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Crime

Stories from the KUCB Newsroom on the topic of crime. You can find the Unalaska Department of Public Safety Police Blotter here: http://archive.kucb.org/community/blotter/

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Police in Unalaska have arrested and charged two men accused of making counterfeit money. Over the weekend, Henry Zablan and Nicholas Hough were taken into police custody and later charged with fraud.

Deputy police chief Jennifer Shockley says in her 16 years with the department this isn’t the first case of counterfeit money found in Unalaska.

Sarah Hansen/KUCB

The Unalaska Court has ordered an Oregon man to pay more than $20,000 in fines and restitution for possessing and delivering undersized golden king crab.

Chad M. Hoefer of Newport, Oregon was first cited on Oct. 24, according to Alaska Wildlife Troopers at the Dutch Harbor post.

The 46-year-old didn't show up for his arraignment, and wildlife troopers eventually arrested him on Nov. 20.

Hoefer pled guilty to a misdemeanor on Thursday, and the court ordered him to pay $19,255 to the state for taking illegal crab. 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Unalaska police have arrested an Atka man for the third time in a week, after community members expressed concerns about "the threat he may pose to the public."  

Mark Snigaroff was taken into custody on Thursday for violating conditions of his release, according to Deputy Police Chief Jennifer Shockley. 

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Police say the man whose body was found Monday in a creek near Captains Bay probably fell to his death.

Unalaska Director of Public Safety Michael Holman said 45-year-old Gregg Kortesma was pronounced dead at the scene after a pair of local hikers discovered his body in Ruth Rock Creek.

"The body was located at the bottom of a steep cliff and there's substantial blunt force trauma to the head, all of which is consistent with a fall down that cliff into the rocky creek bottom," said Holman.

Laura Kraegel/KUCB

Police are investigating after a dead body was discovered Monday in Unalaska's Ruth Rock Creek at the end of Captains Bay.

The Department of Public Safety has identified the man as 45-year-old Gregg T. Kortesma, who was found with "significant head injuries" by a pair of local hikers.

Police say Kortesma worked sporadically in Unalaska over the last 20 years, most recently on the fishing vessel Alaska Trojan.

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