Public safety briefs for the week of May 16, 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 May 9 at 2:05 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted traffic stop for a moving violation and contacted Chris Hendricks, 55, of Clam Gulch. After investigation, Hendricks was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 9 at 2:42 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a 911 call in Nikiski. After investigation, Mykola Osiychuk, 21, of Wasilla, was arrested for false report, driving under the influence, violating conditions of release, resisting arrest, refusal to submit to a chemical test, and disorderly conduct and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 8 at 12:47 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle for an equipment violation. Garrett Tikka, 28, of Soldotna, exited the vehicle and ran from troopers. After a short foot pursuit, Tikka was detained. After investigation revealed he had an outstanding felony warrant for violating conditions of release, second-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, and tampering with physical evidence, Tikka was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On May 8 at 7:19 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted traffic stop for speeding and contacted Kyle Bunting, 22, of Kenai. After investigation, Bunting was arrested for driving under the influence of a controlled substance and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 8 at 11:59 p.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop on the Sterling Highway in Soldotna. After investigation, Randy Bird, 69, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 9 at 9:32 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team contacted the driver of a silver 2006 Ford Expedition that was reported to have struck a residence. The driver and sole occupant of the vehicle was identified as Robert Bruce Eddie Gum, 30, of Sterling. Gum was provided a disorderly conduct warning while on scene, to which he failed to adhere. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Gum for driving under the influence (DUI) of controlled substances. After DUI processing and a legal draw was conducted at Central Peninsula Hospital, Gum was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of DUI-drugs, disorderly conduct, and violating conditions of release after a check in the Alaska Public Safety Information Network (APSIN) revealed Gum is on conditions of release from a DUI-drugs arrest from which he was released from jail in April of this year.

On May 10 at 1:18 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported domestic disturbance at a residence in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Derek Robert Ludington, 51, of Nikiski, had broken a window in a family home and had fled contact prior to trooper arrival. A warrant has been requested for his arrest for the charge of fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence).

On May 9 at 5:02 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of Holley Beck Street in Nikiski for a welfare check on a female reported to be passed-out inside a vehicle. Investigation led to the arrest of Laura L. Little, 27, of Kenai, for fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance, violating conditions of release, and an outstanding $250 arrest warrant for violating conditions of release. Little was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility and held without bail.

On May 9 at 8:19 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers attempted to conduct a traffic stop on a blue Chevrolet truck for an equipment violation at about Mile 19 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. The driver, Gabrielle Browning, 29, of Kasilof, failed to stop. Browning was observed flipping the trooper off and advised she would not pull over. Browning finally came to a stop near the Soldotna Police Department. She was charged with second-degree failure to stop at the direction of a police officer.

On Oct. 12, 2020, at 9:32 a.m., Iowa Department of Natural Resources (DNR) contacted Alaska Wildlife Troopers, advising that they believed an individual was in Alaska fishing who had a revoked license in Iowa for hunting, fishing, and trapping. Alaska is part of the Interstate Wildlife Violator Compact Act. The Act states that if someone’s hunting, fishing, and trapping license is revoked in a state part of the Compact Act, they are also revoked in states who participate in Compact Act. A joint investigation revealed that Nicholas Kerber, 28, from Iowa, was revoked in Iowa and came to Alaska and fished on the Kenai Peninsula. Kerber was charged with a class A misdemeanor, and an Iowa DNR Officer served him with the summons.

On Apr. 25 at 7:27 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a vehicle on Comic Circle, just off North Fork Road, for equipment violations. The driver identified him as Andrei Vasilyevich Martishev, 23, of Nikolaevsk. After investigation showed that Martishev was driving under the influence, did not have insurance on the vehicle, and was in possession of heroin, he was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail.

On Apr. 25 at 9:47 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance on Homestead Road in Ninilchik. After investigation showed that Jared Smith, 20, of Michigan, had driven a vehicle under the influence and did not have a valid license, he was arrested and taken to the Homer Jail.

On May 9 at 4:29 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a Toyota sedan at Mile 4 of Funny River Road for speeding. After investigation, John Arnold Gilbert Wardas, 42, of Soldotna, was issued misdemeanor citations for driving while license suspended and no liability insurance and cited for speeding.

On May 10 at 12:56 p.m., Kenai police responded to a Kenai school on a report of a theft that occurred May 9. Christopher D. Stroh, 36, of Soldotna, was arrested for second-degree burglary and fourth-degree theft and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 7, Kenai police received a 911 call reporting an active disturbance in a neighborhood. Officers responded and, after investigation, Jacob Graham, 29, of Kenai, was issued a summons for fourth-degree assault.

On May 6, Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop in the Kenai city limits. After investigation, Eduardo Balburin, 54, of Nikiski, was issued a summons for driving while license revoked.

On May 11 at 6:15 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a Kasilof property, after it was reported people were actively stealing from the property, and contacted Shane Schneider, 18, of Homer, and Judith Stewart, 20, of Homer, on scene.Investigation revealed Schneider and Stewart forced their way into the cabin on the property and took items valued at $100. Both were arrested on charges of first-degree burglary, first-degree criminal trespass, and fourth-degree theft and were taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where they were held without bail.

On May 11 at 8:23 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop in Kenai on 4th Street near Birch Avenue after observing a 2004 black Chevrolet truck for an equipment violation and traveling above the posted speed limit. After investigation, Pamela Joyce Inkster, 38, of Kenai, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of driving under the influence of controlled substances and driving while license suspended.

On May 11 at 9:25 p.m., Alaska State Troopers made a traffic stop on a vehicle near Bell Avenue and Island Lake Road in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that the driver, Heather Hoke, 26, of Nikiski, was in possession of controlled substances and has previous convictions for possessing controlled substances. Hoke was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 4 at 3:05 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance which occurred on Cloyds Road in Ninilchik. Investigation showed that Nicholas Guarnere, 39, of Ninilchik, had damaged the vehicle of a family member during the disturbance. Guarnere had left the residence prior to troopers’ arrival. An arrest warrant charging Guarnere with criminal mischief and violating conditions of release was obtained, and Guarnere was located and arrested by the Anchorage Police on May 9.

On May 9 at 7:36 p.m., Soldotna police responded to Safeway for a report of a male passed-out on the sidewalk. Kenneth Rudolph, 45, of Soldotna, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 8 at 2:21 a.m., Soldotna police responded to the Angler’s Inn after receiving a call from the Pretrial Enforcement Division, who advised that Merissa Osmar, 26, of Soldotna, had cut off her electronic ankle monitor. Osmar was contacted at the inn and arrested for violating her court-ordered conditions of release and third-degree escape and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On May 1 at 8:33 a.m. Alaska State Troopers received a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Matthew Moore, 37, of Soldotna, committed the crime of domestic violence second-degree harassment by repeatedly threatening to assault another resident. Moore was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On May 8, Eric Smith, 34, of Eagle River, was issued a correctable citation by Seward Alaska Wildlife Troopers for not having a 2021 hunting license in possession when contacted hunting black bear in Prince William Sound. Bail was set at $220 in Cordova Court.

On May 7, Dixie Haas, 67, of Wasilla, was issued a correctable citation by Seward Alaska Wildlife Troopers for not having a 2021 sportfishing license in possession when contacted fishing in Prince William Sound. Bail was set at $220 in Cordova Court.

On May 12 at about 5:40 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence in Sterling. Investigation revealed that Robert Gum, 30, of Sterling, committed the crimes of driving under the influence, first-degree stalking (domestic violence), third-degree assault, second-degree terroristic threatening, attempted coercion, and violating conditions of release after threatening two adult females on numerous occasions. Robert was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On May 14 at 10:15 a.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a sedan for speeding near Mile 64 of the Sterling Highway. The driver was identified as Zachary Hunter, 41, of Anchorage. After investigation revealed that Hunter’s license was revoked and he had a warrant for his arrest, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

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