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Story last updated at 6:58 PM on Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Troopers arrest man during ship boarding

By Michael Armstrong
Staff Writer

Alaska State Troopers on Sunday arrested a Wasilla man during a U.S. Coast Guard safety check of a fishing vessel off Anchor Point. Troopers charged Michael L. Shannon, 39, with disorderly conduct, fourth-degree assault and resisting arrest after Shannon allegedly refused to cooperate with Trooper Aaron Mobley. Shannon's arrest was one of a half-dozen alcohol-related arrests troopers and Homer Police made over the Memorial Day weekend.

About 1:25 p.m. Sunday, the Coast Guard asked troopers to help them with a boarding of the F/V Time Bandit. Mobley and K-9 Trooper Yukon went onboard. All the passengers and crew on board provided identification except Shannon, Mobley wrote in a criminal complaint. "I don't need to tell you who I am," Mobley said Shannon told him. Mobley said Shannon wouldn't move to another part of the boat. When Mobley tried to secure a pocket knife from Shannon's pant pocket, Shannon grabbed Mobley's arm, the trooper alleged. Shannon also attempted to twist away when Mobley tried to put him in handcuffs, causing Yukon to go on alert to protect his handler, the criminal complaint said.

Shannon was eventually handcuffed and taken by boat to the USCG Cutter Long Island, homeported in Valdez, and back to the Homer harbor. Shannon had a preliminary breath test result of a .13 breath-alcohol level, Mobley alleged in his complaint.

Eddie Uwekoolani Jr., captain of the Time Bandit during its salmon tendering season, said Shannon was a guest on the boat, part of a group of family and friends fishing over the holiday weekend. The Time Bandit passed its safety check, with a recommendation that one EPIRB be replaced, Uwekoolani said.

A small amount of marijuana was found in a guest's luggage, but troopers did not file charges.

Troopers and police arrested four people for driving under the influence and one man for driving while license revoked over the Memorial Day weekend. Richard A. Ferdinand, 29, was charged with DUI and third-degree assault. Troopers allege on Monday Ferdinand drove drunk on Eagleaerie Avenue and ran over a passenger when the man fell out of Ferdinand's truck. The passenger suffered a broken rib, Alaska State Trooper Daniel Brom wrote in a criminal complaint. Ferdinand had a .2019 breath-alcohol content, Brom alleged.

Corbin W. Arno, 30, was arrested for DUI, fourth-degree weapons misconduct and three counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child after troopers stopped him for speeding on Friday. Troopers said Arno's wife and three children under age 4 were in his truck. Troopers also found two handguns in the truck.

Also arrested were Kristopher K. Roman, 29, and Toby A. Benya, 33, for DUI, and William M. Serafine, 26, for driving while license revoked. Serafine did not drive drunk, but his license was revoked on a prior DUI conviction and troopers allege he had alcohol in his system.

Michael Armstrong can be reached at michael.armstrong@homernews.com.