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. 16, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop in Kenai. Investigation revealed that David Pine, 42, of Kenai, was driving on a revoked license. A passenger provided a false name to the trooper. Investigation revealed the passenger was Jordon Wik, 57, of Nikiski, who is on conditions of release and was required to be within sight and sound of his third-party custodian. Wik and Pine were arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. While in the booking process, it was discovered that Wik had hidden controlled substances on his body. Charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and promoting contraband were added.
On Sept. 16, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop in Kenai. When investigation revealed that Ricky Wik, 54, of Kenai, was operating his vehicle under the influence of alcohol, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.
On Sept. 19 at 7:15 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report from a family member that Christine Annette Beecroft, 43, of Soldotna, had bitten her on the leg and pulled her hair, causing injury. Troopers responded to a residence off Jones Road in Soldotna, where Beecroft was arrested on two charges of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence). While being placed under arrest, Beecroft attempted to pull away and resisted being arrested. Beecroft was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on two charges of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and resisting arrest.
On Sept. 16 at 9:11 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a call about a possibly intoxicated driver from the staff at Chapman Elementary School in Anchor Point. At about 11:00 a.m., troopers arrested Jodi Alexander, 48, of Anchor Point, for driving under the influence and avoidance of an ignition interlock device. Alexander was given summons to appear in court and released to a sober adult.
On Sept. 14 at about 2:20 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a vehicle on the Sterling Highway at Virginia Avenue after the driver was found to have a suspended license. The driver was identified as James Joseph, 30, of Anchor Point, and investigation showed Joseph’s license was suspended and that he was on conditions of release in a previous case. Joseph was given summons to appear and released.
On Sept. 16 at about 5:00 p.m., Kenai police responded to a suspicious vehicle in a local neighborhood. After investigation, Karli R. Bell, 21, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and Jarrett J. Hammerle, 29, of Soldotna was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Both were taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.
On Sept. 14 at about 11:30 p.m., Kenai police contacted a vehicle on California Avenue. After investigation, a passenger in the vehicle, Taylor W. McCoy, 29, of Kenai, was arrested for an Alaska State Troopers no bail warrant for violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor case on original charges of fourth-degree assault and an Alaska State Troopers no bail warrant for violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor case on original charges of fourth-degree assault. McCoy was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.
On Sept. 21 at 3:15 a.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a white 2001 Chevrolet car for a traffic violation on the Kenai Spur Highway in Soldotna. Lucas Standifer, 18, of Soldotna, was identified as a passenger in the car. Investigation revealed he had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to appear on the original charge of sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. He was found to be in possession of a schedule IIIA controlled substance and was also charged with fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $250 bail.
On Sept. 20 at 5:55 p.m., Alaska State Troopers observed a green 1998 Ford Explorer with a license plate belonging to a green 2006 Dodge Caravan. Troopers initiated a traffic stop on Robinson Loop near Valley View. The vehicle failed to stop initially but eventually stopped near Corey Street on Entrada Drive. The driver was identified as Kristopher Marquis, 34, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed his license is suspended, that he has a prior conviction for driving while license suspended, and also had two arrests warrants.
On Sept. 25, 2019 at about 9:30 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, received information that a hunter had shot and killed a sub-legal bull moose and left the moose to waste on Hatton Road near Mile 12 of Oil Well Road in Ninilchik. Troopers interviewed several hunters in the area and developed a suspect vehicle description based on the interviews. Troopers conducted an extensive investigation that revealed a suspect, Fred Martin Hecks, 57, of Seldovia. Troopers applied for and received a search warrant to search Hecks’s residence in Seldovia based on the investigative leads. On Dec. 6, 2019, two Soldotna-based Wildlife Troopers, one Homer-based Wildlife Trooper, and an investigator from the General Investigative Unit in Soldotna responded to Seldovia in the Patrol Vessel Augustine to serve the warrant. While serving the warrant, troopers interviewed Hecks, who admitted his involvement in the incident. Hecks stated he “panicked” after seeing he had killed a sub-legal moose. Charges against Hecks were forwarded to the Kenai District Attorney’s Office for review, to be filed in the Homer District Court. The forwarded charges included 1)wanton waste of a big game animal, the moose; 2) tampering with physical evidence, as the investigation revealed Hecks had covered the moose with alder branches, concealing it from view, before fleeing the scene; 3) taking a sub-legal moose, as the moose taken by Hecks measured 44 inches in width with two brow tines on each antler in an area where a legal moose must be 50 inches in width or have three or more brow tines on at least one antler; 4) Controlled Use Area violation, as the investigation revealed Hecks had used a motorized vehicle, his 1994 Plymouth Voyager van, in the Lower Kenai Controlled Use Area to hunt the moose in violation; 5) false information on Hunt Report; and 6) unsworn falsification, as the investigation revealed Hecks had submitted false information on his 2019 Moose Hunt Report by claiming he did not kill a moose, when in fact he had; 7) fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon for shooting on, from, or across a roadway, as the investigation revealed Hecks had shot the moose while both it and he were standing on Hatton Road. On Aug. 9, 2021, Hecks pleaded guilty in the Homer District Court to the charge of wanton waste of a big game animal. Charges 2,4,5, and 6 listed above were dismissed with a plea deal. (Court case #3HO-19-00493CR.) Hecks was sentenced to 14 days in jail with seven days suspended. He is to remand himself to Wildwood Pretrial Facility before Oct. 31, 2021. He was fined $5,000 with $2,500 suspended, the unsuspended $2,500 due to the court by Aug. 8, 2024. His hunting license was revoked for three years, starting Aug. 9, 2021. He has three years of probation, effective Aug. 8, 2021. The rifle used in the incident and other hunting gear seized during the investigation were forfeited to the State.
On Sept. 21, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a person violating conditions of release. After investigation, Frank Beecroft, 45, of Soldotna, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.
On Sept. 17 at 11:33 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a vehicle stop for a traffic violation. Investigation revealed that the driver, Rebecca McGrane, 44, of Soldotna, had a suspended license with prior convictions. McGrane was issued a summons and released on scene.
On Sept. 23 at 1:52 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers conducted a motor vehicle stop within the Sterling Highway Traffic Safety Corridor for driving above the posted speed limit. Investigation revealed that Barry J. Teich, 59, of Anchor Point, was driving under the influence of alcohol. Teich was issued a citation for speeding, arrested for driving under the influence, and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.
On Sept. 23 at 5:41 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were notified that a boat was blocking part of the Seward Highway at Mile 70. Based on a preliminary investigation, a 30-foot boat was being towed, when the trailer jackknifed on a downhill slope, causing the boat to come off the trailer, partially blocking the highway. Road conditions in the area were snow-covered. At about 11:00 p.m., a recovery crew was able to remove the boat from the roadway, using a crane. There were no injuries reported.