"Deadliest Catch" crew member Justin Tennison of the F/V Time Bandit was found dead in a hotel yesterday ... and TMZ has learned cops discovered drugs and alcohol in the room.
Law enforcement officials in Homer, AK tell us they got a call at 12:52 PM yesterday reporting a deceased male at the Best Western Bidarka Inn. Upon arrival they found 33-year-old Tennison lying on a bed unresponsive.
We're told a search of the room -- which was registered to Justin -- turned up a small amount of marijuana, as well as several bottles of alcohol in the refrigerator. Cops tell us they believe there had been a party in the room the night before.
It's unknown if the booze and drugs played a role in Justin's death -- his body was transported to the State Medical Examiner ... and an autopsy is scheduled for later today.
Time Bandit captain Andy Hillstrand posted on his Facebook page that Justin had served as an engineer aboard the fishing boat during the offseasons -- and just joined the crew as a deckhand a few months ago for the crab season.
It's been one year since "Deadliest Catch" star Captain Phil Harris passed away -- and TMZ has learned his sons will honor his memory in the place they felt closest to him ... on a fishing boat.
We're told Jake and Josh Harris are currently on board the boat their dad made famous -- the F/V Cornelia Marie because they feel their dad would have wanted them to treat the day like any other day ... and continue to run the family business.
Sources close to the family tells us the boys just wrapped up a successful season of Opilio crabbing and are now headed to Kodiak, AK for cleaning and repairs.
As we previously reported, both Jake and Josh have expressed interest in following in Phil's footsteps ... and captain their own boats one day.
One of the guys on "Deadliest Catch" got in some serious hot water with Alaska law enforcement after officials discovered something fishy on his crabbing license ... TMZ has learned.
Law enforcement sources tell us ... Crosby Leveen -- one of the deckhands on the F/V Wizard -- was hooked in a routine license inspection when authorities noticed he lied about his residency on his license application in an effort to save a few bucks.
Officials tell us out-of-state fishermen, like Crosby, will sometimes try to claim Alaska residency because license fees are cheaper for AK residents.
As for Leveen -- who lives in Maine -- he pled guilty last week to commercial fishing with an invalid crew license and had to pay $440 in fines and related fees.
The fishing boat featured on the reality show "Deadliest Catch" was the subject of a police search earlier this month after the captain called cops claiming one of the stars had been abusing drugs on board ... this according to law enforcement.
The Unalaska Department of Public Safety (Unalaska is a city in Alaska, weird ...we know) tells TMZ ... police responded to the famous "Cornelia Marie" on November 5, 2010 after receiving a call from Captain Derek Ray.
We're told Ray -- who took over the boat after the death of Captain Phil Harris -- told cops Phil's son Jake Harris (a deckhand on the boat) had been abusing prescription drugs while at sea.
Officials tell us ... cops searched the boat and found "paraphernalia" -- but not enough evidence to connect Jake to a crime.
Cops interviewed everyone on the boat -- but so far, no arrests have been made.
UPDATE: A rep for Jake told us "The facts of the case speak for itself, the Unalaska Department of Public Health has confirmed that no charges will be filed as a result of the investigation. Jake is looking forward to returning as part of the Cornelia Marie crew to the Bering Sea for the opilio crab season in January."
Captains Sig Hansen, Johnathan Hillstrand and Andy Hillstrand have worked out their differences with Discovery and will return to "Deadliest Catch" ... TMZ has learned.
The Hillstrands had previously quit the show after a lawsuit between the brothers and Discovery over an unfinished TV special -- Hansen quit as a sign of solidarity.
Through a rep, the trio tells TMZ, "We're happy we worked everything out with Discovery. A deal's a deal. We're heading up to Dutch Harbor to start filming the new season of 'Deadliest Catch' and hopefully it will be the best one yet."
UPDATE: We're told the unfinished TV special in question -- "Hillstranded" -- will be completed, per the captain's agreement with the Discovery Channel.
Former "Deadliest Catch" star Capt. Phil Harris -- who died in February -- has officially been honored with the corniest memorial ever ... a giant maze constructed in his likeness ... on a corn field.
According to sources at Rutledge Corn Maze -- a company that builds a different corn maze on their property every year as an amusement attraction -- "The Captain Phil Harris Memorial Maze" was made to honor the late fisherman for his contributions to the local community.
The name of Phil's crab fishing vessel -- the Cornelia Marie -- is also immortalized in the Tumwater, Washington corn field.
According to the Rutledge website, the grand opening for the maze is scheduled for September 11 ... and Phil's two sons -- also on the Discovery Channel show -- are expected to be there.
One "Deadliest Catch" crew member won't be released back into the wild for 9 years -- because dude was just found guilty of robbing three banks in Oregon.
23-year-old Joshua Tell Warner -- who briefly worked on the F/V Wizard crab boat in 2009 -- pled guilty today in Oregon to three bank robbery charges. Warner admitted to robbing one bank before appearing on the show and two after.
Warner apologized to the numerous bank tellers who were present at his court appearance today -- where he was sentenced to nine years in prison.
And get this: Warner's lawyer says his appearance on "Catch" is was got him caught ... after viewers who recognized him as a suspect in the robberies tipped off police last fall.
Jake Harris -- one of the stars of "Deadliest Catch" -- was back in court Friday to deal with his reckless driving case when he got a pleasant surprise ... dude got his license back.
As we previously reported, Jake had to deal with all sorts of legal drama after he was arrested back in February on suspicion of DUI, hit-and-run, reckless driving, and driving on a suspended license.
But after the DUI and hit-and-run charges were thrown out due to lack of evidence ... a judge found no cause to keep Jake out of the driver's seat.
Jake will be back in court to deal with his remaining charges on June 3.
He's a hell of a fisherman, but it seems "Deadliest Catch" star Jake Harris is a fish out of water when it comes to organizing his calendar -- and that's why he's a wanted man.
After a judge in King County, Washington issued a bench warrant for Jake's arrest yesterday -- for no-showing at his reckless driving pre-trial -- Harris' lawyer told TMZ that his client simply screwed up the date.
Attorney Ed Ritter tells us Jake was actually looking forward to court, but accidentally marked it down on his calendar on the wrong day. Ritter claims Jake plans on attending court later today to "squash the warrant and apologize profusely to the judge."
As we previously reported, Harris was arrested back in February over an allegedly dangerous late night joy ride.
UPDATE 3:18 PM PT: Ritter tells TMZ Jake showed up to court today and apologized to the judge. We're told the warrant was released and a new pretrial date was set.
Jake Harris -- one of the stars of "Deadliest Catch" -- is officially a wanted man after blowing off a critical court appearance in his reckless driving case today.
TMZ has learned a judge in King County, Washington issued a bench warrant for the 24-year-old after he failed to appear for his pretrial hearing today.
Jake -- the youngest son of the late Captain Phil Harris -- was arrested back in February after allegedly driving recklessly and causing a late-night car crash.
In addition to reckless driving, Jake was originally charged with DUI and hit-and-run -- but those two charges were eventually dropped.
Calls to Jake's reps have not yet been returned.
The people behind "Deadliest Catch" threw a special season premiere party for the family of the late Captain Phil Harris this week -- a party that featured an emotional tribute to the reality TV star.
TMZ has learned the show's creator Thom Beers hosted the private event at his home for an intimate group that included Phil's sons, Jake and Josh.
We're told the screening was "boisterous and tearful" -- and at one point, the group raised their glasses in a special toast to Phil's memory.
We're told a special public tribute is being planned for April 30th in Seattle.
"Deadliest Catch" star Jake Harris -- arrested last month for DUI, hit-and-run and much, much more -- had his DUI case dropped yesterday ... which is what normally happens when you blow a .00.
And it gets better for Jake ... even though he admitted to having a prescription for Xanax -- cops had no evidence he was driving under the influence of the med.
And there's more good news for Mr. Harris. Although an imprint of what looks like Jake's license plate was found on the car he allegedly hit ... he wasn't charged with hit-and-run because witnesses couldn't place him behind the wheel.
Jake was charged with driving on a suspended license and reckless driving. He's due back in court on March 26.
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TMZ has learned "Deadliest Catch" star Jake Harris is currently behind bars -- after cops say the 24-year-old got into a car crash while intoxicated late last night.
Washington State troopers have confirmed that Jake -- whose father Captain Phil Harris passed away earlier this month -- was arrested in Seattle on suspicion of DUI, hit and run, and driving with a suspended license ... all three misdemeanors.
Jake was taken to a nearby jail, where he was booked.
Bail was set at $1,500.