Sitka officer charged with wildlife offense

SITKA — A veteran Sitka police officer is on paid administrative leave as he faces a misdemeanor wildlife charge.

The Sitka Sentinel reports 48-year-old Sgt. Daryl Rice is charged with allowing his teenage son to fire six shots at an artificial deer from a boat.

Alaska law prohibits shooting big game from a boat.

Troopers spokeswoman Megan Peters says wildlife troopers routinely monitor wildlife decoys during hunting seasons to make sure hunters abide by state laws.

Troopers in a charging document say the shots were fired Dec. 7 in Neva Strait. They seized Rice’s rifles.

Rice has been with the Sitka Police Department for 24 years.

Police Chief Sheldon Schmitt the city will conduct an administrative investigation when the criminal case is decided.

Rice faces a Jan. 7 court appearance.


Sun, 03/26/2017 - 06:42

Kenai Assembly defeats proposal to drop invocation policy

KENAI — Though legal challenges still remain, the Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly has defeated a proposal to drop its controversial invocation policy.

Read more
Sun, 03/26/2017 - 06:36

House passes procedural vote, sending state budget plan to Senate

Alaska’s $9.7 billion annual budget advanced to the Senate on Friday, following a procedural vote in the House. Lawmakers earlier this week approved the spending... Read more

Around the Web



  • Switchboard: 907-586-3740
  • Circulation and Delivery: 907-586-3740
  • Newsroom Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Business Fax: 907-586-9097
  • Accounts Receivable: 907-523-2230
  • View the Staff Directory
  • or Send feedback