Police reports for the week of May 2, 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. 24 at 1:51 a.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop near the Sterling Highway in Soldotna on a red Chevrolet Silverado, bearing Alaska plate KET680, for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed that the passenger, Alandre McKnight, 19, of Anchorage, was in possession of marijuana, under the influence of marijuana while in possession of a firearm, and violating his conditions of release. McKnight was arrested for fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons, sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 23 at 5:57 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of a suspected intoxicated driver in a green Mazda pickup truck. Troopers performed a traffic stop of a green 1996 Mazda pickup, bearing Alaska plate 7815DH, for a moving violation on Riverside Drive in Soldotna. After investigation, Sarah Urdahl, 38, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence, driving while license revoked, failure to maintain insurance, and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 25 at 12:01 a.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop on Scout Lake Loop in Sterling on a black Jeep, bearing Alaska Plate GFM187, for an equipment violation. After investigation, James Roberts, 35, of Sterling, was arrested for driving while license revoked and failing to maintain insurance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 25 at 2:35 a.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop on a silver 2010 Toyota Camry at Mile 87 of the Sterling Highway in Sterling. After investigation, Zachary Phillips, 31, of Fairbanks, was arrested for driving under the influence, violating conditions of release, and failing to maintain insurance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 25, at 5:51 a.m., Alaska State Troopers investigated a reported motor vehicle collision versus a moose on Mile 112 Sterling Highway. Troopers contacted Bryce Wiley, 22, of Kasilof. After investigation, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for driving under the influence.

On Apr. 24 at 9:11 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a welfare check on a vehicle parked on the shoulder facing the wrong direction of traffic at Centennial Park Road. Troopers contacted Caleb Alexander, 31, of Soldotna. After investigation, he was arrested and for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 26 at 2:42 a.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a maroon 2007 Chevrolet van for traffic violations. The driver was identified as Deven James Davis, 27 of Soldotna. Investigation revealed he was driving the van while his license was revoked. He had seven prior convictions for the same, in addition to a pending offense for which he was on bail conditions. He was arrested for driving while license revoked and violating conditions of release. He was later found to be in possession of heroin, and was additionally charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Davis was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility and held without bail, pending arraignment.

On Apr. 25 at 5:22 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a gray 2001 Subaru car near Mile 108 of the Sterling Highway for driving without any license plates on the vehicle. Investigation revealed that Inas Mehmedovic, 24, of Anchorage, was driving the vehicle with a revoked Washington license and that he had multiple prior offenses. Additionally, he was driving the vehicle without insurance. He was arrested for driving while license revoked and no motor vehicle insurance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 26, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 1998 green Subaru Legacy at Mile 114 of the Sterling Highway. The driver did not have a license and was identified verbally as Brandon Moore, 38, of Kenai. As the trooper was talking with Moore, Moore put the vehicle in reverse and took off southbound on the Sterling Highway. On various occasions, Moore was driving toward oncoming traffic, and other vehicles had to swerve off the road to avoid being hit. Anchor Point troopers set out spike strips at Mile 139 of the Sterling Highway. All four tires were hit by the spikes, and Moore ended up driving into a ditch and flipping his vehicle. Moore was taken to South Peninsula Hospital in Homer, where he is being treated for injuries. He is being charged with first-degree eluding and reckless driving.

On Apr. 26 at 11:24 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 1966 F600 for multiple equipment violations and contacted the driver, Glen Carlson, 49, of Nikiski, who had a suspended license. Carlson was arrested for driving while license suspended, with a prior conviction, and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 26 at 8:34 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers (AST) K-9 Team responded to Marlene Avenue in Nikiski for a report of an active disturbance. Upon AST arrival, Taylor W. McCoy, 28, of Nikiski, was contacted. Investigation revealed McCoy has conditions of release that state he is not to have contact with Jamie L. Landt, 29, of Nikiski. Landt was also contacted in the residence. McCoy is on conditions of release for the original charges of unlawful contact and violating conditions of release. McCoy was arrested for violating conditions of release and second-degree unlawful contact. Landt is on conditions of release for the original charges of third-degree theft and driving while license revoked. Landt was arrested for disorderly conduct, hindering prosecution, after hiding McCoy in the residence, and violating conditions of release, after failing to obey all laws. McCoy and Landt were transported in separate patrol vehicles to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where they were both processed and remanded without bail.

On Apr. 27 at 12:01 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of an assault in Soldotna. Investigation revealed Justin Pruitt, 29, of Soldotna, assaulted a family member and caused damage to property. During his arrest, Pruitt assaulted a trooper. He was charged with two counts of third-degree assault, two counts of third-degree criminal mischief, fourth-degree assault, and driving while license suspended and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 27 at 2:09 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of an assault in Nikiski. Investigation revealed Ian M. Smith, 44 of Nikiski, had assaulted a family member. Smith was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 29 at 1:54 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway at Soldotna Avenue. A passenger, Zachary D. Renner, 18, of Kasilof, was found to be in possession of marijuana. He was issued a criminal citation for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and released.

On Apr. 29 at 2:15 p.m., Soldotna police responded to Fred Meyer store for a shoplifter. Gloria Cho, 36, of Kenai, was issued a mandatory court citation for third-degree theft and released.

On Apr. 28 at 8:26 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on Kalifornsky Beach Road at Liberty Lane because they knew the driver had a revoked license. Weston Gilmore, 28, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving while license revoked and violating his court-ordered conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 27 at 1:36 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Parkwood Street for a disturbance. Matthew Wayland, 29, of Soldotna, was arrested for two counts of third-degree assault and disorderly conduct and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Apr. 29, people traveling on the beach in Nikiski located human remains. Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded, and the wildlife troopers recovered the body. The identity of the decedent is unknown at this time. The State Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy and working to identify the decedent. There are no obvious signs of foul play. The investigation is ongoing.

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