Public safety briefs for Aug. 16, 2020

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Public safety briefs for Aug. 16, 2020

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 Aug. 8 at 9:34 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance off Robinson Loop in Sterling. Investigation determined that Lacymay West, 31, of Sterling, had assaulted a household member. She was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where she was held for arraignment.

On Aug. 8 at 4:08 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to a two-vehicle crash. Investigation determined that Grace Reger, 57, of Cooper Landing, was traveling southbound on the Sterling Highway, near Mile 85.5, in her 2005 Mercedes SUV ML350. Tyler Welch, 38, of Seward, was traveling with Carie Given, 40, of Seward, northbound in a 2013 Ford Taurus. Welch crossed the centerline and collided head-on with Reger’s Mercedes. Reger and Given were taken to the Central Peninsula Hospital in Soldotna with serious physical injuries. Welch was taken to an Anchorage hospital with life-threatening injuries. Welch was driving with a license that had been revoked because of a felony driving under the influence conviction. All were reported to have been wearing their seat belts. Alcohol is believed to have been a factor. The investigation continues.

On July 12 at 11:59 a.m., while Alaska Wildlife Troopers were patrolling the Kasilof personal use dipnet fishery, investigation revealed that Jared Brown, 38, of Anchorage, failed to record his salmon on his 2020 personal use permit. A $120 bailable citation was filed with the Kenai Court.

On Aug. 9 at about 7:00 p.m., Seward Alaska State Troopers contacted Justin Toots, 35, of Anchorage, at a Seward residence while searching for an unrelated suspect. A routine check in the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) revealed Toots had an outstanding felony arrest warrant. Toots was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail on the warrant. During the booking process, Toots was found to have methamphetamine and heroin on his person. In addition to the felony arrest warrant, Toots was charged with first-degree promoting contraband and second-degree and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On Aug. 7 at about 7:00 a.m., two women, ages 15 and 18, reported to Seward Alaska State Troopers that they were sexually assaulted by Robert Zoellner, 40, of Seward, at a Seward residence the night before. An investigation was conducted, and on August 9 at about 8:00 p.m., Zoellner was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail on two counts of first-degree sexual assault and one count of violating probation.

On Aug. 9 at 2:42 a.m., Kenai police responded to the Lawton Drive area to render aid to a female who was injured in the area. James R. Greeson, 46, of Texas, was arrested for three counts of first-degree assault, second-degree assault, and fourth-degree assault, all domestic violence offenses, and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 9 at 7:15 a.m., Kenai police received a report of a single-vehicle wreck on Bridge Access Road, near Beaver Loop Road. Gabriel I. Nunez, 47, of California, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.On Aug. 8 at 8:22 p.m., Kenai police responded to a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report at a local Kenai business. Chase E. House, 21, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 8 at 11:31 p.m., Kenai police responded to a disturbance near Kalifornsky Beach Road and Pirate Lane. Zachary G. Kooly, 28, of Kenai, was arrested on an Alaska State Troopers $250 warrant for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 6 at 2:37 p.m., Kenai police responded to a theft at a local business. Shawn W. Rogers, 47, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree theft, an Alaska State Troopers no bail indictment for felony driving under the influence warrant, and an Alaska State Troopers $5, 000 failure to post $1,000 cash performance bond warrant on original charges of petition to revoke probation and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 3 at 7:45 a.m.,, Kenai police responded to a residential address near Mile 4 of the Kenai Spur Highway for a report of a male throwing rocks at the caller. After responding and contacting all parties involved, Russell Wilson, Jr., 38, of Kenai, was arrested for third-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 3 at 11:06 p.m., Kenai police traffic stopped a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report vehicle near Mile 12 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Erik B. Seller, 37, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence, first-degree terroristic threatening, fifth-degree criminal mischief, disorderly conduct, and failure to yield in the direction of a peace officer and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 8 at about 2:40 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Anchor Point Post, conducted a patrol aboard the Patrol Vessel Augustine. During the patrol, a vessel displaying Alaska boater registration AK0182P was contacted. The only two occupants of the vessel were Cindy Brinkerhoff, 63, of Homer, and Carl Brinkerhoff, 63, of Homer. The vessel was observed to have four sport fishing lines being fished from it. Both Cindy and Carl Brinkerhoff were cited for sportfishing with more than one line, which carries a $120 in the Homer Court.

On Aug. 10 at 11:09 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance on Cohoe Loop in Kasilof. Investigation revealed that Ricky Easter, 58, of Kasilof, assaulted a family member. Easter then contacted the victim regarding the case when not allowed. Easter was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Aug. 11 at 2:07 a.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Leona Demont, 63, of Nikiski, at her residence. After investigation, she was arrested for driving under the influence and driving while license revoked and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 11 at 3:37 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle collision with a moose at Mile 121 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation of the collision found that the driver, Aliesha Lynn Ottobre, 32, of Happy Valley, was driving while license suspended, with two prior convictions of driving while license revoked, and did not have motor vehicle liability insurance. She suffered minor injuries. Alcohol was not a factor. She was cited for driving while license suspended and no motor vehicle liability insurance.

On Aug. 9 at 8:14 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance in Soldotna. Roy James Tikka, 35, of Soldotna, was found at the scene, highly intoxicated. Investigation revealed that Tikka had driven to the scene while under the influence of alcohol, and while en route he nearly hit a mother and her daughter with his vehicle. He refused to submit a breath sample and has two prior driving under the influence convictions within the past 10 years. He was arrested for felony driving under the influence, felony refusal to submit to a chemical test, third-degree assault, and two counts of reckless endangerment and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Aug. 6 at 1:22 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a vehicle near Mile 163 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation showed that Daniel McDole, 58, of Homer, was driving the vehicle with a revoked license. McDole was given a summons to appear and released.

On July 8, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a burglary at a residence near Mile 155 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation led to Bailley Crocker, 33, of Anchor Point, and Sean Reagan, 32, of Homer, being charged with fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Crocker and Reagan were given summonses to appear and released.

On Aug. 8 at about 4:10 p.m., after a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report was received, Soldotna police stopped a vehicle near K-B Drive and Kalifornsky Beach Road. Cecil J. Andersen, 78, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 7 at 4:52 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Corral Avenue for a disturbance. Prior to the officer’s arrival, Casey Zearing, 31, of Soldotna, fled the residence. At 11:06 a.m., Zearing was located in the Cheechako News Drive area. After a foot pursuit, Zearing was arrested for fourth-degree assault, disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and a felony probation violation and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Aug. 4 at about 10:30 p.m., Soldotna police stopped two vehicles on East Marydale Avenue. Investigation led to Cole Donovan, 18, of Soldotna, being issued a criminal citation for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and released.

On Aug. 3 at about 8:50 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on Funny River Road. David Lockett, 63, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 1 at 5:49 p.m., Soldotna police responded to the area of the Sterling Highway and Birch Street for a motor vehicle collision. One of the involved drivers, Carol Burdick, 55, of Soldotna, was located in Soldotna Creek Park, where she had also backed into another unoccupied parked vehicle. After investigation, Burdick was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 11 at 3:55 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance at a residence on Trail River Road in Crown Point. Investigation revealed that Harry Madson, 65, of California, assaulted a family member at the residence. Madson was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail without bail.

On Aug. 11 at 8:24 p.m., Alaska State Troopers Dispatch received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report at Mile 66 of the Sterling Highway. Troopers contacted the REDDI vehicle on a traffic stop at Nina Robinson Avenue and the Sterling Highway. After investigation, Joshua Mercer, 45, of Anchorage, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 12 at about 3:50 a.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Kyle Ray Hock, 31, of Homer asleep in a vehicle at a business in Anchor Point. Investigation revealed him to be in possession of a controlled substance, heroin. He was issued a criminal citation for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On Aug. 12 at about 9:50 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to an assault at Wildwood Pretrial Facility. Investigation found that inmates Jaycee Clinton Herrmann and Keith Lee Wilson had assaulted another inmate. Herrmann was remanded for third-degree assault, and Wilson was remanded for fourth-degree assault.

On Aug. 12 at 11:29 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a Dodge pickup at Mile 87 of the Sterling highway. After investigation found that Jared Tovoli, 25, of Kenai, was diving while intoxicated, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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