Public safety briefs for July 26, 2020

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

On July 17, Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in Kasilof to the report of a disturbance. Investigation determined that Adam Hilts, 26, of Kasilof, assaulted the victim when he placed the victim in fear. He continued to damage the home, which resulted in damages estimated over $750. When troopers arrived, he placed a trooper in fear of serious physical injury when he went for what appeared to he a handgun and a struggle ensued. The trooper was mildly injured in the struggle. The handgun was a BB gun replica. Hilts was arrested without further incident and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he was held for arraignment.

On July 17, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, observed Iloilo Iloilo, 47, of Anchorage, personal use fishing at 10:25 a.m. on the Kenai River Beach. Iloilo was issued a citation for personal use fishing without a required Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit. Bail was set at $220 in Kenai District Court.

On July 14 at 4:46 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers Anchor Point Post, conducted a patrol of the Deep Creek Beach in Ninilchik. During the patrol, Ronald Malerich, 34, of Anchorage, was observed fishing in the salt water in Conservation Zone #1. Malerich was cited for fishing in closed waters. This violation carries a $120 fine in the Homer Courts.

On July 18 at 10:29 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team, responded to a report of a fight in progress between two males. The fight was reported to be occurring in the driveway of an address on Welcome-Wind Street, near Mile 8 of Kaliforsnky Beach Road in Kenai. Investigation revealed a physical altercation occurred between two intoxicated males, later identified as Brian J. Koski, 31, of Soldotna, and his employee, Corey J. Dahlberg, 20, of Palmer. Several witnesses were interviewed. It was reported that during the altercation, Dahlberg was caught stealing beer from the setnet sight. Dahlberg took a swing at his employer, Koski. Koski retaliated and struck Dahlberg twice with a golf club. Koski was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on one count of third-degree assault.

On July 18, Fiona Cerny 30, of Anchorage, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, for failing to record six salmon on her personal use permit during the Kasilof River dipnet fishery. Bail was set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 18 at 5:52 a.m., Soldotna Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed Eniti Tatafu, 56, of Anchorage, personal use fishing at the mouth of the Kenai River before it opened to fishing at 6:00 a.m. Tatafu was issued a citation for personal use fishing during a closed period, with bail set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 18 at 5:54 a.m., Soldotna Alaska Wildlife Troopers observed Bernice Oyagak, 33, of Anchorage, personal use fishing at the mouth of the Kenai River before it opened to fishing at 6:00 a.m. Oyagak was issued a citation for personal use fishing during a closed period, with bail set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 19 at 9:25 p.m., Alaska State Troopers observed Wasilie Bobby, 37, of Sterling, outside a Sterling residence. Bobby was known to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a previous offense of domestic violence criminal mischief. Bobby was arrested without incident and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On July 21 at 12:32 a.m., Alaska State Troopers Dispatch received a report of a robbery from a convenience store. The complainant stated he was able to recover the safe, which was stolen by Jaycee Herrmann, 20, of Kenai. Herrmann left in a black Ford Focus as the passenger. Jessica Segura, 21, of Soldotna, was the driver. Troopers contacted Segura on a traffic stop at Mile 92 of the Sterling Highway. She was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail for second-degree robbery, no motor vehicle insurance, and a warrant. Troopers were unable to locate Herrmann, and an arrest warrant was requested.

On July 20 at 5:32 a.m., Soldotna police stopped to check on a disabled vehicle on Funny River Road, near the airport. Valerie Crenshaw, 40, of Kasilof, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $250 bail.

On July 20 at 10:53 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Sohi Lane for a trespassing complaint. Araisa Silva, 19, of Soldotna, was issued a criminal citation for second-degree criminal trespass and released.

On July 20 at 2:33 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway, near the Sterling Highway, after a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report was received. Jonathan Alexander, 25, of Soldotna, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $1,000 bail.

On July 19 at 6:43 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Sohi Lane for a disturbance. Talofa Eli, 34, of Soldotna, was arrested for violating his court-ordered conditions of release, first-degree criminal trespass, and fourth-degree assault and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 12 at about 12:40 a.m., Soldotna police responded to the Taco Bell parking lot for a report of an assault involving a knife. The male with the knife drove away from the scene and was stopped in Kenai by Kenai police. Investigation led to the arrest of James Liles, 50, of Nikiski, for two counts of third-degree assault. Liles was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 21 at about 9:50 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers located Elias Skiba, 24, of Soldotna, while following-up on a disturbance from earlier in the evening. Skiba had two outstanding warrants for his arrest. Skiba resisted the arrest process and, after a short amount of time, was taken in to custody. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the two arrest warrants and an additional charge of resisting arrest. One warrant was for a probation violation, with $1,500 bail, and the second warrant was for failing to appear for arraignment on an original charge of fourth-degree theft, with $100 bail.

On July 23 at 12:08 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, contacted Thomas Porterfield, 66, of Anchorage, at the cleaning tables at Centennial Park in Soldotna. Porterfield had five personal use salmon in his possession that he had failed to log on his 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit. Porterfield was issued a citation for failing to record his personal use salmon as required, with bail set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 22 at 6:56 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local apartment complex located near Forest Drive for a report of a wanted subject and contacted Jaycee C. Herrmann, 20, of Kenai, who was arrested for a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrant for second-degree robbery and leaving custody of court-appointed third-party custodian on original charges of first-degree vehicle theft, second-degree theft, and third-degree criminal mischief and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On July 21 at 10:58 p.m., Kenai police responded to a residence on Wildwood Drive for an active domestic disturbance. After investigation, Renee A. Farnam, 44, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 20 at about 2:00 a.m., Kenai police received the report of a male refusing to move on from a business near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway. After contacting Brian L. Morissette, 31, of Anchorage, and investigation, Morissette was arrested for first-degree harassment and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 19, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Kevin Bitterich, 53 of Nikiski, at the Kenai City Dock. Bitterich was in possession of 16 personal use salmon that had not been recorded on his personal use permit. He was issued a citation, with bail set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 19, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted John Sedor, 58, of Anchorage, at the Kenai City Dock. Sedor was in possession of 11 personal use salmon that had not been recorded on his personal use permit. He was issued a citation, with bail set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 19, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Jared Arends, 40, of Iowa, while he was fishing on the Kenai River. Investigation revealed that Arends had snagged a red salmon in the belly and failed to release it. He was issued a citation, with bail set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 19, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Clara Ivanoff, 34, of Anchorage, John Pivowar, 35, of Anchorage, Joshua Rogers, 31, of Wasilla, and Melanie Rogers, 29, of Anchorage, while they were dipnet fishing on the Kasilof River. All four were fishing in a closed area beyond the Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulatory markers for the personal use dipnet area. All four were issued citations, with bail set at $220 each in Kenai District Court.

On July 18, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Vu Le, 38, of Anchorage, while he was dipnet fishing in the Kenai River Personal Use Area. Le was not in possession of a 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit and was issued a citation, with bail set at $220 in Kenai District Court.

On July 21 at 7:51 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers conducted a patrol of the North Kasilof Beach. During the patrol, Nicholas Schwartz, 35, of Anchorage, was contacted while he was filleting fish. Schwartz admitted to having fished the Kenai Personal Use Dipnet Fishery on July 20. Upon inspection of Schwartz’s 2020 Lower Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit, it showed no logged fish. Schwartz was cited for failure to record salmon, which carries a $120 fine in the Kenai Courts.

On July 21 at 6:02 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers conducted a patrol of the Kasilof North Beach. During the patrol, Kieng Bavy, 48, of Anchorage, was contacted while he was on the beach. Bavy admitted to having fished and retaining salmon from the Personal Use fishery. Bavy could not provide a valid 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Permit. Bavy was issued a citation, which carries a $220 fine in the Kenai Courts.

On July 23 at about 4:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a gold 2006 Chevrolet Trailblazer for a moving violation. Investigation determined that Frank Turner, Jr., 60, of Anchorage, was operating his vehicle without the required ignition interlock device. He was assigned a court date and released. The vehicle was released to a family member.

On July 25 at 6:23 a.m., Alaska State Troopers were responding north on the Sterling Highway, headed toward an active burglary in progress. Near Mile 89.0 of the Sterling Highway, the driver of the patrol vehicle lost control of the patrol vehicle on wet roads and slid into the ditch. Two troopers were taken by Central Emergency Services to Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment of minor injuries. The patrol vehicle is estimated to be a total loss and was towed from the scene by the Department of Transportation.

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