Public safety briefs for June 14, 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 June 4 at 11:15 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were flagged down on the Sterling Highway and advised about a domestic disturbance at a residence on Cape Ninilchik. After investigation, Bertha Stewart, 44, of Anchor Point, was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail for one count of interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime and one count of violating conditions of release.

On June 6 at 11:11 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded to the report of a single-vehicle rollover crash near the intersection of Holley Beck Street and the Kenai Spur Highway, near Mile 27 in Nikiski. Investigation determined a silver 2000 Dodge Neon was occupied by two people when it was traveling north on the Kenai Spur Highway at a high rate of speed. The vehicle lost control, crossed the center turn lane and left the roadway, rolling numerous times. One person was ejected, and the other was extricated by Nikiski Fire and Rescue. Neither person were wearing their seatbelts. Both were transported by air ambulance to an Anchorage hospital with life-threatening injuries. Investigation continues.

On June 6 at about 3:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle in the Anchor Point area. Investigation revealed that Valerie McDole, 32, of Anchor Point, was driving while license revoked. She was given a summons with mandatory court date.

On June 6 at 4:44 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in the Anchor Point area for a reported assault. Investigation revealed that William Ivy, 58, of Anchor Point, committed the crimes of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence). He was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail.

On June 6 at about 3:30 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were conducting a boat patrol on the Kasilof River. Joseph Maes, 46, of Kasilof, was contacted floating the river in a drift boat. Investigation revealed Maes did not have enough flotation devices in his boat. He was issued a citation for no personal flotation device.

On June 5 at about 9:30 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were patrolling the Kasilof River and contacted Jonathan Henry, 30, of Kenai. Investigation revealed Henry killed a natural king salmon on a hatchery-only retention day, and he was issued a citation. The fish was seized and given to elderly person in the community.

On June 6 at 9:08 p.m., Alaska State Troopers (AST) received a call about a possible domestic altercation at a residence on Finley Circle in Anchor Point. AST responded and arrived at the residence at 9:11 p.m.. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Justin Sublet, 28, of Anchor Point, for driving under the influence. Sublet was taken to the AST Post in Anchor Point for Datamaster breath alcohol content test, then to the Homer Jail.

On June 8 at 1:06 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers stopped a maroon 95 Toyota 4Runner for an equipment violation on Echo Lake Road. Investigation resulted Thomas Dewitt, 42, of Soldotna, being issued a criminal citation for driving while his license is suspended.

On June 7 at about 5:30 p.m., the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center received a 911 call stating there had been a motor vehicle collision near Mile 29 of the Seward Highway. Seward-based Alaska State Troopers responded to the scene. Investigation revealed that a Chevrolet Silverado, driven by George Manisay, 23, of Anchorage, crossed into oncoming traffic, hitting a Toyota Tacoma. The Silverado then left the roadway, striking a nearby residence, destroying the front porch. No injuries were reported. Speed and inattentive driving are believed to be factors. Manisay was cited for negligent driving.

On June 7 at about 9:20 p.m., Seward-based Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop at Mile 40 of the Sterling Highway for a speed infraction. Investigation revealed that Shawn Germeaux, 44, of Soldotna, was driving while impaired by alcohol. Germeaux was taken to the Seward Jail on one count of driving while under the influence.

On June 7 at 7:39 p.m., Alaska State Troopers took a report of a handgun found at a trailhead near Sterling. The firearm was turned over to Alaska State Troopers for safekeeping. Anyone who may be missing that firearm is asked to call the troopers in Soldotna at 262-4453. Be able to provide a description of the firearm, where it was lost, and proof of ownership.

On June 4 at 11:57 p.m., Soldotna police responded to the Soldotna Police Department parking lot for a report of a male refusing to get out of a vehicle. Investigation showed that Lawrence L. Ray-Morris, 26, of Homer, was involved in an argument with a female inside the vehicle. During the argument, Ray-Morris caused damage to the vehicle and to the female’s possessions. Ray-Morris was arrested for third-degree criminal mischief and second-degree criminal trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On June 1 at 3:08 a.m., Soldotna police responded to the area of the Sterling Highway near Riverside Drive for a report of a male lying in the roadway. Upon arrival, officers contacted Matthew Kelly, 57, of Anchorage, walking barefoot towards the officers and throwing his hat. Kelly attempted to walk into Sterling Highway traffic and was taken into custody. Investigation showed that Kelly had thrown a fire extinguisher through the glass front door of the Kenai River Lodge. The extinguisher then discharged into the lodge lobby. Kelly was arrested for third-degree criminal mischief and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On May 25 at 9:35 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle at Whistle Hill Loop and the Sterling Highway. George Guiles, 49, of Soldotna, was issued a criminal citation for driving with a revoked license and released.

On May 19 at about 11:30 a.m., Soldotna police were contacted by an employee from Alaska Defendant Monitoring, reporting that James Rookard, 35, of Anchorage, had absconded from a residence in Anchorage and his last known location was the Soldotna Fred Meyer store. At about 12:30 p.m., officers contacted Rookard and Brandi Hardon, 36, of Wasilla, at Fred Meyer. Both Rookard and Hardon were arrested for probation/parole violations and taken to Wildwood Pretrial, and their vehicle was impounded until a search warrant could be obtained. After the vehicle was searched, both Rookard and Hardon were each additionally charged with second-degree and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, first-degree forgery, and possession of burglary tools. The investigation is continuing.

On May 19 at about 12:50 p.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence near the Sterling Highway and Riverside Drive to assist officers from the Adult Probations Office. During a search of the residence, controlled substances were found. Michael Parker, 29, of Soldotna, was arrested for two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating his court-ordered conditions of release. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On June 5 at 10:19 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Anchor Point Post, while conducting a patrol of the Ninilchik River, contacted Cheng Saechao, 55, of Anchorage, who was issued a citation for sport fishing in closed waters, which carries a $120 fine in the Homer Court.

On June 8 at about 5:50 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence off Mackey Lake Road in Soldotna, following a report of an assault. Investigation revealed that Lisa Laverne Weilbacher, 55, of Soldotna, had struck and kicked a family member. Weilbacher was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on a charge of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On June 8 at 10:02 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers stopped a 2012 Dodge pickup on Island Lake Road, near Miller Loop Road, for speeding. Scott Juliussen, 46, of Nikiski, was found to be driving while under the influence of alcohol and was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On June 9 at 8:46 p.m., Kenai police contacted Robert W. Westover, 49, of Kenai, in the parking lot of a local business near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway with a trailer stolen from Soldotna. Westover was arrested by Alaska State Troopers for a theft charge for the stolen property, and the Kenai Police Department remanded Westover for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Westover was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On June 7 at 2:46 a.m., Kenai police responded to a disturbance on Wooded Glen Court. Miriam M. Alonso, 31, of Florida, was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On June 6 at about 12:00 p.m., Kenai police responded to report of a suspicious female at a local business. Lindsay A.E. Spoerhas, 35, of Eagle River, was issued a summons for second-degree criminal trespass.

On June 6 at 4:02 p.m., Kenai police responded to a person with a warrant at a local business. Jessica L. Pierren, 39, of Kenai, was arrested on a felony Alaska State Troopers no bail warrant for second-degree theft, access device fraud, fraudulent use of stolen access device, and first-degree criminal impersonation and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On June 6 at 7:31 p.m., Kenai police responded to a trespasser at a local business. Amber D. Heath, 30, of Kenai, was arrested on an Alaska State Troopers $250 warrant for violating conditions of release and new charges of second-degree criminal trespass and violating conditions of release. Heath was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On June 6 at 11:09 p.m., Kenai police responded to an assault on Main Street Loop near Barnacle Way. Joseph Knight, 21, of Kenai, was arrested for second-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On June 5 at 10:52 p.m., Kenai police responded to a motor vehicle accident near a local business. Alannah C. Rudolph-Campbell, 24, of Homer, was issued a summons for failing to insure a vehicle.

On June 9 at 10:08 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers contacted Ilysse Suzann Cable, 18, of Soldotna, at her residence and arrested her without incident on an outstanding warrant for first-degree hindering prosecution. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On June 9 at 11:07 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers (AST) stopped a 1995 Toyota 4-Runner on the Kenai Spur Highway near Spur View Drive for an equipment violation. The female passenger fled from the vehicle, ran around the back of the building, and attempted to hide under a truck. The female was detained and provided a false name. She was ultimately identified as Samantha Fry, 26, of Soldotna, who was additionally found to have three outstanding warrants for her arrest. Upon returning to the vehicle, the male driver, identified as Thomas Dewitt, 41, of Kenai, had also fled from the vehicle while AST was pursuing the female. Fry was taken to Wildwood Pretrial on the three outstanding warrants, which were for failing to appear for criminal trespass and theft. Fry was additionally charged with false information. AST continued to search the area for Dewitt, who was ultimately located. Dewitt was arrested for driving while license suspended and charged with theft in an unrelated investigation. Dewitt was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail, pending arraignments.

On June 6 at 3:21 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary and theft from a Soldotna residence. Stolen from the residence was a pop-up camp trailer. On June 9, the Kenai Police Department located the stolen pop-up camp trailer behind Walmart. The subsequent investigation resulted in Robert Westover, 49, of Kenai, and Thomas Dewitt, 41, of Kenai, being arrested for second-degree theft. Both Westover and Dewitt were taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignments.

On June 11 at about 1:00 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for moving violations in Sterling. Investigation revealed that driver Cooper McCarthy, 24, of Sterling, was impaired by alcohol and controlled substances and in possession of a shotgun. He was arrested for driving under the influence and fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon. His breath alcohol concentration was tested. Since controlled substances were also suspected as contributing to his impairment, a search warrant was obtained, allowing the State to draw and test his blood. Test results are pending. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On June 5 at about 7:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a gray Ford Five Hundred for speeding 72 miles per hour in the posted 55 miles per hour zone near Mile 10 of the Seward Highway. Investigation revealed that the driver, Christina Beans, 30, of Eagle River, has a revoked license. Beans was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving while license revoked with a mandatory court date of June 30. Beans was also issued a citation for speeding.

On June 8 at about 6:00 p.m., a local cabin owner called the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center and reported that her cabin on Lower Summit Lake had been burglarized and items stolen. On June 9 at about 8:00 p.m., another local cabin owner reported that he and his neighbors had residences that had been broken into. Seward-based Alaska State Troopers responded to all reports and are investigating. In total, five residences had been broken into, and all five are believed to be related. Anyone with information relating to the burglaries is asked to call the Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453 and reference case number AK20038548.

On June 11 at 12:59 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a black Chevy Impala at the Bear Creek Fire Department in Seward. Investigation revealed that Adam Pringle, 37, of Seward, was driving with a revoked license and violating his conditions of release. Pringle was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail.

Department of Public Safety Advisory: Statewide

During the last legislative session, Senate Bill 145 (in collaboration with companion House Bill 185) was introduced to ensure vessels registered with the Commercial Fisheries Entry Commission (CFEC) be exempted from the need to also register with the State of Alaska. Unfortunately, due to circumstances beyond anyone’s control, the bill did not quite make it into law. The intent of SB145 was to clean up the duplicative registration requirement with multiple entities. Once passed, this bill will eliminate duplicative registration requirements while still providing a database of registered owners, as intended by passage of SB 92. In addition, AS 05.25.055(f) states that vessels with a current federal certificate, which are operated less than 90 consecutive days in Alaskan waters, are exempt from further registration requirements. The intent of the legislation was to exempt this type of vessel from duplicative registration. If a recreational or commercial vessel has current federal documentation and we find it has been operated in the waters of Alaska for more than 90 days, no citation will be issued for failure to register with the State of Alaska. This direction is effective immediately and until further notice.

On June 12 at about 8:00 a.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Dean Lohman, 44, of Seward, at his residence. Lohman had two outstanding warrants for his arrest on the original charges of driving while license revoked and third-degree criminal mischief. He was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail on $1,050 bail.

On June 12 at 10:39 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop on a maroon 1996 Toyota Tacoma after the vehicle was observed traveling above the posted speed limit. Investigation revealed that Jeffery M. Martinelli, 49, of Clam Gulch, was driving under the influence. Martinelli was arrested for driving under the influence and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons and taken to the Soldotna troopers post for Datamaster processing, then to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he was remanded and released on his own recognizance.

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