Cops and Courts

Information about fire, police and troopers is taken from public records consisting of logbooks and press releases.

Anchor Point Fire and Emergency Services

July 17-23

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to 4 medical calls and 1 fire call.

Homer Fire

July 17-23

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to 17 medical calls and two fire calls.

Kachemak Emergency Services

July 17-23

Firefighters and emergency medical technicians went to 1 fire call.

Homer Police

July 19

A person at 8:06 a.m. reported a vehicle with a driver slumped over the wheel on Hunter Street. Police responded to the scene and found all was OK, and that the man was too tired to drive.

Police at 11:11 a.m. responded to an unattended death on Latham Avenue. Officers assisted medics with the dead woman.

Police at 2:07 p.m. assisted medics on Early Spring Street.

Police at 2:46 p.m. assisted the Alaska State Troopers with the transport of a prisoner on Kachemak Drive.

A person at 3:54 p.m. reported a motor vehicle accident with damage on the Spit Road. A vehicle with a trailer side swiped another vehicle.

A person at 7:06 p.m. made a “report every dangerous driver immediately” complaint report of a driver pulling in front of other vehicles waiting to turn into traffic and almost hitting a passing jogger in the area of Spit Road and Kachemak Drive. An officer responded but could not find the driver.

July 20

Police at 5:14 a.m. assisted Alaska State Troopers with a report of a man breaking into vehicles on Crested Crane Street. The report was unfounded.

July 21

A caller at 7:41 a.m. reported a found dog running loose on Ocean Drive and Lake Street. An officer secured the dog at the animal shelter.

A caller at 7:42 a.m. reported people camping at the end of a neighborhood road on Tulin Terrace Boulevard. An officer advised the campers of camping regulations.

The Alaska State Troopers at 8:06 a.m. passed on a REDDI report at Mile 167 Sterling Highway. An officer contacted the driver, but no impairment was detected.

A caller at 1:40 p.m. reported a suspicious vehicle at East Pioneer Avenue and Heath Street parked for several days with heavy foot traffic to and from the vehicle. An officer contacted the occupant, and all was found to be OK.

A person at 2:16 p.m. made an ATV complaint. An officer contacted a dirt bike driving on the road at Spit Road and Freight Dock Road and told the driver of ATV rules.

A business at 3:08 p.m. reported that a woman had threatened three juveniles and taken their picture without consent at a Bypass address. An officer went to the scene.

A caller at 4:05 p.m. made a REDDI report for a driver swerving onto the gravel side bank and crossing the center line on the Bypass. An officer made a traffic stop and arrested the woman for a driving under the influence.

A caller at 9:55 p.m. requested a welfare check for a neighbor at a Forest Glen Drive address. An officer went to the scene and the person was transported to a medical facility.

A caller at 10:05 p.m. reported a bull moose was trying to get out of a lake on Brown Bear Loop but that tourists blocked the bank. An officer went to the scene, but the moose was gone on arrival.

An officer at 10:57 p.m. went to a medical facility on Bartlett Street and took a woman into protective custody at the jail.

July 22

A caller at 12:19 a.m. reported that people at a neighboring campsite on Spit Road refused to quiet down during evening hours. An officer went to the area and found all was OK.

A caller at 12:44 a.m. reported a person making suicidal threats via text at an Eagle View Drive address. An officer went to the scene and the woman was transported to a medical facility, and later to Homer Jail for protective custody.

Officers at 1:06 a.m. assisted Alaska State Troopers with a warrant subject at Bartlett Street.

Alaska State Troopers at 6:41 a.m. reported an inbound REDDI vehicle. An officer contacted the driver, but no impairment was detected.

Multiple callers at 1:44 p.m. reported a dispute over property on Kachemak Drive. An officer went to the location.

Officers at 3:26 p.m. assisted medics with an unattended death at Sprucewood Drive.

A caller at 6:34 p.m. reported a loose dog running in the roadway on the Spit Road. An officer went to the area but was unable to locate the dog.

A caller at 11:22 p.m. reported a loud motor bike speeding on Bishop’s Beach. An officer contacted the driver and advised them of beach regulations.

July 23

Police at 3:09 a.m. arrested a driver for DUI on Kachemak Way.

A caller at 3:32 p.m. requested a welfare check on a man sleeping in the grass at Bishop’s Beach. The man was OK.

A caller at 3:33 p.m. reported dogs attacked her children at Bishop’s Beach. Police responded.


July 21

Alaska State Troopers at about 10 p.m. made a traffic stop on East End Road near Fernwood Drive in Anchor Point. A passenger, a 37-year-old Homer man, was found to have a $500 misdemeanor warrant for his arrest. He was also on probation for first-degree vehicle theft. Per his probation conditions, a probation ordered search of the vehicle was conducted and yielded methamphetamine, drug paraphernalia and open containers of alcohol. The man also was found to be in possession of brass knuckles in a search subsequent to his arrest. Troopers arrested him for fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances, fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons, several counts of probation violation, and the arrest warrant.

Alaska Wildlife Troopers cited a 54-year-old Homer man for commercial fishing in closed waters of the Valdez Arm. They seized 10,700 pounds of pink salmon.

July 23

Alaska State Troopers in Anchor Point at about 8:15 p.m. went to a single vehicle rollover near Mile 129 Sterling Highway. Troopers found a pickup truck in the southbound lane which had struck the guard rail and rolled onto its side. Troopers said the driver, a 25-year-old Homer woman, drove while under the influence. She also had a juvenile family member in the car, but there were very minor injuries to the woman and the family member. Troopers arrested her for DUI and reckless endangerment, domestic violence.

Information regarding courthouse activity is taken from logbooks and court-issued forms and may not contain all details of the final disposition of each case. Case files are available for public review at the courthouse.


Court records show the following actions taken in Homer District Court through July 12:


Steven Lee Cocciarella, 57, charges dismissed, driving while license cancelled, suspended, revoked or limited, two counts.

Jeremy Duane Watson, 37, charge dismissed, third-degree misconduct involving weapons.

Keith L. Wherry, 29, charge dismissed, disorderly conduct.

Debra Lynn Spencer, 46, charge dismissed, fourth-degree theft.

Ronald Paul James, 24, charge dismissed, fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Jason R. Madison, 38, charge dismissed, improper use of registration, title or plates.

George William Gustafson, 27, charge dismissed, driving in violation of instruction permit.

Maurice James Kvasnikoff, 39, charge dismissed, no motor vehicle liability insurance.

Vanessa L. Magana, 29, Homer, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct. She was sentenced to 1 day in jail with 0 days suspended, with credit for time served; ordered to pay $50 to support the Police Training Fund, a $50 jail surcharge; and ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined.

Alden Thomas Steiner, 20, Homer, charge dismissed, fourth-degree theft. He pleaded guilty to third-degree theft. He was fined $1,000 with $500 suspended and sentenced to 15 days in jail with 15 days suspended; ordered to pay restitution in an amount to be determined, $50 to support the Police Training Fund, a $100 jail surcharge with $100 suspended; and was placed on probation for one year.

Gia Fae Baker, 56, Nikolaevsk, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence. Baker was fined $2,000 with $500 suspended and sentenced to 30 days in jail with 27 days suspended; ordered to pay $75 to support the Police Training Fund, a $150 jail surcharge with $100 suspended and the $66 cost of monitoring; ordered to attend an alcohol safety action program and install an ignition interlock device; had his driver’s license revoked for 90 days; and was placed on probation for one year.

Criminal Court

Deborah S. Adkins, 51, driving with a license cancelled, revoked or suspended.

Zachar W. Nye, 37, fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons and fourth-degree misconduct involving controlled substances.

Shelly M. Carl, 25, DUI and reckless endangerment, domestic violence related.

Christina L. Tennison, 54, no motor vehicle liability insurance.

Patrick D. Pierre, 27, DUI and fourth-degree misconduct involving weapons.

Denette J. Romano, 51, DUI and refusal to submit to a chemical test.

Christopher R. Alfano, 45, driving with a license cancelled, revoked or suspended.

Civil Court

Laura E. Hale v. Zachary D. Hale, divorce.

Mary R. Scribner also known as Mary R. McInnes v. Benjamin R. Scribner, divorce.

Joe G. Brown v. James A. Brown, temporary restraining order granted.

In the matter of Shanna Beatrice VanFossen, change of name to Shanna Beatrice Atchley.

Paul H. Bratton v. STS Media Inc., unfair trade practice and consumer protection.

Carole Demers and Gregory Demers v. Colter Demers, eviction.

Capital One Bank v. Michelle L. Jones, debt

Midland Funding LLC v. Hioniya Pozdeev, debt.

Discover Bank v. Mikel J. Kuhn, debt.

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