Homer Police Department

Burglars break into Salty Dawg, steal cash from ATM

Apr 30, 2018
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.”

City of Homer

The Homer City Council is close to finalizing its proposal for a new $7.5 million police station. On Thursday, it came to a consensus on how it will ask the public to pay for $5 million of the project and how complete of a design it will present before Homer residents vote on a bond measure this fall.

The council unanimously agreed to pay for a survey of the site that would map out utilities, sample for hazardous material and determine soil composition.

Public Works Director Carrey Meyer told the council he expects the site to be suitable for the new station.

City of Homer

Lieutenant Will Hutt is retiring from the Homer Police Department after serving the community for twenty-four years.  He started in Homer in 1994 and was promoted to lieutenant in 2013. His last day on the job is just about a month away. 

Lieutenant Will Hutt is cleaning his office. It’s full of things he’s collected over the years. 

"I don't know; I've got a lot of junk," he said opening a metal drawer.

Shahla Farzan, KBBI News

As the Legislature debates criminal justice reform, pieces from last year’s major reform bill, Senate Bill 91, are still being put into place. The Alaska Department of Corrections is working to launch its pretrial enforcement division by next year, which will shift Alaska’s protocol for releasing defendants before trial to a risk-based system, rather than releasing only those who can afford bail.

The DOC is looking to contract local police departments to provide pretrial services, but some police departments are reluctant to sign onto the program.

Courtesy of the City of Homer

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.