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Dec. 23, 7:02 p.m., Knik-Goose Bay Road and Donna Marie Ln.: Troopers responded to a vehicle collision with a moose. A blue 2009 Ford Focus driven by Jacob Haflund, 21, was southbound on KGB and hit a moose. Halflund had non-life-threatening injures and treated at scene. Damage: $500.

Dec. 23, 7:10 p.m., Mile 50 Parks Highway: Douglas Herschbach, 39, Wasilla, slowed for traffic while northbound on the Parks Highway in a 2004 white Chevy when he was struck from behind by a 1999 silver Audi driven by Jennifer Knepp, 48, Willow. Damages: Knepp's vehicle totaled, minor damage to Herschbach's. Injuries: Hershchbach reported minor injuries.

Dec. 25, 12:17 a.m., Mile 12 Knik-Goose Bay Road, Wasilla: Troopers responded to a two-vehicle accident. Investigation revealed Brittany Kunz, 21, Anchorage, lost control of her white 2008 Chrysler PT Cruiser and crashed head-on with a 2003 Ford Expedition driven by Lora Nolan, 39, Wasilla. Damage: More than $7,000. Non-life-threatening injuries were reported. Weather and road conditions were factors in the crash.

Dec. 25, 12:19 a.m., Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. and Trunk Road, Palmer: Investigation of a two-vehicle collision showed Christopher Cupit, 29, Wasilla, was driving a red 2002 Chevy van westbound on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway and attempting to make a right turn onto Trunk. He collided with a green 2006 Subaru Legacy driven by Nathan Mitchell, 38, Wasilla. Both drivers were wearing seat belts and were not injured. Damage: About $500.

Dec. 26, 9:02 a.m., Palmer-Wasilla Hwy. near Skip Cir.: Elizabeth Golther, 22, Wasilla, lost control of her 2004 Chevy Trailblazer and collided with a 2009 gray Honda Civic driven by Anna Oloughlin, 22, Wasilla. Damage: $3,000 for both vehicles. No injuries reported. Citation: Golther cited for basic speed.

Dec. 26, 5:39 p.m., N. Old Glenn Hwy. and E. Virginia Ave., Palmer: Investigation of a crash revealed Nathanial Cameron, 20, Palmer, was driving a red Pontiac Grand Am with a revoked license when he collided with a gold Ford Focus. Damage: More than $500. Citation: Cameron cited for DWLR.

Dec. 27, 6 p.m., Knik-Goose Bay Road and Donovan Dr.: Responding to a collision, troopers learned Adam Tebow, 27, Wasilla, lost control while driving a 2007 Subaru Forester and spun into the oncoming lane of traffic. His vehicle was struck by a 1997 International tanker truck, which was driven by Ronald Phillips, 55, Wasilla. Tebow's vehicle was totaled and the truck sustained minor damage. No injuries reported.

Dec. 27, 8:11 p.m., Snider Dr. and Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.: Troopers responded to a collision and learned Robin Thompson, 38, Wasilla was driving her 2004 Honda Accord westbound on the Palmer-Wasilla Highway and slowed for traffic when she was struck from behind by a 1996 Jeep Cherokee driven by Jannah Peterson, 28, Wasilla. Thompson's vehicle was totaled and Peterson's sustained minor damage. No injuries reported.

Dec. 29, 7:55 a.m., Stanley Road and Parks Hwy.: Alena Pilipaka, 21, Wasilla, was driving a 2006 Nissan Murano when she struck the rear end of a 2000 Chevy Tahoe driven by Ernest Smith, 27, Wasilla. Damages: Pilipaka's vehicle was totaled, Smith's sustained minor damage. No injuries reported.


Dec. 24, 12:32 a.m., Knik-Goose Bay Road: A 58-year-old Wasilla man reported a burglary of a residence. Unknown suspect(s) forced entry into the home and stole an unknown amount of items. Investigation continues.

Dec. 25, 11:31 a.m., Moose Street, Wasilla: Troopers responded to a residence on a report of an attempted burglary. Unknown person(s) attempted to pry open a window resulting in about $500 in damage. Suspects were unable to enter and nothing was stolen. Investigation continues.


Dec. 24, 8:19 a.m., Douglas Ln., Wasilla: Troopers responded to a residence for a reported assault after the fact. AST contacted Ryan Andrews, 23, Wasilla. Investigation revealed he allegedly recklessly caused physical injury to a family member earlier that morning. Andrews was arrested and remanded to Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility. Bail: none.

Dec. 24, 6:02 p.m., Meadow Lakes Drive, Wasilla: Investigating a report of a disturbance, troopers found Shane C. Jasper, 35, Wasilla, allegedly caused physical injury to a family member and placed a family member in fear of physical injury. Charges: Assault 4 (twice), DV. Bail: none.

Dec. 26, 8:30 p.m., Knik River Access, Palmer: Troopers responded to a report of an assault with a firearm. Investigation revealed John Lilly allegedly pointed a rifle at an individual during a confrontation. Lilly had fled the area, but was located a short while later in Wasilla. He was arrested without incident. Charge: Assault 3. Bail: $10,000.

Dec. 26, 7:19 p.m., N. Aspen Pl., Wasilla: Troopers responded to a residence on a report of domestic violence. Investigation revealed Michael Lee Bourasaw, 45, Wasilla, allegedly physically assaulted a family member. Charges: Assault 4, DV. Bail: None.

Dec. 27, 12:04 a.m., Quiet Cir., Wasilla: Troopers responded to a residence for a report of an assault. Investigation revealed 19-year-old Dillon Prater-Cox allegedly assaulted a family member, causing physical injury. Prater-Cox also allegedly damage property belonging to a family member. Upon contacting Prater-Cox, troopers found several baggies containing drugs and drug paraphernalia. Charges: DV assault 4, DV criminal mischief 4, MICS. Bail: None.


Dec. 23, 9:45 p.m., Knik-Goose Bay Road and Parks Hwy.: AST contacted the driver of a 1997 Dodge Intrepid for failure to yield and found the driver, Brittany Phillips, 18, Wasilla, to be driving on a suspended license and had also been cited a week prior. Phillips was arrested. Bail: $250.


Dec. 24, 1:30 a.m., Ruth Dr. and Seward Meridian Pkwy.: Carla Young, 54, Wasilla, was arrested after being contacted as the driver of a 1999 Dodge Durango for erratic driving and failure to stop for a red light. Charge: DUI. Bail: $500.

Dec. 24, 10:54 p.m., Phyl Ct., Wasilla: Troopers responded to a report of a collision involving a snowmachine and a parked ambulance. The driver of the snowmachine, Gary Clement, 35, Palmer, was allegedly possibly intoxicated and had a left to a nearby residence. He was arrested for his second felony DUI and a probation violation and remanded to Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility. Bail: $5,000.

Dec. 24, 3:29 a.m., Parks Hwy. at Palmer-Wasilla Hwy.: Mattie S. Buckley, 28, Wasilla, was arrested for allegedly driving impaired by alcohol after a traffic stop on the blue 2000 Ford Ranger she was driving. Bail: $500.

Dec. 24, 7:12 p.m., E. Cottonwood Loop and N. Alder Dr.: Edward R. Benson, 54, Wasilla, was stopped for failing to use turn signal and obscured plate on the 2003 Ford truck he was driving. After the stop, troopers learned he was allegedly operating the vehicle under the influence of alcohol. Charge: DUI. Bail: $500.


Dec. 27, 6:28 a.m., S. Wassim Cir., Wasilla: Troopers responded to a residence for a report of a domestic violence assault. Investigation revealed Melanie R. Evans, 39, Wasilla, made a false report after inflicting injury on herself and falsely reporting she was assaulted by a household member. She was arrested for making a false report and held without bail.


Dec. 25, 2:26 a.m., Weber Dr. and Parks Hwy.: Troopers contacted Sergey A. Senin, 20, Wasilla, as the driver of a 2009 Scion for a moving violation. Investigation revealed Senin and been allegedly operating the vehicle after consuming alcohol and being under the age of 21. He was released on scene with a summons for MCA and was cited for refusing to provide a preliminary breath test. He was released to a sober driver on scene.


Dec. 25, 4:37 p.m., Park and Ride on Seward Meridian Pkwy.: A cream colored Toyota pickup was reported stolen sometime during the day. Investigation is ongoing.


Dec. 24, 3:30 a.m.: Nathan Englund, 25, Montana, was found to have an outstanding arrest warrant from the Anchorage Police Department for FTA and failure to carry insurance. Bail: $250.

Dec. 25, 9:28 p.m., Outer Springer Loop, Palmer: While investigating a disturbance, troopers found Dennis C. Bowen, 53, Palmer, had an outstanding arrest warrant for an original charge of DWCDL. Bail: $500.

Dec. 25, 6:09 p.m., Big Lake Road: Joe L. Dearborn, 48, Anchorage was contacted by troopers while attempting to get a vehicle out of a ditch near Big Lake Road. Troopers learned Dearborn had an outstanding warrant for FTA on an original charge of DWLS. Bail: $500 cash.

Dec. 27, 4:45 p.m., Alaska Fast Cash Pawn, Palmer: While investigating a theft from Alaska Fast Cash Pawn, troopers contacted Seth Kilgore, 24, Wasilla and learned he had two misdemeanor warrants for FTA on an original charge of DWLS/R. Bail: $1,250.


Dec. 27, 5:40 p.m., Snowball Dr., Palmer: Investigating a report of an intoxicated female inside a residence, troopers learned Pauline Melovidov, 55, Palmer, was violating conditions of release by consuming alcohol. She was arrested and transported to Mat-Su Pre-Trial Facility without bail.


Dec. 25, 1:15 p.m., Palmer-Fishhook Rd.: Troopers responded to a report of an expected home death. Janice Haynes, 81, Palmer, died of natural causes.

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