Public safety briefs for Aug. 23, 2020

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Public safety briefs for Aug. 23, 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. 13 at 9:43 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received multiple reports of a white Toyota Tacoma that crashed into the ditch near Mile 47 of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing. Investigation revealed that John Mumey, 19, of Ninilchik, had committed the crimes of driving under the influence of controlled substances and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons. Mumey was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail on $500 bail.

On Aug. 13 at 7:39 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to Kasilof for a report of a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately). The vehicle was described as a bronze 2003 Kia Optima, reported to be driving erratically. A check in the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) revealed that the driver has an expired operator’s license. The driver was issued a traffic citation for driving with an expired license. The passenger provided a false name, and investigation revealed his identity as William S. Coleman, 18, of Homer, who has an outstanding warrant out of Anchorage for violating conditions of release and failing to appear to court for the original charge of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. An APSIN check revealed Coleman is still on conditions of release out of Anchorage for the original charge of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Part of Coleman’s conditions state he is to obey all laws and not be in possession of controlled substances. Coleman was found to be in possession of controlled substances. Coleman was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on charges of the outstanding warrant, violating conditions of release, and two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances.

On Aug. 16 at 3:25 a.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to a report of a home death. Investigation revealed that Todd Small, 58, of Soldotna, fell into a fire pit and succumbed to his injuries. The Peninsula Memorial Chapel arrived and took possession of Small.

On Aug. 17 at 6:33 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a paranoid male who was acting irrationally near Mile 50 of the Sterling Highway, in Cooper Landing. It was reported that Derek McDaniel, 38, of Anchor Point, had a flat tire on his vehicle and had his three children in the car with him. McDaniel was advised by troopers to have a tow truck assist with his flat tire, as he was unable to change it himself. McDaniel called a tow truck but then chose to drive his vehicle southbound on the Sterling Highway, to the point that his tire shredded and he was driving on his rim. McDaniel was stopped near Mile 76 Sterling Highway and arrested for reckless endangerment for each child in the vehicle. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail. The children were released to their mother. Neither drugs nor alcohol are factors in the incident.

On Aug. 16 at 9:04 p.m., Seward Alaska State Troopers received a report of an overdue boater on the Resurrection River. The initial report was that Richard Hoverstein, 52, of Seward, had embarked on a canoe trip at about 4:45 p.m. He planned to travel on the river from about the intersection of Herman Leirer Road and Old Exit Glacier Road to the Seward Airport. When he failed to arrive at the airport, a friend flew over the stretch of the river in an airplane but was unable to locate Hoverstein. Troopers and Bear Creek Fire Department searched the river and riverbank until about midnight, at which time the search was suspended, due to the difficult terrain and darkness. The search resumed at about 8:00 a.m. on Aug. 17. At about 10:30 a.m., Hoverstein’s body was found in a log jam with his canoe. Bear Creek Fire assisted with the body recovery. Hoverstein was taken to the State Medical Examiner’s office in Anchorage for autopsy. Hoverstein’s next of kin has been notified.

On Aug. 16 at 3:45 a.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near McKinley Street. Doyle D. Pierce, 34, of Texas, was arrested for driving under the influence and breath test refusal and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 16 at 8:06 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local Kenai business for an unresponsive male. Paisy Reutov, 45, of Willow, was arrested for driving under the influence, breath test refusal, and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 15 at 6:16 a.m., Kenai police responded to a report of theft at a local business. Jared J.E. Herrmann, 24, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree theft and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 15 at 10:42 a.m., Kenai police responded to a disturbance on Strawberry Road. Jared J.E. Herrmann, 24, of Kenai. was arrested for fourth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence), third-degree theft, and fifth-degree criminal mischief and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 14 at 2:03 p.m., Kenai police responded to Gill Street on a report of an intoxicated male refusing to get out of a cab. Clinton D. Starnes, 30, of Anchorage, was arrested for third-degree and fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon and a parole violation and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 11 at 4:04 p.m., Kenai police contacted a suspicious vehicle located near a local building on Peninsula Avenue in Kenai. After investigation, Catherine V. Keane, 31, of Sterling, was arrested for third-degree and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 18 at about 3:10 a.m., Gordon Lee Cote, 51, of Kasilof, called 911, reporting that multiple persons were attempting to break into his home and assault him over a vehicle ownership dispute. He reported the persons were attempting to kick his front door in and had smashed out a window. The suspects were attempting to flee as Alaska State Troopers arrived. When troopers arrived, Cote discharged a shotgun out the broken window towards arriving troopers, putting them in fear of being shot. Cote was arrested. After investigation, Lance Herbert Joe Kitchen, 28, of Kasilof, was arrested for attempted first-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief, and third-degree assault. Devin Jay Jas, 23, of Kasilof, was arrested for attempted first-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief, third-degree assault, and violating conditions of release. Brianna Marie Kitchen, 29, of Kasilof, was arrested for attempted first-degree burglary, third-degree assault, and making a false report. Further investigation revealed that the complainant, Cote, was in possession of and impaired by methamphetamine, a controlled substance. He was arrested for three counts of third-degree assault on a police officer, two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons, and one count of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. All four were taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility and held without bail, pending arraignment.

On Aug. 17 at 3:03 a.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a red 1993 Ford Explorer on Dorothy Avenue in Kasilof for a traffic violation. Investigation revealed that David Wayne Pine, 41, of Kasilof, was driving the car with a revoked license. He had 18 prior criminal convictions for driving while license revoked and was currently on court-ordered conditions of release for pending driving while license revoked offenses. Additionally, he was found to have outstanding warrants for his arrest for obstructing a court order, in relation to the pending driving while license revoked charges. He was arrested for the warrants, driving while license revoked, and violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On Aug. 19 at about 4:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers observed Colton Douglas, 26, of Seward, riding a bicycle on the Seward Highway near the Seward Stash and Store. A records check confirmed Douglas had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on the original charge of second-degree assault. Douglas was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail without bail.

On Aug. 13, Soldotna-based Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed the Fishing Vessel Osage actively fishing a drift gillnet in waters closed to commercial fishing in the Upper Cook Inlet. The permit holder, Ronald Meehan, 64, of Soldotna, was contacted on board and was issued a citation for commercial fish closed waters, with a mandatory court appearance in the Kenai District Court on Sept. 10.

On Aug. 19 at 4:37 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance at a residence in Moose Pass.Investigation revealed that Christos Argiris, 60, of Moose Pass, committed the domestic violence crimes of fourth-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Argiris was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail without bail.

On Aug. 16 at 12:37 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on College Loop near Poppy Lane. Steven Eagle, 35, of Soldotna, was arrested on an outstanding warrant, for driving while license revoked, and for driving without liability insurance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 16 at 7:15 p.m., Soldotna police contacted the occupants of a vehicle on Kalifornsky Beach Road, near Poppy Lane, after receiving a report of a disturbance occurring in the vehicle. James Kohn, 33, of Kenai, was arrested for third-degree assault and two counts of reckless endangerment and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 13 at 11:42 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Sterling Highway near Kobuk Street. Eric Glenzel, 53, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 18 at 1:35 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a vehicle at Chapman Elementary in Anchor Point after recognizing the driver as not having a license. David Inman, 43, of Homer, was found to be driving with a suspended license. Inman was given a summons to appear and released.

On Aug. 18 at 6:03 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a minor female who had been sexually assaulted earlier in the day. Investigation showed the female had been sexually assaulted by Gary Tysowski, 73, of Anchor Point. Based on information gathered during the investigation, Tysowski was arrested on Aug. 19 and taken to the Homer Jail without bail.

On Aug. 21 at about 9:10 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to a report of a disturbance on Lottie Drive in Kasilof and contacted the involved parties as they were driving away, about two miles from the residence. After investigation, James S. Ivanoff, 25, of Kasilof, who is on conditions of release from a prior assault arrest, one condition being that he is not to consume alcohol, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of driving under the influence, driving while license revoked, violating conditions of release, fourth-degree assault, fifth-degree criminal mischief, and interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime.

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