Public safety briefs for June 30, 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 June 10 at 6:01 p.m., Alaska State Troopers was contacted by Alisa Fauble, 25, of Seward, and her hiking companion, requesting assistance on Mount Marathon for Fauble, who had injured her ankle. Fauble stated she could not hike out and requested Lifemed. After Lifemed helicopter launched with a 35-minute estimated time of arrival, Fauble contacted Dispatch, stating that she wouldn’t wait 35 minutes for Lifemed and was hiking out. Fauble hiked out and was contacted by troopers at the Jeep Trail. Fauble declined emergency medical services or transportation to the emergency room and said she was going to walk. Fauble was issued a citation for making a false report of an emergency.

On June 15 at 4:02 p.m., Alaska State Troopers was advised of an injured hiker on Flattop Mountain. William Thon, 24, of Anchorage, stated that his hiking companion, Maylyn Cleveland, 30, of Anchorage, was injured in a fall near Flattop Peak. Lifemed and park rangers responded but were unable to extricate Cleveland due to steep treacherous terrain. RCC AKANG responded and hoisted the victim out for transport to Providence in Anchorage.

On June 1 at about 12:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report from the International Emergency Response Coordination Center of a GPS device SOS activation. Investigation revealed that the device owner, Peter Smith, 63, of Anchorage was making a multi-day hike in the Eagle River Valley alone and was not responding to communication from the IERCC. AST Helo 3 and Alaska Mountain Rescue Group responded to the area. The SOS message was subsequently found to be accidental, and Smith was not in distress.

On June 21 at about 6:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers was advised of an aircraft crash near Little Johnstone Bay, southeast of Seward. RCC AKANG was alerted and prepared to respond. Prior to the arrival of AKANG rescue personnel, a commercial helicopter from Seward landed at the scene and confirmed no signs of life. The pilot of the Helio Courier was identified as Kem Sibbitt, 63, of Fairbanks. Two adult passengers were believed to be aboard but have not been positively identified. As of June 22 at about 12:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers Helo 3, along with the National Transportation Board, are currently at scene, conducting investigation and recovery of the victims.

UPDATE: The passengers found deceased in the crash have been tentatively identified as Michael John Timmer, 42, and Traci Pauline Timmer, 43, both of Hopkins, Michigan.

On June 23 at 1:28 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a vehicle in a ditch near Mile 52 of the Sterling Highway in Cooper Landing. Troopers arrived on scene and identified the sole occupant of the vehicle as Kevin Tanner, 25, of Fairbanks. Investigation revealed that Tanner had been driving under the influence of alcohol. During the investigation, a rifle was discovered in Tanner’s vehicle. Tanner later refused to submit to chemical testing in lieu of his charge of driving under the influence. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the charges of driving under the influence, refusal to submit to chemical test, and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons and was to be released on his own recognizance.

On June 22 at 7:49 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received report of a male slumped-over in the driver’s seat near Gold Dust Drive in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Michael Foree, 44, of Soldotna, had operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of controlled substances and that he was in possession of three different controlled substances. Foree was arrested for driving under the influence and three counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $500 bail.

On June 22 at 10:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to several REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) complaints regarding a 2000 gray Chevrolet Suburban driving aggressively on Kalifornsky Beach Road. Troopers contacted the vehicle and identified the driver as Travaun Sanders, 33, of Anchorage, who was found to be driving under the influence. Sanders was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial where he refused to provide a sufficient breath sample. Sanders was remanded on the charges of driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

On June 21, Alaska State Troopers were following-up on a welfare check. After investigation, James Fidler, 26, of Nikiski, was arrested for: violating a domestic violence protection order, violating conditions of release, illegal contact, and resisting arrest and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On June 23 at about 11:00 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence off Lake Street in Soldotna for a report of a male threatening a family member with a machete. Investigation led to the arrest of Zachariah Glen Kasukonis, 39, of Soldotna, who was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on domestic violence charges of third-degree assault and fifth-degree criminal mischief and violating conditions of release.

On June 22, Alaska Wildlife Soldotna Post Troopers contacted three people for dipnetting out of season on the Kasilof River and issued citations to Natalie Angapak, 61, Nelson Angapak, 75, and Grant Kashatok, 55, for personal use fishing in closed waters. Troopers also seized multiple salmon and released them to a local charity.

On June 22 at 7:25 p.m., Kenai police made a routine traffic stop near the Bridge Access Road and Tern Avenue. Investigation led to a summons being issued to Kaylene A. Miller, 28, of Anchor Point, on a charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On June 21 at 6:41 p.m., a Kenai police officer contacted a male who was seen pushing a local grocery store’s shopping cart. After the officer spoke with the male, Anthony C. Larocca, 51, of Soldotna, was issued a summons for third-degree theft.

On June 21 at 11:13 p.m., Kenai police responded to a welfare check report on a female near a local grocery store. Officers contacted and interviewed the female, who reported that a male had assaulted her. Another officer contacted the male suspect, and as a result, Robert W. Westover, 48, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On June 24 at 9:25 a.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Sarah Kirk, 30, of Anchor Point, after receiving a report that she was refusing to leave a property in Anchor Point. A records check showed that Kirk had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for violating her conditions of release in a separate criminal case. Kirk was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail without bail.

On June 23 at about 8:50 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, arrested Christopher Eugene Brower, 51, of Soldotna, on the Kasilof River near Crooked Creek for fifth-degree misconduct involving a weapon and violating conditions of release. Brower was also issued a $320 citation for making a false statement on a sportfish license application after troopers contacted Brower sportfishing on the Kasilof River and conducted a routine license check. The investigation revealed that Brower had applied for and obtained a 2019 Resident Low-Income license for which he did not qualify. During the investigation, it was revealed Brower had a concealed handgun on his person, but he failed to notify troopers of that. It was also revealed that Brower was on conditions of release for a prior burglary charge. Brower was taken to Wildwood Correctional Facility, pending arraignment.

On June 24 at 12:22 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to the area of Twin Road in Sterling for a report of a male sleeping in a suspicious vehicle. Investigation revealed that Garrett J. Mahan, 47, of Sterling, had an active arrest warrant for failure to appear for an arraignment on the original charge of unlawful abandonment. Mahan was arrested on the warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $500 bail.

On June 24 at 4:36 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a theft from a commercial property near Mile 16 of the Kenai Spur Highway. The suspect(s) entered the property and stole a Warn wench from a trailer, valued at $800. The investigation is continuing.

On June 24 at 4:59 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a two-vehicle collision on Kalifornsky Beach Road at Poppy Lane. Investigation revealed that Dana Payne, 67, of Soldotna, was driving her Dodge Dakota pickup when she stopped for a light. Mikaela Reilly-Nelson, 25, of Kenai, was behind her, driving her Saturn sedan. Reilly-Nelson was distracted on her phone when she started to go and rear-ended the pickup, causing minor damage. Both drivers reported wearing seat belts, and no injuries were suffered. Reilly-Nelson was issued a citation for negligent driving on scene. Both vehicles were drivable from the scene.

On June 23, Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued Christian Monroe, 20, of Fishkill, New York, a $120 bailable citation for failing to log a king salmon on his non-resident sport fishing license. Monroe was contacted sport fishing in the Nick Dudiak Lagoon.

On June 22, Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued Barry Silook, 60, of Homer, a $220 bailable citation for sport fishing King Salmon without having a king salmon stamp in possession. Silook was contacted fishing for king salmon in the Nick Dudiak Lagoon.

On June 24 at about 5:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence off Macholz Avenue in Sterling, where contact was made with Jack Allan Brewster, 35, of Sterling, and Travis Gene Herrick, 35, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Brewster had an outstanding warrant for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), and Herrick had an outstanding warrant for second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Both were arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, Brewster on $500 bail and Herrick on $2,500 bail.

On June 24 at 9:52 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance in the Soldotna area. Investigation revealed that John Sommer, 43, of Sterling, had followed an old neighbor to a local gas station and started a confrontation with the victim. The confrontation resulted in Sommer threatening to shoot the victim in the head multiple times. Sommer insulted, taunted and challenged the victim to a fight. Sommer was issued a misdemeanor citation for fourth-degree assault and second-degree harassment.

On June 23 at 7:31 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of male lying on the side of the road at about Mile 92 of the Sterling Highway. The male was identified as Curtis Zackar, 46, of Anchorage. Zackar left the area, and as he was walking away, he purposely fell to the ground near the fog line. A vehicle traveling northbound took evasive action to avoid hitting Zackar. Due to Zackar’s actions, he was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to Wildwood Pretrial. Alcohol played a factor.

On June 26 at 4:19 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance off North Cohoe Street in Kasilof. Investigation revealed that Laura Hamrick, 53, of Soldotna, had assaulted two people at a residence and damaged multiple items at the residence. Hamrick was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for domestic violence fourth-degree assault, domestic violence fourth-degree criminal mischief, and fourth-degree assault.

On June 25 at about 9:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a Toyota sedan for speeding (77 miles per hour in a 55 miles per hour area) near Mile 67 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed that driver Ferdinand Mingoy, 37, of Anchorage, was in possession of methamphetamine. Mingoy was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial. The vehicle was impounded on scene.

On June 24, Alaska Wildlife Troopers were conducting a patrol of Kasilof South Beach when Timothy Mycroft, 61, of Kasilof, was contacted at his personal use set net site. Mycroft was asked for his fishing license and permit, which he provided. The trooper observed Mycroft’s net to be longer then the nets surrounding it. When asked how long the net was, Mycroft said he did not know. The trooper helped Mycroft remove the net from the water, so it could be measured. The length of his net was measured at 107 feet, 47 feet longer than the 60 feet permit conditions allowed. Mycroft was issued a citation for fishing with illegal gear. A court date was set for July 11.

On June 26 at 8:44 p.m., Alaska State Troopers and Nikiski Fire Department responded to Wildwood Pretrial Facility upon the report of an inmate who was not conscious and not breathing. Life-saving efforts were administered, but 23-year-old Noah Price, of Soldotna, was pronounced deceased on scene. At this time, no foul play is suspected, and the incident is being investigated as a suicide. The remains have been sent to the State Medical Examiner’s Office in Anchorage pending autopsy. Next of kin has been notified.

On June 26, Alaska Wildlife Troopers were conducted a patrol of Kasilof south beach and contacted Theodore Vandervelde, 54, of Delta Junction, fishing, using a dip net. When contacted, he was unable to provide a valid 2019 Alaska Sport Fishing License. He was issued a correctable citation, with bail set at $220.

On June 26 at 5:18 p.m., Kenai police were advised of a person trespassing at a business near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Officer response resulted in a summons to court for Francis X. Moesh V, 28, of Ninilchik, on a charge of second-degree criminal trespass.

On June 25 at 10:43 p.m., Kenai police were called to a business near Mile 10.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway on the report of a trespasser. Officer response resulted in the arrest of Travis D. George, 32, of Fort Yukon, on a charge of second-degree criminal trespass. George was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On June 24 at 7:55 p.m., Kenai police received a report of a male being extremely disruptive at the local airport. Officers responded and contacted the male suspect, Curtis S. Zackar, 46, of Anchorage, who continued to cause a disturbance. Zackar was arrested for disorderly conduct and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

Jacqueline Mouser, 48, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to failure to give immediate notice of an accident, committed June 28, 2018. She was fined a $50 court surcharge and placed on probation for 12 months. All other charges in this case were dismissed.

Roger Alford Mouser, 51, of Kenai, pleaded guilty to violating condition of release, committed June 27, 2018. He was fined a $50 court surcharge and a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and placed on probation for 12 months.

On June 28 at 2:18 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a Kasilof residence on the report of a disturbance. William Eastham, 28, was contacted during the investigation and was determined to have assaulted a household member. After investigation, Eastham was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the charge of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On June 27 at 8:28 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a male burglarizing a greenhouse at a residence on Funny River Road in Soldotna. Troopers responded to the residence and apprehended the male, identifying the suspect as Johnny Riddle, 69, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Riddle had burglarized the greenhouse and damaged property in excess of $750. In addition, Riddle had threatened the caller with a dangerous instrument when he was confronted. Prior to leaving the scene, Riddle also spit on a trooper. Riddle was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail on the charges of third-degree assault, second-degree burglary, third-degree criminal mischief, and first-degree harassment.

On June 29 at 12:23 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to motor vehicle collision with a moose. The driver of the tan Dodge Dakota was identified as Linda McLane, 68, of Kasilof. Investigation revealed her vehicle was unable to avoid a collision with a moose that had run out in front of it. McLane was transported by Central Emergency Services for minor injuries. The moose was given to a charity. No foul play is suspected. McLane was wearing a seat belt.

On June 28 at 8:04 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of long-term protective order violation. Investigation revealed that Robert Burns, 27, violated the protective order by texting a person he was not allow to contact, per the protective order. Burns was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On June 28 at 11:21 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Sterling. Troopers arrived on scene and identified the suspect as Gregory McMullen, 51, of Sterling. Investigation revealed that McMullen had placed two household members in fear of imminent physical injury. McMullen was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail on two counts of fourth-degree assault, (domestic violence).

On June 27 at about 1:40 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report about a vehicle driving with no headlights on and swerving all over the road. The vehicle was traveling toward Soldotna near Mile 72 of the Sterling Highway. Troopers located and stopped the vehicle near Mile 86 of the Sterling Highway. The driver identified herself as Shannon Walker, 58, of Nikiski. After investigation, Walker was arrested for second-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, two counts of third-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, four counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, and driving under the influence of drugs. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On June 23, 2019 at 11:59 a.m., Jessica Ellingson, 28, of Anchorage, contacted the Alaska State Troopers and reported that she and Bryan Andrew, 28, of Anchorage, were stranded on a beach just south of Caine’s Head in the Seward area. Jessica reported that their 20-foot skiff began taking on water when another boat created a wake big enough for the water to make it inside their boat. Bryan was able to operate the boat to a nearby beach without incident. Alaska State Troopers and Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded with a boat and provided transportation back to the Seward Harbor. Neither party reported any injuries, and both declined Emergency Medical Services.

On June 28 at about 4:00 p.m., Seward Alaska State Troopers was notified of an aircraft emergency locator transmitter (ELT) activation in mountainous terrain near Mile 37 of the Seward Highway. Investigation confirmed the crash of a small plane with four souls onboard. Alaska Air National Guard (AKANG) Pararescuers responded to the crash site and located one survivor, who was airlifted to the Providence Emergency Room in critical condition. On June 20, AST Helo 3 will be flying to the scene to attempt recovery of victims and will be transporting National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) to the area. Recovery efforts are hampered by poor visibility due to wildfire smoke and mountainous terrain. Victim names are withheld pending next-of-kin notifications.

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