Court reports for June 2, 2019

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The following judgments were recently handed down in Kenai District Court:

Jared D. Brown, 36, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree harassment, committed Dec. 28. He was fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and placed on probation for 12 months.

Shelly A. Saling, 48, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of third-degree theft, committed July 31. She was fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, ordered to have no contact with a specifically named person, and placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Shelly A. Saling, 48, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to one count of an amended charge of third-degree theft, committed Aug. 2. She was sentenced to 270 days in jail with 240 days suspended, fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, ordered to have no contact with four specifically named people, and placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Shelly Ann Saling, 48, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of attempted first-degree vehicle theft, committed Aug. 2. She was sentenced to 270 days in jail with 240 days suspended, fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, ordered to have no contact with a specifically named person, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Melissa Ann Towarak, 45, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence and one count of first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor (driving under the influence with a child), committed Feb. 23. On count one, she was sentenced to 30 days in jail or on electronic monitoring with 27 days suspended, fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $66 for the first three days of monitoring ordered, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had her license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, ordered not to possess, consume or buy alcohol for one year, and placed on probation for one year. On count two, she was ordered to comply with terms imposed in count one (concurrent) and placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Melissa Ann Towarak, 45, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release, committed Feb. 23. She was fined $250, a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

Melissa A. Towarak, 45, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release, committed Mar. 27. She was sentenced to five days in jail with all but time served suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and placed on probation for 12 months.

The following judgment was recently handed down in Kenai Superior Court:

Roy P. Beaver, 48, address unknown, pleaded guilty to felony driving under the influence, committed Mar. 31, 2017. He was sentenced to three years in prison with all but time served suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, had his license revoked for life, forfeited all items seized, including interest in the vehicle, ordered under other conditions of probation, not to use, possess or consume any alcoholic beverages or illegal controlled substances, including marijuana or synthetic drugs, ordered not to reside where alcoholic beverages or drugs, including marijuana or synthetic cannabinoids are present, ordered not to enter any business establishment whose primary business is the sale of alcohol, ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of alcohol, controlled substances, and drug paraphernalia, and was placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

The following judgment was recently handed down in Homer District Court:

On May 29, Judge Margaret Murphy of the Homer District court found four commercial fishermen guilty of multiple commercial fishing offenses related to an incident that took place on July 18, 2018 in Dog Fish Bay, when Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed the fishermen illegally fishing in the closed waters section of the bay and driving salmon from closed waters into open waters. Mark Roth, 66, of Homer, was found guilty of driving salmon from closed waters and failure to provide information to a fish transporter, with a combined total fine of $11,000 with $7,500 suspended and one year of probation. Paul Roth, 36, of, Homer, was found guilty of commercial fishing in closed waters and failure to provide information to a fish transporter, with a combined total fine of $4,000 with $2,000 suspended and one year of probation. Robert Roth, 40, of Homer, was found guilty of failing to obtain a fish transporter permit, failure to complete fish tickets, and unlawful possession of fish, with a combined total fine of $4,000 with $2,500 suspended and one year probation. Eric Winslow, 63, of Homer, was found guilty of driving salmon from closed waters, failure to provide information to a fish transporter, and failure to display vessel license, with a combined total fine of $11,200 with $7,500 suspended and one year probation. 10,000 pounds of salmon were also forfeited to the state. During sentencing, Judge Murphy emphasized that her primary goals were two-fold: rehabilitation and deterrence. The general deterrence is very concerning. “It’s important that everyone understands that driving of salmon and fishing in closed waters cannot stand.” Fishermen must understand where areas are closed to fishing and that “the line is the line.” Additionally, the law requires individuals who are going to transport fish from other fishermen to have the appropriate permits and collect the appropriate documentation. This helps ensure that Alaska Fish and Game has the information it requires to make sound management decisions about the State’s valuable fish and game resources. Alaska Wildlife Troopers and the Office of Special Prosecutions encourage all fishermen to understand and follow the pertinent fishing regulations and to report any violations. It is for the benefit of all Alaskans.

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