Public safety briefs, Jan. 2-9, 2019

Information for this report was taken from publicly available law enforcement and public safety records and includes arrest and citation information, not conviction information. Anyone listed in this report is presumed innocent.

Jan. 2 to Jan. 9, 2019

On Jan. 5 at 12:46 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to the area of Irons Avenue in Soldotna on the report of a disturbance. Masonn Byrd, 25, of Kenai, was contacted during the investigation and determined to have been driving under the influence of alcohol. Byrd was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility on the charges of driving under the influence and a petition to revoke probation.

On Jan. 4 at 2:31 p.m., Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers responded to a hit-and-run motor vehicle collision at Mile 15 on Kalifornsky Beach Road. The vehicle that fled the scene was not identified. The vehicle of the other party, Patricia Coghill, 47, of Kenai, was able to be driven from the scene. Law enforcement is seeking the public’s assistance in identifying the other vehicle, a late 80’s model white, full-size pickup truck with a camper, or a full sized late 80’s SUV. The vehicle will have damage to the passenger side. Please contact Soldotna Troopers at (907) 262-4453.

On Jan. 4 at about 5:10 p.m., Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle collision at the intersection of South Miller Lane and Birch Lane in Nikiski. Investigation revealed it was a two-vehicle accident with no injuries. Parties involved include; Shamara Fournier, 47, of Kenai, and Russell Pate, 35, of Nikiski. Russell Pate was issued a citation for drivers to exercise due care to avoid collision.

On Jan. 2 at 10:07 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a disturbance at a residence on Seaside Farm Drive in Homer. During the investigation, a 72-year-old female, of Homer, reported that a pistol had been stolen from the residence. The pistol was last seen in the residence two weeks prior, and the current whereabouts are unknown.

On Jan. 2 at 11:16 a.m., Alaska State Trooper received a report of a burglary at a residence on Heddell Street in Anchor Point. Investigation showed that sometime during the night of Dec. 29-30, unknown person(s) entered the residence and outbuilding and stole items from each. The investigation is ongoing.

On Jan. 2 at 2:14 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a vehicle stolen from Dorothy Drive in Anchor Point. Investigation showed a 1995 Subaru Wagon was stolen from a 54-year-old female, of Anchor Point, the previous night. On Jan. 4, the vehicle was located and recovered. The investigation is ongoing.

On Jan. 2 at 4:26 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a collision involving a bicyclist on Ciechanski Road and Stanford Street in Soldotna. Troopers responded to the scene and contacted the driver of the vehicle, a 17-year-old female, and the bicyclist, a 42-year-old male. The bicyclist did not suffer injuries and the vehicle had minor damage. Icy road conditions were believed to have been a factor in the collision.

On Jan. 6 at 11:34 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a single-vehicle rollover at Mile 122 of the Sterling Highway, near Clam Gulch. Investigation revealed that Jason Hodges, 42, of Homer, was traveling northbound when he lost control of his vehicle as he was passing a car. The vehicle struck a guardrail and went into the ditch, where it rolled over. Hodges suffered minor injuries and was taken to the hospital for treatment. The vehicle was totaled. Hodges reported wearing his seat belt. Hodges was issued citations for no proof of insurance and failure to exercise due care to avoid a collision.

On Jan. 6 at 3:57 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in Nikiski. Investigation revealed that Chad Wolcott, 46, of Nikiski, had assaulted a family member at their residence. Wolcott was arrested for fourth-degree assault and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Jan. 5 at about 2:10 p.m., Alaska State Troopers Girdwood Fire and Emergency Medical Services (EMS) responded to Mile 71 of the Seward Highway for a reported single-vehicle collision. Investigation revealed that Tracey J. Chaney, 34, of Homer was traveling southbound on the Seward Highway when she lost control of her 2001 Chevrolet Blazer and struck the snowbank on the southbound shoulder of the highway, causing disabling damage to Chaney’s vehicle. Chaney declined transport by EMS and was released at the scene. Webb’s Towing responded to the scene and removed the vehicle from the highway.

On Jan. 4 at 1:35 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers arrived at 43335 Kalifornsky Road and contacted Pamela S. Amador, 63, of Soldotna. An Alaska Safety Public Information Network check revealed that Amador has an outstanding $200 civil bench warrant for her arrest for failure to appear in court, stemming from a 2010 incident. Amador was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, pending $200 bail.

On Jan. 3 at 12:43 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers stopped a truck for an equipment violation near Mile 90 of the Sterling Highway. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Joseph Damon, 39, of Kasilof, for an outstanding arrest warrant and additional charges of no liability insurance and misuse of plates.

On Jan. 3 at 6:01 a.m., Alaska State Troopers received a REDDI (Report Every Dangerous Driver Immediately) report of a driver stopped in a lane of travel near Mile 83 of the Sterling Highway, apparently unconscious. Troopers responded to the area and located Jesse Pedginski, 26, of Sterling, at the intersection of Moose River and the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed that Pedginski was driving under the influence of controlled substances. Pedginski resisted arrest. He was taken to Wildwood Pretrial on charges of driving under the influence, resisting arrest, disorderly conduct, and violating conditions of release.

On Jan. 2 at 3:55 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to a domestic disturbance at a residence in Kenai. Investigation resulted in the arrest of Travis Lindley, 18, of Kenai, for fourth-degree assault, third-degree criminal mischief, and first-degree criminal trespass, all domestic violence charges. Lindley was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail, pending arraignment.

On Jan. 1 at about 12:10 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers responded to a residence in Soldotna for a report of a male firing a gun. Investigation resulted in Travis Ceartin, 27, of Soldotna, being charged with fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons.

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