Homer Police Department

Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

Homer Police say a loaded firearm was found in a public restroom on the Homer Spit Wednesday. An officer responded to the scene and took custody of the weapon before the registered owner returned to the area.

Homer Police Chief Mark Robl says the gun was returned to the owner.  Homer Police told KBBI Friday that it was not reported which restroom the firearm was found in.

Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

Homer Police arrested a local woman Tuesday for posing as a city employee while attempting to purchase $1,100 worth of building materials on a city account.

Twenty-four-year-old Homer resident Rheanna Tussey allegedly attempted to make the purchase at Spenard Builders Supply.

A cashier at the store reported Tussey to police after  realizing she was not a city employee. Police charged Tussey with several counts of forgery, theft, criminal impersonation and resisting arrest among other charges.

 

Aaron Selbig, KBBI News

Homer’s most iconic bar, the Salty Dawg Saloon, was broken into over the weekend. Manager Cecilia Rockett said two men broke into the bar sometime after it closed early Sunday morning. Rockett said calls of support have been pouring in all day.

“Everybody that works there, we’re all incredibly overwhelmed because we’ve all worked there for a number of years and it’s kind of basically our second home,” Rockett said. “It’s hit us pretty hard in the gut. For me personally, I basically shut my phone off for a while today, go for a walk and clear my head a little bit.”

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The Homer City Council is close to finalizing its proposal for a new $7.5 million police station. On Thursday, it came to a consensus on how it will ask the public to pay for $5 million of the project and how complete of a design it will present before Homer residents vote on a bond measure this fall.

The council unanimously agreed to pay for a survey of the site that would map out utilities, sample for hazardous material and determine soil composition.

Public Works Director Carrey Meyer told the council he expects the site to be suitable for the new station.

City of Homer

Lieutenant Will Hutt is retiring from the Homer Police Department after serving the community for twenty-four years.  He started in Homer in 1994 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2013. His last day on the job is just about a month away. 

Lieutenant Will Hutt is cleaning his office. It’s full of things he’s collected over the years. 

"I don't know; I've got a lot of junk," he said opening a metal drawer.

Shahla Farzan, KBBI News

As the Legislature debates criminal justice reform, pieces from last year’s major reform bill, Senate Bill 91, are still being put into place. The Alaska Department of Corrections is working to launch its pretrial enforcement division by next year, which will shift Alaska’s protocol for releasing defendants before trial to a risk-based system, rather than releasing only those who can afford bail.

The DOC is looking to contract local police departments to provide pretrial services, but some police departments are reluctant to sign onto the program.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

The Homer City Council got its first look at preliminary design plans for a new police station Monday. The council contracted Stantec to design a rough $6 million layout in August, but the design firm came back with both an $8 million and $6 million option.

A task force recommended building a $6 million or $9 million dollar building at the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue earlier this summer, but the council has focused on the cheaper option due to concerns over the cost of maintaining a larger building.

Courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

A body found near Noview Avenue in Homer was positively identified as that of a missing Texas man, John Griffith. Griffith was reported missing on Sept. 2. He was last seen at O’Reilly Auto Parts off Pioneer Avenue late that morning.

According to Alaska State Troopers, the State Medical Examiner Office ruled Griffith’s death a suicide.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

After two years of work towards a new facility to house Homer’s police department, the Homer City Council can’t agree on how to move forward. After voters shot down a $12 million option in 2016, several council members want to know how much the public is willing to pay. But, the council voted against spending money to answer that question Monday.

Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

The Homer City Council will examine recommendations to build a new police station during its regular meeting May 30. The Police Station Building Task Force voted Tuesday to recommend constructing a new facility near Waddell Way just north of the post office.

The panel also weighed whether to expand the current police station, which was built in the 1980s. Task force member Coletta Walker said the city-owned Waddell site had great access on all sides and seemed like the logical choice.

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