social Services has posted the following update on the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Alaska as of 11:15 a.m. Wednesday.

New cases as of Monday: 39

Total statewide – 1,017

Total (cumulative) deaths – 14

Active cases in Sitka – 8 (6 resident; 2 non-resident)

Recovered cases in Sitka – 10 (7 resident; 3 non-resident)

The state says the cumulative number of cases hospitalized is 68.

To visit the Alaska DHSS Corona Response dashboard website click here.



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March 23, 2020



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