Public safety briefs for May 7, 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 May 3 at 12:48 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the report of a disturbance at a Sterling residence. Kurt Nelson, 49, of Sterling, was contacted during the investigation and was found to have intentionally damaged a cell phone belonging to a household member. Nelson was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the charge of fourth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence).

On May 2 at 5:45 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team received a report of theft from a Soldotna-based business. Investigation revealed a theft of electronic equipment taken from the store, totaling $500. The investigation is ongoing.

On May 3 at 8:21 a.m., Soldotna-based Alaska State Troopers were investigating a report on Knight Drive in Soldotna. During the course of the investigation, troopers came into contact with Troy Weilbacher, 50, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Weilbacher was two outstanding warrants. Weilbacher was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on his warrants, with bail set at $100.O

On May 1 at 9:45 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a call from Wildwood Pretrial, reporting that a male who was a new inmate at Wildwood had a controlled substance on his person. The male, Joshua Jensen, 32, of Anchorage, was remanded for first-degree promoting contraband.

On May 1 at 12:59 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary off Tri Road in Kasilof. The burglary is believed to have taken place sometime in September, 2018. There are currently no suspects or leads. Anyone with information should please contact the troopers at 907-262-4453.

On May 1 at 3:43 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a call regarding a burglary that took place off Sport Lake Road. The caller reported that a summer home had been broken into. There are currently no suspects or leads. If anyone has any information, please contact the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers at 262-4453.

On May 3 at 2:27 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Seward received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report regarding a vehicle driving erratically in Cooper Landing. Troopers conducted a traffic stop on the vehicle and identified the driver as Kristopher Bayes, 27, of Nikiski. Bayes is on probation for a prior vehicle theft conviction. Investigation revealed that Bayes had stolen the vehicle within the past 24 hours from a Nikiski residence and was taking it off of the Kenai Peninsula when he was stopped. Bayes was arrested for first-degree vehicle theft and taken to the Seward Jail.

On May 1 at 4:03 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a domestic violence protective order violation. Investigation revealed Robert Antila, 51, of Soldotna had violated the order by using a electronic device to unlawfully contact someone.

On May 2 at 9:49 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a stolen vehicle from Alyeska Tire in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Christian Athey, 22, and Karli Bell, 19, both of Soldotna, stole the vehicle on May 1. The vehicle was recovered. Christian Athey was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. A warrant was requested for Karli Bell.

On May 2 at 10:23 a.m., Soldotna-based Alaska State Troopers received a report of burglary off Lou Morgan. It is believed that the burglary took place on Apr. 30. If the public has any questions, contact the troopers at 262-4453.

On May 4 at 4:58 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the report of a disturbance at a residence in the Holt Lamplight area of Nikiski. Amanda Moore, 22, of Nikiski, was contacted during the investigation and found to have damaged property valued under $250. After investigation, Moore was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the charge of fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence).

On May 4 at about 1:20 p.m., Seward Alaska State Troopers were advised of an injured hiker near Flattop Mountain. Jonathon Landgren, 36, reported that his hiking companion, Steven Reed, 34, of Kenai, had dislocated his shoulder, was unable to hike out, and was requesting medevac. Lifemed responded and transported Reed in stable condition to the Providence Hospital Emergency Room in Anchorage.

On May 4 at 8:22 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to a report of a disturbance occurring at a residence located near Mile 101 of the Sterling Highway in Soldotna and contacted Ricky Thomas Echuck, 46, of Platinum. Investigation revealed that a disturbance had occurred between Echuck and a family member. Echuck was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail on the charge of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On May 2, Alaska Wildlife Troopers conducted a traffic stop on Ariel Lemmon, 25, of Soldotna. During the course of the traffic stop, troopers determined that Lemmon was in possession of crystal methamphetamine. Lemmon was issued a misdemeanor citation on-scene for fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances.

On May 5 at about 3:50 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the report of a disturbance in Soldotna. Edward Parson, 56, of Soldotna, was contacted during the investigation and was found to have trespassed on the property of and tampered with the property of a household member. After investigation, Parson was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the domestic violence charges of second-degree criminal trespass and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

On May 1 at 1:33 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a 911 hang-up call on Alut Avenue in Anchor Point. Troopers contacted Stacy Anderson, 43, of Anchor Point, and determined that she had an outstanding warrant for her arrest. The warrant was for failing to appear on an original charge of no vehicle insurance, with bail set at $100. Anderson was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail.

On Apr. 30 at about 10:50 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a theft of Cloyds Road in Anchor Point. Investigation showed that Hayden Patterson, 21, of Homer, had stolen numerous items from a vehicle parked on an uninhabited property. Jadzia Martin, 21, of Anchor Point, was found with Patterson when contacted by a relative of the property owner, and they returned part of the stolen property, then fled into the woods. Further investigation showed that both Patterson and Martin were on conditions of release in other criminal cases. Martin and Patterson were located on May 1 by Homer police and arrested by troopers and were taken to the Homer Jail.

On May 1 at about 2:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received information that a vehicle carrying Dakota Zellin, 28, of Homer, was at the Homer dump. Zellin had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for a felony probation violation. Troopers and Homer police responded to the Homer dump, and Zellin fled into the woods. A trooper K9 responded to the scene, but after several hours of searching, troopers were not able to locate Zellin. During the investigation, troopers contacted Rachel Kerr, 38, of Homer, who had been with Zellin. Kerr was arrested, and during a search of her person, troopers found she was in the possession of methamphetamine. Kerr was taken to the Homer Jail. Troopers are still looking for Zellin, and anyone with information is asked to contact Alaska State Troopers at 907-262-4453.

On May 5 at 12:44 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were dispatch to a residence on Rensselaer Lane in Soldotna for a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed that Noah D. Price, 23, of Soldotna, went to the residence of a family member and stole a item from one of their vehicles while trespassing. Price attempted to steal the vehicle and destroyed the item he stole. Investigation also revealed that Price had an active arrest warrant for failure to appear for pretrial conference hearing on the original charge of driving while license revoked for driving under the influence. Price was arrested for second-degree theft, attempted first-degree vehicle theft, fifth-degree criminal mischief, first-degree and second-degree criminal trespass, and the active warrant and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On May 5 at 8:55 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported domestic disturbance at a residence in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that a woman had been assaulted and property had been damaged at the residence. A suspect has been identified, but fled prior to trooper’s arrival. Investigation continues.

On May 5 at 10:18 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a 911 hang-up call at a residence off Irish Hills Avenue, near Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Laura Cristine Hinz, 32 of Soldotna, had violated her conditions of release by consuming alcohol. Her original charges were domestic violence assault and assaulting a police officer. She was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail, pending arraignment.

On Apr. 30 at 9:41 a.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a routine traffic stop on a red Ford F-150 on Vonda Street in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Ronald Maffin, 39, of Soldotna, did not have a valid driver’s license and that the tab on the license plate had been stolen from another vehicle. Maffin was cited for driving with an expired license and issued a misdemeanor citation for improper use of registration and was released on scene with a pending court date.

On Apr. 30 at 4:24 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were notified of a possible violation of conditions of release. Investigation revealed that James Sullivan, 33, of Soldotna, had violated his conditions of release stemming from a previous assault case. Sullivan was arrested and charged with one count of violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On May 5 at 11:43 p.m., Kenai Police Department received a call reporting that a male and female had locked out the mother from her children, who were still inside a residence. Officers responded and, after deescalating the situation and investigation of multiple parties involved, Tyler J. Cue, 25, of Kenai, was arrested for disorderly conduct, and Ryan L. Simpson, 21, of Kenai, was arrested for disorderly conduct and violating conditions of release. Both were taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 3 At 5:14 p.m., a local department store advised Kenai police of a female who had been trespassed from the premises. Kenai officers responded and contacted the female suspect, Tiffany D. Malone, 32, of Kenai, who was arrested for second-degree trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 2 at 10:06 a.m., Kenai police came into contact with William E. Knackstedt, 61, of Kenai. Knackstedt was arrested for failure to comply with conditions of release, bail revoked, and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

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