Public safety briefs for the week of May 9, 2021

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Human Remains Found on Nikiski Beach Update May 6: The State Medical Examiner has positively identified the human remains as 37-year-old Anchorage resident Floyd Hamrick. Mr. Hamrick was reported missing to Alaska State Troopers in December 2020. At this time, there are no obvious signs of foul play. Next of kin have been notified. The investigation continues.

Original: On Apr. 29, people traveling on the beach in Nikiski located human remains. Alaska State Troopers (AST) and Alaska Wildlife Troopers (AWT) responded, and AWT recovered the body. The identity of the decedent is unknown at this time. The State Medical Examiner’s Office will be conducting an autopsy and working to identify the decedent. There are no obvious signs of foul play. The investigation is ongoing.

On May 4 at 7:01 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Sohi Lane for a disturbance. Araisa Silva, 19, of Soldotna, was arrested for second-degree assault and violating her court-ordered conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 3 at 9:41 p.m., Soldotna police contacted Luis Corona, 60, of Soldotna, and arrested him on two outstanding warrants. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Apr. 27 at 2:21 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a business on the Sterling Highway near Kobuk Street for a trespassing complaint. Jesse Doetsch, 37, of Soldotna, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and violating his court-ordered conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 5 at 9:44 p.m., John N. Connell III, 34, of Soldotna, was arrested without bail on an Alaska State Troopers felony warrant for three counts of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and one count of third-degree misconduct involving weapons.

On May 4 at 3:07 p.m. Kenai police responded to an agency assist to the Pretrial Enforcement Division on Trading Bay Road. Roy Tikka, 36, of Soldotna, was arrested for tampering with physical evidence and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Correctional Facility.

On May 3 at 5:12 p.m., Kenai police received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report near Mile 15 of Kenai Spur Highway. Joseph M. Luna, 69, of Nikiski, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 30 at 2:33 p.m., Kenai police responded to Broad Street for an attempted theft. Monica Pereira, 46, of Kenai, was issued a summons for fourth-degree theft and fifth-degree criminal mischief.

On May 5 at 9:14 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a white Ford van near Mile 3.5 of Holt Lamplight Road in Nikiski for expired registration. After investigation, Daniel Dobson, 36 of Sterling, was arrested for driving while license suspended, with priors, operating a motor vehicle without liability insurance, and violating conditions of release in two separate pending Kenai court cases. Dobson was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On May 5 at about 10:00 p.m., while patrolling Bernice Lake Road in Nikiski, the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team contacted Harley W. Davidson, 63, of Nikiski. After investigation revealed Davidson had an outstanding warrant for his arrest for the obstruction of a court order on the original charge of driving while license revoked, he was taken to Wildwood Pretrial with 10 days to serve.

On May 4 at 8:28 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in Nikiski for a reported domestic assault. Investigation revealed that Leona Eben Demont, 63, of Nikiski, had assaulted a family member by throwing a brick at them. She was arrested for third-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On May 4 at 10:44 p.m., Alaska State Troopers stopped a white 2011 Ford car near Mile 18 of the Kenai Spur Highway for a traffic violation. After investigation, Tia Bodley, 24, of Kenai, was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving in violation of instruction permit.

On May 4 at 9:52 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop near Mile 2 of the Kenai Spur Highway on a red, white, and blue 1991 Honda three-wheeler. The driver failed to yield during the attempted traffic stop and began weaving back and forth, both in and out of the travel lane. The driver drove the three-wheeler down the Kenai Spur Highway, heading toward Kenai, then made an abrupt right hand turn off the highway and traveled down Strawberry Road, using both lanes of travel. The eluding continued to Gene Road, then back to Carver Road, and eventually to Frogberry Street. The driver, John Quincy Wilson, 24, of Anchorage, eventually ran out of fuel and was arrested without further incident. Investigation revealed Wilson had an outstanding no bail warrant for his arrest for obstruction of a court order and that his license is revoked for the original charge of driving under the influence. Wilson was arrested for his outstanding warrants and for first-degree eluding, reckless driving, driving while license revoked, and unlawful possession, after it was revealed the three-wheeler’s vehicle identification numbers had been removed. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial, processed, and remanded without bail.

On May 4 at 1:33 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a gold 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt on Island Lake Road, near Ainsworth Avenue in Nikiski, for multiple equipment violations. After investigation, the driver and sole occupant of the vehicle, Joshaua R. Peterson, 29, of Nikiski, was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving while license revoked and released on his own recognizance.

On May 4 at 12:24 p.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Debra Joanne Miller, 34, of Soldotna, at a residence off Robinson Loop Road in Sterling. Investigation revealed Miller had an outstanding arrest warrant for a probation violation. Miller was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on $2,000 bail.

On May 3 at 8:29 p.m., the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team conducted a traffic stop near Mile 20 of the Kenai Spur Highway on a blue 1992 Chevrolet truck. Investigation revealed that the driver, Jordan B. Wik, 57, of Nikiski, is on P.E.D. (Pretrial Enforcement Division) for original charges of several other misconduct involving controlled substances cases and violating conditions of release. Wik’s P.E.D. conditions state he is to obey all laws and is not to possess or consume controlled substances. A search resulted in the seizure of heroin. Probations was contacted, and Wik was arrested for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On May 3 at 8:56 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of an impaired driver at Kalifornsky Beach Road and Poppy Lane. After investigation, Corbin Timmers, 19, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence and fourth-misconduct involving a weapon and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 3 at 5:26 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a reported suspicious male scoping out homes in Ninilchik and contacted Alexander Lasiter, 19, of Nikolaevsk, who was found to have 75 Alprazolam (Xanax) pills in his possession. Lasiter was arrested for fourth-degree and fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and was taken to Homer Jail without bail.

On May 3 at 7:52 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a blue PT Cruiser in Kenai. Jimmy Davis. 52, of Kenai, was found to be driving while license suspended ,with prior convictions. Davis was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pre-trial.

On May 1 at 12:01 a.m., Alaska State Troopers contacted Oscar Nelund, 34, of Soldotna, when he was found lying in a ditch. Nelund was trying to walk along the roadway but kept stumbling and falling over. Nelund was impaired by alcohol, though he had conditions of release from the Kenai Court prohibiting him from consuming alcohol. After a breath alcohol concentration test, he was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 30, Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop on the Sterling Highway in Sterling. After investigation, Dustin Tracy, 31, of Sterling, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 30, Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Jose Kala-De La Cruz, 29, of Soldotna, was driving under the influence. He refused to provide a breath sample and was arrested for driving under the influence and refusal to submit to a chemical test and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 30 at about 8:20 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) complaint in Kenai. Troopers contacted Mercedes Mathison, 26, of Kasilof. After investigation revealed she was operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of alcohol Mathison was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On May 1 at 10:22 p.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle located at Robinson Loop Road in Sterling. After investigation, Klayton Justice, 23, of Soldotna, was issued a misdemeanor citation for driving while license revoked and released.

On May 1 at 10:18 p.m., Alaska State Troopers performed a traffic stop on the Sterling Highway in Sterling. After investigation, Anna Berger, 31, of Anchorage, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On May 2 at 9:17 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic incident at a residence in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Haley Nicole Bunch, 25, of Soldotna, had damaged the property of a family member. She was arrested for fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence) and second-degree unlawful contact and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail, pending arraignment.

On May 2 at 3:09 p.m., Kenai police responded to a report of a suspicious male in a residential area. After investigation, William Knackstedt, 63, of Kenai, arrested for a failure to comply with conditions of release on original charges.

On May 2 at about 11:30 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop near the Kenai Spur Highway and Gill Street. Mykola Osiychuk, 21, of Wasilla, was arrested for fourth-degree misconduct involving a weapon and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Apr. 30 at 2:55, Kenai police were called to a residence for the report of a verbal altercation. Officers responded and, after investigation, arrested Christopher J. Doyal, 33, of Kenai, for fifth-degree criminal mischief.

On Apr. 26 At 11:46 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop at the Kenai Spur Highway and Tinker Lane. Bryan K. Chunn, 38, of Kenai, was arrested on two counts of fifth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and third-degree misconduct involving a weapon and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 24 at 2:32 p.m., Kenai police preformed a routine traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway near South Willow Street. After investigation, Cameron W. Bruce, 21, of Kenai, was arrested for driving while license suspended/revoked and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 23, Kenai police conducted a routine traffic stop. After investigation, Nathanael J. Snyder, 47, of Kenai, was arrested for driving under the influence and refusal to submit to chemical test.

On Apr. 22 At 12:02 p.m., Kenai police responded to a local business on the Kenai Spur Highway to perform a welfare check. After investigation, Robert R. Backstrom, 38, of Soldotna, was arrested for an Alaska State Troopers $500 cash bail warrant for failure to appear for arraignment and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 21 at 6:34 p.m., Kenai police responded to residence on Sockeye Circle for a report of a disturbance. After investigation, Holly L. Reed, 32, of Kenai, arrested for fourth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence), violating conditions of release, and petition to revoked probation and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 20 at 7:12 p.m., Kenai police responded to an assault on Colonial Street. Jared J. Herrmann, 25, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and second-degree criminal trespass and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 20 at about 10:30 p.m., Kenai police responded to a suspicious 911 call on Wildwood Drive. Michael W. Farnam, 45, of Kenai, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Apr. 19 at 11:06 a.m., Kenai police responded to the report of a male causing a disturbance. Jonathan D. Demilta, 27, of Nikiski, was arrested for disorderly conduct.

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