Public safety briefs for March 6, 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 Feb. 28 at 1:46 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a two-vehicle collision at the intersection of Nikishka Beach Road and the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that the driver at fault in the collision, Philip Hobson, 66, of Nikiski, was impaired. A check of Hobson’s driving status showed he only possessed an Alaska ID card. Hobson was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the charges of driving under the influence and no valid operator’s license. Bail was set at $1,000.

On Feb. 28 at 5:58 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers was patrolling the area of Mile 24 of the Kenai Spur Highway and conducted a traffic stop on a red GMC Yukon for an equipment violation. The driver, Michael Roza, 34, of Nikiski, was found to have a revoked driver’s license and eight prior driving while license revoked convictions. Roza was arrested for driving while license revoked and was later released on his own recognizance. Dylan Sullens, 23, of Nikiski, arrived on scene to retrieve the vehicle. Investigation revealed that Sullens had an outstanding warrant on the charge of violating conditions of release, with a bail of $500. Sullens was arrested, and both parties were taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Feb. 27, Alaska State Troopers issued Steven Meyer, 46, of Homer, a summons for unlawful abandoning a vehicle on East End Road. Meyer was charged after troopers received a report of an abandoned vehicle on Feb. 4, and an investigation identified Meyer as the person responsible.

On Feb. 30 at about 10:30 p.m. Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at a Excaliber Way residence in Seward. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Joshua Carney, 24, for two counts of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and one count of fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence). Carney was taken to the Seward Jail.

On Mar. 1 at about 8:00 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence off Gas Well Road in Soldotna for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed that Lyndsay Rae Clark, 39, of Soldotna, head-butted a family member, causing injury. Clark was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Mar. 1 at about 4:40 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a white 1988 Jeep Cherokee on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Ciechanski Road for a seat belt violation. The driver was identified as Amanda M. Kivi, 31, of Kenai. A records check showed Kivi’s operator’s license is suspended and that she has prior convictions for driving while license suspended in the last 10 years. Kivi was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 29 at 1:31 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Endicott Drive. Amanda Mills, 29, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Feb. 28 at 3:22 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle after receiving a report of a possible female shoplifter leaving Safeway. Kimberly Payne, 27, of Soldotna, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $250 bail.

On Feb. 23 at 12:06 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on Kalifornsky Beach Road near the Sterling Highway. Virginia Kottre, 21, of Anchorage, was issued a municipal citation for driving without a valid driver’s license and released.

On Feb. 22 at 12:38 a.m., Soldotna police contacted a suspicious vehicle parked on Centennial Drive. Elijah X. Royal-Reyna, 18, of Kenai, was found to be in possession of marijuana and was issued a criminal citation for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and released. Two juveniles, both 16-year-old Soldotna males, had sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance charges forwarded to Juvenile Intake, and both were released to responsible adults.

On Feb. 22 at 2:45 a.m., Soldotna police contacted Andrew Malone, 30, of Soldotna, and arrested him on an outstanding warrant. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $50 bail.

On Feb. 16 at 4:23 a.m., Soldotna police responded to Good Time Charlie’s for a disturbance. Philip King, 34, of Anchorage, was issued two criminal citations for fourth-degree assault and released.

On Feb. 12 at 8:58 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to residence on Reflection Lake Road in Soldotna for a report of possible squatters at the residence. Investigation revealed that the residence had been broken into and someone had been staying there. Troopers did not locate anyone in the residence at the time. Anyone with information regarding this case is encouraged to call the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 262-4453.

On Mar. 2 at about 9:00 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to multiple disturbances in the Soldotna and Kenai areas. After investigation and with the assistance of the Kenai Police Department, Andrew Malone, 30, of Kenai, was arrested on a single charge of second-degree terroristic threatening and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On Mar. 1 at 5:47 a.m.., Kenai police responded to a residence on Clipper Circle for a welfare check. After investigation, Scott R. Ulroan, 34, of Chevak, was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Mar. 1 at 4:28 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local business for reports of a trespasser. After investigation, Alicia M. Ridge, 30, of Nikiski, was issued a summons for second-degree criminal trespass.

On Mar. 1 at 6:01 p.m., Kenai police made contact with a subject on North Forest Drive. After investigation, Ronald A. Leavitt, 47, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for an outstanding $50 Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear for pretrial conference hearing on the original charge of violating a domestic violence restraining order.

On Feb. 29 at 1:41 a.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop near the intersection of Frontage Road and Broad Street. After investigation, Roger A. Ihde, 60, of Wasilla, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 29 at 3:32 a.m., Kenai police responded to a residence on Haller Street for reports of a disturbance. After investigation, Dakota B.R. Jack, 27, of Seward, was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 29 at about 11:30 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local business for reports of shoplifting. After investigation, Sarah L. Urdahl, 37, of Soldotna, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 27 at about 2:10 a.m., Kenai police responded to a local business on the Kenai Spur Highway. After investigation, Andrew J. Hoke, 23, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 27 at 10:05 p.m., Kenai police responded to a residence on Fathom Drive. After investigation, Monika L. Howard, 43, of Kenai, was arrested for an Alaska State Troopers $1,000 warrant for failure to appear for omnibus hearing on original charges of two counts of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, an Alaska State Troopers $1,000 warrant for failure to appear for omnibus hearing on original charges of two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and violating conditions of release. Howard was taken to Wildwood Pretrial. Debra P. Ziegler, 62, of Kenai, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for first-degree hindering prosecution and violating custodial duties.

On Feb. 27 at 11:33 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop off the Kenai Spur Highway and Linwood Lane. As a result, Troy J. Gehring, 49, of Nikiski, was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a weapon and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial. Brandon N. Barfell, 22, of Kenai, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on a $2,500 Alaska State Troopers warrant for petition to revoke probation, filed Feb. 25, on the original charge of petition to revoke probation.

On Feb. 26 at 6:35 a.m., Kenai police responded to a local address for a suspicious vehicle. After investigation, Donald W. Gabree, 52, of Soldotna, was arrested for false information, violating conditions of release, and Alaska State Troopers warrants for failure to appear for omnibus hearing on original charges of violating conditions of release, failure to comply with conditions of release, violating conditions of release on original charges of violating conditions of release for a felony, and violating conditions of release on original charges of violating conditions of release. Gabree was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 25 at 01:37 a.m., Kenai police had contact with a subject at a local business. After investigation, Bridgit L. Snipes, 57, of Kasilof, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for second-degree terroristic threatening, third-degree assault on a police officer, and disorderly conduct.

On Feb. 25 at 1:41 p.m., Kenai police made contact with a wanted subject. After investigation, Joel D. Consiel, 31, of Kenai, was arrested for an Anchorage Alaska State Troopers felony no bail arrest warrant for possession of child pornography. Consiel was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Mar. 3 at 8:51 a.m., the Soldotna Public Safety Communications Center received a 911 call reporting a motor vehicle collision at Mile 52 of the Seward Highway. Investigation revealed that a sedan being driven by George Napoka, 19, of Nikiski, crossed the centerline of the highway and collided with a semi-truck. Napoka was airlifted to Anchorage with life-threatening injuries. Next of Kin has been notified. Investigation is ongoing.

On Mar. 3 at 7:03 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of someone driving a maroon minivan, pointing a gun at another motorist on Nash Road in Seward. At 7:56 p.m., troopers located the suspect vehicle and attempted to make contact with the driver, identified as Joel Ruby, 41, of Anchorage, who immediately took off, and a pursuit ensued around the Seward area. After about 15 minutes, Ruby stopped the vehicle near at an apartment complex and barricaded himself inside, refusing to exit the vehicle or comply with any commands. SERT (Special Emergency Reaction Team) was ultimately called out and utilized to gain Ruby’s compliance. At 11:11 p.m., Ruby was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail for third-degree assault, first-degree failure to stop at the direction of a police officer, and reckless driving.

On Mar. 3 at 10:05 p.m., James Kohn, 33, of Nikiski, and Tiffany Kohn, 34, of Nikiski, reported to Soldotna Alaska State Troopers that their vehicle had become stuck in the snow about three miles past the barricade on the new un-maintained portion of the Kenai Spur Highway extension past Captain Cook State Park. The Kohns reported that they were unable to walk out, due to concerns about wolves in the area. Nikiski Fire Department responded and transported them to their residence. No injuries were reported.

On Mar. 3 at 11:33 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance at a residence off Ciechanski Road. Investigation revealed that Josie Keen, 36, of Kenai, had assaulted a family member. Additionally, she was in violation of her conditions of release from a prior domestic violence assault by consuming alcohol. She was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail, pending arraignment.

On Feb. 12 at 1:33 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers was patrolling the area of Island Lake Road in Nikiski when a female was observed walking on the road. The woman was identified as Michal Jorgensen, 36, of Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Jorgensen had an outstanding warrant for her arrest for the charge of vehicle theft. Jorgensen was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

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