Public safety briefs Dec. 25 to Jan. 2, 2019

Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement and public safety records and includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Dec. 25 to Jan. 2, 2019

On Dec. 25 at about 11:40 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a vehicle stolen from a residence in Nikolaevsk. Investigation showed that Anatoly Kojin, 33, of Nikolaevsk, had taken a relative’s vehicle without permission. Kojin was contacted a short time later, and when troopers attempted to take him into custody, he resisted arrest and assaulted the arresting trooper, then fled the scene on foot. After a brief foot chase, Kojin was arrested. Further investigation showed that Kojin had driven the vehicle with a revoked license. Kojin was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, pending arraignment.

On Dec. 27 at 8:46 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna conducted a traffic stop at the Kenai Walmart on a 1992 white Honda Accord for a moving violation. Investigation revealed that the passenger, Mitchell Mahurn, 45, of Kenai, had been indefinitely trespassed from Walmart and was under PED (Pretrial Enforcement Division) supervision with conditions of release. Mahurn was arrested for criminal trespass and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Dec. 27 at about 10:20 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Hope Snyder, 38, of Anchorage, involving a vehicle in a ditch on Scout Lake Loop Road. The investigation revealed that Snyder had been operating the vehicle with a suspended license and that the tabs on the vehicle were stolen. Hope was issued a summons for driving while license suspended and for misuse of plates. Court date was set for Jan. 29 in Kenai District Court.

On Dec. 27 at 10:06 p.m., Alaska State Troopers from Anchor Point responded to a report of an explosion near Mile 165 of the Sterling Highway. While troopers were responding, they came across debris blocking the Sterling Highway and discovered that a two-story residence had exploded due to what is believed to be a gas explosion. The house was completely destroyed, and the roof of the house flew about 150-200 yards across the road. The house was determined to have been unoccupied at the time of the explosion. Multiple people have called to report damage to their residences due to the explosion. At this time, there have been no reports of injuries. Homer Electric Association and Enstar Gas responded to the location and secured the utilities. The Sterling Highway was reopened at about 4:25 a.m. Investigation continues.

On Dec. 29 at 1:18 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received report of a motor vehicle collision in the area of Sirocco Drive in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Justin West, 22, of Soldotna, had operated a motor vehicle while impaired. West was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he was released on his own recognizance.

On Dec. 28 at 8:33 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report that Isaac Couch, 25, of Nikiski, was threatening to harm himself. Troopers contacted Couch at a residence off Hi Line Road in Nikiski. During the investigation, Couch assaulted a peace officer. Couch was arrested for fourth-degree assault and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $500 bail.

On Dec. 25 at about 3:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to contact a male with a warrant at a residence on Coyote Lane in Nikiski. The male fled on foot and was not located. However, two others were located at the residence and identified as Amber Dawn Heath, 29, of Kenai, and Patrick Dallas Heath, 34, of Kenai. Subsequent investigation revealed that Amber Heath is on felony probation (and absconding) with a $5,000 warrant for failure to comply with conditions of probation and a $100 warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on an original charge of violating conditions of release. Patrick Heath had a warrant for fourth-degree theft. Both were arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, Amber on $5,100 bail and Patrick on $25 bail.

On Dec. 31 at about 1:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to Wildwood Correctional Center to the report of an inmate bringing controlled substances into the facility. Troopers contacted Diane Vinberg, 28, who admitted bringing in Suboxone and other unidentified pills. Vinberg had self-remanded on a $25 warrant the day before. The drugs were found on her person while doing a routine search. Vinberg was charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and first-degree promoting contraband and was remanded without bail.

On Jan. 2 at about 7:00 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of domestic disturbance at a residence off Mark Boulevard in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Jeremy Lee Hayden, 35, of Nikiski, had assaulted a family member. Hayden was arrested on charges of third-degree assault (domestic violence) and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Jan. 1 at 11:08 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to report of a theft from Big John’s, a convenience store on the Sterling Highway outside Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Sofia Costales, 35, of Sterling, had taken two bottles of Vodka without paying. Costales also had an active arrest warrant. Costales was cited for fourth-degree theft and arrested on the warrant and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $100 bail.

On Dec. 31 at about 8:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on an SUV in Kenai at the Visitors Center. Investigation revealed that Randy James Marcrum, 52, of Kenai, had a revoked license for a prior driving under the influence conviction. Marcrum was issued a mandatory misdemeanor court citation for driving with a revoked license and released. On Dec. 31 at about 9:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a passenger car on the Kenai Spur Highway near Sports Lake Road in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Nick Leon Sacaloff, 34, of Soldotna, was driving with a revoked license for a prior driving under the influence conviction. Sacaloff was issued a mandatory misdemeanor court citation for driving with a revoked license and released.

On Dec. 31 at 3:36 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local business to a report of trespassing. Officers arrived and contacted the subject. Records confirmed a trespass advisement. Joshua I Brewer, 36, of Kenai, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Dec. 31 at 8:19 a.m., Kenai police responded to a local business to a report of theft and were advised that the suspect had left prior to their arrival. A short time later, the suspect, Joseph Chikoyak, 44, of Kenai, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 30 at 4:02 p.m., Kenai police responded to a report of disorderly conduct at a local apartment complex. Officers arrived and contacted all parties involved. After investigation, Anthony L. Cole, 35, of Kenai, was arrested for third-degree and fourth-degree assault and reckless endangerment and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 30 at 10:08 a.m., Kenai police received a report of a burglary in progress at a residence. Officers responded to the area and, after investigation, Floyd Sisson, 29, of Kenai, was arrested for three counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree assault, two counts of fourth-degree assault, and fourth-degree criminal mischief and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 29 at about 10:20 p.m., Kenai police responded to a report of shoplifting at a local business. Officers arrived and contacted the suspect outside of the business. After investigation, Kaylene A. Miller, 28, of Anchor Point, was issued a summons for third-degree theft and released at the scene.

On Dec. 29 at 9:39 p.m., Kenai police received a report of two people fighting in the parking lot of a local business. An officer arrived and contacted the parties involved. After investigation, Samuel L. Buoy, 36, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 29 at 8:34 p.m., Kenai police received a report of assault at a residence. Officers arrived and contacted the caller. After investigation, Jaquline M. Malutin, 31, of Kodiak, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 29 at 10:35 a.m., Kenai police received a report of a male sleeping in a vehicle at local business. The officer arrived and contacted James H. Duncan, 54, a transient. Records showed that Duncan had been previously trespassed from the business. Duncan was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 29 at 11:05 a.m., Kenai Police Department received several “open line” 911 calls. After investigation, the department was able to determine the location of the caller. Officers responded and contacted the parties involved. After investigation, Jared Herrmann, 22, of Kenai, was arrested for fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence) and interfering with a report of domestic violence and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 28 at 3:49 a.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop near the Kenai Spur Highway and Willow Street. After identifying the driver, Lief C. Bosdell, 20, of Palmer, state records showed a Palmer Alaska State Troopers arrest warrant for violating conditions of release on the original charge of fourth-degree assault, no bail. Bosdell was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 28 at 11:48 p.m., Kenai police received a report of an individual who had been previously trespassed from a local business. An officer contacted the subject as he was driving away from the business. Records confirmed the trespass, and Johnny Sisneros, 32, of Soldotna, was issued a summons for second-degree criminal trespass and released at the scene.

On Dec. 28 at 12:08 p.m., Kenai police officers contacted Terrance M. Teran, 45, of Kenai, at a local business. State records indicated that Teran has an outstanding Soldotna Alaska State Troopers $250 arrest warrant for fourth-degree theft, cash bail. Teran was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 27 at 12:53 a.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near McCollum Drive on the Kenai Spur Highway. The driver was identified as Mark. D. Hosman, 32, of Anchorage. A records check indicated that Hosman had an outstanding $500 Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, bail cash appearance. Hosman was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 27 at about 9:30 a.m., Kenai police received an after-the-fact report of a burglary at a business located on Bridge Access Road. Police responded to the scene and, after investigation, contacted Brandon E. Timpke, 28, of Kenai. Timpke was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for second-degree burglary.

On Dec. 26 at 1:32 a.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near Mile 14 of the Kenai Spur Highway and identified the driver as Thomas M. Hensel, 50, of Soldotna. After a records check, Hensel was found to be driving with a revoked license. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for driving while license revoked.

On Jan. 1, Alaska State Troopers responded to report of a vehicle in the ditch at Mile 24.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Warren Johnson, 68, of Nikiski, was driving under the influence of alcohol. Johnson was arrested on that charge taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. He was later released on his own recognizance.

On Jan. 1, at 4:32 p.m., Kenai Dispatch received a report of a male trespassing at a local business near Mile 11 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Police responded to the scene and contacted a transient named James H. Duncan, 54. Duncan was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for violating conditions of release and second-degree trespass.

On Jan. 2 at about 5:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle on Robinson Loop Road in Sterling. Investigation revealed the driver, Bryon Christopher Polkoski, 32, of Sterling, had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear for a pretrial conference hearing on the original charge of fourth-degree theft. Polkoski was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $50 bail. He was also cited for driving with a cancelled license.

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