Homer Police last week arrested on assault charges a Homer man who in August 2008 shot and killed another man at an Old Town drinking party.
Charles Young, 61, known as “Yukon Charlie,” faces two counts of third-degree assault in the latest incident. Police said that on Nov. 11, Young hit on the head with brass knuckles Robert Tech, 47, also known as “Turkey Joe,” and also stabbed him with a switchblade.
Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters put out a fire in the historic Carl Nielsen automotive shop on Lake Street across from Ulmer’s. Firefighters responded to a report of smoke about 9:15 a.m. Tuesday. No one was in the building, said Fire Chief Bob Painter. The cause of the fire is under investigation.
Homer Police on Wednesday charged another person in relation to the Oct. 21 Tech Connect burglary. Elizabeth Dearmoun, 49, faces charges of third-degree theft and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Police said Dearmoun received a set of stolen Dr. Dre wireless headphones worth $280, allowed a child to have the headphones and then gave the headphones to an adult man to get rid of them.
Following a Facebook posting about a Homer burglary and a tip from a local cell-phone store employee, Homer Police this week charged five people in connection with the Oct. 21 burglary of Tech Connect, including the man suspected to have broken into the Pioneer Avenue electronics store.
All 13 passengers and two crew members on an Era Alaska flight walked to safety after the plane’s landing gear apparently collapsed as it was arriving in Homer Wednesday afternoon.
The Beechcraft 1900C airplane skidded from the east end of the main runway to near the terminal building. The incident happened about 3:30 p.m.
Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters and emergency medical technicians responded and evaluated the passengers and crew, but no one needed transportation to the hospital, Chief Bob Painter said in a press release.
Even though he finished 255 votes behind Bryan Zak, the second-place candidate in the Homer City Council election, Justin Arnold last Friday filed an application asking for a hand recount of the Oct. 1 city election. Zak, a two-term incumbent council member, won re-election last week when the Canvass Board counted absentee and other ballots, giving Zak an 11-vote lead over Corbin Arno. Arno had a four-vote lead on election day, but Zak finished with 547 votes to Arno’s 536 votes. VanDyke was the top vote-getter with 651 votes in the two-seat election.
In a squeaker of an election, after the city elections canvass board tallied absentee and other votes on Friday, incumbent Homer City Council member Bryan Zak made up a 4-vote deficit in unofficial results to win re-election. Zak has been elected to a third term, winning with 547 votes over Corbin Arno’s 536 votes — an 11-vote lead.
The leader in the four-man race, Gus VanDyke, kept his first-place finish, with 651 votes. Justin Arnold, the man who guided the successful citizen referendum to repeal the plastic bag ban, came in fourth, with 292 votes.
Homer businessman Gus VanDyke leads the Homer City Council election with 544 votes.
Van Dyke is one of two candidates endorsed by Homer Voice for Business. The other endorsed candidate, Corbin Arno, is in a tight race for a second seat against incumbent council member Bryan Zak. Arno is just four votes ahead, with 461 votes to Zak’s 457. With 167 absentee, 36 questioned and four special needs ballots still to be counted, that lead could shift.
A Homer teen pleaded guilty on Wednesday to a reduced charge in a fake bomb incident that happened at Homer High School last May. Zachary Fraley, 18, accepted a plea agreement charging him with disorderly conduct, a misdemeanor punishable by up to 90 days in jail. The Homer High School graduate originally had been charged with first-degree terroristic threatening, a felony, for placing a fake bomb near a stairwell at the school. The incident resulted in an evacuation of the school.
Homer residents may catch a whiff of an unusual smell on Friday: the pungent scent of rotten eggs. On Friday morning, Enstar Natural Gas and its contractors start the process of injecting natural gas into a 17-mile, 8-inch-diameter section of the Anchor Point to Homer natural gas trunk line. As part of the process, residents in the Anchor Point and Homer areas may notice the distinct odor and should not be alarmed, Enstar said in a press release.
With the 1-year anniversary coming up next month for the Sept. 8, 2012, teen drinking party incident in which two Homer brothers were arrested for sexual assault, Homer Judge Margaret Murphy last Friday expressed some impatience with the progress of the case.
Since being released on bail in October 2012 following their arrest, preliminary hearings have been continued almost monthly for Joseph Resetarits, 18, and Anthony Resetarits, 21.
Following a forensic examination and further investigation, Homer Police have ruled the death of Mark Matthews, 61, a homicide. Matthews was found dead about 10:15 p.m. July 28 by two people walking on the Poopdeck Trail, a path connecting Pioneer Avenue to Hazel Avenue and Poopdeck Street in downtown Homer.
Police also doubled the award to $2,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of Matthews’ killer.
A pilot and five passengers walked away from a Cessna 206 plane crash on a bear viewing trip in the Katmai National Park area. No one was injured in the crash and all were taken back to Homer by another flight service.
According to National Transportation Safety Board investigator Clint Johnson, the crash happened about 5 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 4, when the K-Bay Air plane was taking off from a beach in the area of Kamishak Bay, about 100 miles southwest of Homer on the west side of lower Cook Inlet. The Cessna was operating on wheels and the plane wound up in the surf, Johnson said.
An electrical equipment failure shut down power from the Safeway grocery store on the Sterling Highway to the end of the Homer Spit on Monday afternoon. Power was out from about 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Monday.
Related to the outage, Harbormaster Bryan Hawkins ordered an evacuation of the Fish Dock Road area about noon after Kevin Hogan of the Auction Block notified Hawkins that there might be a carbon dioxide leak in his refrigeration plant. The loss of power caused a pressure build up in the unit, Hawkins said.
Homer Police are calling the death of a Homer man “suspicious.” Two people walking the Poopdeck Trail found the body of Mark Matthews, 61, about 10:15 p.m. Sunday. Matthews was lying on his back, police said in a press release. His body was sent to the Alaska Medical Examiner’s Office for a forensic analysis. Police do not yet know how long Matthews had been dead.
A fire that started about 10 p.m. on the Fourth of July severely damaged a small house on a private driveway off Diamond Ridge Road. Kachemak Emergency Services and Homer Volunteer Fire Department firefighters had to string at least 500 feet of hose down a gravel driveway to get to the fire. About 20 firefighters from both departments responded, as did an Alaska State Trooper.
A memorial potluck for Ray Garrity, a Homer musician killed Wednesday in a 4-wheeler accident, is at 5 p.m. Monday, July 1, at the Down East Saloon on East End Road. The evening will include music and sharing of memories.
Garrity, 53, was found dead about 10:30 p.m. June 26 on a trail near Mile 18 East End Road. According to the Alaska State Troopers, Garrity was found on the trail by someone who had gone looking for him after he had not arrived at his destination at the expected time. Troopers said Garrity had been riding a 4-wheeler on the trail when it flipped.
Homer Police this morning have two suspects in custody after Homer High School was evacuated this morning when a suspicious device was found in a stairwell at about 8:55 a.m. All 370 students and staff were evacuated safely within three minutes. Classes have resumed and the school is back on a normal schedule, the Kenai Peninsula School District said in a release.
“At all times, students were safe which is our number one priority,” Pegge Erkeneff, a school district spokesperson Erkeneff said in the press release.
In the heart of Homer on Pioneer Avenue, what started as a simple quick-serve restaurant has grown into one of Homer’s more eclectic and popular eating spots. This week, Cosmic Kitchen at the corner of Pioneer Avenue and Kachemak Way celebrates its 10th anniversary — a milestone for a street where dozens of restaurants have come and gone since 2003.
Founded by Sean Hogan and Michelle Wilson, the couple opened the restaurant on May 1, 2013, the same day as Homer Physical Therapy, another 10-year-old business that opened on Pioneer Avenue.
Kenai Superior Court Judge Charles Huguelet sentenced William Daugherty, 47, to time served for a fourth-degree assault conviction. A Homer jury had found Daugherty not guilty on three felony counts of kidnapping, third-degree assault and third-degree weapons misconduct in a trial held last month, but found him guilty of two counts of fourth-degree assault, domestic violence.