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Deckhand arrested for third degree assault

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers arrested a deckhand at Iliamna Bay and charged him with seven counts of third degree assault on June 21.

According to charging documents, troopers received a call from Savaty Basargin. One of his deckhands, 22-year-old Joseph Kuzmin, threatened Basargin with a knife on his boat. Two days later, he ran at six children with a knife on the boat. The father of some of the children got them inside a boat when Kuzmin smashed the knife and threw it into the ocean.

Troopers arrested Kuzmin the next day and returned him to Homer. Kuzmin said he had a manic episode where he felt that he was in a game and didn’t mean to threaten people. Kuzmin was arraigned on June 24. A pre-trial hearing was scheduled for today.

Jamie Diep is a reporter/host for KBBI from Portland, Oregon. They joined KBBI right after getting a degree in music and Anthropology from the University of Oregon. They’ve built a strong passion for public radio through their work with OPB in Portland and the Here I Stand Project in Taipei, Taiwan.Jamie covers everything related to Homer and the Kenai Peninsula, and they’re particularly interested in education and environmental reporting. You can reach them at to send story ideas.