Public safety briefs for July 21, 2019

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

On July 16, Alaska Wildlife Troopers conducted a patrol of the Kasilof River dipnet fishery. During the patrol, Chai Saechao, 36, of Anchorage, was observed dipnet fishing and contacted. Saechao was able to provide a valid 2019 Alaska fishing license but was unable to provide a 2019 Kenai Personal Use Dipnet Permit. Saechao was issued a citation for personal use permit required, with bail set at $220.

On July 15, Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued Michael Daugherty, 51, of Sterling, a $270 bailable citation for employing a crew member onboard his commercial fishing vessel the F/V Kelsea Marie who did not have a valid 2019 commercial crew members license in possession. Corey Hollenberg ,42, of Wasilla, was issued a $270 bailable citation for working as a crew member onboard the vessel without a valid 2019 commercial fishing crew members license.

On July 15, Kyle Grimes, 22, of Fallon, Nevada, was issued a citation by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, for failure to have his crewmember license in his possession while commercial fishing. Bail was set at $270.

On July 15, Evdoksia Lasiter, 42, of Nikolaevsk, was issued a citation by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, for failure to have her crewmember license in her possession while commercial fishing. Bail was set at $270.

On July 15 at 5:18 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, issued citations to Edith Joanne Kaleak, 43, of Anchorage, in Kenai, for participating in the Cook Inlet Personal Use salmon fishery without the required permit. She was also issued a citation for retaining a king salmon in the fishery, which is prohibited by Emergency Order #2-KS-1-30-19, which can be viewed on the ADFG website. Fine for not having a permit is set at $220. Fine for retaining the king salmon is set at $270.

On July 15, Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Soldotna cited Kenneth Grimes, 52, of Nevada, for employing an unlicensed commercial fishing crew member. Bail was set at $270.

On July 15, Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Soldotna cited Michael Lasiter, 44, of Nikolaevsk, for employing an unlicensed commercial fishing crew member. Bail was set at $270.

On July 15, Jonathan Avery, 35, of Sterling was issued a citation by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, for failure to have his crewmember license in his possession while commercial fishing. Bail was set at $270.

On July 15, Henry Sandland, 21, of Scottsdale, Arizona, was issued a citation by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, for failure to have his crewmember license in his possession while commercial fishing. Bail was set at $270.

On July 16 at 2:29 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped Dalton J.L.W. McWhorter, 20, of Soldotna, after a check revealed his license was suspended for driving while license suspended. McWhorter has three prior driving while license revoked convictions, making this a misdemeanor. McWhorter was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving while license suspended and released from the scene.

On July 17 at 4:25 a.m., Leonard Cestaro, 38, of Soldotna, came to the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers Post, requesting a police escort to a residence to get his dogs. During the contact with Cestaro, troopers noticed he had a strong odor of alcoholic beverage coming from his breath and person. Investigation revealed that he had driven to the Post while under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On July 16 at about 2:40 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary and theft from a residence on Jim Dahler Road in Soldotna. Investigation in continuing.

On July 16 at 3:35 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Holly Martinez, 41, of Soldotna, and Wesley Fuxa, 28, of Sterling, at a residence in Soldotna. Both Martinez and Fuxa were found to have warrants for their arrests. Both were arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 16 at about 8:40 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop at Mile 97 of the Sterling Highway for a traffic violation. The driver was identified as Hordemana Candace, 41, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Candace’s license was revoked for driving while license revoked, with two prior driving while license revoked convictions, making this a misdemeanor. Candace was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 15, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Clayton Eldredge, 45, of Soldotna, while on patrol of the Cook Inlet commercial setnet fishery. Eldredge was contacted at 8:03 p.m. with his commercial setnet in the water, when the fishery closed at 8:00 p.m. His crewmembers did not have valid 2019 commercial crewmember licenses. Eldridge was issued two citations, one for commercial fishing during closed period in the salmon set gillnet fishery in the Cook Inlet, and the second for employing commercial fishing crewmembers who did not possess a commercial crewmember’s license. Bail was set at $3,000 and $270, respectively. A court date has been set for Aug. 1 in Kenai Court.

On July 15, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Kathleen Buroughs, 40, of California, while on patrol of the Cook Inlet commercial setnet fishery. Buroughs did not have valid 2019 commercial crewmember license while participating in the Cook Inlet commercial setnet fishery and was issued a citation, with bail set at $250.

On July 18 at 12:35 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on Browns Lake Road and Rabbit Run Road for a traffic violation. Investigation revealed that driver Amy Birk, 29, of Soldotna, has a revoked license. Birk was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving while license revoked.

On July 17 at 10:03 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on Kalifornsky Beach Road and Old Settler Road for a traffic violation. Investigation revealed that Darrell Oldham, 58, of Soldotna, had placed a license plate from one of his other vehicles on his current vehicle. Oldham was issued a misdemeanor citation.

On July 16, a 17-year-old male, of Soldotna, was cited by the Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, for retaining an 18-inch Dolly Varden on the lower Kenai River, where the maximum size limit is 16 inches. Bail was set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 16 at 4:31 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, issued a citation to Robert Gordon Lincoln, Jr., 56, of Talkeetna, in Kenai, for obtaining more than one Cook Inlet personal use salmon permit for his household. Arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 1 in Kenai District Court.

On July 18, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, cited William Magnuson, 39, of Anchorage, for personal use fishing in the Kenai River dipnet fishery without a 2019 Upper Cook Inlet Permit in his possession. Bail was set at $220 in Kenai District Court.

On July 18, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, cited Talia Iloilo, 35, of Anchorage, for failing to record her personal use fish on her 2019 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit. Bail was set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 18, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, issued a citation to Thomas Chambers, 32, of Anchorage, for obtaining more than one personal use permit for his household. Arraignment is scheduled for Aug. 18 in Kenai District Court.

On July 18, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, issued a citation to Giovani Armpriest, 22, of Wasilla, for not having a valid 2019 sportfish license while personal use dipnet fishing. Bail was set at $220.

On July 17 at 4:11 p.m., Kenai police received a report of a broken-down vehicle that was causing a road hazard on Bridge Access Road. An officer responded and, after contacting the vehicle and driver, Oscar C. Nelund, 32, of Anchorage, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for driving with a revoked license.

On July 16 at about 2:00 p.m., Kenai police responded to a citizen complaint about a male subject offering toys to children on Frontage Road and contacted Christopher D. Stroh, 34, of Kenai. After investigation, Christopher Stroh arrested for disorderly conduct, resisting arrest, and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 16 at about 9:30 p.m., Kenai police responded to reports of an altercation near the lookout on Bridge Access Road. After investigation, Martina M. Shangin, 36, of Kenai, was contacted and arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 15 at 9:23 a.m., after receiving a tip, Kenai police responded to Kenai Adult Probations and contacted Lewis M. O’Reagan II, 37, of Kenai. After investigation, O’Reagan was arrested for driving while license revoked and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 15 at about 10:00 p.m., Kenai police received and responded to a welfare request for a female near Mile 10.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway and contacted Sarah J. Whitaker, 25, of Kenai, who arrested for violating a protective order and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 19 at 12:38 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2007 Cadillac in Soldotna. The driver, Lillian Scroggs , 55, of Soldotna, was found to be in possession of a controlled substance. Scroggs was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On July 18 at about 5:20 a.m., Soldotna Dispatch was notified that Branden Quinn had been shot outside his residence in Anchor Point by an unknown female. Quinn was treated for a non-life-threatening injury from a single gunshot wound to his leg. At about 8:40 a.m., Homer Police Department notified Anchor Point Troopers that they had located the suspect vehicle. After investigation, Joyce Stanfill, 37, of Anchorage was arrested and charged with second-degree assault, two counts of third-degree assault, third-degree misconduct involving weapons, and tampering with evidence.

On July 19 at 10:12 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a plane that had crashed into Tutka Bay, east of Homer. There were seven people on board the DeHavilland Beaver floatplane. Anchor Point troopers responded, along with Homer Volunteer Fire Department personnel, on the troopers’ patrol vessel P/V Augustine. All seven occupants of the plane were taken to the Homer Harbor, and injured victims were ground transported by Homer Volunteer Fire Department, Anchor Point Emergency Services, and Kachemak Emergency Services to South Peninsula Hospital. Joseph Patenella, 57, of Maryland, has been pronounced deceased. Next of kin have been notified. One child is in critical condition and has been taken to an Anchorage hospital. All other passengers appear to have sustained non-life-threatening injuries. The pilot was not injured. Investigation is ongoing.

On July 18, Josiah Nagel, 25, of Anchorage, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, for failing to record 35 salmon onto his personal use permit during the Kenai River dipnet fishery. Bail was set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 19, Alaska Wildlife Troopers conducted a patrol of the Kasilof River dipnet fishery. During the patrol, Thomas Robinson, 70, of Anchorage, was observed dipnet fishing and contacted. Robinson was unable to provide a valid 2019 Alaska fishing license and a 2019 Personal Use Dipnet Permit. Robinson was issued citations, with bail set at $440.

On July 19, Alaska Wildlife Troopers conducted a patrol of the Kasilof River dipnet fishery. During the patrol, Carmen De Guevara, 44, of Anchorage, was observed dipnet fishing and contacted. She was unable to provide a valid 2019 Alaska fishing license and was issued a citation. Bail was set at $220.

On July 18, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Ennis Dixon, 67, of Homer, during personal use fishery patrol at the Kenai River dipnet fishery. During the contact, troopers determined that Dixon had caught and retained a Dolly Varden with a dipnet. Dixon was issued a citation for retaining the Dolly Varden before being released on-scene.

On July 18, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted John Gallant, 27, of Anchorage, and Taylor Lekity, 23, of Anchorage, during a traffic stop near Kenai. During the contact, troopers determined that Gallant had a $20,000 felony warrant for his arrest out of Anchorage. Troopers also determined that Lekity was in possession of a user amount of methamphetamine. Lekity was issued a citation on-scene for misdemeanor fifth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances and released on-scene. Gallant was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the warrant.

On May 23, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, conducted a Commercial Clam Investigation. Pursuant to the investigation, Erasmo Gutierrez, Jr., 21, of Milton-Freewater, Oregon, Jesus Camarena, 22, of Woodburn, Oregon, Eduardo Flores Rodriguez, 21, of Woodburn, Oregon, Victor Vargas Torres, 24, of Hubbard, Oregon, and Joel Amaral, 55, of Woodburn, Oregon, were all sited for minimum legal size of clams. Joel Amaral was also cited for commercial fishing – name and signature required on fish ticket – first offense. All citations issued hold a mandatory court appearance to be held on Aug. 8 in the Kenai Courts.

On July 19 at 8:18 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a vehicle that went into the ditch near mile 7 of East End Road in Home. The occupants of the vehicle had already left the scene by the time troopers arrived at 8:37 p.m. Troopers were able to identify the occupants and made contact with them at a nearby residence. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Thomas Kammer, 48, of Homer, for one count of driving under the influence. He was taken to the Homer Jail.

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