Public safety briefs Jan. 27 – Feb. 4

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.

On Jan. 27 at 2:07 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received a report of a theft near Poppy Lane and Daisy Avenue in Soldotna. The homeowner reported that construction materials that had been stored in his yard had been stolen. If you have any information related to the incident, please contact the Alaska State Troopers at (907) 262-4453 or Crime Stoppers at (907) 283-8477.

On Jan. 27 at 9:37 p.m., Alaska State Troopers received report of domestic violence at a residence in Nikiski. The caller reported having been kicked several times on the head by Sarah Kaiser, 36, of Kenai. Investigation revealed that Kaiser had recklessly caused physical injury to the victim. Kaiser was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for fourth-degree assault and held without bail, pending arraignment.

On Jan. 26 at 1:18 p.m., Kenai police received reports of a dangerous driver on Bridge Access Road. A traffic stop occurred and, after investigation, Dylan R. Rink, 33, of Sterling, was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Jan. 26 at 11:38 a.m., Kenai police received a call from a local business involving a group of disorderly people. After investigation, Angela J. Idznski, 25, of Soldotna, was cited for second-degree criminal trespass.

On Jan. 24 at 1:55 p.m., Kenai police received a report of a hit-and-run motor vehicle collision near Mile 10 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Alaska State Troopers located the vehicle that had fled on Kalifornsky Beach Road, near Soldotna. Kenai police contacted the driver, later identified as Ronald L. Kier, Jr., 38, of Sterling. Kier was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for leaving the scene of an accident resulting in damage.

On Jan. 24 at 3:52 p.m., Kenai police received a report of a female causing a disturbance and violating her conditions of release at a residence near Florida Avenue. Police responded to the scene and contacted Elizabeth C. Oskolkoff, 44, of Kenai. Oskolkoff was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 23 at 7:36 p.m., Kenai police responded to a disturbance at a local apartment complex. Officers arrived and contacted the parties involved. After speaking with all parties. Curtis W. Waterbury, 43, of Kenai, was arrested for violating conditions of release and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 23 at 1:36 p.m., Kenai police officers were called to an office complex near the courthouse. After speaking with the caller and contacting the people involved, Dominic S. Ronellenfitch, 23, of Kenai, was arrested for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. The other individual, Matthew D. Luke, 21, of Kenai, was arrested on an outstanding Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of false information or report, $250 bail.

On Jan. 22 at 11:47 a.m., Kenai police responded to a local business for a report of a female who had been previously trespassed. A records check showed Diana P. Westover, 39, of Anchorage, to have an active trespass. Westover was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on charges of second-degree criminal trespass and violating conditions of release.

On Jan. 22 at 4:45 p.m., Kenai police received a report of a motor vehicle collision at Mile 6 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Police responded to the scene and contacted Christine L. Link, 36, of Soldotna. Link was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on charges of driving under the influence, chemical test refusal, and fourth-degree assault.

On Jan. 26 at 3:05 p.m., Spring Creek Correctional Center staff contacted Alaska State Troopers to report that an inmate spit in the face of a correctional officer. One charge of first-degree harassment has been forwarded to the District Attorney’s Office for review on the inmate.

On Jan. 14 at 8:59 a.m., Jerry Rias, 50, of Anchorage contacted Alaska State Troopers to report that he had hit a guardrail with his vehicle. Investigation revealed that Rias was operating a white 2009 Ford Econoline van, northbound near Mile 72.4 of the Seward Highway. While accelerating in the roadway, Rias began losing control of the van. The van spun sideways and crossed the southbound lane, where the passenger side front bumper ultimately hit the face of a guardrail. The bumper suffered very minor damage and only appeared to be dented and scuffed. The guardrail suffered very minor damage. Webb’s Towing responded to take possession of the vehicle. Rias reported he was wearing his seat belt during the incident. Alcohol was not a factor.

On Jan. 14 at about 1:50 p.m., a Seward resident came to the Seward Alaska State Troopers post to report a fraudulent charge on his credit card. Investigation revealed that on Dec. 22, a fraudulent charge of $1816.82 was placed on the individual’s credit card at a Home Depot located in California. Anyone with any information regarding this incident is encouraged to contact the Alaska State Troopers at 907-262-4453.

On Jan. 28 at about 4:30 p.m., Alaska State Troopers with the Bureau of Highway Patrol contacted Neka Lynn Pannick, 36, of Soldotna, in a 1997 Ford Explorer for a welfare check near Mile 40 of the Seward Highway. Investigation revealed that Pannick possessed a controlled substance (heroin). Pannick was issued a misdemeanor citation to appear in court on the charge of fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance and was released on scene.

On Jan. 29 at 9:07 a.m., Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle collision in Soldotna. Parties involved were a 16-year-old female, of Soldotna, and Janessa Caligan, 24, of Sterling. Caligan was driving southbound on the Sterling Highway in a Ford SUV and slowed down for a vehicle in front of her. The 16-year-old was driving a Chevy sedan southbound on the Sterling Highway behind Caligan and collided into the back of Caligan’s SUV. Caligan did not stop or make contact with the other driver. Troopers gave Caligan a citation for leaving the scene of an accident with damage. Both vehicles had damage. No injuries were reported.

On Jan. 30 at about 7:50 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a four-vehicle collision near Mile 17 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Investigation revealed Sydney Giver, 32, of Kenai, was driving her Chevy pickup when she lost control and struck a Volkswagen sedan, driven by Garrett Fronk, 28, of Soldotna. The pickup continued after hitting the sedan and struck a Chevy pickup, driven by Casey Ellis, 30, of Kenai. A Dodge minivan, driven by Marisa Mack, 27, of Soldotna, went into the ditch, trying to avoid the other vehicles in the roadway. The vehicles sustained major damages and all were towed from the scene except the minivan. One occupant was taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries. All occupants reported wearing seat belts. Alcohol was not a factor in the crash.

On Jan. 30 at 11:54 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a vehicle in the ditch on Poppy Drive in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Jerald Holweger, 50, of Soldotna, was driving while under the influence of alcohol. Holweger was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility.

On Jan. 30 at 7:53 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a 2016 Chrysler 200 on Binkley Street at Shady Lane. Investigation showed that the Chrysler had been reported stolen in February, 2017 after it was rented at the Anchorage International Airport and then never returned. The driver of the Chrysler, Kimberly D. McCray, 38, of Anchorage, was arrested for first-degree vehicle theft, second-degree theft, and for driving without liability insurance, and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility. The Chrysler was impounded, to be returned to the rental car company.

On Jan. 23 at 6:19 a.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence near Mile 92 of the Sterling Highway for a disturbance. David A. Claborn, 50, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Jan. 23 at 7:03 p.m., Soldotna police responded to a residence on Sohi Lane for a disturbance. Talofa K. Eli, 33, of Soldotna, was arrested for second-degree criminal trespass and taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Jan. 10 at about 10:30 a.m., Soldotna police contacted Elias Skiba, 23, of Sterling, and arrested him on an outstanding warrant for violating his court ordered conditions of release. Skiba was taken to Wildwood Pretrial on $2,500 bail.

On Jan. 31 at about 12:20 a.m., Alaska State Troopers conducted a traffic stop on Kalifornsky Beach Road for a violation. Investigation revealed that the passenger, Lisa Hileman, 23, of Soldotna, had a warrant for petition to revoke probation. Hileman was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Jan. 30, Alaska State Troopers received report of a stolen snow machine from Pine Street in Soldotna. The victim reported that a black 2013 Artic Cat XF800 was stolen by a man purporting to be test-driving it. The suspect is believed to have taken it to the Ninilchik area. Investigation is ongoing, anyone with information should please contact Alaska State Troopers.

On Jan. 30 at 10:03 a.m., Soldotna based State Troopers responded to a report of trespassing in the area of Industrial Street in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Johnny Riddle, 69, of Soldotna, was on conditions of release for a prior unrelated incident and was in violation of those conditions for contacting the victim. Riddle was arrested for violating conditions of release and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Jan. 30 at 2:55 p.m., Alaska State Troopers arrested Kristi Swanson, 46, of Anchor Point, on two outstanding warrants for violating her conditions of felony probation, with a total bail of $3,000. Swanson was arrested with the help of residents of Nikolaevsk, who located Swanson and convinced her to turn herself into troopers.

On Jan. 30 at 6:03 p.m., Alaska State Troopers were dispatched to a report of a welfare check. Investigation revealed that Jordan P. McNamara, 25, of Sterling, had committed an assault and had threatened physical injury to the victim by electronic communication. McNamera was arrested for second-degree and fourth-degree assault and second-degree harassment and was taken to the Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Jan. 30 at 8:49 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to residence in Soldotna regarding a report of a disturbance. Investigation revealed that Roy Tikka, 34, of Soldotna, kicked a door, damaging the door. He was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility for fifth-degree criminal mischief (domestic violence).

On Jan. 30 at 3:22 p.m., Soldotna Dispatch reported a vehicle rollover that happened at Walter Thomas near Mile 168 of the Sterling Highway. Alaska Wildlife Troopers responded and observed a gold Ford F250 on its roof, down an embankment and four individuals standing outside of the vehicle. Troopers contacted the driver of the vehicle, Katie Gatica, 34, of Homer, who stated that the roads were slick and that she had tapped on the brakes. Her car started to spin out of control, and they went off into the ditch. She had her three children, ages three years, two years, and five months, in the back of the vehicle and in their car seats. All parties were wearing their seat belts. The Gatica family was taken to Southern Peninsula Hospital by Emergency Medical Services.

On Jan. 31 at 3:03 a.m., Kenai police received a call reporting a disturbance at an apartment complex located near Peninsula Avenue. Kenai police responded to the scene and contacted the parties involved. Investigation led to the arrest of Jaden H. Kissee, 18, of Kenai, who was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence).

On Jan. 31 at 9:12 a.m., Kenai police received a call of an impaired woman who had struck a snow bank and a parked vehicle. Police responded and contacted the driver, Colleen H. McConnell, 58, of Kenai. McConnell was arrested for felony driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 31 at about 2:00 p.m., Kenai police received a call reporting two males who needed to be removed from inside a vehicle on the property of a local business, located on South Willow Street. Police responded and contacted the parties. A record check showed one male, Joseph Chikoyak, Jr., 44, of Kenai to have a permanent trespass from the premises. Chikoyak was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for second-degree criminal trespass and violating conditions of release.

On Jan. 31 at 5:52 p.m., Kenai police received a call reporting a female concealing merchandise from a local business near Mile 10.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Police responded and located the suspect, Jessica R. Spurgeon, 39, of Kenai. Spurgeon was issued a summons for second-degree criminal trespassand released from scene without incident.

On Jan. 30 at 4:46 a.m., Kenai police observed a male having a fire in a shopping cart near a local business and contacted Philip J. Fabinski, 61, of Fairbanks. Fabinski was issued a summons for fifth-degree criminal mischief for damages to the cart caused by the fire. He was released from the scene without incident.

On Jan. 30 at 4:44 p.m., Kenai police received a report of a male shoplifter at a local business near Mile 10.5 of the Kenai Spur Highway. Police responded to the area and located a male matching the description provided, Joseph Chikoyak, Jr., 44, of Kenai. Chikoyak was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for third-degree theft and second-degree criminal trespass.

On Jan. 29 at 2:26 p.m., Kenai police contacted Wayne C. Dick, 47, of McGrath. Dick was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for an outstanding Soldotna Alaska State Troopers warrant for failure to remand to Wildwood Pretrial, no bail, 10 days to serve.

On Jan. 29 at about 10:10 p.m., Kenai police observed a vehicle in the ditch with the hazard lights illuminated on Kalifornsky Beach Road near Mallard Road and contacted Axcenia M. Waterbury, 19, of Kenai. After investigation, Waterbury was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial for felony driving under the influence.

On Jan. 28 at 5:08 p.m., a Kenai police officer conducted a traffic stop on the Kenai Spur Highway. After investigation, Michael J. Nelson, 37, of Soldotna was arrested for driving under the influence and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Jan. 27 at 2:04 p.m., Kenai police officers made contact with a suspicious person in the 100 Block of Birch Street. A records check indicated that Derrick L. Hurd, 25, of Sterling had a warrant for failure to appear for arraignment on the original charge of concealing merchandise. Hurd was arrested on the warrant and taken to Wildwood Pretrial.

On Feb. 1 at about 4:10 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of a disturbance at a residence in Nikiski. Troopers responded to the residence, and investigation revealed that Holly Smith, 27, of Nikiski, had assaulted a member of the household. Smith was arrested for third-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

On Feb. 1 at about 8:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers and the U.S. Forestry Service conducted a traffic stop on a vehicle at Mile 66 of the Seward Highway for a moving violation. Driver Anthony Kitchen, 31, of Kenai, was found to have an active arrest warrant for failure to appear on the original charge of driving under the influence/petition to revoke probation regarding Alcohol Safety Action Program treatment. He was arrested on the warrant and taken to the Anchorage Jail on $750 bail.

On Jan. 31 at 11:57 a.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers arrived at Wynona Court to assist Probations with the outstanding arrest warrant service for Lauren A. Roesing, 30, of Kasilof. Roesing was refusing to exit a residence. Roesing has an outstanding $20,000 warrant for her arrest for failing to comply with probation conditions on original misconduct involving controlled substances charges. With the assistance of the Soldotna Alaska State Troopers K-9 Team, a search warrant for the residence was executed, and Roesing was arrested without incident and taken to Wildwood Pretrial, pending $20,000 bail.

On Feb. 2 at 1:44 a.m., Soldotna police observed two vehicles racing down the Sterling Highway in excess of 80 miles an hour in a 35 miles an hour zone. Soldotna police had performed a traffic stop on one of the vehicles, while the second had continued driving onto Home Run Circle. Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers patrolled the area and contacted a red Ford pickup in the area of Home Run Circle in Soldotna. The driver was identified as Logan Largent, 18, of Soldotna. Investigation revealed that Largent had operated the vehicle in a manner creating a substantial and unjustifiable risk of injury to a person. Largent was arrested for reckless driving and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, where he was to be released on his own recognizance.

On Feb. 2 at 6:11 a.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a Kenai residence on the report of a disturbance. After investigation, Justin Forrester, 39, of Kenai, was arrested and taken to Wildwood Pretrial on the charges of fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and interfering with the report of a domestic violence crime.

On Feb. 2 at 11:36 a.m., Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers received a report of a burglary after-the-fact in the area of East Poppy Lane in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that a Soldotna business had been burglarized. The totality of the stolen items is unknown at this point. Investigation is ongoing, and AST is asking citizens for information regarding the burglary. If you have any information, please contact Peninsula Crime Stoppers at 907-283-8477.

On Feb. 2 at 4:16 p.m., Soldotna Alaska State Troopers received a report of three cell phones being stolen from a public area in Nikiski. Investigation is ongoing, and AST is asking citizens for any information regarding the burglary. If you have any information, please contact Peninsula Crime Stoppers at 907-283-8477.

On Feb. 1 at about 2:40 p.m., Soldotna based Alaska State Troopers attempted a traffic stop at Mile 80 of the Sterling Highway. The two-tone orange-and-white Chevrolet truck failed to stop at the directions of a police officer. The vehicle took a powerline trail, and troopers were unable to follow the vehicle. The vehicle was relocated in the area of Swanson River Road. The vehicle was found to be unoccupied and was removed from the scene. Investigation revealed that the driver was Travis Lindley, 18, of Kenai. A warrant was requested from the Kenai courts for failing to stop at the direction of a police officer and third-degree assault on the passenger.

On Feb. 3 at about 2:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers in Seward received a report that there was a male on Nautical Avenue brandishing a gun at nearby homes and stating there were people in the woods. Investigation revealed that Michael Warner, 51, of Seward, was in possession of and firing a firearm while under the influence of methamphetamine. Warner was arrested and taken to the Seward Jail on one count of second degree misconduct involving weapons and one count of fourth degree misconduct involving weapons.

On Feb. 3 at 3:44 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a two-vehicle collision near Mile 18 of Kalifornsky Beach Road. Investigation revealed that Tera Michlitsch, 35, of Kenai, was driving her Kia sedan when she started to go around a semi truck that she thought was turning left. The semi truck, driven by Leonard Kuo, 31, of Anchorage, was making a right turn into a business. Both vehicle sustained major damage. No injuries were reported, and all occupants reported wearing seat belts.

On Feb. 4 at 12:45 a.m., following a 911 hang-up call, Alaska State Troopers responded to a Rustic Avenue address in Soldotna. Investigation revealed that a disturbance had taken place, and Logan Simons, 23, of Soldotna, was arrested for fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility without bail.

ORIGINAL POST: On Jan. 30, Alaska State Troopers received report of a stolen snowmachine from Pine Street in Soldotna. The victim reported that a black 2013 Artic Cat XF800 had been stolen by a man purporting to be test driving it. The suspect is believed to have taken it to the Ninilchik area. Investigation is ongoing, anyone with information can contact the Alaska State Troopers.

UPDATE: On Feb. 3 at about 10:00 p.m., Alaska State Troopers located Jacob Barrett, 22, of Kenai, at his residence. Barrett was arrested on charges of second-degree theft and second-degree vehicle theft and was taken to Wildwood Pretrial without bail.

On Feb. 3 at about 6:40 p.m., Alaska State Troopers responded to a motor vehicle collision between a passenger vehicle and a Department of Transportation plow truck on the Sterling Highway. Investigation revealed that both vehicles were traveling south. Salty Bock, 35, of Kasilof, operating a white 2015 Mack plow truck, slowed to make a left turn. Levi Daniel, 21, of Soldotna, operating a white 1996 Toyota pickup truck, was following too closely for conditions and collided with the plow truck at Mile 98. All parties were wearing seat belts. No injuries were reported.

On Feb. 1 at 11:36 p.m., Kenai police conducted a traffic stop near South Willow Street and Marine Avenue for suspicion of misuse of plates, after a records check indicated the plate displayed did not match the description returned by Dispatch. The driver, identified as Crystal D. Golden, 31 of Houston, was issued a summons for misuse of plates and released from scene.

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