Public safety briefs for Oct. 18, 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 Oct. 9 at 4:37 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop in Soldotna after receiving a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) complaint and contacted Martha Cotten, 64, of Halibut Cove. After investigation revealed she was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, she was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Oct. 4 at about 11:50 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence off of Holt Lamplight Road in Nikiski, and contacted Tamsen Brewer, 35, of Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Brewer had two outstanding warrants on original charges of driving while license revoked and violating conditions of release. Brewer was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Oct. 10 at 11:05 a.m., Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna responded to a report of a possible road rage in the area of 109 Sterling Highway in Kasilof. Investigation revealed that Cedrick Connor O’Rourke, 22, of Kenai, had pointed a pistol at another driver. During the investigation, O’Rourke attempted to damage a phone with potential evidence of the crime. O’Rourke was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on charges of third-degree assault and tampering with physical evidence.

On Oct. 10, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Conrad Woodhead, 42, of Anchorage, while he was duck hunting on the Kenai River. Woodhead had used a shotgun that had a capacity of more than three shells to take a duck. Woodhead was issued a citation, with bail set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On Oct. 10, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Mark Wackler, 42, of Soldotna, while he was guiding sport fishing clients on the Kenai River. One of Wackler’s clients was fishing with a treble hook in an area where multiple hooks were prohibited. Wackler was issued a summons, with a mandatory court appearance on Nov. 5 in Kenai District Court. Wackler’s client, Travis Simonetti, 39, of Wasilla, was issued a citation, with bail set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On Oct. 8 at 9:25 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence near Mile 101 of the Sterling Highway for a reported disturbance. Investigation revealed that Caitlin Cleveland, 28, of Soldotna, had damaged property of a family member, valued below $250, while in a verbal argument with that family member. Cleveland was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Sept. 25, Soldotna Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Laurie Speakman, 49, of Soldotna, while she was having a brown bear she had harvested sealed. Investigation determined that Speakman did not validate her RB300 permit for brown bear upon harvesting the bear. Speakman was issued a citation, with bail set at $170 in Kenai District Court.

On Sept. 21, Jamie Prather, 49, of Kenai, reported to Alaska Wildlife Troopers that he had shot a sub-legal bull moose near the Kustatan River in Game Management Unit 16. Prather was issued a citation, with a mandatory court appearance in Kenai District Court. The antlers were seized as evidence and the meat donated to a charity.

On Oct. 11 at about 8:00 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to Mile 102 of the Sterling Highway to a report of a vehicle collision involving two vehicles. Investigation revealed a 17-year-old male driver, of Soldotna, was operating a silver 2002 Dodge truck, traveling southbound on the Sterling Highway, and collided into the back of a blue 2005 Town & Country Minivan that was attempting to make a left turn. Everyone involved reported to have been wearing their seat belts, and minor injuries were reported. The blue van was towed because of disabling damage. The 17-year-old male driver was issued a traffic citation for due care to avoid a collision and was released on his own recognizance.

On Oct. 11, Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a male screaming and banging on a door near Tote Road in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that John Curren, 40, of Kenai, had burglarized a residence. During the investigation, Curren was given multiple warnings to stop screaming. He did not stop screaming. John Curren was arrested for first-degree burglary and disorderly conduct and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Oct. 11 at 6:25 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to a third-party report of a disturbance near Mile 15 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Investigation found no crime was alleged to have occurred during the disturbance. Additionally, Samantha Fry, 26, of Kenai, was found to have three outstanding warrants for her arrest. Fry was arrested without incident and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where she was held on $375 bail for the three failure to appear warrants.

On Oct. 11 at about 9:30 a.m. Alaska State Troopers received a report of a protective order violation. After investigation revealed Ty Fuller, 29, of Soldotna, had made a phone call to the victim, against the conditions of the protective order, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Oct. 11, Kenai police arrested Robert R. Phillips, 35, of Kenai for second-degree theft, stemming from an Oct. 1 theft investigation. Phillips was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Oct. 11 at 8:31 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Spruce Street. Dominic S. Ronellenfitch, 25, of Nikiski, was arrested on an Alaska State Troopers $250 failure to appear for arraignment warrant on the original charge of driving while license suspended and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Oct. 11 at about 11:50 p.m., Kenai police responded to a Kenai business for a suspicious male. Brandon E. Douglass, 37, of Fairbanks, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Oct. 10 at 12:51 a.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Bridge Access Road. Pamela J. Inkster, 37, of Kenai, was issued a summons for driving while license suspended.

On Oct. 10 at 1:56 a.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Haller Street. Jaycee A. West, 18, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Oct. 8 at 8:56 a.m., Kenai police responded to the area at the end of South Spruce Street for a suspicious male rummaging through property in the parking lot. Officers contacted the suspect, William L. Harris-Tucker, 29, of Kenai, who was arrested for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and also on a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers felony warrant for four counts of petition to revoke probation on original charges of second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, bail cash appearance, $2,500. Harris-Tucker was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Oct. 7 at 8:44 a.m., Kenai police received the report of a female tampering with a vehicle at a residence off North Forest Drive. Officer responded to the area and contacted a Jeanette L Wade, 42 of Fairbanks. After investigation, Wade was arrested for fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence) and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Oct. 7 at 11:22 a.m., Kenai police received the report from a Kenai probation officer about a subject with drugs on his person. Kenai police responded to the Pretrial Enforcement Division office and contacted Devin J. Davis, 27, of Soldotna. After investigation, Davis was arrested for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Oct. 6 at about 12:10 p.m., Kenai police responded to the Pretrial Enforcement Division Office in Kenai for a report of a female tampering with a sample. Valerie J. Crenshaw, 40, of Kasilof, was arrested for second-degree, third-degree and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, tampering with evidence, first-degree promoting contraband, and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Oct. 5 at 3:51 a.m., Kenai police responded to a residence near Lantern Circle for a report of a female actively assaulting the caller. After investigation, Annette A.Z. Wassillie, 24, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Oct. 11 at 4:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Frost Street in Nikiski for a report of stolen items on the property. Robert Philips, 35, of Kenai, and Russell Johnson, 39, of Nikiski, were contacted at the property. Investigation revealed a cache of stolen items. Philips was arrested, charged with fourth-degree theft and violating conditions of release on original charges of second-degree theft and criminal mischief, and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail. Johnson was arrested, charged with second-degree theft, tampering with physical evidence, and felonies relating to title, registration, identification number, and removal and representation of vehicles, and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Oct. 12 at about 9:30 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were patrolling Skilak Lake Loop and contacted Michael Records, 33, of Anchorage. Investigation revealed that Records was grouse hunting with a rifle in a area closed to hunting grouse with a firearm. Records had killed four grouse in the closed area. A mandatory court appearance citation was filled with the Kenai Courts.

On Oct. 4 at 12:17 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Dale Curtis, 59, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Dale Curtis killed a grouse with a rock and did not have a 2020 hunting license. A bailable citation was filed with the Kenai Court for $270.

On Oct. 13 at 6:47 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a single-vehicle rollover on Echo Lake Road near Keith Court. Investigation determined that Mario Lama, 31, of Soldotna, was traveling west on Echo Lake Road in his 2002 Cadillac Escalade when he swerved to avoid hitting a moose. This caused the vehicle to go partially off the roadway. When the vehicle re-entered the roadway, it went into a sideways skid, then rolled over. Lama was not wearing his seat belt and was ejected onto the surface of the roadway. LifeMed responded and flew him to an Anchorage hospital. Alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. However, the absence of seat belt use contributed to the severity of injury.

On Oct. 13, Cordova Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Sandra Yukman, 57, and Thomas Yukman, 58, for false statements on sport fish and hunt licenses. Investigation revealed the Yukmans had claimed Alaska residency while not qualifying as Alaska residents in 2019 and 2020. Bail was set at $2,400 in Kenai Court. Thomas Yukman was additionally charged with taking a cow caribou under a resident permit in Unit 25C and given a court date of November 12 in Fairbanks court.

On Oct. 14 at about 1:00 a.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop at Mile 81.5 of the Sterling Highway on a blue Chevrolet truck for traveling above the posted speed limit. A check in the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) revealed that the driver, Julia M. Santana, 23, of Palmer, had two outstanding warrants for her arrest for charges of failure to appear, a $100 warrant on the charge of fourth-degree theft and a $300 warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of no motor vehicle insurance. The APSIN check revealed that the passenger, Corey S. Jenson, 25, of Palmer had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to appear at court on the original charge of driving while license revoked. Santana and Jenson were both arrested on the warrants and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Oct. 13 at 7:06 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a call from a resident in Nanwalek reporting that a house was on fire and fully engulfed. Local firefighters responded and were able to put out the fire. The resident of the house was believed to still be inside. Troopers and State Fire Marshals responded to the scene and discovered a burned body inside that was believed to be James Reinseth, 50, of Nanwalek. Next of kin has been notified. A death investigation is being conducted.

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