Public safety briefs for July 12, 2020

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

On July 4 at 10:07 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance at the Ninilchik River Campground. The disturbance was being caused by Carmon Tuluk, 28, of Chevak. A records check showed that Tuluk was on Pretrial Enforcement Division (PED) supervision and had conditions of release to not consume alcohol. After a preliminary breath test at 10:45 p.m., Tuluk was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to the Homer Jail.

On July 4 at 9:03 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop on a silver 2007 GMC Yukon near Mile 112.5 of the Sterling Highway. The driver, Johnathan T. Carlson, 25, of Wasilla, had a 13-year-old passenger in the vehicle. After investigation, Carlson was arrested for driving under the influence and first-degree endangering the welfare of a minor. Carlson was processed at the Soldotna troopers’ post and then taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On July 2 at 9:26 a.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a vehicle near Mile 154 of the Sterling Highway, after observing James Taylor, 55, of Ninilchik, driving the vehicle. Troopers knew from prior contacts that Taylor did not have a valid license. A records check confirmed that Taylor’s license was revoked and he was on conditions of release. After Taylor was issued a summons to appear in court for driving while license revoked and violating conditions of release, he was released to a licensed driver.

On July 4, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Anchor Point Post, conducted a commercial fishing patrol of the Kasilof commercial fishing district aboard the Patrol Vessel Augustine. During the patrol, a vessel was observed west of the commercial fishing boundary, placing it in closed waters. The Fishing Vessel Lisa Ann was contacted about 3.2 nautical miles outside the designated fishing area. Maxim Gustevskyh, 40, of Anchor Point, was contacted as the permit holder and captain onboard the vessel. Gustevskyh was cited for commercial fishing in closed period waters, which carries a mandatory court appearance on Aug. 5 in the Homer Court. All fish onboard the vessel were seized.

On July 6, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Vera Grundberg, 32, of Kenai, while she was participating in the Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Dipnet Fishery on the Kasilof River. Grundberg did not have the required 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Permit and was issued a citation, with bail set at $220 in Kenai District Court.

On July 6 at 8:52 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in Sterling. Investigation revealed that Wasilie Paul Bobby, Jr., 37, of Sterling, had damaged property of a family member by throwing rocks at their car window, causing it to shatter. He fled prior to trooper arrival. He was charged fourth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence), and an arrest warrant was requested.

On July 6 at 8:27 p.m., Alaska State Troopers Dispatch received a report of gunshots near Carmichael Court in Sterling. Troopers responded to the area and contacted Kenneth Lano, 62, of Anchorage, and Esther Davis, 27, of Anchorage. Investigation found that Lano was violating his probation, and Davis was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Lano was arrested for violating probation, and Davis was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Both were taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On July 6, after investigation into a fire that previously occurred in the 600 block of Peninsula Avenue, Thomas Ponsolle, 21, of Kenai, was arrested for first-degree arson, first-degree burglary, and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On July 6 at 4:24 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local grocery store, located near Wildwood Pretrial 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway, for report of a shoplifting theft. Officers responded and located the suspects. Brandon J. Saltenberger, 20, of Kenai, was arrested for third-degree theft and violating conditions of release. Jessica E. Segura, 21, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourth-degree theft and violating conditions of release. Both were taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 6 at 10:12 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near the area of Fourth Avenue. Zachary G. Kooly, 28, of Kenai, was arrested for driving while license revoked and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 6 at 10:41 p.m., Kenai police responded to a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report and located and contacted the vehicle. Barry J. Siltmann, 55, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 5 at 1:36 a.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Cinderella Avenue. Sean V. Neil, 39, of Kenai was arrested on two counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 5 at 11:31 a.m., Kenai police responded to the area of Birch Street to assist the Kenai Fire Department. Dustin C. Rediske, 25, of Kenai, was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and petition to revoke probation and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 3 at 8:58 a.m., Kenai police responded to a report of a burglary in progress on Lupine Drive. Darrell R. Stevens, 31, of Kasilof, was arrested for first-degree burglary, third-degree theft, fifth-degree criminal mischief, and a $100 Alaska State Troopers bench warrant for failure to appear for pre-indictment hearing on original charges of first-degree vehicle, second-degree theft, and failure to stop at the direction of an officer. Stevens was taken to Wildwood Correctional Facility.

On July 1 at 12:57 a.m., Kenai police responded to a 911 call about a disturbance at a business located near Bridge Access Road and Beaver Loop Road. After investigation, Ali H. Socdaal, 37, of Anchorage, was issued a summons for first-degree harassment.

On July 1 at about 3:40 p.m., Kenai police contacted a wanted subject at a local business near Wildwood Pretrial 11 of the Kenai Spur Highway. David J. Russi, 55, of Kenai, was arrested on a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrant for violating conditions of release charge, filed June 24 on the original charge of fourth-degree assault. Russi was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 7 at 11:02 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary at a business on East Poppy Lane. Investigation revealed that someone broke into the business, stole about $300 in items, and caused damage to the structure. The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information is urged to call the Alaska State Troopers at 907-262-4453 or submit a tip to www.peninsulacrimestoppers.com.

On June 17 at 7:54 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Cape Ninilchik in Anchor Point. Investigation showed that Kari Curry, 32, of Anchor Point, had violated a stalking protective order. Curry had left the residence prior to trooper arrival, but on July 1 she was contacted and issued a summons for violating the stalking order.

On July 7, Jayr Laurente, 34, of Anchorage, and Kevin Ramoth, 30, of Anchorage, were each issued citations for taking salmon in a closed area during the 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Dipnet Fishery on the Kasilof River. Bail was set at $440 ($220 each) in Kenai District Court.

On July 7, Soldotna Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Derek Cabot, 37, of Sand Point, while he was personal use dipnet fishing on the Kasilof River. Cabot was issued a citation for not having a valid resident sportfish license or a 2020 Upper Cook Inlet personal use dipnet permit in possession. Bail was set at $440 in Kenai District Court.

On July 8, the Kenai Police Department received multiple calls and inquiries from individuals who have seen videos of the incident posted online about an assault that occurred on the beach on Monday night. The Kenai Police Department is investigating the incident, the individuals involved have been identified, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the event or has additional information to assist in the investigation is encouraged to contact the Kenai Police Department at 283-7879.

On July 7 at 6:42 p.m., Kenai police responded to a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway. The officer was able to locate and traffic stop the REDDI vehicle. As a result, Louis L. Maag, 57, of Alabama, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On July 8 at 7:47 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to Cache Street in Kasilof for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed that a male and female had gotten into an altercation with a male on the property and that James Shannon Virgial Pearce, 36, of Homer, grabbed a gas can full gas and threatened to light the structure on fire during the altercation. Pearce was not on scene when troopers arrived. He was contacted several miles away at 9:42 p.m.. During the contact with Pearce, he was found to have methamphetamine on his person. A records check revealed that Pearce had two outstanding warrants for his arrest for third-degree and fourth-degree theft and second-degree criminal trespass. Pearce was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on the outstanding warrants and charges of a count of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and two counts of third-degree assault.

On July 9, Soldotna police received information from Anchorage police about a stolen 2007 Chevy pickup towing a trailer with an excavator on it that was possibly on the Kenai Peninsula. At 2:05 p.m., an officer located the stolen pickup at a campsite in Swiftwater Park. At the campsite, officers contacted Douglas Lane, 36, of Palmer. Lane admitted to driving the pickup to the Soldotna area and also showed officers where he had abandoned the trailer and excavator on Princeton Avenue, off Kalifornsky Beach Road. The trailer and excavator were also recovered. Lane was arrested for first-degree theft and first-degree vehicle theft and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. This case is still under investigation.

On July 8 at 9:35 p.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Sohi Lane for a trespassing complaint. Araisa Silva, 19, of Soldotna, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and violating her court-ordered conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 7 at 8:43 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Sohi Lane for a report of a female under the influence of drugs. Araisa Silva, 19, of Soldotna, was arrested for violating her court-ordered conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 7 at 8:43 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Sohi Lane for a report of a female under the influence of drugs. Araisa Silva, 19, of Soldotna, was arrested for violating her court-ordered conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 5 at 1:05 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Sterling Highway near Tern Circle. Dorothy Norris, 31, of Anchorage, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 5 at about 10:50 p.m., Soldotna police responded to the Safeway parking lot for a report of a female using drugs in a car. Investigation led to the arrest of Kelli Acton, 29, of Sterling, for violating her court-ordered conditions of release. Acton was taken to Wildwood Pretrial, and the car was impounded for further investigation.

On July 5 at 1:05 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Sterling Highway near Tern Circle. Dorothy Norris, 31, of Anchorage, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 5 at about 10:50 p.m., Soldotna police responded to the Safeway parking lot for a report of a female using drugs in a car. Investigation led to the arrest of Kelli Acton, 29, of Sterling, for violating her court-ordered conditions of release. Acton was taken to Wildwood Pretrial, and the car was impounded for further investigation.

On June 30 at 3:52 p.m., Soldotna police received a report from Fred Meyer store loss prevention that a shoplifting suspect was fleeing the store in a vehicle. Officers stopped the vehicle on Birch Street near Soldotna Avenue. Robin Bender, 37, of Anchorage, was arrested for third-degree theft, violating his court-ordered conditions of release, and providing false information and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

BEACH ASSAULT UPDATE: 7-9-20

On July 8, a 15-year-old male, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and taken to the Kenai Youth Detention Facility. On July 9, a 17-year-old male, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and taken to the Kenai Youth Detention Facility. On July 9, Elijah Royal-Reyna, 19, of Kenai, was issued a summons to court for fourth-degree assault. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

ORIGINAL PRESS RELEASE: 7-8-20

On July 8, the Kenai Police Department received multiple calls and inquiries from individuals who have seen videos of the incident posted online about an assault that occurred on the beach on Monday night. The Kenai Police Department is investigating the incident, the individuals involved have been identified, and the investigation is ongoing. Anyone who witnessed the event or has additional information to assist in the investigation is encouraged to contact the Kenai Police Department at 283-7879.

On July 9, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted James Carter, 38, of Anchorage while he was participating in the 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Dipnet Fishery on the Kasilof River. Carter did not possess a 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit. He was issued a citation, with bail set at $220 in Kenai District Court.

On July 9, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted David Turner, 54, of Anchorage, while he was participating in the 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Dipnet Fishery on the Kasilof River. Turner did not possess a 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit. He was issued a citation, with bail set at $220 in Kenai District Court.

On July 9, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Katopau Ainuu, 23, and Korokota Ainuu, 22, both of Anchorage, while they were participating in the 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Dipnet Fishery on the Kasilof River. Neither possessed a 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit. Both were issued citations, with bail set at $220 each in Kenai District Court.

On July 9 at 8:18 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to a report of a disturbance between neighbors occurring at an address on Diamond Willow Lane in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that David A. Lovell, 53, of Soldotna, was in violation of a protective order. Lovell was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On July 5, Dalton Grey, 33, of Eagle River, was cited by Seward Alaska Wildlife Troopers for failing to immediately record his shrimp harvest before leaving the fish cite in Resurrection Bay. Bail was set at $120 in Seward Court.

On July 4, Veronica Quezada, 22, of Jalisco, Mexico, was cited by Seward Wildlife Troopers for not having a sportfishing license in possession when she was contacted fishing in Resurrection Bay. Quezada was given a correctable citation or a bail set at $220 in Seward Court.

On July 4, Jimmy Allen, 52, of Fairbanks, was cited by Seward Wildlife Troopers for sportfishing with more than one line in the water, after he was observed fishing with two fishing poles in Resurrection Bay. Bail was set at $120 in Seward Court.

On July 4, Eric Noyes, 30, of Fairbanks, was cited by Seward Wildlife Troopers for sportfishing with more than one line in the water, after he was observed fishing with two fishing poles in Resurrection Bay. Bail was set at $120 in Seward Court.

On July 4, Forrest Wacker, 61, of Chugiak, was cited by Seward Wildlife Troopers for harvesting an undersized lingcod in Resurrection Bay. Wacker had retained a 33.5-inch-long lingcod when the minimum is 35 inches long. The lingcod was seized and given to a local charity. Bail was set at $170 in Seward Court.

On July 4, David Smith, 77, of Ninilchik, was cited by Seward Wildlife Troopers for harvesting an undersized lingcod in Resurrection Bay. Smith harvested a 30-inch-long lingcod when the minimum is 35 inches long. The lingcod was seized and given to a local charity. Bail was set at $170 in Seward Court.

On July 3, Hal Ward, 77 of Wasilla, was cited by Seward Wildlife Troopers for not having a fishing license in possession when contacted fishing in Resurrection Bay. Ward was given a correctable citation or a bail set at $220 in Seward Court.

On July 3, Travis Tubbs 42 of Jefferson, Oregon, was cited by Seward Wildlife Troopers for sportfishing with more than one line in the water when he was observed fishing with two fishing poles in Resurrection Bay. Bail was set at $120 in Seward Court.

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