Police reports for the week of Sept. 5, 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. 3 at 1:15 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for equipment violations in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that the driver, Herbert Averett, 48, of Soldotna, had a warrant for his arrest, that his license was revoked, and that he had one prior conviction for driving while license revoked in 2020. He was arrested for the warrant and for driving while license revoked and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Sept. 1 at about 1:40 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a person violating a court order. Investigation revealed that Juett Cook, 27, of Soldotna, was violating his conditions of release by having prohibited contact with a person. Cook was arrested for first-degree unlawful contact and violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, pending arraignment.

On Sept. 1 at 11:23 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance in Sterling. Investigation revealed Alexandrea Followell, 21, of Sterling, had committed an assault and damaged property. Followell was arrested for fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief (both domestic violence charges) and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 31 at 8:15 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Clam Gulch. Investigation revealed that Bryce Wiley, 23, of Clam Gulch, had committed the domestic violence crimes of third-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief after a physical altercation with the victim. Bryce fled the scene prior to trooper arrival. On Sept. 1 at about 2:00 a.m., troopers responded back to the residence, where Bryce was located and taken Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 31 at 10:17 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Sterling area residence. While responding, the source of the disturbance left in a vehicle. As troopers arrived in the area, the vehicle was located partially in the ditch, and the driver was identified as Robert Gum, 31, of Sterling. After investigation, Gum was arrested for domestic violence fifth-degree and third-degree criminal mischief and felony driving under the influence and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Aug. 30 at 9:15 a.m., Kenai police responded to the Probations Office and arrested McKenna R. Dodd, 20, of Kenai, for tampering with evidence and violating conditions of release. Dodd was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 30 at 11:13 a.m., Kenai police responded to a burglary in progress on California Avenue. John S. Amend, 48, of Kenai, was arrested for felony first-degree burglary and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 30 at 9:51 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Broad Street. Elijah C. Brown, 21, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 29 at 10:15 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop near Ciechanski Road. After investigation, Brennan Starkweather, 34, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 28 at 4:49 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local business for reports of a male subject who was falling asleep at the wheel. After investigation, Jeffrey D. Sapinoro-Maher, 39, of Kenai, was arrested for violating conditions of release, driving while intoxicated, and driving while license revoked and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 30 at 4:25 a.m., Zoe Bell, 23, was contacted during a suspicious motor vehicle investigation in Kasilof. She provided two false names until troopers were able to identify her. A records check revealed she had an active Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrant for second-, third-, and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. She was also found to be in possession of methamphetamine and heroin. She was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 29 at about 6:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in the Anchor Point area for an attempted warrant arrest and contacted Nicholas Guarnere, 39, of Anchor Point, who had two outstanding warrants for his arrest and was on conditions of release. Investigation revealed Guarnere had violated his conditions of release. He was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail on the outstanding two warrants and on two counts of violating conditions of release.

On Aug. 28 at 11:46 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a vehicle collision in Kenai. After investigation revealed the vehicle was operated by James Scaggs, 25, of Nikiski, when it exited the roadway into a ditch and that Scaggs was impaired by alcoholic beverages, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 27, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, contacted Young Han, 61, of Sterling, sportfishing on the Kenai River by the Soldotna Visitors Center. After investigation revealed that Han had illegally snagged and retained two red salmon from the Kenai River, Han was issued a $120 bailable citation for failing to release snagged fish.

On Aug. 27, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, contacted Christopher Hale, 51, of Anchorage, sportfishing on the Kenai River at Centennial Campground in Soldotna. After investigation revealed that he had illegally snagged and retained a 19-inch rainbow trout. Hale was issued two citations, the first citation for failure to release a snagged fish, with a bail amount of $140, and the second citation for violating the size requirement for the Kenai River, requiring that rainbow trout must be less than 16 inches long to retain, with a bail amount of $120.

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