Public Safety Briefs for the week of July 19, 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 July 11, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, observed Aksala Kiev, 52, of Anchorage, personal use fishing with a dipnet at 5:46 a.m. on the Kenai River Beach. Kiev was issued a citation for personal use fishing during a closed period, because the fishery does not open until 6:00 a.m.. Bail was set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 11, Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, observed Matthew Norcross, 36, of Kenai, personal use fishing with a dipnet at about 8:00 a.m. on the Kenai River Beach. Norcross was issued a citation for personal use fishing without a required Upper Cook Inlet personal use permit. Bail was set at $220 in Kenai District Court.

On July 10, Soldotna Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Siufaga Foilefutu, 40, of Anchorage, while he was personal use dipnet fishing on the Kenai River. Foilefutu was issued a citation for not having a 2020 Upper Cook Inlet personal use permit in possession, as required. Bail was set for $220 in Kenai District Court.

On July 11 at 5:45 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were patrolling the Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery on the North Kenai Beach. Investigation revealed that Christopher Newsom 42, May Xiong, 49, and Anthony D’Andrea, 55, of Anchorage, unlawfully fished during a closed period. A $120 bailable citation for each was filed with the Kenai Court.

On July 11 at about 5:50 a.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were patrolling the Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery on the north Kenai Beach. Investigation revealed that Devin King, 36, James Lee, 31, and Austen Gallet, 34, of Anchorage, unlawfully dipnetted without a 2020 personal use permit. A $220 bailable citation for each was filed with the Kenai Court.

On July 11 at 12:02 p.m., after the driver was seen not wearing his safety belt, Soldotna Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop near Mile 14 of North Cohoe Loop in Kasilof on a green 1995 Ford Explorer. The passenger in the vehicle was identified as Holly N. Smith, 28, of Kasilof. An check in the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) revealed that Smith had an outstanding warrant for failure to appear on original charges of driving under the influence and violating probation. Smith was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the warrant.

On July 11 at about 12:40 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were patrolling the Kenai River and contacted Michael Hillard, 50, of Palmer, bank-fishing. Investigation revealed that Michael Hillard unlawfully used a treble hook, when regulations state single hook use only. A bailable citation was filed with the Kenai Court for $120.

On July 11 at 2:45 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were patrolling the Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery and contacted Andrew Gecsedi, 27, of Anchorage, in a motorized boat. Investigation revealed there were four people in the boat and only two personal flotation devices. A bailable citation was filed with the Kenai Court for $120.

On July 11 at 2:45 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were patrolling the Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery and contacted Nolan Saam, 23, of Anchorage, in a motorized boat. Investigation revealed there were four people in the boat and only two personal flotation devices. A bailable citation was filed with the Kenai Court for $120.

On July 11 at about 3:00 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were patrolling the Kenai River Personal Use Dipnet Fishery and contacted Scott Wesierski, 53, of Barrow, who was operating a motorized boat on the Kenai River with eight people on his boat. Investigation revealed there were only five lifejackets on the boat. There were also two people who were under the age of 13 without lifejackets. Wesierski was issued two bailable citations for $340, filed with the Kenai Court.

On July 11 at 3:58 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers were patrolling the Kenai River Person al Use Dipnet Fishery and contacted Clint Miller, 43, of Anchorage, in a motorized boat. Investigation revealed there was a six-year-old in the motorized boat without a personal flotation device on. A bailable citation was filed with the Kenai Court for $120.

On July 11 at 8:35 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop near Mile 4 of the Kenai Spur Highway after observing a blue 2000 Plymouth Neon traveling above the posted speed limit. A records check revealed that the driver, Ashley D. Schrader, 28, of Soldotna, has a revoked operator’s license for the original charge of driving while license revoked and also has prior convictions for driving while license revoked. Schrader was arrested for driving while license revoked and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 12 at 8:02 a.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team observed a blue 2020 Dodge Truck parked in the middle of the traffic lane with hazard lights activated. The driver was identified as Georges-Philipp Adrien Toumayan, 31, of Anchorage. Toumayan was found to be under the influence of controlled substances, was arrested for driving under the influence, taken to the Soldotna troopers post for processing, then taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On July 11 at 4:49 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a van for speeding 88 miles per hour in a 44 miles per hour zone near Mile 77 of the Sterling Highway. Sebastian Garber, 33, of Anchorage, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he was released without bail.

On July 11 at 8:43 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a Chevy SUV for speeding near Mile 70 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed that Keyshawn McEnerney, 21, of Kenai, had put the wrong license plates on the vehicle to avoid not having plates for a recently purchased vehicle. He was issued a misdemeanor citation for misuse of plates and released on scene.

On July 13 at 12:15 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported motor vehicle crash involving a moose near Mile 14 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Investigation revealed that McKenna Rae Dodd, 18, of Kenai, was driving northbound in a gold 1995 Mazda car, when she struck a moose. After the collision, Dodd abandoned the vehicle in the traffic lane. She suffered minor injuries. Alcohol was not a factor. The vehicle had substantial damage and was disabled. The moose was recovered by a charity. Dodd was issued a misdemeanor citation for failure to give immediate notice of an accident.

On July 13 at about 12:50 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers was working a motor vehicle crash near Mile 14.5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Unrelated to the crash investigation, troopers observed John Wilson, 23, of Soldotna, driving by the scene. Wilson is known to troopers to have an outstanding warrant for his arrest for failing to appear for arraignment on the original charge of driving while license revoked. Wilson was contacted and arrested for the warrant and on new charges of driving while license revoked and violating conditions of release. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On July 12 at 9:18 p.m., Soldotna AST responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in Nikiski. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Michael Poulter, 32, for two counts of fourth-degree assault on two different family members and an additional charge of fifth-degree criminal mischief. Poulter was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On July 11, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Richard Foster, 43, Trenton Foster, 20, and Tyler Foster, 18, all of Wasilla, while they were participating in the 2020 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use Dipnet Fishery on the Kasilof River. None of the three were in possession of a valid sport fishing license. All three were issued citations, with bail set at $220 each in Kenai District Court.

On July 11, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Peter Reith, 32, of JBER, while he was departing the Upper Cook Inlet Dipnet Fishery on the North Kenai Beach. Reith was in possession of personal use salmon and had not clipped the tail fins as required. Reith was issued a citation, with bail set at $95 in Kenai District Court.

BEACH ASSAULT UPDATE: 7-13-20

On July 11, Nikolas Basson, 18, of Soldotna, was issued a summons to court for fourth-degree assault in connection with the assault that occurred on the beach. The investigation into the incident is ongoing.

On July 12 at about 5:00 p.m., Kenai police responded to a disorderly male at a local business. Robert S. Berg, 36, of Kenai, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and an Alaska State Troopers $2,500 felony warrant for failure to comply with conditions of probation. Berg was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On July 10 at 5:09 a.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop on Bridge Access Road, near Jahrigs Hill Road. Kenneth J. Dykstra, 30, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving while license revoked and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 10 at 6:34 p.m., Kenai police received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report on the Kenai Spur Highway, near Wildwood Drive. Hannah J. Hoelscher, 57, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 10 at 8:27 p.m., Kenai police received a REDDI report at Mile 7.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Stacy L. Nielsen, 51, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 9 at 4:46 p.m., Kenai police responded to a suspicious vehicle at a local Kenai business. Justin S. Harris, 28, of Anchorage, was arrested for driving while license revoked and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 9 at 10:34 p.m., Kenai police responded to a report of a disorderly female at a local Kenai business. Toni M. Maier, 34, of Soldotna, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 12 at 11:54 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash near Mile 7 of East End Road in Homer. Investigation showed that Chandra Burns, 49, of Anchorage, was under the influence and had driven into the ditch. Burns was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail, where she refused to provide a breath sample. Burns was remanded on charges of driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

On July 6 at 2:59 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a vehicle on the Sterling Highway near Pathfinder Road. The driver was identified as Nicholas Guarnere, 38, of Ninilchik, who was found to have a revoked license. Further investigation showed that Guarnere was on conditions of release in a previous criminal case. Guarnere was charged with driving while license revoked and violating conditions of release.

On July 15 at 12:34 a.m., Alaska State Troopers Dispatch received and responded to a report of a disturbance at Kowakan Street residence in Soldotna and observed burn-out marks coming from the driveway and burn-out marks on the roadway leading away from the house. The complainant was contacted at the residence, and investigation found that Mathias Coup, 27, of Soldotna, had committed an assault. During the investigation, Mathias returned to the residence. When an attempt to contact him was made, Mathias fled in his truck. Mathias eventually stopped and was arrested. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), interfering with a report of a domestic violence crime, third-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence), second-degree theft, second-degree robbery (domestic violence), failure to stop at the direction of a peace officer, driving under the influence, reckless driving, and driving while license revoked.

On July 13 at about 1:40 a.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop near Mile 15 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Austin S. Jackson, 21, of Soldotna, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On July 14, Richard Owens, 42, of Palmer, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, for failing to record nine salmon on his personal use permit during the Kenai River Dipnet Fishery. Bail was set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 16 at about 12:00 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a 2014 Honda Pilot near North Cohoe and the Sterling Highway. After investigation, Adolph Otto, 32, of Fairbanks, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for driving under the influence of alcohol and four counts of first-degree endangering the welfare of a child.

On July 15 at about 12:30 p.m., Seward-based Alaska State Troopers responded to a single-vehicle motor vehicle collision on Salmon Creek Road, near the Salmon Creek Trailer Park. No injuries were reported. However, significant damage to nearby power lines took place. Seward Electric was on scene within minutes, clearing the energized lines from the roadway and restoring power to residences in the area. Intermittent traffic delays took place during the repairs.

On July 15, a 49-year-old male, of Anchorage, was cited by Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Soldotna Post, for failing to record five salmon onto his personal use permit during the Kenai River dipnet fishery. Bail was set at $120 in Kenai District Court.

On July 15 at about 6:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to Nikiski area for a report of an assault and contacted Kristina Wheeler, 33, of Nikiski. Investigation found that she had erased video of the assault. She was arrested for tampering with physical evidence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On July 14 at about 2:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the end of Mackey Lake Road in Soldotna for a report of a male who had not returned after walking out into the wood line for mushrooms. Alaska State Trooper Helo 3 responded to the area and located Phay Vongsengchanh, 53, of Anchorage, about two miles into the woods and disoriented. Phay was picked up by Helo 3 and returned to his family without injury.

On July 12, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Lucille Greist, 32, of Anchorage, while she was departing the North Kenai Beach Personal Use Dipnet area. Greist was in possession of five personal use salmon that were not properly identified with clipped tail fins. Greist was issued a citation, with bail set at $95 in Kenai District Court.

On July 15, Alaska Wildlife Troopers contacted Estelle Thomson, 45, of Anchorage, and Preston Matchian, 33, of Anchorage, while they were dipnet fishing in the North Kenai Beach Personal Use Area. Thomson and Matchian were observed dipnetting at about 11:20 p.m., which is 20 minutes after the closing of the fishery. Both were issued citations, with bail set at $120 each in Kenai District Court.

On July 17 at 12:57 a.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to a report of a fight in progress between two males near Mile 5 of Kalifornsky Beach Road, occurring on Kasilof Beach. Investigation revealed a physical altercation occurred between two intoxicated males who were dipnetting. Several witnesses were interviewed. It was reported that during the altercation John A. Pefley, 22, of Anchorage, struck a 21-year-old male family member in the head with a liquor bottle, after punching and kicking him several times during the fight. John Pefley was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on one count of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) by means of a dangerous instrument.

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