Public safety briefs for the week of Jan. 9-14

Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement and public safety records and includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Jan. 9 to Jan. 14, 2019

On Jan. 9 at 2:44 p.m., Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers were patrolling in the area Mile 16 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski and colnducted a traffic stop on a 1999 silver Volvo for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed that Shannon O’Brien, 49, of Anchorage, was operating the vehicle without motor vehicle liability insurance and without a valid operator’s license. O’Brien was issued a misdemeanor citation, and his vehicle was towed from the scene by Jenwar.

On Jan. 9 at about 11:00 p.m., Anchor Point Alaska State Troopers contacted Robert Weeks, 33, of Ninilchik, near Mile 170 of the Sterling Highway and arrested him on two outstanding warrants, one for charges of second-degree burglary, fifth-degree criminal mischief, and fourth-degree theft, and one for second-degree criminal trespass. Weeks was taken to the Homer Jail without incident

On Jan. 10 at 12:55 p.m., Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received a report of a minor motor vehicle collision involving an on-duty trooper in Soldotna. The accident took place at the West Redoubt Avenue and North Binkley Street round-a-bout. No injuries were reported. Randi Wirz, 31, of Nikiski was cited for driver to exercise due care to avoid a collision

Jan. 9 at 3:38 p.m., Kenai Dispatch received a report of an uncontrolled fire in a driveway near Linwood Lane. Police responded to the area and contacted Robert S. Berg, 35, of Kenai. A records check indicated that Berg had an outstanding warrant. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for failure to contact Wildwood Pretrial for remand on the original charge of driving under the influence, no bail, 30/27 days to serve.

On Jan. 10, Soldotna Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Clyde Reynolds, 34, of Nikiski, at Sports Lake. Reynolds was unable to exhibit a valid Alaska sport fish license and was issued a citation for sport fishing without license in possession. Bail was set for $220 in Kenai District Court.

On Jan. 11 at 10:27 a.m., Soldotna base Alaska State Troopers received a call about a disturbance on Duke Street in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Derek Ludington, 49, of Nikiski, had assaulted an individual at a residence. Ludington was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Jan. 11 at 11:33 a.m., Alaska State Troopers, Bureau of Highway Patrol, responded to a report of a motor vehicle crash involving a single-vehicle rollover with injuries near Mile 71.1 of the Seward Highway. Investigation determined that Rose Eileen Smith, 35, of Sterling, was operating a mid-2000’s pickup, traveling southbound. The vehicle lost traction on the ice covered pavement as Smith was negotiating a curve. Smith was unable to maintain control of the vehicle as the vehicle went off the southbound side of the highway. The vehicle struck a snow embankment and rolled. The vehicle came to rest on its tires, facing northbound, about 10 feet from the roadway. The vehicle sustained damage and had to be towed from the scene. Smith was wearing a seat belt and sustained injuries. She was taken by ambulance to an Anchorage area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

On Jan. 11 8:13 a.m., Soldotna base Alaska State Troopers received and responded to a report of a disturbance in the Soldotna area and interviewed the parties. Investigation revealed that no crimes had occurred and the disturbance was verbal only. No parties were arrested.

On Jan. 11 at 11:32 a.m., Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received a report of an adult male trespassing at a house in Funny River. The male, later identified as Lonnie Playle, 35, of Soldotna, was arrested for criminal trespassing.

On Jan. 12, Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Soldotna issued a citation to Jedidiah Johnston, 38, of Soldotna, for taking an over-limit of deer in Game Management Unit 8. Johnston turned himself into wildlife troopers after not wanting to falsify harvest reports. He was given a mandatory court appearance in Kodiak District Court on Feb. 22.

On Jan. 12 at 12:53 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received report of a suspicious vehicle parked at a residence off East Bogberry Circle in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Norma Kent, 65, of Anchorage, was driving under the influence of alcohol. Kent was arrested for driving under the influence and resisting arrest and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial and released on her own recognizance.

On Jan. 12 at 2:22 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a disturbance in the Kasilof area. Investigation revealed that no crime had been committed.

On Jan. 12 at 9:32 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a Ford van near Mile 100 of the Sterling Highway. Christopher Manis, 37, of Soldotna, was found to be driving with a revoked license. Manis was issued a misdemeanor citation and released from scene.

On Jan. 12 at 9:44 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence located near Moose River Drive in Sterling and contacted Jacob Franklin Moody, Jr. 27, of Sterling. Investigation revealed that a physical altercation had occurred between Moody and a female. Moody was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail on domestic violence charges of fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

On Jan. 12 at about 10:00 p.m., Anchor Point Alaska Troopers contacted Charles “Chuck” Tangman, 34, during a traffic stop. On contact, Tangman provided a false name and fled the scene on foot. Tangman was subsequently arrested on an outstanding $2,500, no bail warrant and was also charged with providing false information to a peace officer and disorderly conduct. He was taken to the Homer Jail without further incident.

On Jan. 11 at 10:27 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance in Nikiski area. Investigation revealed that no crime had been committed, and both parties were separated.

On Jan. 13 at about 11:30 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance on Jones Drive in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that that Ariya Roundy, 21, of Soldotna, assaulted a family member and broke items in the house. Roundy was on conditions of release from a prior charge, which she violated during this incident. Roundy was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Jan. 13 at about 4:40 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai, following a report that Matthew Francis Scarito, 36, of Soldotna, had made over 50 calls over a short time period to a victim of domestic violence. Scarito has current conditions of release stating he is not to contact that same victim. Scarito was remanded with 14 charges of first-degree unlawful contact (domestic violence) and a charge of violating conditions of release involving domestic violence, no bail.

On Jan. 13 at 11:04 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a theft from a residence in Sterling that several silver coins were stolen from the residence sometime over the past few days. Estimated value of the stolen property was about $400. The case is under investigation.

On Jan. 12 at 2:16 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local business to a report of an individual trespassing. Officers arrived and contacted Eric J. Lackey, 38, of Kenai. Records confirmed a valid trespass advisement. Lackey was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Jan. 10 at 8:49 a.m., Kenai Dispatch received notification of a wanted person at a local business near North Willow Street and Airport Way. Dispatch confirmed an outstanding Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of fourth-degree theft, bail cash $100 for the subject. Police responded to the scene and contacted Tanner T. Hansen, 29, of Kasilof. Hansen was arrested on the outstanding warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 9 at 10:28 p.m., Kenai Dispatch received a report of an assault that had occurred at a residence near Linwood Lane. Police responded to the scene and conducted an investigation. The suspect, Cristino G. Campos, 46, of Kenai, had left the scene prior to police arrival. On Jan. 10, Kenai police responded back to the residence where the assault occurred and contacted the suspect. Campos was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on charges of second-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), and two counts of violating conditions of release (domestic violence).

On Jan. 13 at about 10:20 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of damage to private property on Island Lake Road. Troopers responded, and investigation revealed about $500 worth of damage to a motorhome. Three sets of footprints were found on scene. Anyone with information about the suspects is urged to call Alaska State Troopers at 907-262-4453.

On Jan. 14 at 12:42 p.m., Alaska State Troopers (AST) received a report of a disturbance after the fact. While AST was patrolling the area, AST located the suspect, Levin Boone, 33, of Anchorage, walking in Anchor Point. Levin, who is a felon, is on parole for a previous third-degree theft and third-degree misconduct involving weapons conviction. AST conducted a search of Levin and his possessions per the request of the Probation Office. During the search, a handgun and methamphetamine were found. Levin was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail for one count of the parole violation, third-degree misconduct involving weapons, and one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On Jan. 13 at about 6:10 a.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Sidney Clark, 35, of Kenai during a suspicious vehicle investigation in the Borgen Avenue area of Kenai. Clark was found to be in possession of a controlled substance and also found to be violating conditions of release issued in conjunction with a separate criminal case. After investigation, Clark was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on the charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances and violating conditions of release.

On Jan. 9 at 2:03 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a possibly stolen gun from Sterling Tool. The victim stated that the gun he was building was a black and aluminum 223 with a 10 inch free floating hand guard. There was no serial number. The victim said the last time he saw the gun was about six months ago. There are currently no suspects and no leads.

On Jan. 11 at 8:56 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received report of a vehicle in the ditch near Mile 3 of Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof. Troopers arrived on scene and contacted Brad Johnson, 60, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Johnson was driving while his license was currently revoked for driving under the influence. Johnson was cited for driving while license revoked, and the vehicle was towed from the scene by ASAP Towing.

On Jan. 11 at 9:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers (AST) received a report of a burglary and attempted theft at a residence on Smith Road in Sterling. Troopers responded and investigated the report, but no arrests have been made as a result of the investigation. AST is requesting that anyone with information about the burglary and attempted theft to please contact them at the Alaska State Trooper post in Soldotna.

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