The Alaska State Troopers reported the following incidents. Any charges reported are merely accusations and the defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.
Police pursue case against man for child’s death in Whittier
WHITTIER—On Aug. 31, a grand jury in Anchorage returned an indictment against Shaka
Levshakoff, 26, of Whittier, on charges of Interfering with Offi cial Proceedings, a Class B
felony, for his involvement regarding the false confession of Shaunteala Grahm, mother of
homicide victim 2-year old Anne Marie Nimmo. Grahm testifi ed for the state in front of the
Grand Jury. Nimmo was killed on June 24, 2007.
On Sept. 18 an investigation resulted in troopers obtaining an arrest warrant for Levshakoff
for Murder in the Second Degree, Manslaughter and Criminally Negligent Homicide, in connection
with the homicide of Nimmo in Whittier.
On Sept. 24 Levshakoff was contacted in a Fairview-area residence by members of the
Troopers’ Alaska Bureau Investigation and Anchorage Police Department detectives from
both the Special Victims Unit and the Crimes Against Children Unit. Levshakoff was taken
into custody without incident in connection with the 2007 homicide investigation.
Felony DUI, Marijuana Possession
GIRDWOOD—Aug. 26 at approximately 6:45 p.m., the Troopers’ Bureau of Highway Patrol, South Central Team stopped a vehicle near mile 82 of the Seward Highway for a moving violation. The operator was identified as Edwin Swenson, age 57 of Cordova. Swenson was found to be driving under the influence and to be in possession of marijuana. Swenson was arrested for DUI and MICS 6th Degree. A records check indicated Swenson has at least two prior DUI convictions within the last 10 years making this DUI a felony offense. Swenson was transported to the Anchorage Jail and held on $10,000 bail.
GIRDWOOD—Aug. 29 at approximately 4:12 p.m., the Troopers’ Bureau of Highway Patrol, South Central Team stopped a vehicle near mile 73 of the Seward Highway for a moving violation. The operator was identified as Anthony J. Crouts, age 34 of Anchorage. Crouts was found to have a $5,000 arrest warrant. The warrant was for failure to appear on the original charge of disorderly conduct. Crouts was arrested on the warrant. Crouts was remanded to the Anchorage Jail where he was held on a $5,000 bail.
COOPER LANDING—Sept. 1 at about 8:45 a.m., Troopers arrested Patrick McFadden, 42 of Cooper Landing, after contacting him during a harassment investigation. During the investigation it was found that McFadden had damaged property of a former girlfriend. McFadden was arrested and remanded to the Seward Jail without incident.
SEWARD HIGHWAY—Sept. 3 at approximately 3:18 p.m., the Troopers’ Bureau of Highway Patrol, South Central Team stopped a vehicle near mile 73 of the Seward Highway, near Portage, for a moving violation. The operator was identified as Michael V. Reeves, age 24, of Anchorage. Reeves was found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. The warrant was for $500 for failure to appear on the original charge of driving without insurance. A passenger in the vehicle was identified as Hannah E. Settje, age 22 of Anchorage. Settje also had a warrant for her arrest. The warrant was a $250 warrant for failure to satisfy judgment on the original charge of MCA. Reeves and Settje were arrested on the warrants and remanded at the Anchorage Jail.
Growing Marijuana and Possession
GIRDWOOD—Sept. 6 at 10:50 p.m., Troopers from Girdwood responded to a 911 hang-up at a residence in Girdwood. During a protective sweep of the residence marijuana plants and growing equipment were discovered in a room in the residence. Cory Martin Matulich, age 31 of Girdwood, was arrested on two counts of Misconduct Involving Controlled Substance in the fourth degree. Matulich was remanded to the Anchorage Jail on $6,000.
HOPE—Aug. 29 at around 10:10 p.m., a Trooper stopped a 1990 Subaru wagon for a headlight violation near mi 13 Hope Road. An investigation revealed a passenger in the vehicle, Michael C. Howard, age 30 of Girdwood, had a $1,500 Warrant for Failure to Comply with community work service with an original charge of Driving Whithe a Revoked License. Howard was arrested and later remanded to the Anchorage Jail.
SEWARD HIGHWAY—Sept. 4 at approximately 10:10 p.m., a Trooper stopped a 2002 Toyota 4-Runner near mile 91 Seward Highway after the vehicle was called in as a REDDI (Report Every Drunk Driver Immediately). An investigation revealed the driver, Aaden Elph Aaberg, age 35 of Anchorage, was driving while under the influence of alcohol and had a revoked driver’s license. Aaberg was arrested for Felony DUI and Driving With a Revoked License. He was later remanded to the Anchorage Jail held on $15,000 bail.
Motor Vehicle Collision
PORTAGE—Sept. 5 at around 1:56 p.m., the Troopers’ Bureau of Highway Patrol, South Central Team, Girdwood Troopers, and Girdwood EMS responded to a report of a single vehicle collision near mile 2.5 of Portage Glacier Road. An investigation revealed Danielle R. Jensen, age 24, of Anchorage was traveling east bound on Portage Glacier Road, when she lost control of her motorcycle. The motorcycle fell on to its side and slid into the ditch. Jensen reported minor injuries. She was transported to the hospital by Girdwood EMS. Jensen was wearing her helmet at the time of the collision.
Driving With a Suspended License
SEWARD HIGHWAY—Sept. 7 at approximately 10:00 a.m., a Trooper stopped a 1998 Kia Sportage for a moving violation near mile 94 of the Seward Highway. This area is within a Highway Safety Corridor. An investigation revealed the driver of the vehicle Kevin Grubb, age 22 of Eagle River, was driving with a suspended driver’s license. Grubb was summons to appear in court on the charge of Driving with a Suspended Driver’s License and cited for Failure to Illuminate Head Lights. Grubb was released at the scene and the vehicle was released to Grubb’s licensed passenger.
COOPER LANDING—Sept. 7 at 8:15 a.m., Troopers arrested Carmel Robinson, 33 of Anchorage, after contacting her during a traffic stop. Troopers contacted Robinson after it was reported that she and another occupant in the vehicle were fighting. An investigation showed that Robinson had assaulted her boyfriend causing minor injuries and was driving under the influence of alcohol. Robinson was arrested and remanded into the Seward Jail without incident.
MOOSE PASS—Sept. 9 at 4:05 p.m., Troopers received a report that Aundre Turner, 44 of Seward, had assaulted his mother. An investigation showed that Turner was angry at his mother over a child custody issue and assaulted her. Turner was contacted at his residence and arrested without incident. Turner was remanded into the Seward Jail.
Motor Vehicle Collision
COOPER LANDING—Sept. 11 at approximately 7:18 p.m., Troopers received a report of Motor Vehicle Collision at mile 47 of the Sterling Highway. Troopers identified Theodre Whip, age 61, of Anchorage and Normand Desjardins, age 57, of Anchorage by their AKOL. An investigation revealed that Theodre Whip was traveling North on the Sterling Highway, crossed the centerline, and collided with Normand Desjardins who was traveling South on the Sterling Highway. No injuries were reported on scene. Both vehicles were a total loss. Alcohol was not a factor. Whip was issued a citation.
MOOSE PASS—Sept. 4 at approximately 11:20 p.m., Troopers stopped a red 2005 Dodge Neon for a moving violation near mile 45 of the Seward Highway. The driver, Sampson Whidden, age 22 of Soldotna, and a passenger, Kyle Tautfest, age 22 of Soldotna, were contacted and identified by their AKOL’s. Whidden and Tautfest were both found to be in the possession of marijuana. Citations to appear in court were issued to Whidden and Tautfest for Misconduct Involving a Controlled Substance VI and both were released from the scene.
COOPER LANDING—Sept. 11 at approximately 10:20 p.m., Troopers received a phone call about a male exposing his genitals at the Quartz Creek campground. Troopers identified T.A., age 12 of Anchorage. An investigation revealed that T.A. was seen exposing his genitals. Charges for Indecent Exposure will be forwarded to Kenai Juvenile Intake.