Public safety briefs for the week of May 31, 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 21 at 6:08 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Soldotna received and responded to a report of an assault in Kasilof. Investigation revealed that Kenneth Harris, 69, of Kasilof, had assaulted an adult female. Harris was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for third-degree assault (domestic violence) and violating conditions of release.

On May 23 at 12:55 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for a moving violation. After investigation, Desmeranda Napoka, 22, of Nikiski, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 23 at 2:59 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for moving violations in Kenai. After investigation, Klayton Justice, 23, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and driving while license suspended.

On May 22 at 12:01 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop for a moving violation on Redoubt Avenue in Kenai. After investigation revealed that the driver, Tommy J. Yeoman, 75, of Kenai, was impaired by alcoholic beverages, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 22 at 8:47 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted traffic stop for a moving violation and contacted Dino Flora, 49, of Florida. After investigation revealed he was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol, Flora was arrested and taken to Wildwood.

On May 22 at 10:55 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of an assault in Soldotna. After investigation revealed that Timothy J. Fowler, 60, of Soldotna, had assaulted a family member, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 20 at about 11:20 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a Ford F-150 on the Kenai Spur Highway near Marydale Avenue in Soldotna. After investigation, Steven Dana Reed, 36, of Soldotna, was issued a misdemeanor court citation for driving with a suspended license and released.

On May 20 at 12:45 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a GMC pickup on the Kenai Spur Hwy near Delta Street in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that a passenger, Travis Gene Herrick, 37, of Soldotna, had an outstanding arrest warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on original charges of driving with a revoked/suspended license and no liability insurance. Herrick was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $250 bail.

On May 15 at about 9:40 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of an assault in Soldotna. After investigation revealed that Andrew M. Billups, 28, of Soldotna, had assaulted a family member, he was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 16 at 3:09 a.m., Alaska State Troopers observed a vehicle on its top in Soldotna. Investigation revealed the vehicle, driven by Tristen D. Eastham, 25, of Soldotna, had exited the roadway and then returned back onto the roadway, causing it to roll over. Further investigation revealed that Eastham was impaired by alcoholic beverages, in violation of his conditions of release. Eastham was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 23 at 11:14 p.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to make a traffic stop on a motorcycle for equipment violations on Holt Lamplight Road in Nikiski. The motorcycle failed to yield and began to drive a high rate of speed, reaching speed in excess of 100 miles per hours, and driving in both lanes of travel. The driver of the motorcycle eventually came to a dead-end road, ditched his bike, and ran through the woods. The driver was found hiding in the back seat of a vehicle at a residence nearby and was then identified as Devin Davis, 27, of Soldotna. Davis refused to exit the vehicle and was pepper-sprayed. Once out of the vehicle, Davis was arrested. Investigation revealed Davis was in possession of a black Yamaha motorcycle with the vehicle identification number ground off. He attempted to hide his helmet in the back of the vehicle under car mats, he had the wrong license plate on the motorcycle, and was driving while his license was suspended. Davis was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 23 at 10:34 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team responded to a report of a single-vehicle crash at Mile 7 of Funny River Road. On-scene investigation revealed that a 2010 green Toyota Corolla was operated by Shayna M. McKinley, 24, of Kenai. A driving under the influence investigation was conducted, and McKinley is believed to have been operating the vehicle while under the influence of controlled substances. Due to the extent of McKinley’s injuries, she was left at Central Peninsula Hospital. Charges of driving under the influence of controlled substances will be filed with the District Attorney’s Office for review.

On May 23 at about 4:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers attempted to stop a Toyota sedan after recognizing the driver who had warrants and no license. The vehicle was located at a residence off Rambling Road in Nikiski after driving excessively fast and passing another vehicle pulling a horse trailer in a no passing zone. The driver was located and identified as Trevor Alexander Hallstead, 27, of Nikiski. Investigation revealed Hallstead had two outstanding warrants, a revoked driver’s license, is on felony probation, and had a concealable firearm in the vehicle. Hallstead was arrested on his two warrants (probation violations) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail on charges of reckless driving, third-degree misconduct involving weapons, and violating probation. Hallstead was also issued a mandatory court citation for driving while license revoked (no prior convictions).

On May 24 at 6:41 p.m., Alaska Wildlife Troopers in Soldotna were notified that Crystal Cook, 51, of Nikiski, had been trampled by a moose. Witnesses stated that a cow moose had been in the area for a few days without a calf, and at about 10:00 a.m. on May 24, neighbors observed a newborn calf lying between Cook’s fence and an RV on the property. Neighbors said the cow was on the other side of the fence throughout the day, observing the calf. Witnesses noted the calf called the cow in tones of distress, and Cook attempted to move toward the calf to stimulate the calf to move. At that time, the cow jumped the fence onto Cook’s property, knocked her to the ground, and began trampling her. The cow and calf left the area and headed to the wooded lot behind the property. Neither were located. Cook was treated by paramedics at the scene for multiple injuries and was subsequently Medevaced to an Anchorage area hospital for further treatment. As a reminder, as calving season is fully underway throughout much of Alaska, never approach a calf moose or come between a cow and calf moose, as a cow moose will typically respond with aggressive actions if it fears for the safety of the calf.

On May 24at 05:46 a.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop at the Kenai Spur Highway and Broad Street. Clayton S. Larson, 21, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons and was taken to Wildwood Correctional Facility.

On May 23 at 11:31 p.m., Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Main Street Loop. After investigation, the passenger of the vehicle, Christopher L. Evans, 37, of Soldotna, was arrested for an Alaska State Troopers $25 cash bail failure to appear for arraignment warrant on the original charge of petition to revoke probation and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 22 at 12:33 a.m., Kenai police made contact with a pedestrian. After investigation, Floyd Sisson, 32, of Kenai, arrested for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance.

On May 22 at 10:08 a.m., Kenai police received a report of a domestic dispute. Officers responded and, after investigation, Kyle T. Bunting, 23, of Kenai, was arrested for second-degree and fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On May 21 at 2:31 p.m., Kenai police performed a routine traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near Main Street. After investigation, the driver Michael P. Robinson, 47, of Kenai, was arrested for an Alaska State Troopers failure to comply warrant on the original charge of third-degree assault, $5,000 cash bail, and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 24 at about 2:10 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Samantha Jo Fry, 27, of Soldotna, at a residence off Bonita Street in Soldotna. Investigation revealed she had an outstanding warrant for violating conditions of release for a misdemeanor. Fry was arrested on the warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On May 25 at 9:09 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to the Kasilof Tesoro for a trespassing issue. Investigation revealed that Gabrielle Browning, 29, of Kasilof, was trespassing at the Tesoro, which is owned by a family member. Browning trespassed at the Tesoro business then confronted and harassed a customer at the gas pumps with a stick of rebar. Browning was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on charges of first-degree criminal trespass (domestic violence) and disorderly conduct.

On May 26 at about 2:10 a.m., Soldotna police contacted Josh Linger, 50, of Seward, in the Holiday Station Store parking lot after Linger drove into the parking lot and then attempted to hide near another vehicle after seeing an officer nearby. After investigation, Linger was arrested for an outstanding $3,000 arrest warrant and driving under the influence of alcohol and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 26 at 1:19 p.m., Soldotna police responded to Mile 93 of the Sterling Highway for a traffic collision with injuries. A 2018 Jeep Cherokee, driven by an 83-year-old male from Sterling, was northbound on the highway and crossed over into the opposing lane of travel, where it struck a 2018 29-foot travel trailer being pulled by a 2014 Dodge pickup, driven by a 50-year-male from Sterling. The collision caused the Cherokee to roll over onto its side in the highway. The travel trailer was destroyed in the collision. The driver of the Cherokee was taken by ambulance from Central Emergency Services to the Central Peninsula Hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. The collision is still under investigation.

On May 22 at 6:16 p.m., Soldotna police contacted the occupant of a vehicle in a parking lot near the Sterling Highway and Lover’s Lane after a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report was received. Julie Campbell, 66, of Utah, was arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and breath test refusal and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 21 at 2:15 p.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle on the Kenai Spur Highway near Corral Avenue. Sheldon Soule, 57, of Lake Stevens, Washington, was issued a criminal citation for driving while license suspended and released.

May 25 at 22:58 p.m., Kenai police responded to a disturbance on Poplar Circle. As a result, on May 26, Tiffiney L.A. Britton, 33, of Soldotna, was arrested for false information and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 26 at 8:24 a.m., Kenai police responded to a suspicious circumstances call on California Avenue. Romelo F. Jerue, 25, of Eagle River, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on two counts of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence), interfering with a report of a domestic violence crime, reckless endangerment, and fourth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence.

On May 26 at 7:12 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local Kenai business on a report of a theft. Daniel L. Gentry, 34, of Soldotna, was arrested for third-degree theft and fifth-degree criminal mischief. Tiffiney L.A. Britton, 33, of Soldotna, was arrested for third-degree theft, fourth-degree theft, false information, fifth-degree criminal mischief, and violating conditions of release. Both were taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 25 at 1:47 a.m., Kenai police received a report of an assault at a local Kenai business. Darlene S. Jenkins, 32, of Bethel, was arrested for disorderly conduct and taken to Wildwood Correctional Facility.

On May 29, Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop on a vehicle in Soldotna. After investigation, Michele Johnson, 50, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

Department of Public Safety Advisory: Statewide

Moose calving season is here, and camera phones are catching a glimpse of day-old calves across the state. As Alaskans, some of us might be lucky enough to see a moose born right in our backyards, but remember that cow moose can become extremely aggressive and attack people if they fear for the safety of their new calves. While many people might think that moose are less dangerous then bears, more people in in our state are injured by moose than by bears each year. Always keep your distance from moose, give them plenty of space, and never approach, no matter its age. Also remember that it is illegal to feed wild animals in Alaska, including moose, and you could end up with a hefty fine if you are caught.

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