Police reports for the week of March 13, 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 Mar. 9 at 2:04 a.m., Alaska State Troopers were notified of a vehicle collision near Mile 10 on Funny River Road in Soldotna. After investigation revealed Tim Melovedoff, 54, of Soldotna, was impaired by alcoholic beverages and had crashed his vehicle, he was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Mar. 9 at 2:38 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Darren Lackey, 36, of Seward, in a residence off Nash Road. Investigation revealed Lackey had an outstanding $1,000 arrest warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of first-degree vehicle theft. In the search of Lackey’s person, a controlled substance was located in his possession. Lackey, who is on conditions of release, due the prior charge of vehicle theft, was arrested and taken to Seward Community Jail without set bail on the charges of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, violating conditions of release, and the arrest warrant.

On Mar. 9 at 11:35 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to an address on Island Lake Road in Nikiski for a report of a domestic disturbance. Investigation led to the arrest of James Ohearn, 50, of Nikiski, for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), fifth-degree criminal mischief, and violating conditions of release. Ohearn was taken to the Wildwood Pretrial Division.

On Mar. 9 at 11:52 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported domestic disturbance at a residence in Soldotna. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Alexander Johnson, 38, of Soldotna, for violating conditions of release. During the arrest, Johnson attempted to physically resist being arrested and was additionally charged with resisting arrest. Johnson was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail, pending arraignment.

On Mar. 8 at 12:27 a.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to Old Kasilof Road for a report of a disturbance involving a firearm. Investigation revealed that Austin S. Jackson, 23, of Nikiski, physically assaulted a male and threatened him with a firearm. Jackson was intoxicated and fired rounds outside while standing on the porch. Jackson was arrested for two counts of third-degree assault (domestic violence) and one count of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) as well as third-degree and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons (felon in possession of a firearm) and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Mar. 8 at 2:55 p.m., Kenai police responded to a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report near Willow Street and the Kenai Spur Highway and contacted the driver. After investigation, Chelsey M. Payne, 29, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence and driving while license suspended and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 8 at 3:53 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers contacted Leslie M. Swanson, 39, of Soldotna, at a residence on Harvey Street in Soldotna. Investigation revealed Swanson was required to submit a DNA sample. Swanson refused to provide a DNA sample and was issued a felony citation and released on scene.

On Mar. 8 at 11:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers was notified by the Anchorage Police Department of a black 2016 BMW reported stolen. Investigation revealed the owner of the BMW had the key fob in her possession, and the vehicle had been left idling to warm up. The BMW owner was seated in a separate vehicle parked next to the BMW. An unknown female, later identified as Nicole Y. Collet, 30, of Anchorage, ran up to the BMW, looked inside, and got in and stole it. The vehicle was last seen on the Seward Highway, heading southbound. At 12:05 a.m. Mar. 9, the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team was patrolling near Mile 62 of the Sterling Highway and observed the stolen vehicle heading southbound with no taillights. The stolen BMW was observed traveling above the posted speed limit and failing to maintain a proper lane of travel. A traffic stop was initiated, and the BMW failed to yield to emergency lights and siren. Stop sticks were successfully deployed, deflating two of the four tires. The BMW continued southbound on deflated tires. A Pursuit Intervention Technique (P.I.T.) was performed, and the vehicle came to a stop. Collet foot-bailed from the vehicle into the woods, and she was eventually apprehended. No injuries were reported, and none of the vehicles involved sustained damage. Collet was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail on charges of first-degree vehicle theft, reckless driving, first-degree failure to stop, and driving under the influence of drugs.

On Mar. 8, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for equipment violations on the Sterling Highway and Tote Road and contacted Dalton McWhorter, 23, of Soldotna. When investigation revealed his license is revoked, he was issued a summons, and the vehicle was released to a valid driver.

On Mar. 7 at 8:26 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna and contacted Clayton Nelson, 27, of Kasilof. When investigation revealed his license is revoked, he was issued a summons, and the vehicle was released to a valid driver.

On Mar. 7 at 2:48 p.m., Kenai police responded to a citizen dispute at a residence located near VIP Drive in Kenai. After investigation and contacting all parties involved, Joshua M. Freel, 32, of Kenai, was arrested for violating a domestic violence protective order and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar 6 at 5:54 a.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle for a moving violation near Mile 96 of the Sterling Highway in Soldotna. When investigation revealed that Dennis Louviere, 51, of Soldotna, was driving under the influence of alcohol, Louviere was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 6 at about 3:20 a.m., Alaska State Troopers and the Soldotna Police Department responded to a disturbance at an area bar. Investigation revealed that Shawn Corn, 39, of Seward, was intoxicated and creating a disturbance, challenging others to fight. He was arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, drunk on licensed premises, and fifth-degree criminal mischief and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 6 at 3:45 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on Funny River Road in Soldotna. After investigation revealed that the driver, Samuel C. Mesa, 29, of Sterling, had a suspended license and five previous convictions in the last 10 years, Mesa was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving while license suspended and released on scene.

On Mar. 6 at 4:33 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that David Baldwin, 20, of Soldotna, had assaulted a family member. Baldwin was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 6 at 4:54 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the scene of a disturbance at an apartment complex in Soldotna. While investigating the disturbance, troopers contacted a witness, Robert Chesley, 57, of Soldotna, who appeared to be intoxicated. While troopers were still on scene, they observed Chesley driving a vehicle on the property. When further investigation revealed Chesley was driving while intoxicated by alcoholic beverages, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on a charge of felony driving under the influence.

On Mar. 6 at 4:54 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault with a motor vehicle. After investigation, Crystal D. Choate, 61,of Soldotna, was arrested for third-degree assault and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Mar. 6, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, contacted Alecia Gregory, 31, of Soldotna, sportfishing on Island Lake in Nikiski. After investigation, Gregory was issued a citation for sportfishing without a valid fishing license, with bail set at $220.

On Mar. 6, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, contacted Aaron Sells, 34, of Soldotna, sportfishing on Island Lake in Nikiski. After investigation, Sells was issued a citation for sportfishing without a valid fishing license, with bail set at $220.

On Mar. 6, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, contacted Andrew Fisher, 22, of Soldotna, sportfishing on Island Lake in Nikiski. After investigation, Fisher was issued a citation for sportfishing without a valid fishing license, with a bail amount of $220.

On Mar. 5 at 8:25 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report about a vehicle swerving all over the roadway near 51826 Seward Highway. Troopers located the REDDI and conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle near Mile 73.5 of the Sterling Highway. The driver was identified as Adam Fidai, 39, of Soldotna, after initially providing false identification to troopers. After investigation, Fidai was arrested for driving under the influence, providing false information, driving while license revoked, and violating conditions of release.

On Mar. 4 at 8:29 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Main Street and Sterling Highway in Homer for an equipment violation. The driver and passenger switched seats while the trooper was stopping their vehicle. The original driver was identified as Jaime Snedden, 45, of Homer. Investigation revealed Snedden was driving with a revoked license. The passenger who switched seats with Snedden was identified as Charles Quales, 57, of Anchor Point. Snedden was arrested for driving while license revoked and taken to Homer Jail, where he was remanded and released on his own recognizance. Quales was issued a criminal citation for second-degree hindering prosecution, with a mandatory court date.

On Mar. 3 at 10:54 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a single-vehicle rollover near Mile 165 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation showed that Michael Tunnell, 62, of Nikolaevsk, had been driving the vehicle when it went off the road and rolled onto its top and also that Tunnell was driving the vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Tunnell was given a summons to appear and released to a sober adult.

On Mar. 3 at 8:51 p.m., Kenai police responded to a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report for a vehicle driving unsafely near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Officers located and traffic-stopped the vehicle. Zoey M. Stauss, 19, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 1 at 1:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of people trespassing at a residence on McLay Road in Homer. When investigation showed that Peter Shutt, 65, of Homer, and Bertha Stewart, 46, of Homer, had trespassed on the property, they were each given a summons for trespassing and released.

On Mar. 1 at 10:26 p.m., a Kenai police officer contacted a suspicious vehicle off of Spur View Drive in Kenai. There were occupants inside the vehicle, and as a result of that contact, Corey S. Green, 28, of Nikiski, was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release, as well as arrested on a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrant for violating conditions of release. The passenger, Leah M. Olszak, 22, of Kenai, was arrested for tampering with physical evidence and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Green and Olszak were taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 28 at about 10:40 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary at an address on Diamond Ridge Road in Homer. The homeowner provided troopers with videos of a male entering the residence, and the male was identified as Arseny Polushkin, 35, of Voznesenka. Investigation led to search warrants being granted for Polushkin’s residence and vehicle, where evidence of the burglary was located. Polushkin was contacted on Mar. 2, arrested, and taken to Homer Jail, pending arraignment.

On Feb. 28, Kenai police arrested Raymond B. Tepp, 38, of Kenai, for third-degree assault (domestic violence), following an incident that occurred on Feb. 20.

On Feb. 27, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. During the stop, the male driver and female passenger switched seats. Investigation revealed that Frank Marotta, 46, of Soldotna, has a revoked license, no motor vehicle insurance, and license plates from a different vehicle. Marotta was also on conditions of release. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 26 at about 10:50 p.m., Kenai police responded to a theft call at a local Kenai business. After investigation, McKenna R. Dodd, 20, of Kenai, was arrested on two different Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrants: tampering with physical evidence, violating conditions of release, and fourth-degree theft. Dodd was also remanded on additional charges of fourth-degree theft, fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and first-degree promoting contraband. Dodd was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 25, Alaska State Troopers were notified of a vehicle stolen from the Anchorage airport. On Feb. 28, that vehicle was discovered in Nikiski. Troopers contacted Jennifer Flyum, 48, of Nikiski. Investigation revealed she had stolen the vehicle from the Anchorage airport and was also on conditions of release in another case. She was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 24 at 1:46 a.m., Kenai police responded to a disturbance at a residence near Tern Avenue in Kenai. After investigation, Clara M. Hootch, 41, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence related) and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 24 at 7:05 p.m., Kenai police contacted a wanted subject at a residence off Candlelight Drive in Kenai. Darren A. Campbell, 43, of Kenai, was arrested for a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrant for violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 24 at 11:39 p.m., a Kenai police officer conducted a routine traffic stop near Kenai Spur Highway and Strawberry Road. Oley A. Stevens, 40, of Kenai, was arrested for a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on a driving under the influence conviction. Stevens was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 23 at about 6:20 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on the Sterling Highway in Kasilof. The driver was identified as Kenny M. Harris, 43 YOA, of Clam Gulch. After investigation revealed that Harris had a revoked license and a previous conviction in the last 10 years, he was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving while license revoked and released on scene.

On Feb. 22 at 12:06 a.m., Kenai police contacted Jacob J. Barrett, 25, of Nikiski, in the area of the Kenai Spur Highway and Haller Street. He was arrested on an outstanding $50 Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear at pretrial conference hearing on the original charge of theft with three or more priors and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 21 at 10:44 a.m., Kenai police responded to a two-vehicle accident involving a power box on the Kenai Spur Highway and Bridge Access Road intersection. Carolyn J. Love, 43, of Soldotna, was issued a summons for driving while license revoked.

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