Court reports for March 2, 2019

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

Samuel Buoy, 37, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree harassment, committed Dec. 29. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail with all but time served suspended, fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Cody Garett Fine, Sr., 31, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless driving, committed Oct. 1. He was fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, had his license suspended for 30 days, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Aaron Heckle, 40, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to no motor vehicle liability insurance, committed Dec. 31. He was fined $150, a $50 court surcharge, and a $50 jail surcharge.

Elanor Olanna, 32, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless endangerment, committed Nov. 16. She was fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a mental health assessment and anger management counseling, and placed on probation for 36 months.

Bradlee Sample, 19, of Nikiski, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Nov. 21. Sample was sentenced to 30 days in jail or on electronic monitoring with 27 days suspended, fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended, a $75 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge, and $66 for the first three days plus $14 for each additional day of monitoring ordered, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had license revoked for 90 days, ordered to complete an anger management program, ordered to have no contact with two specifically named people without written consent in the court file, and was placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Holly Nicole Smith, 21, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fourth-degree assault (causing fear of injury with a weapon), a domestic violence offense committed Feb. 1. She was sentenced to 40 days in jail with 30 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete an anger management assessment and follow all recommendations, ordered to have no contact with victim unless written permission is filed with the court, and was placed on probation for 36 months.

Kimberly Ranee Steinbach, 40, of Nikiski, pleaded guilty to failure to give immediate notice of an accident, committed Nov. 12. She was fined $1,000 with $500 suspended and a $50 court surcharge, ordered to pay restitution, and placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Neal Crandall, 41, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fourth-degree assault, a domestic violence offense committed Sept. 22. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail with all but time served suspended, fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete anger management treatment, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for 12 months.

Chael Jay Idzinski, 26, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to one count of an amended charge of second-degree harassment and one count of second-degree indecent exposure, a domestic violence offense, committed Aug. 4. On count one, he was fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendation, ordered to have no contact with victim unless written consent is in the court file, and was placed on probation for 12 months. On count two, he was ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, ordered to have no contact with victim unless written consent is in the court file, and was placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Lonnie J. Kukowski, 24, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of an amended consolidated charge of fourth-degree assault (causing fear of injury) and one count of fourth-degree theft, committed Oct. 30. On the count of fourth-degree assault, he was sentenced to 60 days in jail with all but time served suspended, fined $500, a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a mental health assessment and follow all recommendations, ordered to pay restitution, ordered to have no contact with victims, and placed on probation for 24 months. On the count of fourth-degree theft, he was placed on probation for six months.

Elias T. McConnell, 22, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Mar. 28, 2018. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail or on electronic monitoring with 87 days suspended, fined $3,000 with $1,500 suspended, a $75 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $66 for the first three days plus $14 for each additional day of monitoring ordered, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for 30 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Elias Tyler McConnell, 22, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of an amended charge of reckless driving and one count of violating condition of release, committed May 9. On the count of reckless driving, he was fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, concurrent with requirement in another case, had his license revoked for 30 days, and was placed on probation for 12 months. On the count of violating condition of release, he was placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Brian Raham, 48, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to second-degree criminal trespass (upon premises), committed Feb. 7. He was fined a $100 court surcharge, ordered to have no contact with a Peninsula Avenue address in Kenai, and was placed on probation for 12 months.

Chad Leroy Wolcott, 46, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of second-degree harassment, committed Jan. 6. He was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete anger management treatment, and placed on probation for 12 months.

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

Tayler Sky Cunningham, 26, pleaded guilty to one felony count of first-degree burglary (in a dwelling), one felony count of first-degree vehicle theft, one misdemeanor count of an amended charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief, one felony count of second-degree theft, one misdemeanor count of failure to stop at the direction of an officer, one misdemeanor count of an amended charge of fourth-degree assault (causing fear of injury), and one misdemeanor count of an amended charge of leaving the scene of an accident (vehicle damage), committed Mar. 17, 2017. On the felony counts, he was sentenced to four years in prison with two years suspended on the count of first-degree burglary, to two years with one year suspended on the count of first-degree vehicle theft, to two years with one year suspended on the count of second-degree theft, and to one year on the count of failure to stop at the direction of an officer (11 months to run concurrent with the misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident), fined $1,000 on the count of first-degree vehicle theft and $750 on the count of failure to stop at the direction of an officer, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $250 cost of appointed counsel, had his license revoked for one year, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all item seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use or possess any alcoholic beverages or illegal controlled substances, including synthetic drugs and marijuana, ordered not to reside where alcoholic beverages are present or 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, drug paraphernalia, evidence of controlled substance transactions, weapons and stolen property, ordered to have no contact with victims in this case, and was placed on probation for five years after serving any term of incarceration imposed. On the misdemeanor count of fourth-degree criminal mischief, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, and ordered to have no contact with the victim. On the misdemeanor count of fourth-degree theft, he was fined $250, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, and ordered to have no contact with the victim. On the misdemeanor count of fourth-degree assault, he was sentenced to 30 days in jail, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, and ordered to have no contact with the victim. On the misdemeanor count of leaving the scene of an accident, he was sentenced to one year in jail, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, and ordered to have no contact with victims. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Michael John Alvey, 43, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to second-degree theft, committed Oct. 28, 2017. He was sentenced to one year in prison, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $100 jail surcharge, ordered to pay restitution, ordered to have no contact with victim, and forfeited all items seized. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Michael John Alvey, 43, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of felony driving under the influence and one misdemeanor count of violating condition of release, committed Jan. 19, 2018. On count one, he was sentenced to three years in prison with two years suspended, fined $10,000, a $100 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $100 cost of appointed counsel, had his license permanently revoked, subject to conditional restoration, is disqualified from driving a commercial for life, subject to conditional reinstatement, forfeited interest in the vehicle, ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, forfeited all items seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use or possess any alcoholic beverages or illegal controlled substances, not to reside where alcoholic beverages or illegal controlled substances are present or enter any business establishment whose primary business is the sale of alcohol, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of alcohol, controlled substances, and stolen property, ordered to have no contact with victim in another case, and was placed on probation for three years after serving any term of incarceration imposed. On the misdemeanor count of violating condition of release, he was sentenced to five days in jail.

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

A charge of violating condition of release against Elias McConnell, 22, of Soldotna, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Feb. 5.

A charge of improper use of registration, title, or plates against Michael John Alvey, 43, of Kasilof, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Nov. 17, 2017.

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