Public safety briefs for Sept. 2, 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 Aug. 16 at 10:01 a.m., Kenai police were called to the area of Beaver Loop and Bridge Access Road after receiving reports of a suspicious male in the area. Upon arrival, Kenai police contacted William E. Knackstedt, 62, of Kenai. After investigation, Knackstedt was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 16 at 10:02 p.m., Kenai police made contact with Robert W. Westover, 48, of Kenai, who was arrested on a warrant for failure to comply on original charges of theft and violating conditions of release.

On Aug. 15 at 12:03 p.m., Kenai police contacted a wanted person at a business near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Brian J. Mohr, 57, of Utah, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers $100 warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of disorderly conduct (creating a hazardous condition).

On Aug. 15 at 10:26 a.m., Kenai police contacted two suspects involved in an ongoing drug investigation at a residence near Mile 9 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Nathan J. Conner, 42, of Kenai, was arrested for second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance conspiracy, second-degree, third-degree and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and violating conditions of release. Melody A. Miller, 34, of Kenai, was arrested for second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance conspiracy, second-degree and third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and two counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance conspiracy. Both Conner and Miller were taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 14 at 12:51 a.m., Kenai police responded to a residence on Wildwood Pretrial Drive for a report of a disturbance. Jerad Davison, 36, of Kenai, was arrested for second-degree robbery and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 14 at 7:09 a.m., Kenai police responded to a residence on Wildwood Pretrial Drive at a report of someone who had just been run over by a vehicle. Carolyn M. Crist, 27, of Kenai, was arrested for domestic violence third-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, and a domestic violence restraining order violation and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 13 at about 6:00 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near Mile 9.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway and contacted Tamsen L. Brewer, 35, of Kenai, who was arrested for driving while license revoked and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 13 at about 9:00 p.m., the Kenai police received a report that a vehicle was swerving all over the roadway. Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on that vehicle near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway and contacted Kyle D. Harvey, 33, of Clam Gulch, who was arrested for driving under the influence and driving while license revoked and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 18 at 5:45 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, issued a citation to Jeffrey Lee Norton, 58, of Bentonville, Arkansas, in Soldotna, for making a false statement on a sportfish license application. Investigation revealed that Norton applied for and obtained a resident sportfish license for which he did not qualify. Bail was set at $320.

On July 18 at 6:47 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Coral D. Peterson, 28, of Kenai, near the North Beach Kenai River after personal use dipnet fishing. Investigation revealed she had failed to record four salmon on her 2019 Upper Cook Intel Personal Use Salmon Permit before taking the salmon from the fishing site. She was issued a citation, with bail set at $120.

On Aug. 20 at 3:16 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, issued a citation to Caleb Duane Nichols, 32, Meridian, Idaho, at the Swanson River in Nikiski for retaining three silver salmon when the daily bag limit was two silver salmon. A fine was set at $140.

On Aug. 19 at about 11:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers posted at the Mile 53 closure of the Sterling Highway contacted John Lerch, 29, of Eagle River, as the driver of a vehicle attempting to travel through the closed portion of the road. Investigation revealed that Lerch was driving with a revoked license and had an active arrest warrant for $1,500. Lerch was arrested on the warrant and on the count of driving while license revoked and was taken to Seward Jail.

On Aug. 21 at about 10:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a disturbance at an address near Mile 122 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation showed that Erica Marinay, 38, of Anchorage, had assaulted a male and that Marinay was on conditions of release in prior criminal cases, which prohibited her from being in contact with the male. Marinay was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail.

On Aug. 22 at 4:13 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a female yelling in the roadway on Cohoe Loop Road in Kasilof. Investigation revealed that the female, identified as Angel Sharp, 25, of Twin Hills, had assaulted a household member. Sharp was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Aug. 22 at about 7:10 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle collision involving a 1994 Green Ford Ranger and a 2017 Silver Subaru Forrester on the intersection of Cardwell Road and Koshney Lane. After investigation, the driver of the Ranger, Darrell Stevens, 30, arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of driving while license revoked, improper use of license plates, and operating a motor vehicle without liability insurance.

On Aug. 22 at 11:19 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted a 1989 Nissan Pathfinder in the parking lot of a gas station in Soldotna. The passenger of the vehicle was identified as Laura McKenna, 29. Investigation found McKenna to have an arrest warrant for fourth-degree theft and second-degree criminal trespass. McKenna was found to be in possession of controlled substances and in violation of conditions of release. She was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for the arrest warrant and on charges of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release.

On Aug. 23 at 11:49 p.m., Soldotna Dispatch received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report. Alaska State Troopers contacted the REDDI vehicle at a residence in Soldotna and identified Nicholas Pedersen, 43, as the driver. Investigation revealed that Pedersen was driving under the influence of alcohol. When he was arrested, Pedersen refused to submit to a chemical test. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the charges of driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

On Aug. 23, Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited Richard Zielinski, 52, of Auburndale, Florida, a licensed sportfishing guide, for failing to immediately record the landing of halibut on his clients’ sportfishing licenses. Three optional court appearance citations where issued for the offenses, with a total bailable fine of $360.

On Aug. 25 at 2:29 a.m., Soldotna Dispatch received a report of a vehicle in a ditch in Nikiski. Alaska State Troopers arrived on scene and identified the driver of the vehicle as Timothy Lundin, 29, of Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Lundin was impaired by alcoholic beverages and that he had tampered with evidence at the scene of the accident. Lundin was arrested for driving under the influence and tampering with physical evidence and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 24 at 5:21 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report about a vehicle that was observed to be swerving and slamming on the brakes through a construction zone at Mile 70 of the Sterling Highway. Troopers located the vehicle and identified the driver as Holly Phillips, 36, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Phillips was driving under the influence and was also driving with a revoked license with prior driving while license revoked convictions. Phillips was arrested for driving under the influence and driving while license revoked and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 20 at 12:33 p.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a routine traffic stop near Mile 43.5 of the Sterling Highway for a speed violation. Investigation revealed that Christopher Manis, 38, of Kenai, was driving with a revoked license due to previous driving under the influence convictions. Investigation also revealed that Manis had multiple previous driving while license revoked convictions and was required to be driving with an ignition interlock device, which his vehicle did not have. Manis was charged with driving while license revoked and avoidance of an ignition interlock device and was released on scene.

On Aug. 19 at 12:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received report of a disturbance occurring inside a vehicle near Mile 17 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Investigation determined that Gabriel Santillana, 39, of Anchorage, had assaulted two females. Santillana was arrested on two charges of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Aug. 25 at 3:55 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence on Sandy Lane in Kenai for an investigation that revealed that Stefany D. Alton, 41, of Kenai, had an active arrest warrant for second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and three counts of third-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. Alton was arrested on the warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $2,000 bail.

On Aug. 25 at 6:56 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported vehicle crash involving a moose at Mile 23 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Investigation revealed that Colleen Dempsey, 24, of Nikiski, was driving a silver 2017 Ford Edge when a moose stepped in front of her vehicle. She was unable to avoid the collision. The vehicle had disabling damage and was towed. Dempsey was wearing her seat belt and suffered minor injury. Alcohol was not a factor. The moose was recovered by a charity.

On Aug. 25 at 7:25 p.m., while responding to the scene of a motor vehicle crash at Mile 23 of the Kenai Spur Highway, medics on scene reported that a woman had arrived on scene and stolen a dog that belonged to the driver they were treating. Investigation revealed that Jessica Lauren Phillips, 35, of Nikiski, had stolen the dog from a vehicle on scene, where it had been moved to after the crash. She was located and arrested for second-degree theft and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail, pending arraignment. The dog was returned to its owner.

On Aug. 25 at 12:37 a.m., a Kenai police officer was waved down at a local bar near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway. After investigation of the scene, the officer contacted a highly intoxicated male who was trespassed from the facility. Joseph Chikoyak, Jr,, 44, of Kenai, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 25 at 2:14 a.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near the Kenai Spur Highway and Princess Lane. Deven J. Davis, 26, of Soldotna, was issued a summons for driving while license revoked.

On Aug. 25 at 7:23 p.m., Kenai police responded to the area of Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway for a welfare check on a male who appeared to be extremely intoxicated. Officers responded and contacted Joseph Chikoyak, Jr., 44, of Kenai, who was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 25 at 11:56 p.m., Kenai police contacted a wanted subject at a local grocery store near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Andrew J. Hoke, 22, of Kenai, was arrested on a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of second-degree trespass, bail cash appearance $25, as well as second-degree criminal trespass from the store where he was contacted. Hoke was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 24 at about 3:40 a.m., Kenai Fire Department and Police Department responded to a head-on collision motor vehicle accident near Mile 9 of the Kenai Spur Highway. After assisting the medical needs of individuals involved and investigation of the at-fault vehicle, Johnathan C. Tanape, 21, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence, four counts of third-degree assault, reckless endangerment, false information, and first-degree vehicle theft. Loren J. Burns, 18, of Soldotna, was arrested for false information, hindering prosecution and first-degree vehicle theft. Both were taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 24 at about 9:50 a.m., Titan J. Griffin, 18, of Soldotna, came into the Kenai Police Department and was arrested on a current warrant, a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers arrest warrant on the original chafe of fourth-degree assault, bail cash for $500. Griffin was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 23 at 5:51 p.m., Kenai police received an anonymous report about a male who was violating his third-party custodian requirements in the area of Mile 12 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Kenai officers responded, Austin B. Cronce, 20, of Kenai, was arrested for violating conditions of release. Later, Anthony B. Cronce, 43, of Kenai, was contacted as the custodian for the first arrest and was arrested for violation of custodial duties. Both Cronces were taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 23 at 6:17 p.m., Kenai police arrested William L. Harris-Tucker, 28, of Kenai, on a Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrant for failure to comply with conditions of probation on the original charge of petition to revoke probation, bail cash appearance. Harris-Tucker was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 23 at 10:16 p.m., Kenai police made contact with a wanted subject at his residence near Mile 12 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Luke J. Spiers, 27, of Kenai, was arrested on two Soldotna Alaska State Troopers misdemeanor warrants. The first warrant was for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of driving while license revoked, bail cash appearance $150, and the second for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of driving while license revoked, bail cash appearance $250. Spiers was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 23 at 11:48 p.m., Kenai police received a report of an assault that had just occurred near a residence in the area of Baleen Avenue. Multiple officers responded and, after investigatiion of the situation, Laumata L. Lefao, 32, of Kenai, was arrested for two counts of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 22 at 12:45 a.m., Kenai police contacted Dawnielle K. Seierup, 27, of Kenai, near Mile 14 of the Kenai Spur Highway regarding ongoing Kenai Police Department cases. After further investigation, Seierup was arrested for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, fourth-degree theft, first-degree unlawful contact, and three counts of violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 20 at 11:48 a.m., Kenai police responded to a business on the Kenai Spur Highway near Marathon Road regarding possible narcotics activity. Joshua M. Plyler, 34, of Nikiski, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 20 at 2:35 p.m., Kenai police responded to a business on the Kenai Spur Highway near Bridge Access Road for a report of shoplifting. Sofia Costales, 36, of Kenai, was arrested for third-degree theft and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 25 at 2:34 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, issued a citation to Sara Ashley Thiele, 29, of Wasilla, at the Swanson River in Nikiski, for being two fish over the four fish possession limit of silver salmon. Bail was set at $160.

On Aug. 27 at 10:02 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a Kasilof residence for a reported disturbance. Investigation revealed that Bonni Dobson, 29, of Kasilof, assaulted another household member. Dobson was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Aug. 27 at 1:32 p.m., Seward-based Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a disturbance on Vinewood Lane in Seward. Investigation showed that Russell Juskey, 59, of Seward, had entered and remained unlawfully in a dwelling and had caused physical injury to another person with whom he had formerly resided. Juskey was arrested on charges of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and first-degree criminal trespass (domestic violence) and was taken to Seward Jail without bail, pending arraignment.

On Aug. 27 at 3:09 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted a vehicle parked on Greatland Street near Mile 82.5 of the Sterling Highway. Trooper units had previously seen the male driver operating the vehicle on the Sterling Highway about 20 minutes earlier. The male was identified as Andrew Oldenburg, 48, of Sterling. Investigation revealed that Oldenburg was under the influence of alcohol. He was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to the trooper post in Soldotna for a Datamaster test, where he provided a breath sample nearly twice the legal limit. Oldenburg was then taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he was later released on his own recognizance. The vehicle on scene was released to a responsible driver.

On Aug. 25 at 3:24 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a disturbance on Nash Road in Seward. Investigation showed that Shannon Bodo, 48, of Seward, had placed another individual in fear of imminent physical injury with a dangerous instrument. Bodo was arrested and taken to Seward Jail without bail, pending arraignment.

On Aug. 27 at 12:36 a.m., because of multiple open 911 calls, Kenai police responded to the area of Baleen Street to perform a welfare check, and contacted Joshua M. Freel, 31, of Kenai. After investigation, Freel was arrested for fifth-degree criminal mischief and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 27 at 12:22 p.m., Kenai police responded to the report of theft at a local business near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway and contacted Chelsey M. Payne, 27, of Soldotna, and Ryan E. Doty, 36, of Kenai. After investigation, Payne was arrested for third-degree theft and violating conditions of release. Doty was arrested for third-degree theft. Both were taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 27 at about 6:50 p.m., Kenai police responded to a report of an assault at residence on Candlelight Drive and contacted Jonathan Herrmann, 18, of Kenai. After investigation, Herrmann was arrested for third-degree assault (domestic violence) and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 27 at 11:33 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near Bridge Access Road and Beaver Loop Road and contacted Hayden A. Patterson, 22, of Homer, who was arrested for driving while license revoked and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 26 at 1:36 p.m., Kenai police responded to the report of an assault near the Kenai Spur Highway and Spruce Street and contacted Tiffany D. Reynolds, 36, of Nikiski. After investigation, Reynolds was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 18 at 8:51 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Daniel Straubinger, 42, of Switzerland, after receiving a complaint about people taking over-limit salmon. Investigation resulted in a citation being issued to Straubinger for violating his daily bag limit, with bail set at $120.

On Aug. 29 at 1:33 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers stopped a white Subaru Outback on Tote Road for having expired registration. Investigation found that Deven Davis, 26, of Soldotna, was driving with a revoked license. Davis was arrested without incident and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 28 at 6:34 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a head on collision at about Mile 91.5 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed that Anthony Auiar, 18, of Sterling, was traveling southbound in a grey Subaru. Auiar crossed the centerline and collided with a blue Chevrolet traveling northbound, driven by David Allred, 74, of Nikiski. Alcohol and drugs were not a factor in the accident. Auiar was taken to Central Peninsula Hospital by Central Emergency Services with minor injuries. Auiar was issued a citation for negligent driving.

On Aug. 28 at 7:01 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the report of a disturbance at Irish Hills in Kasilof. While at the residence, contact was made with Brad Lucas Demientieff, 43, of Kasilof. Investigation revealed that Demientieff had committed the crime of fourth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence). Demientieff was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Aug. 28 at 7:57 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Robert Blackburn-Long, 23, of Kasilof, on a traffic stop. Investigation revealed that Blackburn-Long had an outstand warrant for failing to appear. He was arrested and on the warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Aug. 28 at 11:33 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on Miller Loop Road in Nikiski for an equipment violation. When contacted, driver Katrina Laree Allen, 28, of Kenai, stated she did not have insurance on the vehicle. Further investigation revealed she was improperly using evidence of registration on the license plates. Allen was cited for no motor vehicle liability insurance and improper use of evidence of registration/ title. McGerra Lee Beck, 36, of Sterling, was identified as a passenger of the vehicle, and investigation revealed that Beck was violating conditions of release. Beck was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Aug. 30 at 3:24 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a complaint about a male yelling in the area of Mile 87 of the Sterling Highway. Troopers responded and identified the male as Jesse Bass, 33, of Sterling. Investigation revealed that Bass was in possession of a controlled substance and was violating his conditions of release. A criminal history check revealed that Bass had prior convictions involving controlled substances. Bass was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on the felony charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances and violating conditions of release.

On Aug. 29 at 8:22 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance. Investigation revealed that Christina Walters, 51, had gotten into an argument with and had assaulted her neighbor. Walters was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $500 bail on the charge of fourth-degree assault.

On Aug. 30 at 7:58 a.m., the Soldotna Public Safety Dispatch was advised that a Dodge pickup had ran past the barricades at Skilak Lake Loop. The barricades were in place due to the Swan Lake Fire and are currently manned by the Alaska National Guard. An Officer with the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Protection Office attempted to stop the vehicle when the pickup attempted to ram his patrol car. The officer was able to avoid being struck and pursued the vehicle onto the Sterling Highway. The vehicle continued about 15 miles toward Soldotna, where Alaska State Troopers units were able to successfully deploy spike strips to stop the vehicle. The vehicle then stopped in a parking lot and rammed three patrol vehicles in an attempt to flee. The vehicle was disabled, using the troopers’ Bearcat Tactical Vehicle. After a short negotiation, the driver, Josh Lingle, 48, of Cooper Landing, was taken into custody. Lingle was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on the charges of three counts of third-degree assault, three counts of third-degree criminal mischief, failure to stop at direction of a peace officer, and reckless driving. The vehicle was impounded on scene. If anyone on the roadway had to take evasive action due to the Dodge pickup’s driving manner, please call the Alaska State Troopers, Soldotna Post, at 262-4453.

On Aug. 31 at 1:46 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for a moving violation near Binkley Street and the Sterling Highway in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that driver Anthony Martin Peterson, 33, of Fairbanks, was impaired by alcoholic beverages. He was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Aug. 30 at 11:24 p.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a vehicle traveling southbound at about Mile 88 of the Sterling Highway. The vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed and passed another vehicle in a no passing zone. When the driver finally stopped, he was identified as German Guadarrama, 22, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Guadarrama was driving while impaired. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on the charges of driving under the influence and first-degree failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer.

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