Homer Police Department

A letter from Homer Police Chief Mark Robl

Jun 6, 2020
Teri Robl

Hello, this is Mark Robl, police chief with the Homer Police Department. The police department is saddened and dismayed by the horrible conduct of a police officer in Minnesota last week, which has left our country torn and shattered.

The responsible officer has been arrested, but any sentence he receives will pale in the light of the irreparable loss of George Floyd's life and the damage he did to the relationship between the law enforcement community in the United States and the citizens we serve. 

Mcheath, Public Domain

Some landline phone users lost the ability to reach 911 dispatchers in Homer yesterday. Homer Police Department issued a statement yesterday saying that cell phones were the only reliable way to reach local 911 dispatch. That issue has now been resolved.

Police and community gather for Duffy

Feb 18, 2020
Bring Duffy Home

Friends and family gathered at the Islands & Ocean Visitor Center last Thursday night for a community conversation with the Homer Police Department concerning the case of missing Homer woman Anesha Duffy Murnane. She has been missing since October 17, 2019. Duffy’s friends and family facilitated the conversation. KBBI's Christina Whiting is assisting in organizing efforts to find Duffy.  Whiting helped facilitate the meeting.

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.

Homer Police Department

Correction: The statement below from Homer Police Department has been edited to correct an error. Duffy was last seen around 5:30 p.m. Thursday, October 17 on Pioneer Avenue in front of Homer's Jeans.

Homer Police have ended the ground search for Anesha Murnane as of Monday October, 21  at 3:30 p.m. Local law enforcement will continue to work with the Anchorage FBI office to look for her. HPD released this statement at 3:30 p.m.

HERC and the City of Homer

Aug 28, 2019
City of Homer

For decades, Homer has debated what to do with the 1950s-era former high school building sitting on more than four acres of real estate at the entrance to town. The HERC building, with its small gymnasium and connected classrooms, has been used by the Kachemak Bay Campus and the Homer Boys and Girls Club, and was examined more recently as space that could be renovated to serve as storage associated with a proposed new home for the Homer Police Department.

Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management

The National EAS Test will take place next week on Wednesday, August 7.
The Emergency Alert System will send a test to radio and television stations. In preparation for this test, KBBI's Kathleen Gustafson hosted a discussion on emergency preparedness with Homer’s Volunteer Fire Department  Chief Mark Kirko, outgoing fire chief, Robert Purcell, Lieutenant Ryan Browning from the Homer Police Department and Dan Nelson from the Kenai Peninsula Borough Office of Emergency Management. 

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State authorities have charged 11 Alaska residents with 85 felony counts for what they say was a coordinated effort to steal money from ATMs and other property in Anchorage and Homer.

The state Attorney General’s Office announced the charges last week.  Authorities say the alleged thieves stole over $25,000 in cash and checks, bicycles and more than 40 firearms. Most of that money is said to have come from the Salty Dawg Saloon on the Homer Spit.

City reduces bond amount for new police station

Apr 29, 2019
Courtesy of the City of Homer

The City of Homer is borrowing less money than originally anticipated to construct the new police station. In a press release last week, the city announced that it signed off on a $4.1 million bond for the project, lower than the $5 million bond voters approved during a special election in 2018.  

Area residents will pay back that money via a .35-percent sales tax increase, most of which will be eliminated once the project is paid off. A portion will remain on the books to pay for ongoing maintenance costs at the new station.

Image courtesy of Alaska State Troopers

Homer Police have charged the driver of a vehicle that allegedly hit a family member who was trying to prevent them from leaving the popular Bishop’s Beach area in Homer Tuesday.  

Video of the incident made its way onto social media Tuesday afternoon and appears to show a pedestrian blocking the red SUV. The unknown person grabbed onto the vehicle as it tried to back away, flinging them several feet before the SUV took off down the road. The video has since been taken down.

Preliminary designs out for new police station

Jan 15, 2019
City of Homer

The Homer City Council got its first look at preliminary designs for the new police station Monday. Project Manager Pat McNary, Homer Public Works Director Carey Meyer and Homer Police Chief Mark Robl presented the partial plan for the building, which will sit on the corner of Heath Street and Grubstake Avenue.

Council members discussed everything from the size of the break room to the elevator and the roof, which will be flat under the current design.

Council member Caroline Venuti worried that would lead to frequent and expensive maintenance.

Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

Homer Police arrested a former Save-U-More employee for allegedly robbing the store late last month. On Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, police say Earl Watson stole items such as a 50-inch screen TV, some chainsaws and other appliances.

Save-U-More was closed on Christmas Day. Employees realized items were stolen a few days later and reported the incident to police on Dec. 27.

Officer Larry Baxter arrested Watson that day. Baxter said he returned the stolen items found in Watson’s cabin to the store. But it’s unclear if all the items that were stolen were returned.

Driver hits pedestrian in Homer

Nov 16, 2018
Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

A driver hit a pedestrian in Homer Wednesday as they used a crosswalk near the intersection of Kachemak Way and Pioneer Avenue. Homer police say the pedestrian, Agnieszka Smerecka, did not suffer any injuries. According to police, the driver, Tiyana Hill, said the sun was in her eyes and she simply did not see Smerecka. Officers responded to the scene and Smerecka was transported to the hospital as a precaution.

Officers cited Hill for failing to provide insurance and the case is under review. Police could cite Hill for additional driving violations.

Loaded gun found in bathroom on Homer Spit

Aug 10, 2018
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.