Two other acquaintances of a Juneau guide are now being charged with hunting and fishing violations.
Blake B. Coombs, 27, of Kennewick, Washington is being charged with negligently establishing a black bear bait station without a permit and overfishing of halibut. That’s for baiting bears behind the house of Juneau guide Michael Patrick Duby and falsifying a halibut catch record for two undercover officers taken out on Duby’s boat.
Duby was owner and operator of FishHunter Charters and Coombs was a deckhand when the alleged violation occurred on June 26, 2009.
Benjamin Olson, 24, of Juneau is being charged with illegally taking a beaver while out on bear hunting trip with Duby on April 30, 2009 on Admiralty Island, and illegally possessing and transporting the beaver.
Arraignment for Coombs and Olson is planned for Thursday afternoon.
That now makes a total of six people implicated during an investigation into alleged poaching activities in the Juneau area.
Michael Patrick Duby’s brothers and father — Jason, Joel, and Michael W. Duby – already face charges related to bear baiting, bear hunting, and sport fish guiding without a proper license. A Hawaiian man, Bradley Deffenbaugh, has also been charged with falsifying a sealing certificate for a black bear taken while out hunting on the Juneau road system with the younger Duby.
Andrew Peterson of the Attorney General’s Office of Special Prosecutions would only say that the investigation is ongoing. He declined to say whether further charges are pending.
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