Police reports for the week of Aug. 29, 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 Aug. 8 at 4:58 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately (REDDI) report on older silver sedan. The vehicle was reported to be swerving, crossing center and fog line, and almost collided with a red truck. Troopers located and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and contacted the driver and sole occupant, Johnpaul North-Turinsk, 26, of Homer. After investigation revealed he was driving under the influence and he refused to submit to a chemical test, North-Turinsk was taken to the Homer Jail.

On Aug. 3 at 5:14 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a motor vehicle collision. It was reported that the vehicle had taken out several mailboxes. Troopers responded and contacted the driver, Jinny Jagoditsch, 30, of Dalton, Georgia. Though investigation revealed Jagoditsch was not impaired, Jagoditsch did receive citations for speed and unsafe vehicle.

On July 30 at 4:21 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Homer area and contacted the driver, Charles Tangman, 36, of Anchor Point. When investigation revealed he was driving the vehicle without motor vehicle liability insurance, Tangman was given a summons with a future court date.

On July 17 at 10:15 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Anchor Point area and contacted the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Richard Saxton, 30, of Homer. After investigation revealed he was driving while license suspended, no motor vehicle liability insurance, and violating conditions of release, Saxton was taken to the Homer Jail.

On Sept. 27, 2019 at 2:15 p.m., Soldotna GIU (General Investigative Unit) received a report of a possible sexual abuse of a minor. The investigation revealed multiple victims under the age of 16. The suspect was identified as Kelly Crane, 57, of Sterling, and during the investigation it was learned he had fled Alaska to California. On Aug. 20, Alaska State Troopers learned Crane had returned to Alaska, and he was arrested for three counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor and two counts of attempted second-degree sexual abuse of a minor and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 18 at 8:48 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were conducting a sportfishing patrol at Cunningham Park in Kenai. Investigation revealed that Paul Turinsky, 52, of Kenai, was fishing with two lines to catch Coho salmon. The law states you are only allowed to fish with one line. A $120 bailable citation was filed with the Kenai Court for fishing with two lines.

On July 20 at 9:18 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were conducting a commercial fishing patrol in the Upper Cook Inlet. Nikit Reutov, 47, address unknown, was observed operating a commercial gill net boat over the line during a closed period. A citation was filed with the Kenai Court for a mandatory court appearance.

On Aug. 21 at 1:45 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report on an older model GMC Suburban, reported to be swerving in the area of Mile 69 of the Sterling Highway. Troopers located and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at Mile 62.5 of the Sterling Highway and contacted the driver, Thomas V. Vining, of Oregon. Investigation revealed Vining was driving under the influence with two prior convictions in Oregon and was driving with a suspended license out of Oregon with a prior conviction. Vining was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 21 at 1:45 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report on an older model GMC Suburban, reported to be swerving in the area of Mile 69 of the Sterling Highway. Troopers located and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle at Mile 62.5 of the Sterling Highway and contacted the driver, Thomas V. Vining, of Oregon. Investigation revealed Vining was driving under the influence with two prior convictions in Oregon and was driving with a suspended license out of Oregon with a prior conviction. Vining was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On July 27 at 7:56 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were patrolling the Upper Cook Inlet Commercial Gillnet Fishery opener. Investigation revealed that Ryan Hatt, 29, of Soldotna, was fishing out of bounds during a closed period. A citation was filed with the Kenai Court for a mandatory court appearance.

On Aug. 22 at 6:47 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop at Mile 99 of the Sterling Highway on a BMW driven by David Fairchild, 60, of Seward, for speeding and illegal passing. Investigation found Fairchild to be impaired by alcohol. He was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On July 26 at 9:32 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were conducting a commercial fishing patrol on the Upper Cook Inlet. When investigation revealed that Thomas Tomrdle, 72, of, Kenai, was fishing over the line, a citation was filed with the Kenai Court for a mandatory court appearance.

On Aug. 23 at 1:07 p.m., an Alaska State Trooper assigned to Anchor Point observed 60-year-old Anchor Point resident Bret Herrick at a business in downtown Anchor Point. Herrick was known to have multiple warrants out for his arrest. The trooper contacted Herrick to attempt to arrest him on his outstanding warrants. During the contact, Herrick produced a handgun and fired on the trooper, striking him multiple times. The trooper also discharged his service pistol during the incident. As an additional trooper arrived at the scene, Herrick fled the area on foot. Law enforcement from across the region, Department of Public Safety aircraft assets, and Alaska State Troopers Special Emergency Reaction Team (SERT) members from across the state descended on Anchor Point to search for Herrick. Search efforts were ongoing throughout the day and into the evening. On Aug. 24 at about 8:40 p.m., an Alaska State Troopers SERT team located Herrick near his Anchor Point residence while following-up on a tip. Herrick was arrested without incident for his four outstanding arrest warrants, and additional charges are anticipated for yesterday’s incident. The injured Trooper is currently in fair condition, receiving medical care at an Anchorage area hospital. The name of the trooper who discharged the service weapon will be released after 72 hours, in accordance with department policy. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation is conducting a thorough investigation of the incident. Once their investigation is completed, it will be forwarded to the Alaska Department of Law’s Office of Special Prosecutions for review.

On Aug. 25 at 12:01 a.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team attempted to conduct a traffic stop on Gas Well Road and Gaede Road in Soldotna. The vehicle, a gold 2008 Toyota Corolla, failed to yield after two trooper patrol vehicles attempted to stop it for an equipment violation. The driver, identified as Dominic E. Allen, 43, of Soldotna, made an abrupt turn into a narrow driveway before exiting the vehicle. A perimeter was established with the assistance of several trooper units as well as officers from the Kenai Police Department and officers from the Soldotna Police Department. A K-9 track met with negative results. Several items of drug paraphernalia were observed in the vehicle in plain view, and K-9 Donna indicated on the vehicle for controlled substances. The vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant. Allen was operating the vehicle with a suspended operator’s license and has several prior convictions for driving while license suspended within the last 10 years. A request for an arrest warrant for Allen has been submitted on charges of driving while license suspended and second-degree eluding. The public is encouraged to notify Alaska State Troopers or other local law enforcement if Allen is seen.

On Aug. 22 at 10:07 p.m., Soldotna police responded to a disturbance at a residence on Heath Place. Tiphanie Eskue, 32, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 16 at 2:39 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway near Frontier Avenue. William Johnson, Jr., 63, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 4 at 11:37 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Kobuk Street near Knight Drive for a disturbance. Billy Nash, 34, of Chevak, had been consuming alcohol, in violation of his court-ordered conditions of release. Paul Pingayak, 37, of Soldotna, had been consuming alcohol, in violation of his probation conditions. Both men were arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 2 at 12:53 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on Marcus Avenue at Riverside Drive. Jasper Covey, 28, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 25 at about 10:00 a.m., Mark Alden Estridge, 43, of Nikiski, came into the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers office to turn himself in on two outstanding arrest warrants on original charges of two counts of fourth-degree assault. Estridge was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Aug. 24 at about 12:30 a.m., Kenai police received an administrative call requesting a welfare check on a woman near Linwood Lane. Police responded to the area and contacted Gerrica Moore, 32, of Kenai. A records check revealed Moore had two outstanding Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrants for $500 for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of driving while license revoked. Moore was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without incident.

On Aug. 24 at about 2:20 a.m., Kenai police received an anonymous call about a suspicious vehicle near the Fourth Avenue Park in Kenai. Police arrived on scene and contacted the vehicle, occupied by two individuals. Investigation resulted in Natalie J. Kardell, 27, of Soldotna, being issued a summons for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On Aug. 24 at about 1:30 p.m., Kenai Adult Probation requested an agency assist with a probation search. During the investigation, the suspect, Pamela J. Inkster, 38, of Kenai, was found to be in possession of controlled substances. Inkster was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 24 at about 4:00 p.m., Kenai police received several 911 calls about an assault occurring near Bridge Access Road. Police responded to the scene and identified the suspect as Kevin Park, 27, of Kenai. Park was arrested for second-degree assault and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 24 at about 4:50 p.m., Kenai police received a request for an agency assist from the Kenai office of Pretrial Enforcement Division. Upon arrival, police identified the suspect as Sarah L. Urdahl, 38, of Sterling. After investigation revealed Urdahl had tampered with physical evidence, she was arrested for tampering with physical evidence and violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 24 at about 6:50 p.m., Kenai police received multiple calls of a physical altercation between two males at Daubenspeck Park. Upon arrival, police identified the suspect as Billy J. Robinson, 41, of Kenai, who was arrested for second-degree harassment and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 23 at about 9:40 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop at the Kenai Spur Highway and Redoubt Avenue. The driver, Leslie D. Mullican, 46, of Nikiski, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 21 at 2:12 p.m., Kenai police received a report of a motor vehicle accident near Lawton Drive and Rogers Road. After investigation, Patrick J. Focose, Jr., 35, of Kenai, was issued a summons for driving under the influence.

On Aug. 21 at 4:18 p.m., Kenai police received a report of a woman acting suspicious at a local business off the Kenai Spur Highway near Marathon Road. After investigation, Pamela J. Inkster, 38, of Kenai, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for an Alaska State Troopers no bail arrest warrant on original charges of driving under the influence, driving while license suspended/revoked, and violating conditions of release.

On Aug. 20 at 3:38 p.m., Kenai police performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle on Beaver Loop Road. After investigation, Connor R. Hamman, 29, of Kenai was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 20 at 5:35 p.m., Kenai police received a report of an ongoing assault at a local business off South Willow Street. After investigation, Ian. M. Smith, 44, of Nikiski, was arrested for fifth-degree criminal mischief and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 19 at 5:05 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near the Kenai Spur Highway and Bidarka Street. Jimmy L. Davis, 53, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving while license revoked and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 18 at 9:57 p.m., Kenai police located and performed a traffic stop on vehicle traveling on the Kenai Spur Highway near Evergreen Street that had been reported as a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately). After investigation, Charity R. Chavez, 31, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 17 at 9:44 p.m., Kenai police performed a traffic stop on a vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway near Coral Street. After investigation, Taylor W. McCoy, 28, of Kenai, was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release. Jamie L. Landt, 29, of Kenai, was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Katherine H. Hinchamn, 27, of Kenai, was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. All three occupants of the vehicle were taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 26 at 3:24 p.m., Kenai police received a report of a vehicle driving recklessly on Coral Street. After investigation, a 16-year-old was issued a summons for driving with a restricted license.

On Aug. 25 at 12:43 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local business near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway for an active disturbance. After investigation, Edward G. Parson, 58, of Soldotna, was arrested on a $250 Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of second-degree criminal trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 21, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Anchor Point Post, cited both Mark Roth, 68, of Homer, and Christopher Perry, 63, of Homer, for commercial fishing inside the closed waters of the Bruin River. A mandatory court date was set for Sept. 8 in Homer Court.

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