Public safety briefs for March 12, 2019

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

On Mar. 6 at 5:11 p.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Redoubt Avenue, after it was reported that a male had pointed a firearm at people while inside the residence, then left in a vehicle. Kenai police stopped the vehicle near Mile 9 of Kenai Spur Highway. Bradley J. Conwell, 29, of Kenai, was arrested for three counts of third-degree assault, fifth-degree misconduct involving weapons, and first-degree criminal trespass, then taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Mar. 1 at 9:11 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Redoubt Avenue for a disturbance. Investigation led to a 17-year-old juvenile male being arrested for fourth-degree assault and taken to the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility.

On Feb. 27 at 4:05 p.m., Soldotna police responded to Fred Meyer for a shoplifter. Nathaniel D. Myers, 19, of Kenai, had removed $343.95 worth of merchandise from the store without payment and was contacted by loss prevention employees. Myers attempted to flee the area on foot and was apprehended by other store customers. Myers was arrested for third-degree theft and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 6 at 3:14 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) complaint that a female in a white vehicle had driven her vehicle into a ditch on Robinson Loop in Sterling and was nodding-off inside the vehicle. Troopers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the female as Brittney Fattore, 29, of Sterling. Investigation revealed that Fattore was driving under the influence and was also in possession of a controlled substance. Fattore was charged with driving under the influence and fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $500 bail.

On Mar. 5 at 7:29 p.m., Anchor Point Alaska State Troopers responded to a seasonal residence in Ninilchik after it was reported that unknown parties were on the property with flashlights. During that incident, Maranda Moore, 36, of Ninilchik, was contacted and arrested on two outstanding no-bail misdemeanor warrants for violating her conditions of release in a previous case and failure to appear in court. She was taken to Homer Jail without incident.

On Mar. 6 at 4:36 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to a disturbance at an address in the Ciechanski Road neighborhood. Investigation revealed that Garret Bishop, 28, of Palmer, had assaulted a member of the household and then fled the scene before troopers arrived. A search in the area was conducted for Bishop, but troopers were unable to locate him. Charges on Bishop for two counts of first-degree assault (domestic violence) and two counts of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) were submitted to the District Attorney’s Office. Anyone with information about Garret Bishop’s whereabouts is asked to contact the Alaska State Troopers 907-262-4453 or Peninsula Crime Stoppers 907-283-8477. Tipsters can also report anonymously at www.peninsulacrimestoppers.com.

On Mar. 6, Eugene Dickerson, 52, of Homer, and Julie Bennett, 50, of Homer, were issued citations for making a false statement on their 2018 sport fishing license. Bail is set at $310 for each in Homer Court.

On Mar. 5 at 1:16 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a call from the Soldotna Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV), which reported a male inside the DMV who had a $500 arrest warrant. Troopers responded and contacted Aaron Bullard, 55, of Soldotna, who was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on the warrant, which was for failing to post $500 bail.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers (AWT), Soldotna Post, received two complaints about a coyote that was running on the snowmachine trails off of Treasure Chest Drive in Kenai that had a leg hold trap secured on one of its legs. AWT responded to the area and tracked the coyote for about one mile, but was unable to locate it. Anyone with information on who may be trapping in the area is requested to contact the Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, at 907-262-4573.

On Mar. 7, Alaska State Troopers received a report at about 10:00 a.m., that Justin Cooley, 35, of Soldotna, had assaulted a family member. Investigation revealed that Cooley had strangled his family member and hung the family member over the stairs by the ankles. Cooley was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Mar. 7 at about 7:00 p.m., Anchor Point Alaska State Troopers conducted a welfare check on an intoxicated female at a business in Ninilchik. During that interaction, the intoxicated female, later identified as Ginger Winter, 54, of Trapper Creek, spit in the responding trooper’s face and later caused a disturbance while receiving medical clearance at South Peninsula Hospital. She was arrested and taken to Homer Jail without further incident.

On Mar. 1 at 2:12 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team arrived at 46188 Sterling Highway, Skyview Middle School after it was reported that a J=juvenile student was dealing controlled substances. The juvenile was arrested on charges of delivery of an imitation controlled substance and was taken to the Kenai Peninsula Youth Facility, where he is currently being held without bail.

On Mar. 8 at 12:41 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a disturbance at a Nikiski residence. Investigation found that Joseph Newton, 24, of Nikiski, had broken a window of the residence and had operated a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol. Newton was arrested on charges of third-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence) and driving under the influence and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Mar. 8 at 7:22 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received and responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Todd Bashaw, 45, of Nikiski, had assaulted a member of the household with a shovel. Bashaw is being charged with third-degree assault and violating conditions of release.

On Mar. 8 at 5:19 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to a reported burglary at an address in the neighborhood of Rabbit Run Road in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that the front door to the residence was pried open and someone gained entry. Troopers cleared the residence, and no one was found inside the residence.

On Mar. 8 at about 7:50 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team arrived on Inlet Drive for an arrest warrant service on James Ashley Johnson, Jr., 35, of Nikiski, who had an outstanding no bail warrant for the original charges of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and first-degree harassment. Johnson was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on the outstanding warrant and an additional charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, after controlled substances were located on his person.

On Mar. 8, Seward Alaska Wildlife Troopers, with assistance from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, investigated a violation of the Prince William Sound commercial tanner crab fishery size limit. Investigation revealed that the F/V Highliner, operated by Nikita Kuzmin, 49, of Delta Junction, had retained 41 undersized tanner crabs. Kuzmin was issued a mandatory appearance court citation. The undersized crabs were seized and were donated to charity.

On Mar. 6, Seward Alaska Wildlife Troopers, with assistance from the Alaska Department of Fish and Game, investigated a violation of the Prince William Sound commercial tanner crab fishery size limit. Investigation revealed that the F/V Highliner, operated by Nikita Kuzmin, 49, of Delta Junction, had retained 104 undersized tanner crabs. Kuzmin was issued a mandatory appearance court citation. The undersized crabs were seized and were donated to charity.

On Mar. 9 at 3:32 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received report of a disturbance in the area of Cache Street in Kasilof. Investigation revealed that William Eastham, 28, of Kasilof, had recklessly caused physical injury. Eastham was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on the charge of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On Mar. 9 at 8:44 a.m., Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to a motor vehicle crash involving injuries at Mile 3.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. It was reported that two vehicles collided head on. Further investigation revealed that Bryce Campbell, 26, of Chugiak, was driving under the influence and veered off into the opposite lane, causing a collision with another vehicle. Campbell was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of first-degree assault, driving under the influence, and reckless driving. The other parties received medical attention for their injuries.

On Mar. 9 at 9:13 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a suspicious vehicle call at Spenard Builders Supply in Soldotna and contacted Lonnie Playle, 36, of Soldotna. Investigation determined that Playle had driven a motor vehicle while under the influence of a controlled substance. Playle was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on a charge of driving under the influence.

On Mar. 9 at 10:34 p.m. Soldotna dispatch received a report of a man in need of medical assistance. Troopers arrived on scene and identified the man as Kyle Jack, 45, of Nikiski, who was found to have an outstanding warrant for $250 for driving while license revoked. Jack was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 6 at 10:34 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of a vehicle crossing into oncoming traffic. Troopers located and stopped the vehicle on Longmere Way, off the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed that Austin Jackson, 20, of Soldotna, was driving under the influence of alcohol. Jackson was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 9 at 6:24 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Seward received a report that Jeffery Cheng, 33, of Anchorage, was snowboarding with two friends in the area of the Crescent Lake Saddle Cabin and was overtaken by an avalanche. His friends, Bryce Fischer, 27, of Anchorage, and Cody Lourie, 33, of Anchorage, recovered Cheng from six feet of snow cover and performed CPR for 30 minutes. Fischer then left

on foot/snowboard to the trailhead to get cell service to call for help. Recovery efforts were made. The U.S. Forest Service, Alaska State Troopers, and Moose Pass Emergency Medical Services responded with snowmachines. At 10:15 p.m., Cheng was located deceased and taken

to the Carter Lake trail head. Peninsula Memorial responded for Cheng’s body. The body is being sent to the State Medical Examiner for an autopsy. Next of kin has been notified.

On Mar. 10 at 5:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Vonda Street in Soldotna for an investigation. Investigation revealed that Devin J. Jas, 22, of Soldotna, had an active arrest warrant for violating conditions of release. Jas was arrested for the warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Mar. 2 at 12:28 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received and responded to a report of a single-vehicle accident near Mile 162 of the Sterling Highway. The vehicle was reported to have struck the guardrail and then overturned. Both the driver, Iris Strongheart, 19, of Anchor Point, and the passenger, Ryan Nye, 38, of Homer, were uninjured in the accident.

On Mar. 11 at 1:21 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a structure fire at about Mile 12 of Funny River Road. The complainant and homeowner, Corey Helgevold, said he had been working on his furnace, and it started on fire. Central Emergency Services responded to the fire. No injuries were reported, and no foul play is suspected.

On Mar. 11 at 8:04 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were investigating a criminal complaint in Sterling, in the area of Loomis Road. Investigation revealed that Travis W. Lindley, 18, of Sterling, had two warrants. He was arrested for misconduct involving a controlled substance, violating conditions of release, and two warrants and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. On Mar. 12, Lindley was remanded on additional charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, and fourth-degree criminal mischief on an unrelated case.

On Mar. 9 at 12:55 a.m., while on patrol, Kenai police made contact with a vehicle. After investigation, Elias T McConnell, 22, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Mar 9 at 11:53 p.m., a local store reported a male shoplifter trying to leave the parking lot. Kenai police responded and found the male suspect on the property. After interviewing the suspect, Brian C Faulkner, 38, of Anchorage, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for second-degree theft.

On Mar. 6 at 11:14 p.m., Kenai Police contacted a vehicle that appeared stuck at the bird viewing pullout on Bridge Access Road. Contact with the driver resulted in the arrest of Edward E. Brown, 61, of Anchorage, on a charge of driving under the influence. Brown was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 6 at 3:43 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Contact with the vehicle resulted in the arrest of Claire M. Jones, 31, of Kenai, on the charges of second-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault, fourth-degree theft, and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. William D. Bushnell, 29, of Kenai was also arrested on the charges of second-degree robbery, fourth-degree assault, and fourth-degree theft. These arrests were in regard to a Kenai Police Department case from October, 2018. Jones and Bushnell were taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Mar. 5 at 1:37 p.m., Kenai police received a report of a shoplifter in custody at a business near Mile 10.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Officers responded and issued a summons to court to Anthony L. Ritter, 36, of Kenai, for charges of fourth-degree theft and false information.

On Mar. 4 at 9:26 a.m., at Daubenspeck Park, Kenai police came into contact with Alicia Marie Ridge, 28, of Kenai, and Kenneth Oder, 50, of Soldotna. Ridge was arrested for two charges of second-degree misconduct of controlled substances. Records confirmed that Ridge also had an arrest warrant with Soldotna Alaska State Troopers for third-degree theft. Oder was arrested for second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release.

On Mar 4 at 7:48 p.m., Kenai police responded to the area of Bridge Access Road and Childs Avenue. Officers contacted and issued a summons to Nathan D. Epling, 44, of Kenai, for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

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