Kenai Courthouse is photographed on Feb. 26, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)

Kenai Courthouse is photographed on Feb. 26, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)

Court reports for the week of March 6, 2022

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

Charges of one count of driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended and one count of no motor vehicle liability insurance against Daniel Aaron Evans, 25, of Soldotna, were dismissed. Date of the charges was Jan. 24, 2021.

Charges of one count of disorderly conduct (loud noise, public/private) and one count of resisting or interfering with arrest against Nicole A. Green, 31, of Spring Hill, Florida, were dismissed. Date of the charges was Nov. 21, 2021.

Charges of one count of third-degree theft and one count of first-degree criminal trespass (on land, intend crime) against Skyler E. Laber, 29, address unknown, were dismissed. Date of the charges was May 11, 2017.

A charge of driving while license canceled, suspended, revoked, or limited against Jonathan A. Pope, 46, of Costa Mesa, California, was dismissed. Date of the charge was July 4, 2016.

A charge of driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended against Mark Anthony Smith, 26, of Soldotna, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Feb. 9.

Charges of one count of concealment of merchandise (under $250), one count of second-degree criminal trespass (upon premises), and one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor against Jessica Rae Spurgeon, 42, of Kenai, were dismissed. Date of the charges was Sept. 4, 2020.

A charge of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor against Jessica Rae Spurgeon, 42, of Kenai, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Apr. 23, 2021.

A charge of violating condition of release for a felony against Garrett Cody Tikka, 29, of Sterling, was dismissed. Date of the charge was Jan. 26, 2021.

Charges of one count of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled, one count of tampering with physical evidence, one count of violating condition of release for a felony, and another count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance against Garrett Cody Tikka, 29, of Sterling, were dismissed. Date of the charges was May 8, 2021.

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

Shannon Lee Galila, 29, of Goodnews Bay, pleaded guilty to one count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Oct. 15, 2021. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail with 10 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Leann L. Hoeldt, 38, of Nikiski, pleaded guilty to driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended (with a previous conviction), committed Jan. 27. She was sentenced to 120 days in jail with 120 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $100 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Brian Lee McQuade, 53, address unknown, pleaded guilty to driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended (with a previous conviction), committed Jan. 2, 2021. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail with 10 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $100 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, and placed on probation for 12 months.

Brandi Lynn Moore, 48, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Aug. 2, 2021. 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 (unless time is served on electronic monitoring), 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.

Jessica Rae Spurgeon, 42, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed May 30, 2020. She was sentenced to 360 days in jail with 270 days suspended, fined $5,000 with $1,000 suspended, a $150 court surcharge, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and. $2,000 cost of imprisonment, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment, had her license revoked for three years, ordered ignition interlock for 18 months, and placed on probation for three years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Jessica Rae Spurgeon, 42, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to driving while license canceled, revoked, or suspended (with a prior conviction), committed Apr. 21, 2021. She was fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

Jessica Rae Spurgeon, 42, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release for a felony, committed Jan. 25, 2021. She was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge. The case was judged a conviction of record, and the State agreed not to pursue felony charges. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Jessica Rae Spurgeon, 42, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of an amended charge of attempted tampering with physical evidence, committed July 20, 2021, and one count of violating condition of release for a felony, committed Aug. 19, 2021. On the count of attempted tampering with physical evidence, she was sentenced to 360 days in jail with all but time served suspended, fined $2,000 with $1,000 suspended, a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with Kenai Safeway, forfeited items seized, and was placed on probation for 36 months. On the count of violating condition of release, she was sentenced to 10 days in jail. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Jessica Rae Spurgeon, 42, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to one count of violating condition of release for a felony and one count of fourth-degree theft, committed Jan. 14. On count one, she was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge. On count two, she was sentenced to 15 days in jail.

Henry Storm Sydnam, 40, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended (for a criminal offense), committed Sept. 19, 2020. He was sentenced to 50 days in jail with 40 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to have no contact with five specifically named people, ordered to complete Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment (satisfied by felony condition of probation), had his license revoked for 90 days, forfeited items seized (except that a third party may pick up his guns from the police department), and was placed on probation for five years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Mark Anthony Smith, 26, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of an accident, committed Nov. 29, 2021. He was sentenced to 60 days in jail with 60 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered not to drive without a valid license and insurance, and placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Garrett Cody Tikka, 29, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, committed Dec. 29, 2020. He was sentenced to 180 days in jail with all but time served suspended and fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Garrett C. Tikka, 29, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to driving while license canceled, revoked or suspended, (with a previous conviction), committed Jan. 31, 2021. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

Garrett Cody Tikka, 29, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release for a felony, committed Apr. 2, 2021. He was sentenced to 10 days in jail and fined a $100 court surcharge and a $50 jail surcharge.

Savanna Grace Wilson, 20, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence, committed Feb. 17. 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.

Scott Ryan Wimberly, 33, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to an amended charge of reckless endangerment, committed Dec. 3, 2020. He was sentenced to 90 days in jail with all but time served suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a domestic violence intervention program, is allowed contact with victim only as written in the domestic violence protective order, and was placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Scott R. Wimberly, 33, of Soldotna, pleaded guilty to violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Feb. 23, 2021. He was sentenced to 30 days in jail with 30 days suspended, fined a $100 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to complete a domestic violence intervention program, ordered to comply concurrently with all the conditions and orders in another case, and was placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

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

Gene Virgil Martin, Jr., 55, address unknown, pleaded to third-degree misconduct involving weapons (felon in possession), committed Mar. 31, 2021. He was sentenced to three years in prison, credited for time already served, fined a $200 court surcharge and a $100 jail surcharge, ordered to pay $500 cost of appointed counsel, and forfeited all items seized. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Henry Storm Sydnam, 40, of Sterling, pleaded guilty to one felony count of second-degree theft, committed Feb. 21, 2021, one misdemeanor count of violating condition of release for a felony, committed Sept. 7, 2021, and one misdemeanor count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor, committed Feb. 21, 2021. He was sentenced to 24 months in prison with 21 months suspended on the count of second-degree theft (time served), five days in jail on the count violating condition of release for a felony (time served), and 10 days in jail on the count of violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor (time served), fined a $200 court surcharge and a $200 jail surcharge with $100 suspended, ordered to pay $250 cost of appointed counsel, had his license revoked for 30 days on the count of second-degree theft, ordered to pay restitution, forfeited all items seized (except that a third party may pick up his guns from the police department, ordered, among other conditions of probation, not to use, possess or consume 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 notify any prescribing authority of his drug use history and to, upon issuance of a narcotic prescription, inquire about non-narcotic alternatives for treatment, ordered not to reside where alcoholic beverages are present nor 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, drug paraphernalia, weapons, and stolen property, ordered to have no contact with named victims or with three other specifically named people, ordered not to associate with people who use or sell illegal controlled substances and not to enter or remain in places where illegal controlled substances are used, manufactured, grown or sold, and was placed on probation for five years. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

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