Public safety briefs for Dec. 6, 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 Sept. 1 at about 3:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report that Robert Raymond Backstrom, 38, of Sterling, had violated his conditions of release on pending misdemeanor charges. Troopers were unable to locate Backstrom at that time. On Nov. 28 at about 4:50 p.m., troopers observed Backstrom at a residence near Marydale Avenue in Soldotna and, after a short foot pursuit he, was arrested on several warrants, with original charges of failure to appear at court for second-degree criminal trespass, fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, fourth-degree theft, three counts of violating conditions of release, failure to appear at a status hearing on a petition to revoke probation, and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Backstrom was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Nov. 28 at 3:18 p.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to stop a Audi sedan near Mile 20 of the Kenai Spur Highway after the vehicle was observed to not have a license plate attached. The vehicle failed to yield and drove recklessly for about five miles before getting stuck in a ditch. The driver fled on foot and was later apprehended hiding in a shed and identified as John Love, 33, of Kenai. Love was arrested for third-degree assault (domestic violence) for placing his passenger in fear of being injured, failure to yield, misconduct involving a weapon, violation conditions of release, driving while license suspended, reckless driving, and no vehicle insurance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail. The vehicle was released to the owner on scene.

On Nov. 28 at 8:33 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a Crime Stoppers tip that Jessica Rodman, 38, address unknown, was located at a residence in Nikiski, and that she had an active warrant for her arrest. Troopers confirmed that Rodman had an arrest warrant for failure to appear for first-degree theft and responded to the address, contacted Rodman, and arrested her on the outstanding warrant.

On Nov. 28 at 10:08 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of two hikers in distress in the mountains near Cooper Landing. They were unable to complete the hike back to their vehicle due to snow accumulation during the preceding days. The Alaska Rescue Coordination Center deployed a helicopter with rescue personnel. Both hikers were successfully located and extracted. They were taken to Anchorage Providence Hospital, evaluated, and released.

On Nov. 19 at about 2:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Unaloto Moonia, 27, address unknown, at a property near Mile 154 of the Sterling Highway during a burglary investigation. During the investigation, Moonia gave a false name. He was later identified and found to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest. Moonia was also on conditions of release in a separate criminal case and in violation of those conditions. Moonia was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail on the original $10,000 warrant and new charges of false report and violating conditions of release.

On Nov. 18 at 7:35 p.m., Alaska State Troopers arrested Monica Pelkey, 42, of Anchor Point, at her residence. Troopers had served a search warrant at the residence and found Pelkey was in possession of heroin. Pelkey was on conditions of release in several criminal cases and was in violation of those conditions. She was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail.

On Nov. 29 at 2:15 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers contacted John L. Lopez, 51, of Kenai, in the area of Foreland Avenue in Nikiski. Investigationrevealed that Lopez had an outstanding warrant for failing to contact Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the original charge of driving while license revoked. Lopez was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Nov. 29 at 10:27 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a two-vehicle collision near Mile 1.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Investigation revealed that Brandie Louise Cornell, 41, of Soldotna, was driving a blue 2001 Chevrolet Suburban, when she turned left in front of a black 1998 Dodge pickup, driven by Brian Howard Hanke, 53, of Kenai. The two vehicles collided. Neither party reported any injuries. Both vehicles sustained substantial, disabling damage. Further investigation revealed that Cornell was driving the Suburban while impaired and under the influence of alcohol. She was arrested for driving under the influence, taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, and held until sober.

On Nov. 11 at 5:28 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a call from a male who reported he had been assaulted by his girlfriend earlier in the day. After investigation, Valerie McDole, 33, of Anchor Point, was arrested on Nov. 15 and taken to the Homer Jail on charges of fourth-degree assault, violating conditions of release, second-degree theft, fraudulent use of access device, third-degree theft, and driving while license revoked, suspended or cancelled.

On Nov. 15 at 9:02 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a vehicle at a business in Anchor Point. Daniel McDole, 58, of Anchor Point, was issued a summons for driving while license revoked and released.

On Nov. 30 at about 6:30 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers contacted Andrew E. Conwell, 36, of Oregon, in the area of Foreland Avenue in Nikiski. After investigation revealed he had an outstanding warrant for second-degree theft, Conwell was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Nov. 30 at 6:52 p.m., Kenai police came in contact with a wanted subject near Bridge Access Road. After investigation, David J. Russi, 56, of Nikiski, was arrested on an Alaska State Troopers $250 cash bail warrant on original charges of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Nov. 30 at about 8:10 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local business off the Kenai Spur Highway for a report of a suspicious person. After investigation, Teana M. Lewis, 25, of Soldotna, was arrested on an Alaska State Troopers $25 cash bail warrant for failure to appear on original charges of a petition to revoke probation violation and driving under the influence, a troopers $25 cash bail fail to appear warrant on the original charge of fourth-degree theft, a troopers $200 cash bail failure to appear warrant on original charges of petition to revoke probation violation and driving under the influence, making a false report/statement, second-degree criminal trespass, and violating conditions of release. Lewis was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 29 at 9:33 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Main Street Loop. After investigation Tyler J. Fuxa, 28, of Soldotna, was issued a summons for driving while license suspended.

On Nov. 28 at 3:46 p.m., Kenai police responded to reports of a vehicle accident near Mile 5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. After investigation, Janelle A. Alexie, 24, of Sterling, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 24 at 9:39 a.m., Kenai police contacted a suspicious vehicle at Kenai Spur Highway near Shotgun Road. Tera J. Michlitsch, 37, of Kenai, was arrested on an Alaska State Troopers warrant on original charges of second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree theft and unauthorized use of an access device and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Dec. 2 at 11:17 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a white 2000 Jeep turning off of Rambling Road for a traffic violation. Karyn Rose Cornett, 24, of Nikiski, was identified as the driver. Investigation revealed that her license had been suspended for failure to maintain liability insurance. Further, she was found to not have insurance on this vehicle. She was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for no motor vehicle liability insurance and was additionally cited for driving while license suspended.

On Nov. 29 at 9:13 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to Mile 64 of the Sterling Highway to a report of a single-vehicle crash. Robert Rayce Craig, 28, was operating a gold 2004 Mazda-6 and lost control of the vehicle, running off the road near Mile 64 of the Sterling Highway. Craig reported he was wearing his seat belt and declined medical treatment. Investigation revealed that Craig was operating the vehicle while under the influence of controlled substances, and he was found to be in possession of controlled substances. Craig was arrested, processed and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of driving under the influence of drugs and two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On Dec. 2 at 10:14 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop on a black 2007 Chrysler 300 after observing a moving violation near Holt Lamplight and the Kenai Spur Highway. The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Jyles S. Meader, 26, of Nikiski, jumped out of the driver seat and switched seats with a female passenger. Meader provided a false name during the contact. Investigation revealed that Meader’s license is revoked indefinitely for failure to pay child support and that he had an outstanding $2,500 warrant for his arrest for a probation violation. Meader was arrested and remanded for the warrant and for additional charges of false information and driving while license revoked.

On Dec. 1 at 1:26 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop near Mile 68 of the Sterling Highway on a passenger car for a traffic violation. Investigation revealed that the driver, Isaac Karl Robertson, 29, of Homer, had an outstanding arrest warrant on original charges of driving under the influence, refusal, and violating conditions of release and that he has a revoked license for those charges. Robertson was arrested on the warrant and issued a misdemeanor court citation for driving with a revoked license and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $100 bail.

On Dec. 2 at 4:53 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of an inebriated male in a vehicle at a business in Ninilchik. Troopers responded and contacted the male, who was identified as Harry Bjork, 67, of Anchor Point. Investigation showed that Bjork had driven the vehicle while impaired, and he was given a summons to appear in court and released to a responsible third party.

On Dec. 3, Alaska State Troopers contacted Joshua Robert Paul Peterson, 28, of Nikiski, at a residence off Nerfy Street in Nikiski. Peterson was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $600 bail on two outstanding warrants for failure to appear for arraignment on original charges of driving under the influence, driving while license suspended, and petition to revoke probation.

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