The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, AK as seen on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, AK as seen on February 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Court reports for the week of April 11, 2021

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

A charge of driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended against Christopher Adam Bogart, 44, of Kenai, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Jan. 16, 2020.

A charge of driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended against James Jay Emerson, 50, of Nikiski, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Feb. 27.

A charge of driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended against James Jay Emerson, 50, of Nikiski, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Mar. 3.

A charge of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor against Jerry Kelly Estes, 29, of Kenai, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Jan. 13.

Charges of one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, one count of fourth-degree assault (recklessly injure), and one count of resisting or interfering with arrest (by force) against Tonja Marie Mahoney, 50, of Soldotna, were dismissed. Date of the charges was Sept. 24, 2019.

A charge of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor against Tonja Mahoney, 50, of Anchorage, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Sept. 30, 2019.

A charge of second-degree criminal trespass (upon premises) against Arthur Dwayne Hirth, 58, of Soldotna, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Nov. 14.

Charges of one count of second-degree criminal trespass (upon premises) and one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor against Arthur D. Hirth, 58, of Soldotna, were dismissed. Date of the charges was Nov. 18.

A charge of driving while license cancelled, revoked or suspended against Aaron Rylie Wirtanen, 21, of Soldotna, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Nov. 3.

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

Oliver Wendell Chapman, 63, address unknown, pleaded guilty to one felony count of third-degree assault, committed Nov. 21, 2019, and one misdemeanor count of violating condition of release for a felony, committed Jan. 4, 2021. He was sentenced to 10 months in prison on the felony count (parties agree time has been served) and to 30 days with 30 days suspended on the misdemeanor count, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $500 cost of appointed counsel, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for one year. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Casey Drew Johnson, 25, address unknown, pleaded guilty to attempted third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed June 3, 2020. He was sentenced to 36 months in prison with 30 months suspended, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, forfeited all items seized except the firearm belonging to his great-grandfather and a cell phone, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use or possess any controlled substance, including marijuana without a valid prescription, not to associate with people who use or sell illegal controlled substances nor enter or remain in places where illegal controlled substances are used, manufactured, grown or sold, and was placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

James Anthony Moore, 54, address unknown, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Dec. 4. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 20 months suspended, credited for time already served, fined $10,000, a $200 court surcharge, and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $200 cost of appointed counsel, had his license permanently revoked, subject to conditional restoration, is disqualified from driving a commercial vehicle for life, subject to conditional reinstatement, forfeited interest in the vehicle, ordered ignition interlock for 60 months, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use or possess any alcoholic beverages or illegal controlled substances, including marijuana and synthetic drugs, including “spice” and bath salts, ordered 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 not to possess, apply for or obtain a medical marijuana card or act as a caregiver while under supervision without approval of the probation officer, ordered to obtain a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, and was placed on probation for three years after serving any term of incarceration imposed. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Lanny Luke Perrill, 33, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to one count of failure to appear on a felony charge, committed Mar. 20, 2019. He was sentenced to three years in prison with two years suspended, credited for time already, fined a $200 court surcharge, and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $200 cost of appointed counsel, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to possess or consume alcohol or illegal controlled substances, including synthetic drugs and marijuana, 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 or weapons, ordered not to reside where alcoholic beverages are present or enter any business establishment whose primary business in the sale of alcohol, ordered not to associate with people who use or sell illegal controlled substances nor enter or remain in places where illegal controlled substances are used, manufactured, grown or sold, to have no contact with victim in this case, to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, and was placed on probation for five years after serving any term of incarceration imposed. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Dillon Michael Pogue, 44, address unknown, pleaded guilty to one count of possession of child pornography, committed Jan. 26, 2019. He was sentenced to four years in prison with three years suspended, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered, among other conditions of probation, to register as a sex offender, to obtain a sex offender evaluation/risk assessment and follow all recommendations, to not knowingly have any contact with a person under 18 years of age unless in the immediate presence of another adult who knows the circumstances of his crime and who is approved in writing by a probation officer, ordered not to enter places where children congregate, such as parks, playgrounds and schools, and not to live in areas adjacent to schools or places frequented by children without written permission from the probation officer, ordered not to at any time possess sexually explicit material without prior written permission of the probation office and, if applicable, the sex offender treatment provider, ordered to submit to search for the presence of sexually explicit material, ordered to provide the probation officer any and all computer passwords or access codes, ordered not to reside where a minor under the age of 18 is residing or staying without written permission from his probation officer, his sex offender treatment provider, and the parent/guardian of the minor, ordered to inform all persons with whom he has a close personal relationship of his sex offending history, and was placed on probation for five years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Dean Schjoll, 23, address unknown, pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree theft (firearm/explosive) and one count of third-degree misconduct involving weapons (felon in possession), committed July 13, 2019. He was sentenced to four years in prison with two years suspended on each count (time to run concurrent with time imposed in another case), fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $300 cost of appointed counsel, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, ordered, among other terms of probation, not to use or possess any alcoholic beverages or illegal controlled substances, including synthetic drugs and marijuana, 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 transaction, weapons, and stolen property, ordered to have no contact with victim in this case, ordered not to associate with people who use or sell illegal controlled substances nor enter or remain in places where illegal controlled substances are used, manufactured, grown or sold, and was placed on probation for five years after serving any term of incarceration imposed. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Shannon Dee Walker, 60, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one felony count of attempted second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and one misdemeanor count of driving under the influence, committed June 27, 2019. She was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 24 months suspended on the count of attempted second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and to 30 days with 30 days suspended on the count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $50 cost of appointed counsel, forfeited some items seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use, possess or consume any illegal controlled substances, including marijuana and synthetic drugs, ordered to notify a probation officer within 48 hours of medication prescriptions and sign a release of information allowing a probation officer to verify the prescription, ordered to inquire about non-narcotic alternatives for treatment, ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered not to associate with individuals who use or sell illegal controlled substances nor enter or remain in places where illegal controlled substances are used, manufactured, grown or sold, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, and evidence of controlled substance transactions, and was placed on probation for five years. On the count of driving under the influence, she was sentenced to 150 days in jail with 120 days suspended, fined $4,000 with $1,000 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $1,467 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had her license revoked for one year, forfeited some items seized, and was placed on probation for five years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

David Anthony Allen, 37, pleaded guilty to one felony count of third-degree assault (causing injury with a weapon) and one misdemeanor count of interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime, committed Sept. 15. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 20 months suspended on the felony count and to two months on the misdemeanor count (time served), fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $250 cost of appointed counsel, ordered to have no contact with victim or victim’s children, forfeited all items seized, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use, possess or consume any alcoholic beverages, not to enter any business establishment whose primary business is the sale of alcohol (specifically concerning his continued employment at a local bar) unless approved by the probation officer, ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations, ordered to successfully complete a Batterer’s Intervention Program, ordered to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of alcohol, and was placed on probation for four years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Claire Marie Jones, 33, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one felony count of second-degree theft (from the person of another), one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree assault (recklessly injure), and one misdemeanor count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed Oct. 12, 2018. On the count of second-degree theft, imposition of sentence was suspended and she was placed on probation for three years, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $500 cost of appointed counsel, ordered to have no contact with victim or a specifically noted address, forfeited all items seized, and ordered, among other conditions of probation, to submit to search directed by a probation officer, with or without probable cause, for the presence of controlled substances, drug paraphernalia, evidence of controlled substance transactions or stolen property, ordered not to consume alcohol to excess or use or possess illegal controlled substances, including synthetic drugs and marijuana, and ordered to complete a substance abuse evaluation and comply with treatment recommendations. On the count of fourth-degree assault, she was sentenced to 360 days in jail with 250 days suspended, will receive credit for time on electronic monitoring and in-patient treatment, was ordered to have no contact with victim or a specifically noted address, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for three years. On the count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, she was fined $500 and forfeited all items seized. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Steve Claudy Lapaitre, 41, address unknown, pleaded guilty to one count of first-degree promoting contraband (controlled substance) and one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed Nov. 10, 2019. He was sentenced to five years in prison on each count (time to serve concurrently), fined $10,000, a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and forfeited items seized. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

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

Michael Mcdonell Ackerman, 44, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended, committed Mar. 5. He was fined a $100 court surcharge, ordered not to drive without a valid license and insurance, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Christopher Adam Bogart, 44, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended, committed June 7. He was fined $1,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and placed on probation for 24 months.

Kayden River Daniels, 19, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to third-degree theft, committed Mar. 8. Imposition of sentence was suspended and he was placed on probation for 12 months, fined a $100 court surcharge, ordered to have no contact with Fred Meyer store, ordered to pay $101 restitution to Fred Meyer store, and ordered to complete 40 hours of community work service.

Keegan J. Dubendorf, 23, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Mar. 28. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $330 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Chase A. Duncan, 31, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Mar. 18. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $330 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, and placed on probation for 12 months.

James Jay Emerson, 50, of Nikiski, pleaded guilty to driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended, committed Mar. 4. He was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 110 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and placed on probation for 24 months.

Jerry Kelly Estes, 29, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of driving under the influence and one count of driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended, committed Oct. 1. On count one, he was sentenced to 150 days in jail with 130 days suspended, fined $4,000 with $1,000 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $1,467 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had his license revoked for one year, ordered ignition interlock for 12 months, ordered not to possess, consume or buy alcohol for three years, and placed on probation for 36 months.

Jerry Kelly Estes, 29, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Dec. 22. He was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Jacob Floyd Graham, 29, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless driving, committed Oct. 4. He was fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment with the Alcohol Safety Action Program and follow all recommendations, had his license suspended for 30 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, and was placed on probation for 12 months.

William Lou Harris-Tucker, 30, of Anchorage, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed Oct. 8. He was sentenced to 360 days in jail with 330 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a substance/alcohol abuse assessment and follow all recommendations, forfeited all items seized, and was placed on probation for three years.

Nancy Marie Henning, 59, of Soldotna, resisting or interfering with arrest (by force), committed Jan. 21. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 89 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with victim, unless victim initiates contact, at which point Henning may decline, and was placed on probation for 12 months.

Claire M. Jones, 33, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release, committed Apr. 3, 2019. She was sentenced to five days in jail, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and forfeited all items seized.

Claire M. Jones, 33, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release, committed May 8, 2019. She was sentenced to five days in jail and fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge and forfeited all items seized.

Bridget E. Lander, 52, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Oct. 29. She was sentenced to 90 days in jail with 87 days suspended, fined $2,000 with $500 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and $330 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had her license revoked for 90 days, ordered ignition interlock for six months, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Sherry M. Maestas, 44, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release for a felony, committed Nov. 24. She was sentenced to five days in jail and fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Sherry M. Maestas, 44, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release for a felony, committed Dec. 23. She was sentenced to five days in jail and fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

Sherry M. Maestas, 44, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release for a felony, committed Jan. 13. She was sentenced to five days in jail with fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

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