Public safety briefs for May 24, 2020

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Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement records and contains arrest and citation information.

On May 15 at 1:33 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers observed a silver 1987 Buick sedan inoperable in the roadway at the intersection of Wik Road and the Kenai Spur Highway in Nikiski. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was contacted and identified as Obadiah Moore, 25, of Nikiski. A records check showed Moore’s license was revoked for driving while license suspended and that he had multiple convictions of the offense. Moore was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving while license revoked and released under his own recognizance.

On May 15 at about 6:10 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to an address off Funny River Road and contacted Arthur D. Hirth, 57, of Soldotna. A records check showed that Hirth had two $250 arrest warrants, for first-degree criminal trespass and second-degree harassment. Hirth was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 14 at 9:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report that a motorcycle had run off the roadway about three miles down Exit Glacier Road in Seward. Investigation revealed that Ray Tilbury, 54, of Seward, was driving the motorcycle at excessive speeds and could not negotiate a left curve in the roadway. Tilbury ran off the roadway, where he was ejected from the motorcycle and pinned against a tree. Tilbury was not wearing a helmet or any protective equipment. Seward Volunteer Ambulance Corps responded and transported Tilbury to Seward Providence Medical Center, where LifeMed then transported Tilbury to Providence Alaska Medical Center, due to the extent of his injuries.

On May 13 at 8:04 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop near Mile 2 of Funny River Road on a gold 2004 Saturn Ion for traveling above the posted speed limit. The driver was identified as Lonnie J. Kukowski, 25, of Anchorage. During the traffic stop, K-9 Donna indicated to the presence of the odor of controlled substances emitting from the vehicle. A search warrant was applied for and granted permitting a search of the vehicle. Controlled substances were located in the vehicle, resulting in a misdemeanor charge of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On May 15 at 10:53 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received at REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report and conducted a traffic stop at Mile 155 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed that Christopher Dubbe, 36, of Anchor Point, was driving while license revoked. He was given a summons, and the vehicle was released to a valid driver.

On May 16 at 12:28 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Anchor Point Post, conducted a patrol of the Deep Creek River. Hunter Johnson, 21, of Anchorage, was contacted while fishing on the salt water side in the conservation zone. Johnson was cited for sport fishing in closed waters, which carries a $120 fine in the Homer Court.

On May 16 at 6:28 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Anchor Point Post, conducted a patrol of the Anchor River. Jackie Hobson, 61, of Anchorage, was contacted for fishing with bait in the Anchor River, when an emergency order was in effect, limiting gear to only one unbaited, single-hook, artificial lure in the Anchor River. Hobson was cited under Sport Fishing – Special Provisions, Seasons, Bag, Possession, and Size Limits, which carries a $120 fine in Homer Court.

On May 16, Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited the following subjects for sport fishing in closed waters: Daniel Christian, 22, of Anchorage; Quinntin Cook, 36, of Anchorage; Steven Sommerdorf, 27, of Wasilla; Samuel Vencil, 26, of Wasilla; Brian Vencil, 30, of Wasilla; Donald Abbott, 36, of Georgetown, Texas. Bail is set at $120 for each citation in the Homer District Court.

On May 17 at 9:04 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Anchor Point Post, conducted a patrol of the Anchor River. Paul Wilcox, 20, of Soldotna, was contacted while fishing with bait in the Anchor River, when an emergency order was in effect, limiting gear to only unbaited, single-hook, artificial lures in the Anchor River. Wilcox was cited under Sport Fishing – Special Provisions, Seasons, Bag, Possession, and Size Limits, which carries a set bail of $120 in Homer District Court.

On May 17 at about 5:20 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, conducted a patrol of the Deep Creek River. Yvette Stemets, 59, of Sterling, was contacted while fishing in closed waters in Deep Creek River. Stemets was cited for sport fishing closed waters, which carries a $120 fine in the Homer Court.

On May 17 at 8:56 p.m. Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop on a silver pickup for speeding at Mile 103 on the Sterling Highway. Investigation found that Jordan Rhoades, 28, of Wasilla, was driving while under the influence of alcohol. Jordan was also found to have a handgun inside the vehicle. Jordan was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the charges of driving under the influence and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons.

On May 16, James Schmunk, 62, of Kasilof, was issued a citation for using black bear bait within one mile of a house. This citation carries a mandatory court appearance, which is set for June 16.

On May 17 at 7:48 p.m., Kenai police received the report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Sandpiper Lane. An officer responded to the residence and contacted a Kayla K. Anderson, 23, of Soldotna. After investigation, Anderson was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence) and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 17 at 10:54 p.m., Kenai police received the report of a suspicious male in the area of Senior Court, attempting to enter a business. Kenai police responded and contacted a Joseph Chikoyak, 45, of Kenai, who was issued a summons for second-degree criminal trespass.

On May 16 at about 1:00 a.m., Kenai police received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of a possible intoxicated driver at a business near Mile 11 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Kenai police responded to the scene and contacted the driver, Steven J. Jicha, 33, of Kenai. After investigation, Jicha was arrested for driving under the influence and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 15 at about 4 p.m., after receiving the report of a possible assault, Kenai police responded to a residence off of Sprucewood Road and contacted Nicholas G. Perkins, 29, of Kenai. Records showed that Perkins had a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers arrest warrant for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. After investigation, Perkins was arrested and additionally charged with second-degree, third-degree, and two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 14 at 2:12 p.m., Kenai police responded to a suspicious vehicle at a local business. Branderlyn D. Gage, 26, of Kenai, was arrested on an Alaska State Troopers no bail warrant for failure to remand on original charges of third-degree theft and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 17 at about 7:30 a.m., a 59-year-old male, of Anchorage, called Soldotna-based Alaska State Troopers, reporting that his travel trailer had been stolen from family property located off Kenai Keys Road in Sterling. Investigation revealed that sometime between May 14 and May 17, suspect(s) entered the private property and took a 28-foot 1984 Terry travel trailer. The trailer is beige/tan with a maroon stripe around the middle. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Soldotna Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453 or the Crime Stoppers tip line/app.

On May 19 at 12:41 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers stopped on a blue single-cab Chevrolet truck with a trailer and two four-wheelers in the roadway on Treasure Chest Road in Kenai. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as Dustin Leggett, 36, of Nikiski. The owners of the four-wheelers were identified and, upon request, the Homer Police Department contacted the owners, who then discovered their two four-wheelers and trailer had been stolen sometime during the previous day. Leggett was arrested for second-degree theft and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On May 19 at about 2:00 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2003 Honda Accord on Magic Avenue in Kenai. After investigation, Nathan Dalton, 19, of Kenai, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for driving under the influence and minor operating a vehicle after consuming alcohol.

On May 18 at 8:03 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of found property in the Robinson Loop area of Sterling. Investigation led to discovering the burglary of a vacant house. Multiple household items and power tools were found to have been stolen. Investigation continues.

On May 18, Alaska Wildlife Troopers issued Neil Duchesneau, 47, of Wasilla, a citation for sport fishing in closed waters. Bail is set at $120 in the Homer District Court.

On May 19 at 4:25 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway near Marydale Avenue. Jason Demello, 23, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 18 at 9:32 p.m., Soldotna police responded to a vacant commercial building on the Kenai Spur Highway near Marydale Avenue for a complaint about a person inside the building. Inside the building, officers contacted Daniel Maxim, 40, of Pedro Bay. Maxim was arrested for second-degree burglary, fourth-degree theft, and violating his court ordered conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 18 at 11:19 p.m., Soldotna police responded to a disturbance at an apartment complex on Redoubt Avenue. Officers contacted Barbara Jones, 57, of Soldotna, who had been previously warned by officers that her behavior was disorderly. Jones was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 16 at 9:42 p.m., Soldotna police responded to Soldotna Creek Park for a report of a male with a fire in the middle of Soldotna Creek Park. After extinguishing the fire, officers contacted Daniel Maxim, 40, of Pedro Bay. Maxim was arrested for second-degree criminally negligent burning and fifth-degree criminal mischief and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 15 at about 1:50 p.m., Soldotna police contacted a suspicious vehicle near the Soldotna Airport. Joseph Fiebelkorn, 18, of Soldotna, was found to be in possession of marijuana. Fiebelkorn was issued a criminal citation for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and released.

On May 12 at 11:34 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Sterling Highway near Binkley Street. Aaron Curtiss, 34, of Sterling, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 30 at 1:38 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Hester Street for a disturbance. Adam Myers, 35, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and fourth-degree criminal mischief and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On May 18 at 7:46 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a silver 2002 Dodge Stratus for a moving violation near Mile 83.0 of the Sterling Highway. After investigation revealed that John McCord, 22, of Soldotna, was driving while his license was revoked and that he was in violation of conditions of release in a prior criminal case, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

UPDATE: On May 19, Alaska State Troopers investigation resulted in the arrest of Kiefer Tell Rider Riss, 29, of Sterling. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment, on charges of first-degree burglary, second-degree theft, first-degree vehicle theft, third-degree criminal mischief, and first-degree criminal trespass. Investigation continues. Outstanding stolen property includes a Makita air compressor, a Honda EU4000i generator, and a Rinnai tankless water heater. Anyone with further information is asked to called Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453.

ORIGINAL REPORT: On May 18 at 8:03 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of found property in the Robinson Loop area of Sterling. Investigation led to discovering the burglary of a vacant house. Multiple household items and power tools were found to have been stolen. Investigation continues.

On May 19 at 4:52 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of three suspicious vehicles parked outside a gas station on Kalifornsky Beach Road in Soldotna. Troopers arrived on scene and identified one of the individuals as James Segura, 45, of Soldotna. After investigation revealed that Segura had six outstanding arrest warrants, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On May 19 at about 5:00 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Anchor Point Post, conducted a patrol of the Ninilchik Beach Access. Bradley Vanraden, 29, of Kasilof, and Harold Vanraden, 60, of Kasilof, were contacted while they were fishing on the salt water side in Conservation Zone #1 and cited for sport fishing in closed waters, which carries a $120 fine in the Homer Court.

On May 19 at 7:45 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance at a residence in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Helen Kimberly Ulak, 39, of Nikiski, was in violation of her conditions of release from a pending driving under the influence offense by consuming alcohol. She was arrested for violating conditions of release. She forcefully resisted the arrest. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial for violating conditions of release and resisting arrest.

On May 19 at 11:18 p.m., Alaska State Troopers (AST) received and responded to a call about an intoxicated male causing a disturbance at a residence off of North Fork Loop in Homer and made contact with Axel Bear, 25, of Anchorage, who stated he had a place to stay in Homer, and no crime was discovered at the residence. AST provided transportation, but when they reached their destination Bear refused to exit the patrol vehicle. He became combative with the trooper and was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to the Homer Jail.

On May 18 at 11:02 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers was patrolling the area of North Cohoe Loop Road in Kasilof when a traffic stop on conducted on a vehicle for a moving violation. After investigation, Bret Dickson, 54, of Eagle River, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial, where he was later released on his own recognizance.

On Mar. 4 at about 11:10 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a possible sexual assault involving two underage girls. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Troy Laky, 38, of Ninilchik, for two counts of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of second-degree sexual assault, and two counts of furnishing alcohol to persons under 21 years old. Laky was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

UPDATE: On May 19, Alaska State Troopers investigating the theft of the Fleetwood Terry travel trailer, contacted Dustin Leggett, 36, of Sterling. Investigation revealed that Leggett was responsible for the theft of the trailer. Leggett was taken to Wildwood Pretrial on charges of first-degree criminal trespass and second-degree theft.

ORIGINAL REPORT:

On May 17 at about 7:30 a.m., a 59-year-old male, of Anchorage, called Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers, reporting that his travel trailer had been stolen from family property, located off Kenai Keys Road in Sterling. Investigation revealed that sometime between May 14 and May 17, suspect(s) entered the private property and took a 1984 Terry travel trailer (28’). The trailer is beige/tan with a maroon stripe around the middle. Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact Soldotna AST at 262-4453 or the Crime Stoppers tip line/app.

On May 20 at 8:19 a.m., Kenai police responded to suspicious person at a local business. After investigation, Nicholas P. Guarnere, 38, of Kenai, was arrested for driving while license suspended/revoked and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 18 at 6:05 p.m., Kenai police responded to the area of Meander Lane for a report of a theft. After investigation, Adrian Cana, 22, of Kenai, was issued a summons for third-degree theft.

On May 18 at about 9:10 p.m., Kenai police responded to a disturbance in the area of Alpine Avenue. After investigation, Eric J.A. Christin, 37, of Kenai, was arrested on an Alaska State Troopers $100 bail misdemeanor failure to appear for arraignment warrant on original charges of second-degree criminal trespass and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 20 at 6;21 p.m., Alaska State Troopers (AST) received a call about two hikers who had become lost within the Kachemak Bay State Park. The two hikers had been hiking since about 10:00 a.m., after being dropped off by a water taxi. They became lost on the trails and missed their pickup time with the water taxi. The hikers called using their cell phones and had been advised to stay put once AST obtained their GPS coordinates. Lucas Thoning, from the Stillpoint Lodge, had been contacted and volunteered to go search for the hikers. Lucas, along with Anders Gustafson (boat operator for Mako’s Water Taxi), were able to respond to the location. Both hikers were located and returned to Homer safely and unharmed. AST would like to express their deepest thanks for the efforts of Lucas Thoning and Anders Gustafson for the safe return of both hikers.

On May 22 at 9:26 a.m., Matthew Klumb, 32, of Soldotna, was arrested without incident and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility in Kenai on charges stemming from an investigation that began on Apr. 24. Investigation by Alaska State Troopers (AST) General Investigative Unit from Soldotna, with assistance of the AST Technical Crimes Unit from Anchorage, led to Klumb being charged with one count of first-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, one count of first-degree sexual assault, two counts of first-degree sexual abuse of a minor, four counts of second-degree sexual abuse of a minor, and four counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Anyone with information regarding Klumb’s activities should contact Alaska State Troopers, General Investigative Unit in Soldotna at (907) 262-4453.

On Apr. 22, Ace Clark, 33, of Anchorage, was issued a summons to appear in court for importing live fish and releasing them into the waters of Alaska without a permit. The Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Wildlife Investigations Unit, began investigating Clark in October 2019, after it was found he had imported live rainbow trout from a fish distributor in Oregon. The investigation revealed that in June of 2019, Clark had 144 fish shipped to Alaska that were later released into a closed lake on the Kenai Peninsula, just south of Soldotna, for purposes of stocking. The importing and releasing of live fish into the waters of Alaska can lead to devastating effects on the environment and irreversible harm to native species. Over the last few years, several species of non-native fish, including muskellunge, large mouth bass, fat head minnows, and goldfish have been illegally introduced to state waters. Release of non-native fish for the purpose of illegal stocking has been an ongoing problem with northern pike for decades. No person may transport, possess, export from the state, or release into the waters of the state, any live fish unless the person holds a fish transport permit issued by the Alaska Department of Fish and Game. To report incidences of illegal transport and release of live fish in Alaska, please contact your local office of the Alaska Wildlife Troopers. Importing and releasing live fish is a Class A misdemeanor, and arraignment in this case is scheduled for May 28 in the District Court at Kenai.

On May 22 at about 11:50 a.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Jason White, 38, of Seward, in a vehicle at City Express in Seward. White had just finished using drugs and was passed-out inside the vehicle. Investigation revealed he had committed the crime of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, a Class a felony, by being in possession of heroin, hundreds of small baggies used to contain illicit drugs, and over $1,200 cash. White was taken to the Seward Jail and held without bail.

On May 22 at 8:46 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team observed a moving violation and conducted a traffic stop on a grey 2017 Ford Escape. After investigation, Rebecca R. Pontious, 38, of Sterling, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to the Troopers Post for Datamaster processing, then to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 23 at 3:07 a.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop on a black 2000 Mercedes SUV for traveling above the posted speed limit. The operator of the vehicle, a 17-year-old male, of Soldotna, had two other juvenile passengers in the vehicle. Investigation revealed the driver was in possession of marijuana and was operating the vehicle after consuming alcohol. He was arrested and taken to the Soldotna Troopers Post for processing, then released to his mother.

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