Public safety briefs for Feb. 2, 2020

Public safety briefs for Feb. 2, 2020

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

On Jan. 28 at 8:19 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a two-vehicle collision near Mile 103 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed that Richard Hadden, 40, of Soldotna, was driving his Chevy Malibu northbound on the Sterling Highway when he was unable to stop for a school bus that was stopped. Hadden went around the bus and struck a stopped Ford Expedition, driven by Krystal O’Donnell, 46, of Soldotna. Both vehicles sustained minor damage and were driven from the scene. All occupants reported wearing seat belts, and no injuries were reported.

On Jan. 28 at 6:58 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received the report of a stolen firearm from a residence in Nikiski. The firearm, a Mossberg 5000 12 gauge pump shotgun, was found to have been stolen sometime in the past week. This case is under investigation.

UPDATE on JAN. 21 POST: On Jan. 27, Alaska State Troopers contacted the suspect vehicle in this burglary. Investigation identified Jeremy Scott Carroll, 31, of Anchorage, as being responsible for the burglary. Stolen property from this case as well as multiple other open burglary investigations to include firearms were recovered. Carroll has prior felony convictions for burglary and theft of a firearm. Charges were filed for two counts second-degree burglary and one count each of third-degree theft, third-degree misconduct involving weapons and tampering with physical evidence. Arrest warrants were requested. Anyone with additional information regarding these cases, particularly anyone who may have had contact with Carroll regarding the purchase of any firearms, is asked to call Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453.

ORIGINAL POST: On Jan. 21 at 4:03 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported theft from a residence near Mile 4 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. It was reported that an unknown person had stolen a generator from a connex on the property. The generator was described as older, red and with a metal casing. The suspect vehicle was described as a late 90s or early 2000s silver pickup. This case is currently under investigation.

On Jan. 29 at about 11:20 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of an assault at a residence in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Martin Oulton, 26, of Soldotna, had injured a person and damaged property during a domestic argument. Oulton was arrested for domestic violence fourth-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.On Jan. 10 at a 1:53 p.m., Seward Alaska State Trooper Seward responded to a single-vehicle crash at Mile 55 of the Seward Highway. After crashing into the guardrail, the driver abandoned the 2002 Isuzu Rodeo partially in the roadway. The vehicle was impounded. Investigation resulted in the driver being identified as Casey Kletke, 31, of Seward. On Jan. 24, Kletke was issued a criminal citation for failure to report the crash and a citation for driving without a valid license.

On Jan. 29 at 6:15 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna received a report of a domestic disturbance in the area of Coho Loop. It was reported that a firearm was discharged during the disturbance. Troopers arrived and contacted a male subject, identified as Justin Leman, 32, of Kasilof. Leman ran from the home and into the woods. Multiple Troopers tracked Leman through the woods. At 8:42 p.m., Leman produced a weapon toward a trooper and was fired upon. Despite life-saving measures and LifeMed being dispatched, Leman succumbed to his injuries on scene. No troopers, nor any other member of the public, reported any injuries. Next of kin for Leman has been notified. The Alaska Bureau of Investigation and members of the General Investigative Unit in Soldotna are investigating the totality of the circumstances surrounding the shooting incident. The personnel with the Alaska State Troopers that discharged a firearm during the incident will be named following a mandatory 72-hour administrative leave, per department policy. Once the investigation is complete, it will be forwarded to Special Prosecutions, within the Department of Law, for review.

On Jan. 25 at about 8:50 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway near Kilowatt Avenue. Harley Copenharve, 18, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving while license suspended and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Jan. 25 at 9:43 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway near Marydale Avenue. The driver, Edmund Johnson, 18, of Kenai, was arrested for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and reckless driving and was taken to Wildwood. A passenger, Kenden Snook, 18, of Soldotna, was issued a court summons for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and released.

On Jan. 24 at 11:48 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle near Mile 92 of the Sterling Highway. Thomas Dewitt, 41, of Healy, was arrested for driving while license suspended, for not having motor vehicle insurance, and on an outstanding warrant and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 20 at about 11:20 a.m., Soldotna police responded to Safeway for a shoplifting in progress. Upon arrival, the female suspect was contacted and initially provided a false name to officers. She was eventually identified as Derae Sanchez-Ramos, 32, of Soldotna. Sanchez-Ramos was arrested for second-degree theft, providing false information, violating her court-ordered conditions of release, and on an outstanding felony warrant. Sanchez-Ramos was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Jan. 29 at 12:17 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to East End Road near Kaleen Street in Homer for a report of a vehicle rollover. Investigation showed that Chelsea Schmitt, 28, of Homer, had lost control of her vehicle on the icy road and gone into the ditch, where the vehicle rolled. Schmitt suffered non-life-threatening injuries and was treated at the local hospital.

On Jan. 28 at 1:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were investigating a theft on Alligator Alley Road in Anchor Point, when Derek Ellis, 39, of Anchor Point, was seen driving a vehicle. Ellis’ license was known to by revoked by the troopers. Ellis was contacted a short time later, issued a summons to appear in court for driving while license revoked, and released.


On Jan. 27, Alaska State Troopers contacted Jeremy S. Carroll, 31, of Anchorage, in his vehicle. Carroll was identified as being responsible for the burglary. During subsequent investigation, stolen property and burglary tools used to force entry to the residence and a safe inside were recovered. An arrest warrant for two counts of first-degree burglary, two counts of second-degree theft, third-degree criminal mischief, and possession of burglary tools was requested through the Kenai Courts. If you have information regarding this or other cases, please contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907)262-4453 or Crime Stoppers at (907)283-8477.


On Jan. 26 at 2:51 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Cedarwood Avenue in Sterling for a report of a burglary. Investigation revealed that unknown person(s) entered the residence by force and stole items. Anyone with information regarding this investigation is encouraged to call the Alaska State Troopers at (907)262-4453 or Crime Stoppers at (907)283-8477. This investigation is continuing.

On Jan. 30 at 6:19 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Valley View Road in Sterling. One of the involved parties had left the scene after the collision. Troopers located that party at a nearby residence and identified him as Albert Feagin, 49, of Kenai. Investigation revealed that Feagin had been driving under the influence and impaired during the collision. Feagin was arrested for driving under the influence and was also charged with leaving the scene of an accident. Feagin had two prior driving under the influence convictions in the last 10 years, aggravating this driving under the influence charge to a felony. Feagin was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Jan. 30 at about 10:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in Kenai for follow-up and contacted Dylan Zoske, 28, of Kenai. Investigation revealed that Zoske had committed the crimes of two counts of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), second-degree harassment, and coercion. Zoske was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

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