Public safety briefs for Nov. 29, 2020

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Information taken 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 Nov. 4 at 1:22 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on Marathon Road near Daubenspeck Circle. Keenan G. Foster, 21, of Soldotna was arrested for an Alaska State Troopers $50 warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Nov. 3, Kenai police issued a summons to Andrea C. Aburto, 34, of Kenai, for driving while license suspended, stemming from a Sept. 20 traffic stop.

On Nov. 2 at 6:43 p.m. Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on Marathon Road near Daubenspeck Park. Joshaua R.P. Peterson, 28, of Nikiski, was issued a summons for driving while license revoked.

On Nov. 8 at 10:09 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in Nikiski in response to a report of two persons with outstanding arrest warrants being at the residence. During the investigation, Alicia Ridge, 30, of Nikiski, was found hiding between a mattress and a wall. Ridge was arrested without incident on her outstanding arrest warrant for failing to appear for status hearing on an original charge of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, $1,000 bail. Further investigation located Trevor Halstead, 26, of Nikiski, hiding underneath a pile of clothes in the same bedroom. Halstead was arrested without incident on his two outstanding arrest warrants, one for first-degree failure to stop for a peace officer and the second a probation violation warrant on an original charge of first-degree failure to stop for a peace officer, (both no bail warrants). Additionally, the homeowner, Crystal Cook, 50, of Nikiski, was arrested on two counts of first-degree hindering prosecution. Ridge was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $1,000 bail. Halstead and Cook were taken to Wildwood without bail, pending arraignment.

On Nov. 8 at about 5:40 a.m., Kenai police responded to a residence on Baleen Avenue in Kenai for reports of a disturbance. After investigation, Anna Jennings, 30, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Nov. 6 at 12:53 a.m., Kenai police contacted a vehicle in the parking lot of a local business. After investigation, Eugene H. Olsen, 29, of Haines, was arrested for felony driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 6 at 2:49 p.m., Kenai police contacted a vehicle in the parking lot of a local business. After investigation, Brad D. Swasy, 43, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 9 at about 10:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a business off Pine Street in Soldotna for a welfare check on a male asleep in a vehicle in the parking lot. During the investigation, Gwen Slater, 47, of Soldotna, was contacted by troopers and showed signs of intoxication. A records check revealed Slater was in violation of conditions of release on original charges of driving under the influence and first-degree endangering the welfare of a child. Slater was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Nov. 12 at about 2:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Suzi Shari Hutchins, 27, of Kasilof, at a residence off Running Water Road in Kasilof. Investigation revealed that Hutchins had an outstanding arrest warrant for violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor. She was arrested and later taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Nov. 13 at 1:20, Kenai police responded to a local business near Mile 10 of Kenai Spur Highway. After investigation, Austin D. Cunningham, 26, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and interfering with a domestic violence report and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Nov. 13 at 3:14 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local business on Fox Avenue for reports of a disturbance. After investigation, Wayne C. Maclean, 48, of McGrath, was arrested for two counts of third-degree assault (domestic violence), fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence), and fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence) and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 13 at 5:53 p.m., Kenai police responded to a residence near Mile 15 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. After investigation, Christopher J. Jones, 37, of Anchorage, was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence), driving while intoxicated, and for a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers arrest warrant for violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 12 at 2:13 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop near Mile 12 of the Kenai Spur Highway. After investigation, Alynne T.L. Adams, 27, of Anchorage, was arrested for violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 10, Glenn C. Hollars, 30, of Kenai, was issued two summonses for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence).

On Nov. 15 at 4:57 p.m., Alaska State Wildlife Troopers, Anchor Point Post, conducted a traffic stop on a silver Nissan Versa. Investigation revealed that Spencer Schultz, 19, of Ninilchik, was driving with a suspended license from Colorado. Schultz was issued a summons into the Homer Court for driving while license suspended.

On Nov. 17 at 12:22 a.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a Jeep Grand Cherokee near Mile 110 of the Sterling Highway for speeding. Investigation found that the passenger, Christopher Logan, 41, of Kasilof, was in violation of his conditions of release. Logan was arrested without incident and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On Nov. 18 at 8:49 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle collision with a moose near Mile 28.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Investigation revealed that Nicole Darwin, 37, of Nikiski, was driving southbound in a blue 2007 Chevrolet van, when a moose ran in front of her, resulting in a collision. No parties were injured. All involved were wearing seat belts. Alcohol was not a factor. The moose was recovered by a charity.

On Nov. 19 at 12:09 a.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a black 1994 Ford Bronco near Mile 71 of the Sterling Highway for a traffic violation. After investigation, John Edward Strange III, 40, of Girdwood, was arrested for driving while impaired and under the influence of alcohol. He was later charged with refusal to submit to a chemical test for refusing to provide a breath sample for testing as required. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility and held until sober.

On Nov. 18 at 2:07 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received and responded to a report of a disturbance at a residence in Nikiski. After investigation revealed that Jeffery Carew, 38, of Nikiski, had assaulted a family member, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 18 at about 11:00 a.m., Soldotna police responded to the U.S. Post Office for a trespassing complaint. Arthur Hirth, 58, of Soldotna, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and violating his court-ordered conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Nov. 17 at about 7:20 p.m., a Soldotna police officer saw a motor vehicle collision occur at the Sterling Highway and Kenai Spur Highway intersection. Juliana Peterson, 24, of Kenai, had been driving a 2012 Ford Escape southbound on the Kenai Spur Highway. At the intersection, a 2012 Kenworth semi pulling two trailers began to turn left onto the Sterling Highway from the Kenai Spur Highway to head northbound. Peterson’s vehicle struck the semi and trailers in the intersection. Investigation led to Peterson being arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial. Damage to the semi and trailers was estimated at $5,000, and the Escape was considered totaled. No injuries were reported.

On Nov. 14 at 12:13 p.m., Soldotna police responded to the U.S. Post Office for a trespassing complaint. Arthur Hirth, 58, of Soldotna, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 8 at 8:24 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway at Park Avenue. Darren Sanger, 35, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving while license revoked and for violating his court-ordered conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 2 at 2:39 p.m., Soldotna police responded to the Sportsman’s Warehouse for a shoplifting report. Investigation led to Patrick O’Brien, 41, of Kenai, being arrested for two counts of third-degree theft and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Oct. 31 at 7:11 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on Kobuk Street at Redwood Court. Thomas Aszmus, 57, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving while license revoked and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 19 at 11:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers (AST) attempted to conduct a traffic stop for moving violations on the Kenai Spur Highway, near Beaver Loop Road in Kenai. The operator of the vehicle, John Q. Wilson, 24, of Soldotna, failed to stop. Wilson eluded troopers for several miles before getting his vehicle stuck on a four wheel drive trail in a remote location near Spirit Lake. Wilson fled his vehicle on foot into a heavily wooded area. Troopers, assisted by Kenai and Soldotna police officers, attempted to locate Wilson for over an hour without success. Temperatures that morning dropped well below 20° F. About five hours later, Wilson was located about a quarter mile from where he had fled his vehicle. He had severe frostbite on extensive portions of his extremities and was no longer able to walk. AST had to carry him for almost an eighth of a mile through the woods, due his injuries. Medics took him to Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment. Due to ongoing medical treatment for exposure, Wilson was issued misdemeanor citations for driving while under the influence of controlled substances, driving while license revoked, second-degree failure to stop at the direction of a police officer, and violating condition of release, as he was on release conditions for a previous driving under the influence charge.

On Nov. 21 at 12:55 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a minivan for a traffic violation on Tustumena Lake Road in Kasilof. Investigation revealed that Devin James Davis, 27, of Soldotna, was driving with a revoked license and that has numerous prior convictions for driving while license revoked. He was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving with a revoked license and released.

On Nov. 22 at 10:09 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a silver 2000 Dodge Durango for an equipment violation on Island Lake Road in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that the driver, Talin Evan Storm Kraemer, 25, of Nikiski, had an outstanding warrant for his arrest on the original charge of failure to give immediate notice of a crash. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $250 bail.

On Nov. 22 at about 11:50 p.m., Alaska State Troopers (AST) attempted to stop a black 2001 Volkswagen car for traffic violations. It failed to stop, leading AST on a short vehicle pursuit before it crashed into the ditch. The driver, later identified as Carl Derrek Northam, 39, of Soldotna, was tracked on foot and found hiding in the woods nearby. He was found to have a revoked driver’s license from multiple felony driving under the influence offenses and an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failure to remand on original charges of third-degree misconduct involving weapons and fourth-degree assault. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for first-degree failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, driving while license revoked, and the warrant. He was held without bail, pending arraignment, on the new charges, while the outstanding warrant required he serve 360 days incarceration.

On Nov. 21 at 11:02 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop near a local business on Cook Avenue. After investigation, Isaiah J. Trevino, 21, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Nov. 20 at 3:47 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop at the Kenai Spur Highway and Wildwood Drive. After investigation, Harley W. Davidson, 63, of Kenai, was issued a summons for driving while license revoked.

On Nov. 20 at 9:16 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local business near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway. After investigation, Natasha Aragon, 28, was arrested for second-degree trespass and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 16 at 9:43 a.m., Kenai police responded to a trespasser at a local Kenai business. Robert J. Mamaloff, 35, of Kenai, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and fourth-degree theft and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 16 at 11:44 p.m., Kenai police responded to a disorderly conduct call on Peninsula Avenue. Charles E. Sipary, 58, of Kenai, was arrested on an $500 Alaska State Troopers warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of second-degree criminal trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Nov. 24 at about 1:30 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported domestic disturbance at a residence in Nikiski. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Inez Pingayak, 34, of Nikiski, for two outstanding arrest warrants and new charges of v

iolating condition of release and false information. Charlie Olson, 24, of Nikiski, was charged with violating his conditions of release.

On Nov. 25 at about 2:30 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway at Mile 25. Investigation revealed that Dominic Ronellenfitch, 25, of Nikiski, the owner and driver of the vehicle, had two outstanding arrests warrants for first-degree criminal trespass and a failure to appear on the original charge of driving while license canceled, revoked, or suspended. Ronellenfitch was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he was held without bail.

On Nov 24 at about 2:20 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a single-vehicle collision at Mile 112 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed Krystyna Gonzalez, 33, of Kenai, was driving northbound in a blue 2018 Kia Sportage, when she fell asleep at the wheel and veered off of the road and into a ditch, where the vehicle came to a stop. Gonzalez was the only occupant and reported no injuries. Gonzalez was wearing a seat belt. Alcohol was not a factor.

On Nov. 26 at 4:08 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a single-vehicle collision near Mile 39.5 of the Sterling Highway, near Cooper Landing. Investigation revealed that Deborah Johnson, 57, of Homer, was driving her 2008 Subaru when she lost control and struck the guardrail. The vehicle sustained major damage and was towed from the scene. Johnson reported minor injuries and reported wearing her seat belt. Alcohol was not a factor in the collision.

On Nov. 27, Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for moving violations near Mile 91 of the Sterling Highway in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that the driver, Steele Mahan, 22, of Soldotna, had a warrant for his arrest, was driving while license suspended, and had no motor vehicle liability insurance. Mahan was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Nov. 27 at about 8:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers located a vehicle stuck in the ditch near Cherry Lane and the Kenai Spur Highway in Kenai. Investigation revealed that Christopher Rogers, 42, of Seward, was driving while his license was revoked, that he had no motor vehicle liability insurance, and that he was currently on conditions of release for a felony assault charge in Anchorage. He was found to be violating some of those conditions. Rogers was arrested for violating conditions of release, driving while license revoked, and operating with no liability insurance and was taken to the Wildwood Pretrial.

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