Police reports for the week of Jan. 23, 2022

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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 Jan. 15 at 5:17 a.m., a call was placed to the Soldotna Emergency Dispatch Center from a residence in Nikiski. Troopers responded, and investigation revealed that Janeal Duperron, 24, of Nikiski, had broken property and assaulted a family member during a disturbance. She was arrested for fourth-degree domestic violence assault and fifth-degree domestic violence criminal mischief and was taken to the Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Jan. 14 at 9:06 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for moving violations in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that the driver, Sidney Morris, 57, of Soldotna, had a revoked license, had no liability motor vehicle insurance, was displaying registration plates not belonging to the vehicle, and had recent prior convictions for driving while license revoked. He was issued misdemeanor citations for driving while license revoked, failure to maintain insurance, and misuse of registration plates.

On Jan. 15, Soldotna Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Robert Heimbach, 61, of Homer, sportfishing on Johnson Lake in Kasilof. After investigation, Heimbach was issued a citation for sportfishing without a fishing license, with a bail set at $220.

On Jan. 15 at 4:47 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a possible assault against a four-year-old child. Investigation revealed that Stephanie Meierotto, 20, of Nikiski, caused injury to the child by burning the child with hot water. She was arrested for first-degree, second-degree and fourth-degree domestic violence assault and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On Jan. 16 at 3:07 a.m., Alaska State Troopers and Central Emergency Services (CES) responded to a 2000 Ford Explorer on fire at 32808 Solstice Street in Soldotna. CES put out the fire, and the vehicle was removed from the scene by the owner.

On Jan. 15 at 5:36 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault in Soldotna. Following investigation, James Shearer, 31, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourth-degree assault domestic violence.

On Jan. 16 at about 3:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of Mile 89 of the Sterling Highway in Soldotna, following a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of a red sedan swerving outside its lane, southbound on the Sterling Highway from the Sterling area. The vehicle was observed and stopped near the Vitus gas station, and the driver, Harley Ray Potter, 40, of Kasilof, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of driving while license suspended (with a previous conviction) and violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor.

On Jan. 16 at 10:31 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a red 2001 Chevrolet Silverado for a speeding violation on Robinson Loop in Sterling. The passenger was identified as Ashley D. Schrader, 29, of Soldotna. A record check of Schrader revealed a $100 warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge driving while license revoked. She was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Jan. 17 Car Fire Update: The Kenai Police Department has worked closely with the family and the Medical Examiner’s Office to positively identify the deceased as Daniel Dobson, 37, of Sterling. Investigation into the incident is still ongoing. 1-7-22 Car Fire Original Release:On Jan. 7 at 12:37 p.m., the Kenai Fire and Police Departments responded to the report of a vehicle fire at Beaver Creek Park in Kenai. Upon their arrival, Kenai Fire personnel extinguished the fully engulfed car fire. There was an individual inside the vehicle who has not yet been identified, and that individual is deceased.

On Jan. 14 at 9:47 p.m., Kenai police responded to a shoplifting call at a local Kenai Business. After investigation, Jessica R. Spurgeon, 42, of Kenai, was arrested for violating conditions of release and fourth-degree theft and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Jan. 12, Kenai police officers contacted Richard Foley, 59, of Kenai, in the area of Japonski Drive. After investigation, Foley was issued a summons on Jan. 13 for fifth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances.

On Jan. 11 at 12:39 a.m., a Kenai police officer conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near the Kenai Spur Highway and Forest Drive. As a result of the contact, Brandon J. Saltenberger, 21, of Soldotna, was arrested on three different Alaska State Troopers warrants: felony Soldotna Alaska State Troopers failure to comply with conditions of probation, petition to revoke probation new charge and technical violation on the original charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, theft, petitions to revoke probation; Soldotna misdemeanor Alaska State Troopers failure to appear for omnibus hearing/violating conditions of release; and misdemeanor Soldotna Alaska State Troopers failure to appear for omnibus hearing on the original charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief. Saltenberger was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 11 at 8:58 p.m., Kenai police officers responded to a local business near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway for a suspicious circumstance. Officers contacted a male on the premises, Henry H. Smith, 58, of Soldotna, who was arrested for second-degree trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 16, when Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop in Kasilof and investigation revealed that the driver, Brad Demientieff, 45, and his wife, Noranell Duncan, 43, of Kasilof, had active arrest warrants, both were arrested on scene. Duncan was found to be in possession of a controlled substance, and charges were added against her of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release.

On Jan. 18 at 1:54 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to Island Lake Road in Nikiski for a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report that turned into a single-vehicle rollover. The driver left the scene and was later located and identified as Brittney Lee Fattore, 32, of Kenai. Fattore was arrested and taken without bail to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of felony driving under the influence, failure to report a motor vehicle collision, violating conditions of release for a felony, and violating probation.

On Jan. 19 at 1:16 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Kasilof. After investigation, Lee Zarr, 45, of Kasilof, was arrested for two counts of fourth-degree assault and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On Jan. 17 at 1:59 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers attempted to stop a blue Hyundai Tiberon for expired registration at around Mile one-half of Kalifornsky Beach Road. The vehicle slowed, but failed to stop, and continued to travel at about 20 miles per hour until reaching Sand Street, where it turned off Kalifornsky Beach Road and stopped. Investigation resulted in the arrest the driver, of Richard “Matt” Russell, 43, of Ninilchik. for second-degree failure to stop for a peace officer, driving while license revoked, and violating probation. After further investigation, the passenger, Roxanne Samples, 40, of Ninilchik, was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating her conditions of release. Both Russell and Samples were taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail, pending arraignment.

On Jan. 20 at 3:11 a.m., Alaska State Troopers (AST) received a report that Dylan Jackson, 25, of Soldotna, was intoxicated and shooting a gun inside his residence. The residence was a multifamily housing unit, occupied by several tenants. AST responded and was able to evacuate his roommate and neighbors to safety. AST established contact with Jackson on the phone. Jackson continued to fire multiple shots while on the phone. AST was able to convince Jackson to surrender himself without incident. He was found to be highly intoxicated. Jackson was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of second-degree misconduct involving weapons, third-degree domestic violence assault, three counts of reckless endangerment, fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons, and fourth-degree domestic violence criminal mischief.

On Jan. 19 at 1:29 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of the Seward Highway and Nash Road in Seward for an equipment violation. After investigation, Collin McCarty, 28, of Seward, was arrested and taken to Seward Community Jail on the charges of driving while license revoked and violating conditions of release, with bail set to be released on his own recognizance. The vehicle was released to a third party with a valid operator’s license.

On Jan. 19 at 3:47 p.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a mini auto bike for driving on the roadway and failing to stop at a stop sign near the intersection of the Seward Highway and Scott Way in Seward. The minibike drove about two miles before coming to a stop. After investigation, Jessie Johnson, 36, of Seward, was arrested for failing to stop at the direction of a peace officer and driving while license revoked and taken to Seward Community Jail, with bail set to be released on his own recognizance. The mini auto bike was released to a responsible third party.

The Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Fairbanks have recently responded to numerous incidents involving aggressive moose across Interior Alaska. The snow and rain that accumulated in late December has created conditions that are very challenging for moose. As a result of these conditions, moose are highly stressed and have been acting more aggressively than is normal. Alaskans should expect to encounter moose more frequently on roadways, plowed roads, packed snowmobile trails, and foot trails. Expect that moose will be less willing to leave the trails when people attempt to pass and may stand their ground or attack when confronted.

Additionally, moose may act aggressively toward loose dogs, which can lead to an attack on the dog’s owner. It is unlawful for dogs to chase, harass, or attack moose. Do not provide food such as hay or straw to the moose, since it will give them incentive to return to your area, and it is unlawful to feed wild game animals. Moose that are not willing to leave or are acting aggressively are very dangerous and should not be confronted. Loud noises or motions meant to scare a moose away may elicit an attack from a moose that is acting aggressively. If you wish to report an aggressive animal, please contact the Alaska Wildlife Troopers at (907) 451-5100 or the Alaska Department of Fish and Game at (907) 459-7200.

On Jan. 20, Kenai police arrested Alynne T.L. Adams, 28, of Nikiski, on charges of second-degree criminal impersonation, fourth-degree theft, two counts of fraudulent use of an access device, and two counts of felony second-degree theft, stemming from a Jan. 15 theft investigation. Adams was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Jan. 19 at 10:14 a.m., Kenai police responded to a local business near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway at the report of a male who was trespassing and contacted the male, Robert D. Taylor, 47, of Anchorage, and issued him a summons for second-degree criminal trespass.

On Jan. 19 at 6:14 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near South Willow Street and Barnacle Way. The driver, Roxanne S.A.K. Samples, 40, of Kenai, was issued a summons for violating conditions of release.

On Jan. 18 at 1:24 p.m., Kenai police contacted a wanted subject near a local business off Bidarka Street in Kenai. William E. Quill, 49, of Kenai, was arrested on two Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrants for failure to remand on Jan. 2, no bail, 150 days with 130 days suspended time to serve. Quill was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 17 at 3:01 p.m., Kenai police contacted two wanted subjects at a residence near Birch Street in Kenai. Jamie L. Brammeier, 36, of Kenai, was arrested on a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear for arrangement on the original charge of second-degree criminal trespass. Katherine H. Hinchman, 28, of Kenai, was arrested on a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor arrest warrant for violating conditions of release. Brammeier and Hinchman were taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 17 at 7:02 p.m., Kenai police responded to a request for a welfare check on a female located near a residence on Second Avenue in Kenai. After contacting the female and investigation of the scene, Leon E. Gough, 52, of Kenai, was arrested for second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree domestic violence assault and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

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