Seward Police Patch

Felony charges have been dismissed in the case against the Seward man who climbed the Lowell Point Road landslide and refused to leave, preventing Advanced Blasting from resuming work Monday afternoon. Initially charged with Class A Felony charges of Criminal Mischief in the First Degree, Daniel Wilson was later released when a court magistrate determined the accused lacked the necessary intent to warrant felony charges.

“It’s my understanding that the new magistrate didn’t feel that there was sufficient intent to meet the requirements of the statute,” said Seward Police Chief Alan Nickell.

Nickell went on to add that the case remains open and lesser charges may still be brought.

“There are other charges that fit the situation, so we’ll probably have to re-file under some different theories,” he said. “We’re not going to go take the guy into custody again, but we’ll probably go through a summons process.”

As of Friday afternoon, May 20, Advanced Blasting continues to clear the site of rocks and other debris determined to pose a threat to Metco Alaska mitigation crews.

“They’re just going to continue business as normal until they feel like the face of the mountain there is stable and safe,” Nickell said, “so we have to let them do their job.”