Alaska State Trooper (AST) Vehicle

Charges have been filed against 40-year-old John Emerick of Delta Junction following the theft of a 2004 Dodge truck and a utility trailer from the parking lot of the Alaskan Steakhouse on Saturday. Court documents indicate the owner of the vehicle had left the vehicle in the parking lot with the vehicle locked and the keys in the vehicle when the vehicle and trailer went missing.

On Monday someone recognized the truck when it was again at the Steakhouse and contacted troopers. Emerick was contacted inside the restaurant by troopers and told them the owner of the truck had loaned him the vehicle the previous day. Emerick said the truck’s owner was named Todd, which is not the name of the registered owner of the vehicle, and that Todd had given him rides before. Emerick also told troopers that the person troopers identified as the owner of the vehicle was not the person that gave him permission to use the vehicle.

Troopers were able to locate the trailer at Emerick’s brother’s house. Court documents say that Emerick was advised to contact the troopers about the truck when he arrived at the family’s residence with the truck because they knew he did not have the funds to purchase the truck as he had indicated he had done.

In other cases, charges were filed against Nadezhda Maksimova of Delta Junction on Feb. 16 for trespassing after refusing to leave a neighbor’s home on Jan. 10. The neighbor told troopers that Maksimova’s home had burned earlier in the day.

After refusing to comply with instructions to leave the property, Maksimova was arrested and charged with criminal trespass.

Michael Jolly of Fort Greely was charged on Feb. 22 with DUI following an incident on Dec. 21 where Jolly is accused of hitting a parked Kenworth truck that was pulling two fuel trailers at Delta Petro Wash and leaving the scene.

Jolly was believed to have left the scene and traveled to Fort Greely where Fort Greely Police were in contact with Jolly. Troopers subsequently arrested Jolly on Dec. 21 for DUI and leaving the scene of an accident.

Michael Paschall is the publisher of the Delta Wind and covers general news topics. He can be reached at