Alaska State Troopers - Mat-Su Valley Frontiersman: For The Record

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Posted: Tuesday, July 10, 2001 12:00 am | Updated: 8:08 am, Fri Oct 11, 2013.

All information reported in Police Beat is obtained from police department press releases. The defendants are presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty.


July 2: Troopers investigated an arson at Knik River, near the bridge at Mile 9 Old Glenn Hwy. An investigation revealed two 17-year-olds were involved in the arson and one of the vehicles involved was reported stolen from Anchorage.


July 1: Gerald R. Moore, 21, of Wasilla, was arrested for fourth-degree assault and taken to Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility (MSPTF).

Criminal mischief

June 29: A Willow man reported several windows of his motor home and travel trailer were broken while it was stored at a Talkeetna-area property.

July 2: An Anchorage woman reported someone damaged the sides of her car over the weekend, between June 30 and July 2. Her black 2000 Dodge Durango was scratched on the driver's side and passenger side while parked at the Matanuska River Park in Palmer. Damage was estimated at $1,500.

Criminal trespass

June 30: A 14-year-old and a 15-year-old were arrested for criminal trespass after they were found sleeping in a home in the Caswell Lakes area by construction workers who were remodeling the home. The youths were released to their parents. An investigation found the 14-year-old may have been involved in burglaries and criminal mischief at other homes in the area.


July 2: Tonia Balluta, 33, of Wasilla, was arrested for driving while intoxicated (DWI) and taken to MSPTF.

July 3: Charles Thompson, 47, of Palmer, was stopped on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway and attempting to make a left turn near Loma Prieta when Robert Noden, 53, of Anchorage, who was reportedly intoxicated, rear ended Thompson's Astro van with his 1992 GMC truck. The vehicles had minor damage and there were no injuries. Noden was arrested for DWI and taken to MSPTF.

July 3: Norman E. Metzker, 57, of Willow, was arrested for DWI, driving with no valid driver's license (NVOL), misconduct involving weapons, and carrying a concealed weapon near Mile 36 Willow Fishhook Road. Metzker reportedly was drunk and shooting at his residence. He was contacted as he was driving away from his home.

July 4: William R. Strawn, 25, of Anchorage, was arrested for DWI after he was stopped for driving 75 mph in a 55 mph zone. He was taken to MSPTF.


June 29: David D. Thompson, 31, of Trapper Creek, was charged with harassment after an investigation of complaints.

Lost property

July 2: An Anchorage man reported he lost his cellular phone in the area of Forecastle Drive in Big Lake. It was a gray Nokia 8100 series, valued at $199.


June 29: Christopher Gissel, 46, of Willow, was charged with sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance (MICS) for possession of a small amount of marijuana.

Motor-vehicle accidents

June 29: Richard Killough, 48, of Eagle River, was heading north on the Parks Highway in a 1990 Chevrolet van when the cars in front of him had to take evasive action due to several cars attempting to merge into the flow of traffic, near Mile 48. Killough was not able to stop and reportedly hit a 1992 Ford truck, driven by Bill Wright, 52, of Chugiak. Shirley Schwartz, 65, and Robert Schwartz, 72, both of Indiana, were passengers in the truck and received minor injuries. They were treated and released from Valley Hospital. Killough was issued a citation for failure to restrain a child.

July 1: Ramona Guyote, 46, of Anchorage, was heading north on the Parks Highway and was turning left onto Susitna Landing Road when she reportedly was hit by a 1998 Jeep driven by Denise L. Reed, 32, of Ester, who was attempting to pass the truck while traveling north. Everyone was wearing seat belts and there were no injuries.

July 3: Patrick Campbell, 53, of Big Lake, was reportedly driving a 1985 Jeep west on South Big Lake Road when the steering rod broke and the vehicle rolled. Campbell was evaluated at the scene by medics and received no injuries. He was wearing a seat belt.

July 3: A 15-year-old Wasilla girl was driving north on Trunk Road at a high speed in a 2000 Jeep Cherokee when she left the road on a curve. The Jeep came to rest in a creek bed. The girl was taken to Valley Hospital emergency room for treatment of minor injuries. The girl reportedly took the car without permission from her foster parents on three separate occasions. She was later arrested on the charge of vehicle theft and taken to Mat-Su Youth Facility. Damage to the car was estimated at $3,000.

July 3: Mario Keoni Miramontes, 20, of Anchorage, was driving a 1998 Ford truck south on the Glenn Highway when he swerved to avoid hitting a moose and crossed the highway. Miramontes lost control and went into the ditch, turning over, then landing upright. Both Miramontes and a 15-year-old passenger in the car were wearing their seat belts and there were no injuries. Damage to the car was approximately $3,500. No citations were issued.

July 3: Tina Prevost, 20, was driving a 1991 Dodge Dynasty when she reportedly lost control of her car and went into a ditch near Mile 7 North Fork Road, near Anchor Point. Her two passengers, Kentoria Wise, 19, of Homer, and Jeff Makay, 21, of Palmer, received minor injuries. Prevost, who was driving with a revoked license (DWLR), had injuries to her neck and back. She and Wise were taken to a hospital for evaluation. Alcohol appeared to be a factor, and criminal charges were expected.

Plane crash

June 28: Josh Havel of Palmer was attempting to take off from the Willow Airport in a single-seat plane when the engine quit running. He crash landed off the end of the runway. There were no injuries.

Stolen vehicle recovery

July 4: Troopers received a report of an abandoned car alongside Knik River Road near the Old Glenn Highway and discovered a 1997 Ford F-150 XLT extended cab truck, which was stolen from Cal Worthington Ford in Anchorage. The license plate on the truck at the time of recovery belonged to a 1983 Oldsmobile sedan. Damages to the truck were believed to be more than $3,000. An investigation is continuing.


June 28: An Anchorage man reported someone took a Power Rite generator from his campsite at the Talkeetna campground on June 27.

July 2: A 20-year-old Wasilla man reported four tires and wheels were stolen from his home on Tern Drive in Palmer, between June 4 and July 2. The value of the tires and wheels was estimated at $1,200.

Warrant arrests

July 2: John Sibole, 21, of Wasilla, was arrested on an outstanding warrant.

July 3: Isaac Pennington, 20, of Wasilla, was arrested on two outstanding warrants and taken to MSPTF.

July 4: Kevin E. Cabana, 36, of Big Lake, was arrested on an outstanding warrant and taken to MSPTF.

Watercraft accident

July 1: John Murphy, 50, of Flat Lake, reportedly suffered medical problems and ran his boat into a bank. He was taken by ambulance to Valley Hospital for observation.

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