Public safety briefs for April 17, 2019

Public safety briefs for April 17, 2019

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Information obtained for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement records and includes arrest and citation information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

On Apr. 13 at 5:15 a.m., Kenai police received a call from a local store about a male eating merchandise and leaving the store in a vehicle. Officers responded and contacted the vehicle that contained the suspect and multiple other individuals. After investigation, Grant J. Bear, 29, of Chugiak, was arrested for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and first-degree promoting contraband. Bear was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. Kathleen R. Owens, 36, of Anchorage, was issued a summons for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On Apr. 12 at 11:07 p.m. a Kenai police officer conducted a routine traffic stop on Bridge Access Road. After making contact with the driver and performing tests, Cynthia L. Herr, 54, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 12 at 11:55 p.m., the Kenai Police Department was notified of a wanted person at a local business near Mile 11 of the Kenai Spur Highway. After officers made contact with the wanted person, Corey J. Gulley, 27, of Kenai, was arrested on a $2,000 felony Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrant for failure to comply with conditions of probation and was also charged with false information and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 15 at 3:07 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed that Katheryn J. Heazlett, 28, of Nikiski, had committed an assault. Heazlett was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Apr. 15 at 6:06 p.m., the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center received a report of a shooting that had occurred in the Seward area. Investigation found that Joseph Chandler, 30, of Seward, had shot and killed Dustin Marx, 28, of Seward, and Michael White, 40, of Seward, after a confrontation had occurred. Chandler was arrested for two counts of first-degree murder and taken to the Seward Jail without bail.

On Apr. 15 at 6:41 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported burglary at a business near Mile 25 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Forced entry had been made through a window and multiple items were stolen, including an Axiom marine chart plotter and a Vizio 70-inch television. This case is under investigation.

On Apr. 15 at 7:36 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a vehicle that had been stolen from a residence in Nikiski. Investigation resulted in the recovery of the vehicle and the arrest of McGerra Beck, 35, of Nikiski, for first-degree vehicle theft. Beck was taken to Wildwood Pretrial, where she was held without bail.

On Apr. 15 at 9:49 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault that had occurred on Grumman Avenue in Anchor Point. Investigation showed that Natalie Cooper, 18, of Anchor Point, had assaulted a family member. Cooper was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail, pending arraignment.

On Apr. 9 at 4:52, Alaska State Troopers stopped a black 2003 Mercury Mountaineer for a moving violation near Mile 73.0 of the Seward Highway. The driver identified as Ralph Oliver, 24, of Anchorage. Investigation revealed that Oliver was in violation of conditions of release from a prior incident, for which he had been arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence). Oliver was arrested and taken to the Anchorage Jail without bail.

On Apr. 4 at 9:19 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a protective order violation from a male resident of Ninilchik. Investigation showed that Bruce Larson, 59, of Anchor Point, had contacted the male in violation of protective order. Further investigation showed that Larson was on conditions of release in a prior criminal case and that he had violated those conditions. Larson could not be located during the investigation. An arrest warrant has been requested.

On Apr. 15 at 3:55 p.m., Apple Bus Company reported that a vehicle had driven by a school bus that was stopped with the red lights flashing and stop arm extended at the intersection of the Sterling highway and Evergreen Drive in Sterling. Investigation revealed that Debbie Joyce Lamb, 60, of Sterling, was operating the vehicle. Lamb was issued a misdemeanor mandatory court citation for failure to stop for a school bus.

On Apr. 10 at 2:58 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a call from a man who reported a theft. He said that his Glock 21 (45cal) gen 4 was stolen from his residence. He last had the pistol on Apr. 3. Anyone with information regarding the theft is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers 907-262-4453 or Peninsula Crime Stoppers 907-283-8477. Tipsters can also report anonymously at

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