Police respond to 3 unrelated deaths

The Homer Police Department responded to three unrelated deaths this week.

On Sunday, a Homer man checking on his friend, from whom he had not heard in awhile, entered the friend’s home and found him laying facedown. Ryan Brown, 40, of Homer was dead of unknown causes. 

Homer Police Chief Mark Robl said there were no signs of foul play. Brown’s body has been transported to the Alaska Medical Examiner in Anchorage for an autopsy.

A 911 caller at 3:17 p.m. Monday reported observing a driver slumped over the steering wheel of a vehicle on Main Street. The vehicle had traveled off an embankment. Robl said it appeared Gary Longhenry, 23, of Homer had not been injured when the vehicle went off the embankment. 

The cause of death is still under investigation. Longhenry’s body also has been sent to the Medical Examiner in Anchorage for an autopsy. 

A caller at 1:52 p.m. Monday found an apparently deceased male on a trail between Starvin Marvin’s Pizza and Ace Towing near the base of the Homer Spit. 

Roger Beasley, 49, of Seldovia suffered an apparently self-inflicted gunshot wound and died at the scene, said Homer Police Lt. Randy Rosencrans. No foul play is suspected. Next of kin has been notified.

More in News

Dollynda Phelps discusses current issues in the cannabis industry with local business owners on Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2018, in Kenai, Alaska. (Photo by Victoria Petersen/Peninsula Clarion)
Cannabis industry meeting raises concerns over Alcohol and Marijuana Control Office

Cannabis cultivators, retailers and consumers squeezed into a small Kenai living room… Continue reading

The wall of the Red Chris tailings pond is a little less than 350 feet, or about the height of a 35-story building. It follows the same design as the Mount Polley tailings dam, which broke in 2014, sending 24 million cubic meters of toxic mine tailings into the Fraser River watershed. It is designed, however, to hold 305 million cubic meters of mine waste — seven times more than Mount Polley. Both mines are owned by Imperial Metals. (Courtesy Photo | Garth Lenz via Salmon State)
Transboundary mine faces $200-million cash crunch

With a strike, falling copper prices and more than $554-million ($723 million… Continue reading

Niko Mogar is shown in a June 2018 booking photo. (Photo provided, Homer Police)
Police arrest Homer area thief on new counts

A man charged last month with burglary and vehicle theft faces new… Continue reading

Homer area residents listen to the Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018 Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly meeting at Homer City Hall in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Residents talk Kachemak Selo school at assembly

While no major action was taken at Tuesday’s Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly… Continue reading

Ken Castner III answers a question at a city council and mayoral candidate forum Tuesday, Sept. 11, 2018 at Alice’s Champagne Palace in Homer, Alaska. Castner is running for Homer mayor. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Castner running for mayor to promote unity

Although Ken Castner has served on numerous city commissions, committees and task… Continue reading

Homer area school announcements

Homer High School Friday — Homecoming football game against Seward High School… Continue reading

David Lewis, a former member of the Homer City Council, makes his final remarks during his last meeting as a council member Monday, Oct. 9, 2017 in Cowles Council Chambers in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Megan Pacer/Homer News)
Lewis takes second try at Homer mayor

Veteran Homer City Council member David Lewis will take another run for… Continue reading

Borough elections 2018: What you need to know

In between the August primary election and the November general election, Homer… Continue reading

Supreme Court finds Griswold due process rights violated

The Alaska Supreme Court on Friday found the Kenai Superior Court violated… Continue reading

Most Read