Public safety briefs for the week of Feb. 14, 2021

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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 Feb. 6 at 1:38 a.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop of a 1991 GMC pickup for an equipment violation on Kalifornsky Beach Road at Even Lane. After investigation, Teresa Cross, 56, of Kenai, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for driving under the influence.

On Feb. 5 at 10:35 p.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop of a 1991 Chevrolet pickup for an equipment violation on Scout Lake Loop Road in Sterling. After investigation, Katelund White, 24, of Soldotna, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for driving while license suspended and failing to maintain insurance.

On Feb. 7 at 12:52 a.m., a vehicle operated by Evgeniya Samarina, 46, of Kenai, collided with another vehicle, operated by Sarah Coveyou, 41, of Soldotna, near Mile 18 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. At 12:53 a.m., an Alaska State Trooper drove up on the collision. Investigation revealed that both Samarina and Coveyou had been drinking at a nearby bar. They both decided to leave the bar at about the same time. Coveyou, who was a short distance ahead on the road, slowed to turn left. Samarina, who was following, failed to stop in time and collided with the rear of Coveyou’s vehicle. Neither party sustained injuries. Investigation revealed both were impaired by alcoholic beverages and should not have been driving. Both were arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Feb. 5 at 12:57 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a 2003 Chevrolet pickup for an equipment violation near Mile 71 of the Sterling Highway. After investigation, Ronald Finch, 43, of Anchorage, was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving while license suspended.

On Feb. 8 at 12:17 a.m., Alaska State Troopers located a vehicle in the ditch near the intersection of North Cohoe Loop and Jason Drive. After investigation, Richer Baker, 41, of Ninilchik, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Feb. 6 at 2:15 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local Kenai business for a subject passed-out in a vehicle. Rickey D. Epling, Jr., 50, of Soldotna was arrested for driving under the influence and two counts of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Feb. 6 at 11:05 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Bridge Access Road. Jeremiah E. Kaganak, 20, of Soldotna, was issued a summons for driving in violation of instruction permit.

On Feb. 5 at 4:44 p.m., Kenai police responded to Frontage Street to do a welfare check on a male slumped over the wheel of a vehicle. Patrick R. Roche, 40, of Nikiski, was arrested for driving under the influence and third-degree and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 4 at 4:45 a.m., Kenai police received a report of a subject out of third-party custodian supervision. Kiana C. Edgmon, 24, of Kenai, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial. Jacob S. Hunt, 34, of Nikiski, was issued a summons for driving while license suspended.

On Feb. 9 at 3:22 a.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team observed a black 2020 Kia Soul traveling above the posted speed limit near Mile 71 of the Sterling Highway. A traffic stop was conducted, and the occupants of the vehicle were contacted. Investigation revealed that the passenger, Corum I. Dillinger, 47, is on probation on original charges of second-degree and fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances and fourth-degree criminal mischief and that he was traveling outside of Wasilla without a probations travel pass. K-9 Donna indicated on the vehicle for the presence of the odor of controlled substances. Probations was contacted, and Dillinger was arrested for violating probation and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Feb. 9 at 3:22 a.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team observed a black 2020 Kia Soul traveling above the posted speed limit near Mile 71 of the Sterling Highway. A traffic stop was conducted, and the occupants of the vehicle were contacted. Investigation revealed that the passenger, Corum I. Dillinger, 47, is on probation on original charges of second-degree and fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances and fourth-degree criminal mischief and that he was traveling outside of Wasilla without a probations travel pass. K-9 Donna indicated on the vehicle for the presence of the odor of controlled substances. Probations was contacted, and Dillinger was arrested for violating probation and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Feb. 10 at 3:27 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a blue 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser on Marshall Street in Soldotna for an equipment violation. After investigation, Jimmy Davis, 52, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving while license suspended and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Feb. 10 at 3:27 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a blue 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser on Marshall Street in Soldotna for an equipment violation. After investigation, Jimmy Davis, 52, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving while license suspended and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Feb. 8 at 2:46 p.m., Alaska State Troopers came upon a vehicle in the ditch on North Fork Road, near Kinney Lane in Anchor Point. Investigation revealed that the license of driver Terrance Hoey, 38, of Anchor Point, was suspended. Hoey was given a summons to appear in court and released.

On Feb. 12 at 12:38 a.m., Alaska State Troopers made a traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway, near Doogan Street in Nikiski. After investigation, Obadiah Moore, 26, of Nikiski, was given a misdemeanor citation for driving while license revoked.

On Feb. 12 at about 1:10 a.m., Alaska State Troopers Dispatch received a report of a suspicious vehicle at the end of a driveway near Kasilof. Troopers arrived on scene and observed two pickup trucks stuck in a snowbank in the driveway. Troopers contacted one male, who identified himself as Kyle Harvey, 34, of Kasilof, and was found to be driving while intoxicated. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for felony driving under the influence and driving while license revoked.

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