Public safety briefs for February 25, 2019

Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement and public safety records and includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

On Feb. 23 at 12:03 a.m., the Public Safety Communication Center in Soldotna received a 911 open line call in which a physical disturbance and screaming could be heard in the background. The call was traced to a residence in Seward. Seward based Alaska State Troopers and Seward Police Department responded. Investigation revealed that Timothy Elve, 50, of Anchorage, had smoked methamphetamine and had physically assaulted a family member, causing serious physical injury. Elve retrieved a sword and threatened to kill the family member with it as troopers arrived on scene. Elve dropped the sword and was arrested without incident. Elve was taken to the Seward Jail for first-degree, second-degree and third-degree assault, first-degree criminal trespass, and fifth-degree criminal mischief, all domestic violence crimes.

On Feb. 22 at about 9:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Mile 42 of the Sterling Highway for equipment and moving violations. Investigation revealed that Kimberly Dunn, 40, of Homer, was driving while under the influence of alcohol. Dunn was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail.

On Feb. 21 at 12:16 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to Forest Lane on the Sterling Highway to a report of a collision involving two vehicles. The driver of a white 1993 Chevrolet truck was identified as Krystal D. Winn, 31, of Soldotna. Michelle L. Williams, 49, of Soldotna, was operating a white 2015 Jeep Renegade. Investigation revealed that Winn was traveling north, attempting to turn right onto Forest Lane, and collided into the driver’s side portion of Williams’ vehicle, causing minor damage. No injuries were reported, and both parties reported to have been wearing seat belts.

On Feb. 23 at 12:31 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance in progress on Polar Street in the Jehovah Witness church parking lot in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Zachariah Lange 25, of Soldotna, had assaulted a family member and a friend. Lange was arrested for second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and fourth-degree assault and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Feb. 23 at 4:07 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 black Jeep Liberty for an equipment violation. Investigation revealed that Shannon Fender, 48, of Soldotna, was operating a motor vehicle while impaired by marijuana and was also driving while his license was revoked. Fender was arrested for driving under the influence and driving while license revoked and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $500 bail.

On Feb. 23 at 8:43 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a domestic violence assault after-the-fact, where parties were currently separated. After investigation, Linda Lowder, 65, of Kasilof, was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On Feb. 24 at 10:13 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the intersection of the Kenai Spur Highway and Holt Lamplight Road in Nikiski for a report of a motor vehicle collision. Investigation revealed that Robert P. Harrison, 91, of Nikiski, was stopped at the stop sign on Holt Lamplight Road in his silver 2007 Ford Focus. Harrison made a southbound turn onto the Kenai Spur Highway and failed to yield to the right of way to a 16-year-old female, of Nikiski, who was driving southbound in her white 1997 Chrysler LHS approaching Holt Lamplight Road. Harrison’s vehicle stuck the Chrysler, rendering both vehicles inoperable. Both parties reported wearing their seat belts and no injuries.

On Feb. 21, Justin Kuchinski, 40, of Homer, was issued a citation by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Anchor Point Post, for failure to report his 2018 mountain goat hunt. Bail was set at $110 in Homer District Court.

On Feb. 19 at 4:39 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a potential medical issue involving a female passed-out behind the wheel of her pickup truck, which was stuck in a snow bank in the area of Poppy Ridge Road in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Tiffany L. Burk, 35, of Soldotna, had operated a vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Burk was arrested for driving under the influence and also charged with refusal to provide a breath sample. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $1,000 bail.

On Feb. 18 at 10:13 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of theft at Fastenal, a business located in Kenai. Investigation revealed that a battery was stolen off a work truck and fuel siphoned. If you have any information regarding this case, you are encouraged to call Soldotna Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453 or Crime Stoppers at 283-8477.

On Feb. 18 at 12:59 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to Ainsworth Avenue in Nikiski for a report of a vehicle theft. Investigation revealed that Bryon C. Polkoski, 32, of Soldotna, stole a vehicle worth about $1,000. An arrest warrant for first-degree vehicle theft and second-degree theft was requested from the Kenai Courts. On Feb. 24 at 8:58 a.m., troopers responded to a residence on Sandpiper Lane, Kenai. Polkoski was arrested for the active warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $500 bail.

On Feb. 18 at 4:46 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to Mile 26.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski for a report of a motor vehicle collision. Investigation revealed that Richard W. Heath, 60, of Nikiski was driving his 2012 Hyundai Accent when he slid through the stop sign on McGahan Road onto the Kenai Spur Highway, where he collided with a Mercedes SUV, driven by Amberanne L. Vandehey, 31, of Nikiski who was Northbound on the Kenai Spur Highway. Both vehicles were damaged, but were driven from the scene. No injuries were reported, and both drivers utilized their seat belts. Alcohol was not a factor.

On Feb. 22 at 11:26 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near Marathon Road and the Kenai Spur Highway. Police contacted the occupants of the vehicle and identified the driver as Holli A. Driver, 24, of Soldotna. Driver was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for driving under the influence.

On Feb. 20 at 9:44 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle after witnessing it run into a snowbank near Mile 6 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Police contacted the occupants of the vehicle, and investigation led to the driver, later identified as Holli A. Driver, 24, of Soldotna, being issued a summons for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Driver was released from the scene without incident.

On Feb. 20 at 4:12 p.m., Kenai police received an after-the-fact report of male who had trespassed at a residence located near Iliamna Road. Police spoke with the male, identified as John Q. Wilson, 22, of Kenai. Wilson was issued a summons for second-degree criminal trespass.

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