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The Alaska State Trooper that shot and killed a Nikolaevsk man Saturday has been identified. Troopers say Sergeant Daniel Cox responded to the house of Nikolai Yakunin Saturday evening for backup after Yakunin assaulted responding officer Luke Kumfer, a seven-year veteran.

Cox shot Yakunin when he arrived on the scene.

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A Nikolaevsk man is dead and an Alaska State Trooper sustained serious injuries after an officer-involved shooting Saturday evening. Troopers say 42-year-old Nikolai Yakunin was shot after he assaulted an officer, but it’s unclear how the altercation happened and if Yakunin was armed.

Troopers in Anchor Point received a report that 42-year-old Nikolai Yakunin was in contact with a female who he was prohibited from speaking to under his probation conditions.

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A Nikolaevsk man is dead and one Alaska State Trooper is injured after an officer-involved shooting Saturday evening. Troopers received a report that 42-year-old Nikolai Yakunin was in contact with a female, a violation of his probation conditions.

Troopers received the report around 2:30  p.m. and responded about four and a half hours later at about 7 p.m.

Alaska State Troopers arrested a Homer man on Sunday for allegedly threatening to burn a house down with an occupant of the house still inside it. According to a Trooper dispatch, law enforcement responded to a report from a Skyline Drive house in the morning. After an investigation, they arrested 73-year-old Raymond Bellamy for assault and resistance to arrest. He was taken into custody at the Homer Jail.

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Alaska State Troopers arrested two Homer and Anchor Point residents for unrelated crimes over the past few days.

Troopers arrested 33-year-old Anchor Point Resident Colter Demers on Friday for allegedly crashing a stolen vehicle near Anchor Point on January 19. The vehicle was initially reported stolen from Anchorage on New Year’s Day.

Anchor Point man in jail for ATV theft

Jan 17, 2018
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An Anchor Point man is in jail after stealing an ATV and barricading himself inside a residence Tuesday. Alaska State Troopers in Anchor Point received a report of a stolen side-by-side from a location off the Old Sterling Highway near Anchor Point just a little after 1 p.m.

Troopers and the owner of the ATV followed the tracks to a location just north of Anchor Point off La Duquesa Lane.

Troopers Spokesperson Megan Peters said Troopers then followed footprints from the ATV to a trailer.

Officer-involved shooting in Anchor Point

Dec 12, 2017
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Alaska State Trooper, Matthew Wertanen, shot an Anchor Point man on Sunday. According to a Trooper dispatch, officers based in Soldotna responded to a disturbance at an Anchor Point residence and heard gunshots.

Fernando Ospina opened the door and pointed a rifle at the officers. Trooper Wertanen then shot Fernando. Wertanen is a 12 year-veteran of public safety.

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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.

Stolen vehicle used to rob Anchor Point pawnshop

Sep 29, 2017
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Early Thursday morning, a Dodge Nitro SUV parked outside Sarge’s Auto Repair Shop in Anchor Point was stolen and used to rob the Useful Things Pawnshop.

The assailants used the SUV to drive to the shop, break in, and the vehicle was later abandoned.

Mike Slaughter owns the pawnshop and he estimates $20,000 worth of merchandise was taken from the store. 

“We had five handguns taken, some rings, miscellaneous jewelry, some old bills, some high-end knives,” Slaughter listed.

Homer Man Leads Troopers on High Speed Chase

Oct 7, 2016
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On Thursday afternoon, a Homer resident led local law enforcement on a high speed chase from Anchor Point to Homer.

According to an Alaska State Trooper dispatch, Anchor Point Troopers received a report just after 3 p.m. Thursday of a reckless driver on Sterling Highway near mile 171. Troopers located the vehicle, a red Chevrolet Lumina, and attempted a traffic stop.

The driver, 30-year-old Paul Suter of Homer, led police on a brief car chase before crashing into a ditch. Suter then fled into the woods on foot at mile 158, near Sabea Circle.

Homer Resident Dies In Car Accident

Sep 13, 2016
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A Homer resident died in a car crash just before midnight on September 9, according to a dispatch from the Alaska State Troopers.

Thirty-two-year-old Jonathan Osteen crashed his truck near mile 13 of East End Road. He was thrown from the vehicle and is believed to have died before troopers arrived on the scene.

Homer hunters plead guilty to wildlife charges

May 17, 2016
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Two Homer men pleaded guilty in district court to illegal hunting charges. The charges stem from a September 2015 investigation of a moose hunt near Ninilchik.

According to Alaska Wildlife Troopers, Fadey V. Kuzmin, 43, of Homer, pleaded guilty to taking a bull moose during a closed season and taking more than the limit of moose. Both counts came with fines of $3,000 with $1,000 suspended on each.

Troopers Rework South Peninsula Road Kill List

Dec 8, 2015
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The state is using a new application process to select recipients of big game killed on southern Kenai Peninsula roads as well as fish or game confiscated by authorities. The changes are supposed to improve the fairness and efficiency of the Road Kill Program.