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Homer continues the search for Duffy

Nov 26, 2019
Christina Whiting

Nearly six weeks after Anesha “Duffy” Murnane went missing in Homer, efforts by family, friends, law enforcement and community members to locate her continue. Murnane left her supportive housing apartment at 12:13 p.m. on October 17, as evidenced by video taken at the apartment complex. She is believed to have been heading for a medical appointment just a few blocks away and has not been seen since.

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Updated: Monday, July 22 

Alaska State Troopers are investigating a fatal floatplane crash Friday morning near Homer. Seven people were aboard the de Havilland Beaver plane. There was one reported fatality: 57-year-old Joseph Patenella of Maryland. 

Troopers spokesman Ken Marsh says medics responded to a report of a crash at around 10 a.m. near Tutka Bay. The Trooper patrol vessel Augustine carried injured passengers to Homer Harbor where all were transported to South Peninsula Hospital.

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Alaska State Troopers responded to a report of a motor vehicle collision at mile 142 on the Sterling Highway on  Sunday, July 7.  Michael Frankllin, age 18, of Palmer died as a result of injuries sustained when his  Subaru collided with a truck driven by Garrett Bowley. Five passengers were in the truck. Four were transported from the scene by ground ambulance, one passenger was transported to Providence Hospital in Anchorage by LifeMed.
Troopers say an investigation is ongoing.

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Four fishermen from Homer and Anchor Point were found guilty of herding thousands of salmon out of closed waters and illegally harvesting them in 2018. A Homer District Court Judge placed all of the men on probation and fined them thousands of dollars, but ultimately reduced most of those fines.

Last July, an Alaska State Wildlife Trooper observed the operators of the commercial seine vessels Little Star, Relentless, Northstar and Windstar making a “dedicated effort” in Dog Fish Bay south of Homer to drive salmon out of waters closed to commercial seining.

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A 75-year-old Mat-Su Valley man was killed in a Tuesday floatplane crash in Prince William Sound.

Alaska State Troopers ID’ed the deceased as William Resinger of Palmer. He was one of two passengers aboard a Cessna 185 Skywagon that went down over Cascade Bay about 20 miles southwest of Valdez.

Coast Guard spokeswoman Charly Hengen said the pilot and both passengers were underwater but four vessels in the area immediately responded.

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More than a year after a Nikolaevsk man was killed by an Alaska State Trooper, the family is still seeking answers. State attorneys cleared the trooper that fired the fatal shots more than three months ago but neglected to tell his parents.

Little is known about what happened on March 24, 2018 in the Russian Old Believer community of about 300 people on the Kenai Peninsula.

Racist graffiti targets Homer restaurant owners

Mar 21, 2019
Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

The owners of a restaurant just outside of Homer woke up to racist graffiti scrawled across the front of their building Thursday. The owners of Wasabi’s Bistro reported the incident to police shortly before 8 a.m. and the photos have been shared widely on social media. 

Colt Belmonte, who is white, co-owns the restaurant with his wife Dali Frazier, who is African-American. The largely 

misspelled message used racial slurs and said the family should leave the U.S. “Trump 2020” was also written on the building.

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Alaska State Troopers arrested an armed man after a standoff on the Sterling Highway Sunday.

Police took Soldotna resident Todd Bashaw into custody after the incident took place Sunday morning around mile marker 131 near Ninilchik. According to a troopers dispatch, officers received reports that Bashaw blocked the northbound lane.

Police say he allegedly brandished weapons, including a revolver and a pump-action shotgun, when motorists tried to assist him.

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A Kachemak Bay teenager could face criminal charges for allegedly sending nude photos of himself to his classmates on social media. The 15-year-old boy had allegedly requested naked pictures from fellow students living in Port Graham as well. Roughly 250 people live in the small roadless village nearly 20 miles from Homer.

A trooper dispatch posted Sunday said school district officials alerted authorities about the photos on Oct. 3. It's unclear how many students were involved.

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Alaska State Troopers say a man was found in an RV with a dead Anchorage woman near Ninilchik Saturday. Troopers found 58-year-old Kathy Vancleve of Anchorage dead inside of her RV after troopers unsuccessfully attempted to verbally contact an unknown male inside.

Troopers responded to the RV on Vancleve’s property just off the Sterling highway after receiving a call shortly before 11 a.m. The report came from a concerned family member who feared she may be dead.

SUV crashes into Anchor Point Post Office

Oct 5, 2018
Courtesy of John Clutts

A vehicle crashed through the front wall of the Anchor Point Post Office Friday. According to Alaska State Troopers, officers responded to the two calls alerting them that a Ford Explorer had crashed into the building shortly before 2 p.m. this afternoon.

An officer at the scene did not identify the driver who is said to have accidently pushed the gas pedal instead of the brake. Both troopers and first responders at the scene said no one was hurt in the incident, though the post office was open at the time of the crash.

One dead, two injured in boating accident

Jun 14, 2018

Alaska State Troopers say a boating accident in the Matanuska-Susistna Borough Saturday killed one woman and seriously injured two others. The Homer News reported that the two women injured in the crash are Homer residents Alice Rademacher and Rosie Robinson. 

Both work at the Kachemak Bay Research Reserve. KBBI reached out to the reserve but did receive a call back in time for this story. 

Pilot dies in crash near Whittier

May 14, 2018
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Alaska State Troopers say a pilot is dead after crashing early Saturday morning near Whittier.

According to a Trooper dispatch, the Alaska Rescue Coordination Center notified Troopers that an emergency location transmitter had gone off in the area Saturday morning.

Troopers were not able to access the crash site due to weather, but both Rescue Coordination Center and U.S. Coast Guard helicopter crews were able to confirm the sole occupant of the small aircraft was dead.

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Alaska State Troopers say a Homer man allegedly entered a home in Anchor Point Tuesday morning and assaulted several people in the residence with bear spray before stealing multiple items and fleeing the scene in a vehicle.

Two men broke into McNeil Canyon Meats, troopers say

Apr 26, 2018
Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers responded to a burglary at McNeil Canyon Meats Wednesday. The store is about 12 miles from down East End Road from Homer.

Troopers are releasing few details, but said that two men entered the store early Wednesday morning. Troopers say the items taken are worth several thousands of dollars.

McNeil Canyon Meats could not be reached in time for this story.

Editor's note: This is an ongoing story. Check back for more details.