Public safety briefs for March 11, 2020

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

On Mar. 5 at 8:35 a.m., Kenai police responded to a business near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway for a report of two trespassers. As a result Heidi A. Gibson, 38, of Soldotna, and Samuel L. Buoy, 38, of Kenai, were both issued summonses for second-degree criminal trespass.

On Mar. 4 at 9:41 a.m., Kenai police responded to a residence near Sandpiper Lane to investigate a third-party custodian issue. After investigation, officers determined that Pamela Papasodora, 59, of Kenai, had violated her custodial duties, and she was issued a summons. Kenai police also arrested Pamela D. Rickard, 49, of Kenai, for violating conditions of release. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without incident.

On Mar. 2 at about 8:00 p.m., Kenai police responded a report of a male trying to enter a residence on Linwood Lane and contacted a Joshua Grives, 40, of Kenai. After investigation, Grives was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and fourth-degree theft and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 5 at 8:29 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a white Dodge Durango at the Essential One gas station in Seward. Investigation revealed that Jacob Towsley, 26, of Seward, was driving while his license was revoked for a previous driving under the influence conviction and that he has been charged with driving while license revoked three times in the past four months. Towsley was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail, where he was remanded, then released on his own recognizance.

On Mar. 5 at 8:29 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a white Dodge Durango at the Essential One gas station in Seward. Investigation revealed that Jacob Towsley, 26, of Seward, was driving while his license was revoked for a previous driving under the influence conviction and that he has been charged with driving while license revoked three times in the past four months. Towsley was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail, where he was remanded, then released on his own recognizance.

On Mar. 7 at 8:21 p.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to stop a snowmachine as it traveled at a high rate of speed on the Sterling Highway in Sterling. The vehicle failed to immediately stop when directed by troopers. The snowmachine eventually stopped on a side road, and troopers contacted the operator and sole occupant, Russell Cramer, 38, of Sterling. Investigation revealed that Cramer was impaired by alcohol. He was arrested for driving under the influence and second-degree failure to stop at the direction of a police officer and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Mar. 8 at 1:26 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop at Mile 1 of the Kenai Spur Highway for a seat belt violation. The driver, Matthew D. Luke, 22, of Kenai, was contacted and arrested for a $100 arrest warrant and driving while license revoked, due to prior convictions, and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Mar. 8 at 1:43 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of a vehicle that was driving without brake lights or tail lights and had been losing debris out of the back of the truck bed while moving. Troopers located the vehicle near Mile 90 of the Sterling Highway and conducted a traffic stop. Investigation revealed that Isaac Truesdell, 39, of Soldotna, was the driver of the vehicle and also had a suspended license. Passengers of the vehicle, Debra Miller, 33, of Soldotna, and Jordan Goracke, 29, of Palmer, were found to both have warrants for their arrest. All three were taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 9 at 3:04 a.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team was on patrol and located a male who was bleeding and lying on the roadway in the middle of Funny River Road. Investigation revealed that the male had been on a snowboard, being towed by a truck down Funny River Road, and had fallen while being towed. He was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital, where he is currently being treated for a head injury. The driver of the truck, Paul James Lamarche, 60, of Funny River Road, was issued a misdemeanor citation for reckless endangerment and released at the scene.

On Mar. 8 at 3:56 a.m., Kenai police responded to a local business near Mile 11 of the Kenai Spur Highway for a report of an intoxicated male. Joseph Chikoyak, 46, of Kenai, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Mar. 6 at about 10:00 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near Mile 5 on the Kenai Spur Highway. Thomas J. Soares, 34, of Kenai, was arrested for driving while license suspended and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar 9 at 2:16 a.m., Alaska State Troopers and the Homer Police Department, responded to a domestic disturbance in the Homer area. Investigation revealed that Julian Massey, 51, of Homer, had assaulted a family member, causing serious physical injuries. After a standoff at the residence where Massey was located, Massey was arrested without injuries to himself or responding officers. Alaska State Troopers is charging Massey with one count of attempted second-degree murder, first-degree assault, second-degree assault, third-degree assault, fourth-degree assault, interfering with report of domestic violence, and tampering with physical evidence. The investigation in continuing.

On Mar 10 at 2:08 a.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to stop a white Chevrolet truck near Mile 17 of the Kenai Spur Highway for speeding. The vehicle failed to stop and attempted to elude troopers in the Nikiski area. A tire deflation device was ultimately deployed, and the vehicle stopped near the intersection of the Kenai Spur Highway and Forest Lane. The driver was identified as Brandon Timpke, 29, of Nikiski. Timpke was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of first-degree failure to stop for a peace officer, reckless driving, reckless endangerment, violating conditions of release on a felony case, and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On Mar. 9 at 7:46 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted a blue Ford F150 at Mile 7 of Kalifornsky Beach Road regarding a traffic hazard. The driver was identified as Hermwald Vonscheele, 82, from Ninilchik. Investigation revealed that his license was revoked for driving while license revoked and that he has three prior convictions for driving while license revoked. He was issued a misdemeanor citation.

On Mar 9 at about 6:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a Dodge pickup on Gas Well Road, near Jones Road in Soldotna. The pickup continued on Jones Road but had mechanical issues. The driver moved to the passenger seat, causing the passenger to have to take the wheel to keep the vehicle from colliding with oncoming traffic or going into the ditch. Devin Jay Jas, 23, of Soldotna, was ultimately arrested for second-degree failure to stop for a police officer and reckless endangerment and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

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