Dillingham Police arrested a pair of teenage boys accused of taking the Volunteer Fire Department pickup truck on a joyride Wednesday night.
A volunteer fire fighter noticed someone driving away with the white pickup truck that is normally parked at the downtown fire station. That triggered a response by police, a state trooper, and a handful of firefighters not happy to see a truck supporting their busy efforts stolen.
It happened just after 10 p.m. Wednesday, and not long after one of the volunteers found the truck in the gravel pit off Waskey Road near the landfill.
The two boys were driving what are best known as "brodies" around the pit, and when discovered, ran off into the woods where they hid for about an hour.
Law enforcement set up a perimeter, assuming the two would emerge from the buggy, bear-infested woods near the town's fish bin, but they did not. Rather, the two out-of-towners contacted a young woman they had recently met to come pick them up.
Dillingham Police Chief Dan Pasquariello said the woman agreed to cooperate with officers, who then pulled a strategic distance away from the pit.
The boys came out of the woods and climbed into the woman's car. She was stopped by police a short distance down the road and officers found the teenagers hiding in the trunk.
Arrested were 19-year-old Tevin Cormier and 18-year-old Dawson Porter, both listed as fishermen from Eagle River.
According to police the boys had not been drinking, but said they had just been bored and looking for something to do.
They were charged with fifth degree criminal mischief and released on their own recognizance.
Police say the truck was returned with no damage. The keys had been left in the ignition prior to the borrowing, a common practice Pasquariello warns is a bad one.
Nomination period open for Summer of Heroes
By Shady Grove Oliver
Bristol Bay Times - Dutch Harbor Fisherman
A scholarship program for young Alaskans who are contributing positively to their communities is seeking nominations. The Summer of Heroes program, organized by Alaska Communications in partnership with Boys & Girls Clubs of Alaska, recognizes five young people each year with a scholarship and ceremony.
"Supporting youth development and education throughout Alaska and helping the future leaders of our state reach their goals is something that is important to us at Alaska Communications," said President and CEO Anand Vadapalli in a statement.
Anyone can nominate themselves or someone else between the ages of six and 18 who they think has made a "significant contribution to his or her community through acts of kindness or bravery."
Awardees receive a $1,500 scholarship through the University of Alaska College Savings Plan and a trip to the recognition ceremony held at the Alaska State Fair in Palmer later in the summer.
"As a special tribute this year, the 2017 Summer of Heroes logo is inspired by 2016 hero Tatiana Ticknor," organizers wrote in a release. "Tatiana channeled her passion for native dancing and language into her work with the Native Student Leadership Council at her high school and more broadly in her community. Most notably, Tatiana participated on a panel with President Obama at the Tribal Nations Conference at the White House."
The deadline to nominate someone for 2017 Summer of Heroes scholarship is July 17. More information can be found at https://www.alaskacommunications.com/About/Summer-of-Heroes.