Homer Police Department

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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.

Photo Courtesy of the City of Homer

Homer Police Chief Mark Robl says the department has been responding to more calls involving intoxicated people this summer.

“We’ve had over 56 calls now on just inebriated people – people drive by they see someone passed out on the park bench laying on the grass, stumbling, staggering, hard to walk, they’re going in and out of traffic and falling off the sidewalks, those types of calls. And in addition to that, we have other call – a shoplifting call where here’s a guy that’s stuffed three bottles of cooking sherry in his clothing, you know,” said Robl.

Local Manhunt Points Back to Statewide Issue

May 9, 2016
Courtesy of the city of Homer

The state legislature is looking for ways to close the revolving door called recidivism that carries former criminals back into jail cells. Small police departments across the state struggle to find the resources to handle repeat offenders. Right now, Homer police are looking for a man who they have had trouble with for more than 20 years.

One Fugitive Captured One on the Run

Apr 27, 2016
Courtesy of the city of Homer

One of two fugitives police have been searching for since last week is in custody. State troopers arrested Mica Justin Messinger Monday. Messinger is from Wasilla and was a parolee out of the Palmer Probation office. He was arrested for breaking parole. Homer Police Lieutenant, Will Hutt says Messinger travelled to the Homer area without permission.

Police ID Body Found on Homer Spit

Apr 4, 2016
Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

Update: Police identified the man found dead on the Homer Spit Saturday as 56-year-old Jeff Wraley of Homer. Wraley's next of kin have been notified. The police do not suspect foul play. 

A beach walker found a man’s body on the Homer Spit near Mariner Park on Saturday. Homer Police Chief Mark Robl says the body was discovered around noon.

“We responded to the scene and we discovered a white male adult with silvery gray hair, approximately 55 to 65 years of age, dead from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound,” said Robl.

Accidents And Power Outages After Heavy Snow

Feb 22, 2016
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The Southern Kenai Peninsula saw a surprising amount of snow over the weekend along with rain showers. The inclement weather caused a number of traffic accidents and power outages.

Peninsula Snows To Give Way To Rain

Feb 22, 2016
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

Areas of the Southern Kenai Peninsula reported between 12 to 30 inches of snowfall over the weekend in addition to heavy rain showers. Rebecca Duell, a forecaster with the National Weather Service in Anchorage says the amount of snowfall will most likely decrease over the next few days. 

Million Dollar Pot Operation Raided

Feb 17, 2016
Photo Courtesy of Homer Police Department

Police took a Homer resident into custody last week for growing a large crop of marijuana with the intent to sell it. The arrest comes just before the state is supposed to introduce its brand new commercial cannabis regulations.

Troopers, Police Arrest Suspect in Anchor Point

Jan 22, 2016
Courtesy of the Homer Police Department

Alaska State Troopers and Homer Police arrested suspect Dellan Vanbuskirk in Anchor Point after a 2-mile foot chase Friday afternoon, according to Trooper spokesperson Megan Peters. She says a Trooper responded to a home in Anchor Point where he ran into Vanbuskirk.

City Works To Relocate Winter Campers

Jan 15, 2016
Photo by Quinton Chandler/KBBI

The City of Homer is trying to kick out campers at an unofficial campsite on the Homer Spit. Police are telling people living in a parking lot beside the Seafarer’s Memorial to move to an official campground down the road. One camper is willing to move, but he has one request.

This past Wednesday, January 6th, around 10:30 p.m. someone robbed the Short Stop Tesoro on top of Baycrest Hill at gunpoint. Just after 10 a.m. on December 28th, someone held up Fat Olives Espresso. That’s two armed robberies in Homer in two weeks.

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.