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Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

Homer Police arrested a 25-year-old man for stealing a car and several items and firearms from a handful vehicles early Monday morning. 

Officer Ryan Browning said Travis Catron stole a Toyota Prius between midnight and 6 a.m. Monday. Catron also allegedly stole a range of items from six other vehicles, including two firearms.

"Knives and flashlights and that kind of stuff," Browning said. "So we were able to actually get everything back except for a bag that had been stolen from a gal that contained stuff for her job: stethoscopes, medical equipment, things like that." 

Alaska State Troopers

A Homer man allegedly stole more than $85,000 worth of frozen seafood from Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood in Ninilchik last week. Alaska State Troopers arrested 53-year-old Garrett Fitzgerald of Homer in Soldotna Friday.  

According to a trooper dispatch, Fitzgerald allegedly entered the business in the early morning hours of Aug. 22 to steal $400, food and over $85,000 worth of fish and crab from the freezer.

Jason Tanner is the owner of Tanner’s Alaskan Seafood. He said so far, little has been recovered.

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers arrested the driver of a truck that was involved in a serious rollover accident in Anchor Point on Thursday. Twenty-five-year-old Ryan Cotney of Anchorage was allegedly speeding excessively around a curve near mile 155 of Sterling Highway with two passengers in the vehicle, according to a trooper dispatch. 

Courtesy of the city of Homer

Crime has been a large concern on the southern Kenai Peninsula. Anchor Point has held several recent meetings on how to lessen it.  But residents working to prevent crime may soon be able to receive a little help from the state.  

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska Wildlife State Troopers say four commercial fishermen illegally caught and transported thousands of pounds of salmon near Homer in late July.

Wildlife Troopers Detachment Commander Rex Leath said troopers observed 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.

Alaska State Troopers

Alaska State Troopers say five commercial fishing vessels illegally caught and transported thousands of pounds of salmon near Homer in late July.

According to a trooper dispatch released Monday,  a wildlife trooper observed operators of the fishing vessels Little Star, Relentless, Northstar and Windstar working together in Dog Fish Bay south of Homer to drive salmon out of waters closed to commercial seining and into areas open for commercial harvest. Troopers say the vessels harvested fish in closed waters as well.

Aaron Bolton, KBBI News

Anchor Point residents are looking to form neighborhood watch groups following complaints that Alaska State Troopers aren't responding to calls. Tensions are rising over the perception that crime in the area is spiking, though crime stats aren't available.

Image Courtesy of the Department of Public Safety / Alaska State Troopers

Many Anchor Point residents are fed up with crime in the community. Residents say they are angry with not only what seems to be a high level of thefts and break-ins, but also by what they see as an inadequate response from Alaska State Troopers. 

Kristin Craver has hit a breaking point with crime in the community.  She said there have been thefts in her neighborhood, and she regularly hears about break-ins, stolen vehicles and other crimes.

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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