Public safety briefs for Dec. 13, 2020

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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 Dec. 4 at 10:11 p.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop on the Sterling Highway in Sterling. After investigation revealed that James Roberts, 34, of Sterling, was driving while his license was revoked, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Dec. 5 at about 4:00 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a domestic violence assault that occurred at a residence in Sterling. Investigation revealed that Richard Monyahan, 58, of Sterling, assaulted an adult and placed a juvenile in fear of being assaulted. Monyahan was arrested for two counts of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On Dec. 5 at 12:29 p.m., Kenai police responded to a residence on Wortham Avenue regarding a suspicious person. After investigation, Jared J. Herrmann, 24, of Kenai, was arrested for a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrant on charges of first-degree burglary and fourth-degree theft, no bail, and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Dec. 3 at 12:29 p.m., Kenai police responded to a residence on Bluff Street for a disturbance. After investigation, Timothy J. Fitzpatrick, 34, of Kenai, was arrested for an Anchorage Alaska State Troopers Judicial Service misdemeanor bench warrant on charges of third-degree assault (domestic violence) and failure to comply with conditions of release on the original charge of violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 3 at 5:02 p.m., Kenai police responded to a vehicle in a ditch on Robin Drive. After investigation, Gina R. Karlskin, 62, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 2 at 6:28 p.m., Kenai police responded to a residence on Illiamna Road for a disturbance. After investigation, Jonathan M. Paris, 50, of Kenai, was issued a summons for disorderly conduct.

On Dec. 2 at 9:16 p.m., Kenai police responded to a report of a vehicle accident near Lilac Lane, off the Kenai Spur Highway. After investigation, Patrick D. Hamman, 31, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence and fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 7 at 11:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in Kenai. Investigation resulted in the arrest of David Duncan, 31, of Kenai, for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence). Duncan was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On Dec. 6 at 12:24 a.m., Soldotna police stopped to check on a disabled vehicle on the Sterling Highway near Binkley Street. Matthew Mendenhall, 27, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Dec. 5 at 11:52 a.m., Soldotna police received a report of a stalking protective order violation. Debora Conover, 54, of Soldotna, was arrested for violating the stalking protective order and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Dec. 4 at 3:42 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Geranium Road for a disturbance. Glenn Laplante, 52, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Nov. 24 at about 8:50 p.m., Soldotna police responded to a disturbance on Pace Street. One of the involved parties, Sherry Maestas, 44, of Soldotna, was in violation of her court-ordered conditions of release. She was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail. Once at Wildwood Pretrial, Maestas was also charged with fifth-degree criminal mischief after spitting inside the patrol car.

On Nov. 23 at 10:48 a.m., Soldotna police contacted Jennifer Gadola, 35, of Soldotna, and arrested her for violating her court-ordered conditions of release. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Nov. 22 at 10:36 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway near Knight Drive. Leeta Toshavik, 38, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 21 at 2:05 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Sterling Highway near Birch Street. Michael J. Ritz, 53, of Seward, was issued a criminal citation for driving while license suspended and released.

On Nov. 21 at 3:39 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Arena Avenue. Krista Sinclair, 23, of Ninilchik, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 21 at 7:49 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Sterling Highway near Riverside Drive. Bryan Polkoski, 34, of Soldotna, was driving with a canceled license. He was issued a criminal citation and released. The passenger, Hannah Kelson, 23, of Anchor Point, was found to be in violation of her court-ordered conditions of release. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial and held without bail.

On Nov. 20 at 11:48 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle at Mile 91.5 of the Sterling Highway. Michael Dirks, 50, of Fairbanks, was issued a criminal citation for driving while license revoked and released.

On Dec. 8 at 9:27 a.m., the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center received multiple calls from the emergency call box at Silvertip Department of Transportation, reporting a two-vehicle motor vehicle collision involving two cargo/box trucks near Mile 62 of the Seward Highway. Seward based Alaska State Troopers, Cooper Landing Emergency Medical Services and Girdwood Emergency Medical Services responded to the scene. Initial indications are that a northbound box truck lost control and began “fishtailing” across all lanes of travel. A southbound box truck, driven by Ifomaava Tagalu, 34, of Anchorage, and carrying two passengers, was unable to avoid the fishtailing truck and hit it head-on. Tagalu was pronounced deceased at the scene. His two passengers and the other driver were taken to Anchorage hospitals. Next of kin has been notified.

On Dec. 9, Alaska State Troopers Dispatch in Soldotna received a 911 call reporting that a dangerous driver had run a red light and driven over a large concrete median into the opposing lanes of travel at the intersection of the Sterling and Kenai Spur Highways in Soldotna. Troopers responded, located, and stopped the vehicle. Investigation revealed that the driver, Raymond Speed, 48, of Soldotna, was impaired by alcoholic beverages. Speed was arrested for driving under the influence (DUI). The Datamaster breath instrument revealed his breath alcohol concentration was almost three times the limit. Speed has several prior DUI convictions, including a prior felony level DUI conviction within the last 10 years, making this incident a felony level DUI. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, and his truck was impounded, pending a DUI seizure.

On Dec. 11 at about 12:10 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for moving violations on Ciechanski Road in Soldotna. After investigation revealed that driver Richard Kazaitis, 31, of Kenai, was impaired by alcoholic beverages, he was arrested for driving under the influence, given a breath alcohol concentration test, and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Dec. 11 at 2:37 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for moving violations on the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. After investigation revealed that driver Mirissa Green, 25, of Kenai, was impaired by alcoholic beverages, she was arrested for driving under the influence, given a breath alcohol concentration test, and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 8 at 12:36 a.m., an anonymous caller reported a wanted subject inside an apartment complex located off California Avenue in Kenai. Kenai police responded to the scene and contacted Matthew S. Lay, 24, of Kenai. A records check showe Lay had two active Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrants. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for a felony arrest warrant on original charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, third-degree criminal mischief, no bail, and failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of failure to comply with conditions of probation.

On Dec. 7 at about 6:00 p.m., Kenai police contacted a wanted subject at a local business near Mile 10.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Dispatch confirmed that the male, identified as Anthony R. Fabiano, 36, of Soldotna, had an active $50 Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of no motor vehicle insurance.

On Dec. 7 at 1:48 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop in Sterling. Investigation revealed that Tyler Fuxa, 28, of Soldotna was driving with a suspended license and had failed to obtain motor vehicle insurance. A male passenger, Wesley Fuxa, 30, of Soldotna, had an active arrest warrant. Tyler was issued summonses for driving while license suspended and no vehicle insurance. Wesley was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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