Police reports for the week of June 6, 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 May 30 at 2:29 a.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop in Sterling. After investigation, Kim Zufelt, 63, of Sterling, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 30 at 3:05 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance in Soldotna. After investigation revealed that Frank Beecroft, 45, of Soldotna, had assaulted a family member, he was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 31 at 1:21 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Jaime Reader, 32, of Anchorage, at the Clam Gulch Recreational Area. After investigation, Reader was issued a citation for making a false statement on her Alaska fishing license application.

On May 31 at 1:21 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Duane Tortolani, 28, of Anchorage, at the Clam Gulch Recreational Area. After investigation, Tortolani issued a citation for over limit of razor clams and for making a false statement on Alaska fishing license application. Clam digging is closed on the East ­­side. Investigation also revealed that Tortolani was violating his conditions of release out of Anchorage. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 31 at 7:37 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported disturbance at a residence in Nikiski. It was reported that Mark Alden Estridge, 43, of Sterling, had driven a gray Mazda Tribute away from the initial incident while intoxicated. He was located in the vehicle nearby and, after investigation, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 29 at 9:37 a.m., Alaska State Troopers (AST) and Alaska Wildlife Troopers (AWT) responded to a report of a fisherman in distress who had been swept out into Resurrection Bay from the McDonald’s campground beach in Seward. A 19-year-old male was fishing in waders and stepped into a drop-off before drifting about 100 yards out into Resurrection Bay. The male was not wearing a life vest or personal flotation device at the time of the incident. Witnesses stated that the male appeared to be going under the water until managing to remove his waders and swim back to shallow water, where he was assisted out of the water. The male was located about one mile out on the flats, due to low tide, and was assisted by AST and AWT back to the campground. The Alaska State Troopers and Wildlife Troopers encourage everyone fishing or recreating on or near the water to always wear a life jacket or personal floatation device.

On May 29 at 3:43 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop. After investigation, Anthony L Wolf, 39, of Palmer, was arrested for driving under the influence and violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 28 at 3:04 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop. After investigation, Darren A. Campbell, 42, of Kenai, was arrested on a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $250 bail.

On May 28 at 3:46 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop. After investigation, Kainoa K. Kaona, 20, of Kenai, was issued a summons for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On May 27 at 1:52 p.m., Kenai police performed a routine traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Main Street Loop. After investigation, the passenger, Michael W. Farnam, 45, of Kenai, was arrested for an Alaska State Troopers warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and additional charges of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 27 at about 6:00 p.m., Kenai police performed a routine traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Togiak Street. After investigation, Nick L. Nelson, 56, of Anchor Point, was issues a summons for driving while license suspended/revoked and liability insurance required.

On May 27 at 11:05 p.m., Kenai police received a report from a local business about a possible ongoing theft. After investigation, Kyra K. Betts-Tessaro, 22, of Soldotna, was arrested for an Alaska State Troopers $500 warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on original charges of concealing merchandise (under $250 in value) and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 29 at 3:43 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop. After investigation, Anthony L Wolf, 39, of Palmer, was arrested for driving under the influence and violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 28 at 3:04 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop. After investigation, Darren A. Campbell, 42, of Kenai, was arrested on a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $250 bail.

On May 28 at 3:46 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop. After investigation, Kainoa K. Kaona, 20, of Kenai, was issued a summons for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On May 27 at 1:52 p.m., Kenai police performed a routine traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Main Street Loop. After investigation, the passenger, Michael W. Farnam, 45, of Kenai, was arrested for an Alaska State Troopers warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and additional charges of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 27 at about 6:00 p.m., Kenai police performed a routine traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Togiak Street. After investigation, Nick L. Nelson, 56, of Anchor Point, was issues a summons for driving while license suspended/revoked and liability insurance required.

On May 27 at 11:05 p.m., Kenai police received a report from a local business about a possible ongoing theft. After investigation, Kyra K. Betts-Tessaro, 22, of Soldotna, was arrested for an Alaska State Troopers $500 warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on original charges of concealing merchandise (under $250 in value) and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On June 3 at about 2:10 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle for speeding 90-plus miles per hour near Mile 92 of the Sterling Highway. Antonio De La Cruz, 24, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On June 2 at 7:54 p.m., Soldotna police responded to Soldotna Creek Park for a protective order violation. Heather Rasch, 50, of Soldotna, was arrested for the violation and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On May 28 at 6:33 p.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Funny River Road for a theft report. The suspect was located near the Sterling Highway and Kobuk Street. Jacob Barrett, 25, of Nikiski, was arrested for third-degree theft and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On June 4 at 12:57 a.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop in Soldotna. After investigation, Karani Mendez, 27, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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