Public safety briefs for Jan. 19, 2020

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Public safety briefs for Jan. 19, 2020

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

On Jan. 14 at 3:39 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported disturbance at a residence on Birdwatch Avenue in Happy Valley. Investigation led to the arrest of Randy Hall, 42, of Oregon, for damaging the property of a family member. Hall was taken to the Homer Jail, pending arraignment.

On Jan. 14 at 11:08 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received information from the Homer Police Department that Gary Thomas, 68, of Homer, had been reported overdue by his wife. Homer police and friends of the family started a search for Thomas, and a phone app was used to locate Thomas’ phone off Cottonwood Hill Avenue, out East End Road. One of the friends went to the area and located Thomas’ vehicle. Homer police responded and entered the residence and located Thomas, deceased. Troopers were notified and responded to investigate. Initial investigation indicates that there was an appliance explosion that caused fatal injuries to Thomas. The State Fire Marshal’s Office responded and is investigating the cause of the explosion. Next of kin have been notified.

On Jan. 15 at 1:45 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence off South Jawle Street in Soldotna, following a report of a male damaging the property of another person. Investigation revealed that Robert Allen Brocker, 66, of Soldotna, had tossed the other person’s belongings out the second-story window, damaging items valued at over $750. Brocker was arrested on a charge of third-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence) and taken Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Jan. 15 at 9:43 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to a report of a disturbance occurring at an address off Welcome Wind Street, near Kalifornsky Beach Road in Kasilof. Investigation revealed that an intoxicated 13-year-old male had physically assaulted an adult female. The male juvenile was arrested and taken to the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility without bail on two counts of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On Jan. 16 at 5:05 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responding to a shooting complaint near the end of Westbrook Avenue in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that a single round from a large caliber rifle had struck a residence and gone through the wall and into the garage. It is believed to have come the Murwood Avenue area. The case is under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to call Alaska State Troopers or Kenai Crime Stoppers.

On Jan. 16 at 2:37 p.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a routine traffic stop on a vehicle near Mile 82.5 of the Sterling Highway for speeding. Investigation revealed that Christopher Bogart, 43, of Kenai, was driving on a suspended license and also had two prior convictions for driving while license suspended. Bogart was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving while license suspended and released on scene. The vehicle was released to a licensed driver.

On Jan. 16, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in Kenai and contacted Kassie Schilf, 26, of Kenai. Investigation revealed that Schilf had an outstanding warrant for fourth-degree assault. Schilf was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $200 bail.

On Jan. 17 at 5:54 p.m., Alaska State Troopers with a warrant contacted and arrested David Bartley, 30, of Kenai, at his residence. Investigation found that Bartley was in violation of conditions of release. He was charged with violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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