Alaska State Troopers investigate a shooting scene on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, at the Anchor Point Warehouse in Anchor Point, Alaska, at the store on the Sterling Highway in which an Alaska State Trooper was shot.(Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Alaska State Troopers investigate a shooting scene on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021, at the Anchor Point Warehouse in Anchor Point, Alaska, at the store on the Sterling Highway in which an Alaska State Trooper was shot.(Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Lawyer Eric Derleth and his client Nathan Erfurth, a former Soldotna High School teacher accused of sexually abusing one of his students, submit a not guilty plea at an arraignment hearing on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)

Former SoHi teacher pleads not guilty to sex abuse, child pornography charges

A former Soldotna High School teacher and head of the local teachers union pleaded not guilty to more than five dozen counts of sex abuse… Continue reading

Lawyer Eric Derleth and his client Nathan Erfurth, a former Soldotna High School teacher accused of sexually abusing one of his students, submit a not guilty plea at an arraignment hearing on Tuesday, July 11, 2023, at the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska. (Jake Dye/Peninsula Clarion)
Shrubs grow outside of the Kenai Courthouse on Monday, July 3, 2023 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Kenai grand jury indicts former SoHi teacher on 61 counts of sexual abuse of a minor, possession of child pornography

A former Soldotna High School teacher and head of the local teachers union is facing 61 counts of sexual abuse of a minor and possession… Continue reading

Shrubs grow outside of the Kenai Courthouse on Monday, July 3, 2023 in Kenai, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska, as seen on Feb. 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)

Court reports for the week of May 2, 2021

The following dismissals were recently handed down in Kenai District Court. Kelli Lauren Action, 31, of Soldotna, was found not guilty of one count of… Continue reading

The entrance to the Kenai Courthouse in Kenai, Alaska, as seen on Feb. 26, 2019. (Photo by Brian Mazurek/Peninsula Clarion)
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Wasilla man arrested on charges of sexual assault, burglary

The incidents are alleged to have taken place in Soldotna

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Troopers investigating Soldotna shooting death

An investigation into the incident by the Alaska Bureau of Investigation’s Soldotna Major Crimes Unit is active and ongoing

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“Grubby” the Virginia opossum is captured by Homer Police officer Taylor Crowder on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 in Homer, Alaska. Photo by Homer Police Department

Grubby saved

Virginia opossum taken in by Anchorage zoo

“Grubby” the Virginia opossum is captured by Homer Police officer Taylor Crowder on Wednesday, May 24, 2023 in Homer, Alaska. Photo by Homer Police Department
Kenai Peninsula Education Association President Nathan Erfurth speaks from the bed of his truck in support of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers and support staff outside of the George A. Navarre Admin Building on Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. Erfurth was removed this week as president of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s teachers union, days after he was arrested Saturday on two charges of sexual abuse of a minor. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
Kenai Peninsula Education Association President Nathan Erfurth speaks from the bed of his truck in support of Kenai Peninsula Borough School District teachers and support staff outside of the George A. Navarre Admin Building on Thursday, May 26, 2022, in Soldotna, Alaska. Erfurth was removed this week as president of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s teachers union, days after he was arrested Saturday on two charges of sexual abuse of a minor. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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Seward man arrested on drug charges gave false identification, troopers say

Kevin Hakala, 42, was pulled over by Seward-based troopers on Saturday

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Ronald Dean Beyering. (Photo via Alaska State Troopers)

Soldotna fugitive found dead 6 months after last update

Troopers found partial human remains, firearms and personal effects, according to a dispatch

Ronald Dean Beyering. (Photo via Alaska State Troopers)
KPEA President Nathan Erfurth speaks before the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday, July 12, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)

Soldotna teacher, union head arrested for sexual abuse of a minor

Nathaniel E. Erfurth, a former teacher at Soldotna High School and president of the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District’s teachers union, was arrested Saturday on… Continue reading

KPEA President Nathan Erfurth speaks before the Kenai Peninsula Borough School District Board of Education on Monday, July 12, 2021, in Soldotna, Alaska. (Ashlyn O’Hara/Peninsula Clarion)
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Investigators seeking info in abuse case

Tyler Bryce Reid, 46, was arrested last weekend on seven counts of sexual abuse of a minor

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Kenai Courthouse is photographed on February 26, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)

Arraignment hearing for retired Homer judge bumped to late June

Margaret Murphy, who served as a superior court judge, is accused of perjury

Kenai Courthouse is photographed on February 26, 2019 in Kenai, Alaska. (Clarion file)
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Local state troopers among those to start wearing cameras

Ultimately every trooper, marshal and officer under the department will be issued a camera during a “full-deployment” later this year

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Troopers: Seward correctional officer provided illegal drugs to inmate

An officer at Spring Creek Correctional Center in Seward was arrested Thursday on allegations that he delivered illegal drugs to an inmate. According to a… Continue reading

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Eric Osuch tries to offer papers related to his arrest in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, April 17, 2023, to a reporter as Juneau Police Department officers escort him to a nearby patrol vehicle. Osuch, who was staging a solo protest about fisheries bycatch policies, was banned from the Capitol after causing a public disruption and was arrested a short time later for another alleged disturbance inside the State Office Building. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)

Fisheries activist arrested at Capitol

Juneau man staging solo protest disrupts committee hearing

Eric Osuch tries to offer papers related to his arrest in front of the Alaska State Capitol on Monday, April 17, 2023, to a reporter as Juneau Police Department officers escort him to a nearby patrol vehicle. Osuch, who was staging a solo protest about fisheries bycatch policies, was banned from the Capitol after causing a public disruption and was arrested a short time later for another alleged disturbance inside the State Office Building. (Mark Sabbatini / Juneau Empire)
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Soldotna man sentenced with 31 years for 2021 DUI manslaughter

The sentence was a result of a plea agreement

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State Trooper convicted of attempted sexual abuse of a minor

Vance Peronto, formerly an Alaska State Trooper based in Soldotna, was convicted Friday of one count of attempted sexual abuse of a minor in the… Continue reading

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The cover of the March 20 State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, “AKVDRS Homicide Victims Update — Alaska, 2011-2020” (Screenshot)

Department of Health: Homicides increased last decade

Homicides accounted for 19% of the violent deaths in Alaska from 2011-2020

The cover of the March 20 State of Alaska Epidemiology Bulletin, “AKVDRS Homicide Victims Update — Alaska, 2011-2020” (Screenshot)
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Kenai woman sentenced to 10 years for federal drug trafficking and firearms charges

The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the case with the Alaska State Troopers and the Kenai Police Department

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