November 29, 2011 4:30 pm update
Because of what appears to be a simple scheduling error, Jason and Joel Duby were not arraigned as planned on Tuesday. A supplemental summons will be issued and a new arraignment hearing is tentatively planned for the next two weeks.
November 29, 2011 6:20 am
Prosecutors have filed charges against two other close relatives of a Juneau guide. That now makes at least three men from the same family implicated in what appears to be an expanding investigation of possible poaching activities in the area.
The Attorney General’s Office of Special Prosecutions has filed charges against two brothers of Michael Patrick Duby, 37, owner and operator of FishHunter Charters.
Jason W. Duby, 36, of Clelum, Washington faces charges of bear baiting without a permit, hunting in a closed area, and taking a black bear without an appropriate permit.
Joel M. Duby, 27, of Richland, Washington faces charges of guiding without a valid sport fish license and engaging in sport fish guiding without a guide license available for inspection.
Both of the Duby brothers are scheduled to be arraigned telephonically in Juneau District Court on Tuesday.
Alaska Fish and Wildlife investigators say they were tipped to Michael Duby operating bear baiting stations roughly 270-feet behind his house and about tenth of mile from the 7200 block of Glacier Highway. Such stations – even if permitted in Juneau – would be illegal less than a mile from a residence and a quarter-mile from the road. It’s alleged that the Dubys set up a trail camera and bears were lured with marshmellows, fish, dog food, and whole duck with breast meat intact. Investigators set up their own trail camera and logged several instances of Jason and Michael Duby checking the bait site, setting more bait, and going out with a compound bow and a rifle in June 2009. Investigators say Jason Duby at first denied ever trying to hunt because he didn’t want to pay license or permit fees, but he changed his story when confronted with a picture from a trail camera. A picture discovered at Michael Duby’s house also allegedly showed Jason Duby taking a bear there in June 2007. Investigators named two other men, Jordan Morse and Andrew Morse, who were convicted for helping Jason Duby haul out that illegally taken bear.
Joel Duby’s charges stem from taking out sport fish clients in May 2007 even though he didn’t have a valid annual guide license. Investigators suggest that Joel Duby may have even forged Michael Duby’s signature in a logbook on the ‘Brody,’ one of his brother’s boats. Clients identified Joel Duby as captain for their particular trip, not Michael Duby. Investigators also say that Joel Duby didn’t even have a standard sport fishing license that season which they say is a prerequisite for a guide license.
Michael Patrick Duby’s father, Michael W. Duby, 61, has already been charged with providing guide services without a license, allegedly for a sport fishing trip in April 2008 while taking out the ‘Brody.’
Michael Patrick Duby has not been charged with any recent infractions or crimes under state law. He’s currently awaiting sentencing in January 2012 on a federal charge related to selling migratory bird parts over the internet.
(Editor’s note: Joel Duby’s hometown corrected to Richland.)
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- Tom Morphet, the owner, publisher, reporter, editor and designer for the Chilkat Valley News, was certified Monday to run for Haines Borough Assembly.
- Southcentral Alaska has seen an increase in wasp activity this year. Mild winters are good for overwintering queens, and more queens means more nests come springtime.
- A Canadian company conducting exploration for a potential mine about 35 miles north of Haines was recently granted permission to grow its project.