Police reports for the week of Oct. 3, 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 Sept. 24 at 11:32 p.m., Alaska State Troopers located a vehicle that had been reported stolen from Walmart in Kenai about an hour prior. Troopers attempted to stop the vehicle in Sterling. However, the driver, Dustin Rediske, 26, of Kenai, failed to yield, and a vehicle pursuit was initiated. Troopers successfully deployed a tire deflation device before Rediske entered the city of Soldotna. Rediske drove recklessly during the pursuit, placing another motorist in fear of her life when he almost struck her head-on while driving in the wrong lane. Rediske drove off road to avoid the collision, striking a large ditch and crashing after an approximate 16-mile pursuit. He was taken into custody without further incident. Investigation revealed he was impaired, operating with a revoked license, had a warrant for his arrest, and was on probation for a prior felony driving under the influence offense. The stolen vehicle was totaled as a result of the crash. Rediske was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital, where he was treated for minor injuries and released. He was arrested for first-degree vehicle theft, third-degree assault, felony driving under the influence, third-degree criminal mischief, driving while license revoked, first-degree failure to yield at the direction of a police officer, probations violations, and the warrant and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Sept. 24 at 23:32 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna received and responded to a report of an assault in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Nicholas Demont, 27, of Nikiski, had assaulted an adult male. Demont was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On Sept. 23, Alaska State Troopers were advised that Gary Fisk, 74, of Eagle River, was overdue from his hike along Crow Creek Pass Trail. Fisk started the Crow Pass Trail at Girdwood on Tuesday, Sept. 21, with a goal of arriving at the Eagle River Nature Center on Sept. 23. As of Sept. 25, Fisk has not arrived. Fisk is described as an experienced outdoorsman and was prepared for a three-day hike, but weather conditions deteriorated, with heavy snow and trees down in the area. On Sept. 24, State Park Rangers searched the first three miles of the trail from Eagle River via an ATV. Low cloud cover had impeded aerial searches. On Sept. 25, weather permitted a helicopter to search by air as well as volunteer Alaska Mountain Rescue Group ground search parties, including a K9 team. UPDATE 9/27/21: Ground searchers, Alaska State Troopers helicopter and a military helicopter continued searching throughout the weekend, but Gary Fisk has not been located. Search participants include Alaska Mountain Rescue Group (AMRG), Alaska Search and Rescue Dogs (ASARD), Alaska Solstice Search Dogs (AKSSD), Nordic Ski Patrol, Chugach State Parks, Eagle River Nature Center, RCC and 210th Air National Guard, and Alaska State Troopers. Aerial searching will continue as weather and asset availability permits.

On Sept. 28 at about 1:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Mile 20 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that one of the passengers, Justin Case Bachmeier, 28, of Nikiski, had an arrest warrant for a probation violation. Bachmeier was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Sept. 28 at about 9:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a blue 1993 Ford Ranger at Mile 81 of the Sterling Highway for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed that Steven Eagle, 36, of Sterling, was driving with a revoked license out of California and has prior driving while license revoked convictions. Eagle was also found to be violating his conditions of release from a previous arrest. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Sept. 28 at 3:21 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a silver 2007 Mercedes SUV on North Miller after it was reported earlier in the day that the owner of the vehicle, Kayla C. Heinrich, 24, of Kenai, had violated her conditions of release as she cut off her electronic ankle monitor. Heinrich exited the vehicle and fled on foot. Investigation led to the arrest of Heinrich for second-degree escape, resisting arrest, violating conditions of release, and permitting an unauthorized person to drive. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail. The driver of the vehicle, Laife Inkster, 35, of Soldotna, fled the scene in the vehicle but was apprehended by Kenai police after briefly eluding and colliding with a power pole on Marathon Road. Inkster was taken to Wildwood Pretrial by Kenai police on multiple charges.

On Sept. 29 at 2:58 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to the area of Mile 56 of the Sterling Highway, after a complainant reported a 1985 Ford Winnebago ran into his vehicle. After the Winnebago ran into the complainant’s vehicle, the driver fled the scene. The suspect vehicle was located and traffic-stopped for traveling above the posted speed limit. The driver of the vehicle was identified as Siv Betti Jonsson, 46, of Chugiak. Investigation revealed Jonsson has a revoked license for the original charge of driving under the influence and has several convictions of driving under the influence and driving while license revoked within the last 10 years. Jonsson provided several different names during the initial contact. She was eventually identified and was arrested for leaving the scene of an accident, false information, driving while license revoked, and felony driving under the influence. She was taken to the Alaska State Troopers post for Datamaster processing then to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where she was held without bail.

On Sept. 29 at 11:01 p.m., Soldotna police contacted Harley Copenharve, 20, of Soldotna, and arrested him on an outstanding warrant. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Sept. 27 at 5:06 p.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Sohi Lane for a disturbance. Donald A Fullerton, 50, of Soldotna, was arrested for two counts of fourth-degree assault, resisting arrest, and disorderly conduct and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Sept. 23 at 4:45 p.m., Soldotna police responded to Jersey Subs for a report that a vehicle had collided with the building. Investigation led to the arrest of Rachael Johnston, 49, of Anchorage, for driving under the influence of alcohol and fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Sept. 19 at 5:07 p.m., Soldotna police responded to the 200 block of Redoubt Avenue for a male throwing personal belongings into the middle of the road. Chance A. Mullan, 26, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Sept. 17 at 1:06 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a report of a male masturbating outside an apartment window on Marydale Avenue. Investigation led to the arrest of Jeremy Brands, 35, of Soldotna, for first-degree indecent exposure. Brands was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Sept. 30 at 7:58 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were notified of an assault in Kenai. After investigation revealed that Shawn Trulove, 48, of Kenai, had assaulted several family members and broken a TV, he was arrested for assault and criminal mischief and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Oct. 1 at 12:22 a.m., a citizen called 911 to report an impaired driver. A few minutes later, Alaska State Troopers located the vehicle after it hit a curb while driving on the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed the driver, Nina Crampton, 24, of Soldotna, was impaired by alcoholic beverages, which happened after she consumed beer and a “Zombie” mixed drink earlier in the evening. She was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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