Cops and Courts

  • By Brian Mazurek Peninsula Clarion
  • Tuesday, January 22, 2019 10:48pm
  • News
Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases.

Jan. 2 to Jan. 8

On Jan. 6 at 12:15 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a theft at a residence on the Sterling Highway in Anchor Point. Investigation showed that Kristi Swanson, 46 of Anchor Point, had stolen items from her landlord over the last several days. Swanson was found to be on felony probation for a previous vehicle theft conviction and was in violation of her probation conditions. She was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail, pending arraignment.

On Jan. 6 at 5:55 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the Essential One gas station in Nikiski for a report of a stolen wallet left at one of the pumps. Investigation led to contact with Richard Lee Miller, 58, of Nikiski. The wallet and all of its contents were recovered, and Miller was issued a mandatory misdemeanor court citation for third-degree theft (less than $750) and released.

On Jan. 6 at 10:53 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance at a residence in the Anchor Point area. Investigation revealed that Promise Chipps, 21, of Ninilchik, assaulted a family member and broke items in the residence. She was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail for one count of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and one count of fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence).

On Jan. 6 at 1:44 p.m., Eric N. Haughey, 41, of Anchorage, arrived at the Kenai Police Department, advising that he had an current warrant for his arrest. Records confirmed the warrant and Haughey was taken into custody on Soldotna Alaska State Troopers felony warrant, no bail, for failure to report to serve required sentence on original charges of third-degree misconduct involving weapons and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substances. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Jan. 6 at 11:36 a.m., Kenai police responded to a residence to a report of a disturbance. Officers arrived and contacted all parties involved. After investigation, Sidney Clark, 35, of Kenai, was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 5 at 11:32 a.m., Kenai Dispatch received the request for a welfare check on two individuals sleeping in a running car for more than 45 minutes in the Walmart parking lot. Police responded to the area and located the vehicle and occupants. One of the occupants, identified as Timothy M. Taylor, 32 of Ninilchik, was found to have an outstanding warrant. Taylor was arrested for the outstanding Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrant for failure to remand to the Homer Jail on the original charge of driving under the influence, no bail, 140/120 days to serve. Upon arrival at Wildwood Pretrial, Taylor was found to be in possession of controlled substances and was charged with first-degree promoting contraband and fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances.

On Jan. 3 at 4:51 a.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near Mile 10 on the Kenai Spur Highway and contacted Jaycee C. Herrmann, 19, of Kenai. A records check led to Herrmann’s arrest for an outstanding Soldotna Alaska State Troopers $1,500 felony warrant for failure to comply with conditions of probation on the original charge of petition to revoke probation for a technical violation, bail cash/corporate appearance.

On Jan. 2 at 8:31 p.m., Kenai Dispatch received a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence near Mile 9.5 on the Kenai Spur Highway. Police responded to the scene, and investigation resulted in contact with Alison M. Delarosa, 27, of Anchorage, who was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 2 at 2:55 p.m., Kenai police responded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility to remand Floyd A. Sisson, 29, of Fairbanks, on the following new charges: second-degree unlawful contact (domestic violence), four counts of first-degree unlawful contact (domestic violence), and four counts of violating conditions of release (domestic violence).

On Jan. 7 at about 7:00 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers and Ninilchik Emergency Medical Services responded to Mile 126 of the Sterling Highway for a report of a single-vehicle rollover. investigation found that Michael Pettit, 21, of Clam Gulch, was northbound on the Sterling Highway when he lost control of his vehicle, which left the roadway, striking the embankment and overturning. No injuries were reported.

On Jan. 8 at 10:21 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of suspicious persons at a vacant residence in the Halbouty Road area in Nikiski. Four persons were contacted. They were Bradly Martin Luke, 25, of Kenai, Dominic Sunrise Ronellenfitch, 23, of Kenai, Alicia Marie Ridge, 28, of Nikiski, and Kenneth Paxton Oder, 49, of Nikiski. Investigation revealed that the residence had been unlawfully entered and a hot water heater had been stolen. Luke, Ronellenfitch, Ridge and Oder were all arrested for first-degree burglary and third-degree theft. Luke was additionally charged with making a false report and violating conditions of release. Luke also had several outstanding warrants, stemming from pending burglary and felony theft offenses. All were taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where they were held without bail, pending arraignment.

On Jan. 6 at 3:43 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a Nikiski residence on the report of a suspicious circumstance. Roseann Ozhuwan-Taton, 51, of Nikiski, was contacted during the investigation and found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Following the investigation, Ozhuwan-Taton was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on the charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances.

On Jan. 4 at 12:09 p.m., Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received a report of fraud. Investigation revealed that the caller had located a rental property online off Poppy Wood Street. The caller sent his $1,200 deposit for the rental. The caller did not hear back from the lister of the property, resulting in the caller losing the deposit. It is believed the listing is fraudulent and being done by someone out of state. Alaska State Troopers are warning the public to confirm the listings are legitimate before they send money to a unknown person. If you have any additional information, please contact Crime Stoppers 907-283-8477 or Soldotna AST 907-262-4453.

On Jan. 4 at 2:01 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of an motor vehicle collision on Boundary Street, off Mile 91 of the Sterling Highway in Soldotna. The caller reported that there was lane blockage but no injuries. Troopers responded and located the collision on Ken May Avenue. Identified as the at-fault driver was Jaime Ruzewski, 28, of Soldotna, driving a 2001 white Toyota Rav4. The other driver was identified as Bryan Hutchins, 38, of Nikiski, driving a white 1997 Kenworth propane truck. Investigation revealed that Ruzewski was traveling southbound when she began to slide towards Hutchins’ vehicle. Ruzewski said she accidentally hit the accelerator, sliding on the ice and striking Hutchins’ vehicle, causing disabling damage to both vehicles. Both vehicles were towed from the scene by Jenwar. Alcohol was not a factor, and neither party was cited.

On Jan. 5 at 3:15 p.m., Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received a report that McGerra Beck, 35, of Sterling, had violated a domestic violence protective order. Following an investigation McGerra was charged with that offense.

On Jan. 3 at 12:21 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a theft in Neighborhood of Gas Well Road. Investigation revealed that about $600 worth of personal belongings were stolen. Anyone with information in regard to the theft is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers 907-262-4453 or Peninsula Crime Stoppers 907-283-8477. Tipsters can also report anonymously at

On Jan. 7 at 10:55 p.m., Kenai police responded to a residence to a report of a disturbance and contacted the parties. After investigation, a 17-year-old male juvenile, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence) and taken to the Youth Facility.

On Jan. 4 at about 12:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Seward received a report that a Seward residence had been burglarized in September 2018. The only thing stolen from the residence was the victim’s wallet, containing his bank cards. One of the victim’s bank accounts is now empty. Investigation is ongoing.

On Jan. 5 at 8:55 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers contacted Russell Pate, 35, of Nikiski, on a traffic stop on south Miller Loop. After investigation, Pate was arrested for driving under the influence and two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons.

On Jan. 8 at about 11:50 a.m., Alaska State Troopers took a report of theft of tools. Investigation revealed that Justin West, 22, of Soldotna, stole tools valued at about $4,000. Further investigation revealed that West was in violation of conditions of release. West was arrested on charges of violating conditions of release, second-degree theft, and tampering with physical evidence and was taken to Wildwood Correctional Facility without bail. The stolen tools have since been recovered.

On Jan. 6 at about 9:00 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle collision near the intersection of Sports Lake Road and the Kenai Spur Highway. Investigation revealed that Emily Evans, 27, of Soldotna, failed to exercise due care to avoid a collision and crashed into a vehicle in the opposite lane of travel. Both drivers sustained minor injuries. Evans was issued a citation for failure to exercise due care to avoid collision. Both parties reported wearing seat belts, and both vehicles were driven from the scene.

On Jan. 7 at 12:15 a.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Russell Johnson, 38, of Kasilof, on a traffic stop. A check of Johnson’s status showed he had two active arrest warrants, totaling $5,500. Johnson was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 4 at 1:12 p.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 14 of the Seward Highway. Investigation determined that Michelle Meganack, 30, of Seward, was operating a late 90’s sport utility vehicle, traveling northbound. The vehicle lost traction on the ice/frost-covered pavement as it was negotiating a curve. Meganack was unable to maintain control of the vehicle as the vehicle went off the northbound side of the highway and rolled. The vehicle came to rest, facing southbound on its top in the ditch on the northbound side of the highway. The vehicle sustained disabling damage and had to be towed from the scene. Meganack was not wearing a seat belt and sustained injuries. Meganack was taken by a LifeMed helicopter to an Anchorage area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

On Jan. 2 at 2:27 p.m., Alaska State Troopers, Bureau of Highway Patrol, responded to a report of an assault at the Spring Creek Correctional Center, located at 3600 Bette Cato Avenue in Seward. Investigation determined that inmate Feodor Konovalov, 36, of Anchor Point, assaulted a correction officer. Konovalov was instructed to return to his cell. Konovalov refused. Correction officers were in the process of escorting Konovalov to his cell when he started to resist and struggle with the officers. During the struggle, a correction officer sustained injuries from Konovalov. The officer received medical care for his injuries. Assault charges are pending against Konovalov. The investigation is continuing.

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