Police reports for the week of April 11, 2021

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Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement records and contains arrest and citation information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

On Apr. 2 at 4:02 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop on the Sterling Highway and Funny River Road on a silver 2006 Chevrolet Impala. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as Kelli L. Acton, 30, of Sterling. Investigation revealed she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for the original charge of violating conditions of release, originating from misconduct involving controlled substances charges, that the Pretrial Enforcement Division requires her to obey all laws and not to possess or consume controlled substances, including marijuana, and that her operator’s license is suspended for an unsatisfied judgement. K-9 Donna indicated on the vehicle for the presence of the odor of controlled substances, and heroin and marijuana were located in the vehicle. Probations was contacted, and Acton was arrested for the outstanding warrant, driving while license suspended, fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, processed, and remanded without bail.

On Apr. 2 at about 7:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers (AST) was notified that a juvenile was missing in the Kasilof area. The juvenile had been missing since about 5:30 p.m. and was last seen on foot, following an ATV rollover. AST and Central Emergency Services (CES) personnel responded to the area. At 10:45 p.m., AST K9 Donna began tracking the juvenile into a remote area, while other troopers and CES personnel conducted vehicular searches of nearby roads and neighborhoods. After almost two hours of searching, K9 Donna led AST to the area where the juvenile was eventually located. The juvenile was found in good condition and returned to family at about 12:30 a.m. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center had launched a U.S. Air Force Blackhawk helicopter from Joint Base Elmendorf Richardson to assist in the search. However, the juvenile was located just before they arrived in the area.

On Apr. 2 at about 7:40 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a 911 misdial at a residence in Soldotna and responded to the residence. While at the residence, troopers observed a male on a boat on the property take a hose, put it in the gas tank, and attempt to siphon gas. Troopers contacted the individual and identified him as Jorden Getz 37, of Soldotna. Getz told troopers he was blowing bubbles in the gas tank. Further investigation revealed Getz was in possession of and had driven a stolen vehicle to the residence. Getz was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on charges of first-degree vehicle theft, first-degree criminal trespass, attempted fourth-degree theft, and tampering with physical evidence.

On Apr. 2 at 11:58 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for an equipment violation in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Bryon Polkoski, 34, of Soldotna was driving while his license was canceled. Polkoski had three prior convictions for the same offense. It was also discovered Polkoski had two warrants for his arrest, because he failed to appear for driving offenses. Polkoski was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 3 at 8:58 a.m., Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna received a report of an assault in Nikiski. Troopers responded, and the investigation revealed that Taylor McCoy, 27, of Nikiski, had assaulted an adult female. McCoy was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On Apr. 3 at 8:58 a.m., Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna received a report of an assault in Nikiski. Troopers responded, and the investigation revealed that Taylor McCoy, 27, of Nikiski, had assaulted an adult female. McCoy was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On Apr. 3 at 8:58 a.m., Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna received a report of an assault in Nikiski. Troopers responded, and the investigation revealed that Taylor McCoy, 27, of Nikiski, had assaulted an adult female. McCoy was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On Apr. 3 at 8:58 a.m., Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna received a report of an assault in Nikiski. Troopers responded, and the investigation revealed that Taylor McCoy, 27, of Nikiski, had assaulted an adult female. McCoy was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On Apr. 5 at 1:34 a.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop on Kalifornsky Beach Road near V.I.P., after observing a green 2003 GMC Yukon fail to stop at a posted stop sign. Investigation revealed that the driver and sole occupant, Christopher A. Bogart, 44, of Kenai, had two separate outstanding warrants for his arrest for $1,500 for failing to appear for a pretrial conference hearing in one case and also had a separate $1,500 warrant for his arrest for failing to appear for a pretrial hearing in another case. Bogart was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $3,000 total bail.

On Apr. 4 at 7:11 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report that Diane Baker, 65, of Kasilof, was violating her conditions of release by being inside an establishment where the primary item for sale is alcohol. Troopers contacted Baker inside the Tustumena Lodge Bar, where she was taken into custody without incident for violating her conditions of release in two separate Kenai court criminal cases and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail, pending arraignment.

On Mar. 20, Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Ilia Kuzmin, 44, of Homer, permit holder and captain of fishing vessel Currency, for the retention of undersized tanner crab. Arraignment is set for May 11 in Seward District Court.

On Mar. 8, Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued a citation to Sofron Reutov, 46, of Homer, permit holder and captain of fishing vessel Allegiance, for the retention of undersized tanner crab. Arraignment is set for Apr. 13 in Seward District Court.

On Apr. 5 at about 4:50 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report that Jacob Darrell Snyder, 26, of Anchorage, had left his third-party custodian, in violation of his court-ordered conditions of release (on felony charges), requiring 24 hours a day, seven days a week sight and sound of Snyder. Troopers were unable to locate Snyder, and a request for a warrant was forwarded to the Kenai Court with a charge of violating conditions of release.

On Apr. 5 at 7:19 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a blue Dodge Ram traveling at a high rate of speed. Investigation revealed that the driver, Austin Jackson, 22, of Kenai, had a revoked license. Jackson is also on conditions of release, and one of the conditions is not to operate anything that is motorized. Jackson was charged with driving while license revoked and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 5 at 9:34 p.m., The Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to a report of a male walking along the roadway near Mile 2 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. The complainant stated the male was discharging rounds from what was originally reported to be a rifle as well as a revolver. The male was located and identified as Eric W. Smyth, 53, of Kasilof, who had a shotgun and a .44 Magnum handgun in his possession. Smyth was also found to be wearing body armor. Smyth was taken into custody without incident. Investigation revealed Smyth was high on methamphetamines and had shot several rounds off in his home before jumping out a window. Smyth was witnessed exhibiting erratic behavior, yelling and screaming, and shooting rounds while walking near the highway. Smyth was arrested for three counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons and one count of disorderly conduct. Due to the amount of methamphetamines Smyth used, he was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital for medical clearance. After he was medically cleared, he was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 6 at 5:34 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a passenger car for a traffic violation near Mile1 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that the passenger, Jerry Kelly Estes, 29, of Nikiski, had an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to contact Wildwood Pretrial Facility for remand on the original charge of driving under the influence. Estes was arrested and taken to Wildwood with 20 days to serve.

On Apr. 5 at 11:15 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a business near Kalifornsky Beach Road. and K-B Drive in Soldotna, where Elainnah Suzanna Marie Lagoutaris, 31, of Kenai, was contacted. Investigation revealed that Lagoutaris had an outstanding arrest warrant for driving while license revoked. Lagoutaris was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $500 bail.

On Apr. 6 at 10:52 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report on a white 1993 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck. The driver, Tao Yancey, 42, of Kenai, had crashed his vehicle in a snow berm in the Tesoro gas station parking lot. Investigation revealed that Yancey was under the influence of alcohol and is on probation for third-degree assault. He was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 6 at 1:17 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway near Marydale Avenue. Nick Sacaloff, 36, of Nikiski, was arrested on an outstanding $1,500 felony warrant and was also charged with driving while license revoked, driving without liability insurance, and making a false report and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 4 at 12:43 a.m., Soldotna Police stopped a vehicle at Mile 94 of the Sterling Highway. The driver, Halen Ryland, 19, of Anchor Point, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial. The seven passengers, who ranged in age from 13 to 18 years of age, had all been consuming alcohol and were cited for minor consuming and released to responsible parties.

On Apr. 4 at about 11:50 p.m., Soldotna police were conducting a security check at the Maverick Saloon and contacted Weston Gilmore, 28, of Soldotna. Gilmore was arrested for violating his court-ordered conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 2 at 10:46 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle at Mile 95 of the Sterling Highway. Laremey Wilshusen, 40, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 31 at 8:12 p.m., Soldotna police responded to the area of the Anglers Inn and River Terrace Trailer Park for a report of suspicious people going through a vehicle in the area. Officers contacted Gene Martin, 54, of Soldotna, who officers knew had an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Martin, a convicted felon, was found to be in possession of a semi-automatic pistol and a throwing knife. Martin was arrested on the warrant and for third-degree misconduct involving weapons and two counts of fifth-degree misconduct involving weapons and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 28 at 10:06 p.m., Soldotna police received a report that a man used a snow shovel to cause about $1,000 damage to a vehicle in a parking lot at the intersection of the Sterling and Kenai Spur Highways. The man left the area prior to police arrival. On Apr. 2, officers contacted Derek Yin, 49, of Soldotna, arrested him for third-degree criminal mischief, and took him to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 8 at 8:41 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the Fred Meyer store in Soldotna for a report of a disturbance. After investigation, David Darden, 39, of Kenai, was arrested under charges of driving under the influence, refusal to submit to a chemical test, drunk on licensed premises, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 4 at 3:25 a.m., Kenai police responded to the area of Evergreen Street to assist the Pretrial Enforcement Division in locating a subject. After investigation, Kenai police located Glenn C. Hollars, 30, of Kenai, and arrested him for second-degree escape and violating conditions of release. Hollars was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 2 at 3:23 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local business of the Kenai Spur Highway, near Coral Street, at the report of two people possibly trespassing. After investigation, Katherine H. Hinchman, 27, of Kenai, and Jamie L. Brammeier, 27, of Kenai, were each issued a summons for second-degree criminal trespass.

On Apr. 8 at 12:07 a.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to stop a vehicle for equipment violations near Mile 65 of the Sterling Highway. The vehicle failed to stop and attempted to elude troopers, driving recklessly at speeds over 90 miles per hour and into oncoming lanes of travel. After several miles of pursuing the vehicle, troopers deployed tire deflation devices, which successfully slowed the vehicle down. Eventually, the vehicle became immobilized after troopers used a PIT (pursuit intervention technique) maneuver, causing the vehicle to become stuck in a ditch after colliding with a trooper’s vehicle. The driver, identified as Michael Baldwin, 53, of Sterling, then fled on foot into a wooded area. Baldwin was taken into custody after a brief struggle, during which Troopers deployed a Taser. After investigation, it was determined that Baldwin was driving while impaired by controlled substances and was in possession of about 1.25 ounces of suspected illicit controlled substances. It was also discovered that he had felony warrants for his arrest and had absconded from probation for prior felony convictions. Baldwin was taken to Wildwood Correctional Center for first-degree failure to stop, reckless driving, felony driving under the influence, resisting arrest, second-degree and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, the warrant, and probation violations.

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