SPD press release 5-10-19
SOLDOTNA POLICE DEPARTMENT PRESS RELEASE
May 10, 2019
**ANY CHARGES REPORTED IN THESE PRESS RELEASES ARE MERELY ACCUSATIONS
AND THE DEFENDANTS ARE PRESUMED INNOCENT UNLESS AND UNTIL PROVEN GUILTY**
On 04/26/2019 at 8:38 p.m., Soldotna police responded to a disturbance at a residence near Mile 92 Sterling Highway. Investigation showed David Claborn, 51, of Soldotna, while in violation of his court ordered conditions of release, assaulted a female and caused damage at the residence, then left prior of the arrival of officers. On 4-27-19 at 3:43 a.m., Soldotna police stopped a vehicle that Claborn was driving on the Sterling Highway near Birch Street. Claborn was arrested for felony driving under the influence of alcohol, felony breath test refusal, assault in the fourth degree, criminal mischief in the fourth degree and violating his court ordered conditions of release. Claborn was taken to Wildwood without bail.
On 04/26/2019 at 9:10 p.m., Soldotna police stopped to conduct a welfare check on a driver that appeared to be passed out behind the wheel of a vehicle parked at Fred Meyer. Brandon Saltenberger, 19, of Soldotna, was arrested for driving under the influence of drugs and misconduct involving a controlled substance in the fifth degree and taken to Wildwood.
On 05/05/2019 at 4:45 a.m., Soldotna police responded to Carquest for an active alarm. Officers arriving on scene found exterior windows at the business had been broken and the building entered and ransacked. As officers were arriving on scene, a vehicle belonging to Carquest was leaving the area. An Alaska State Trooper quickly located the vehicle at the Soldotna Holiday Station Store. Graydon Mendenhall, 24, of Soldotna was inside the store, attempting to steal some items and actively assaulting the store clerk. The trooper used his Taser to stop the assault and take Mendenhall into custody. Mendenhall was arrested for burglary in the second degree, criminal mischief in the third degree, vehicle theft in the first degree, theft in the second degree, driving under the influence of alcohol, assault in the fourth degree and attempted theft in the fourth degree. Mendenhall was taken to Wildwood without bail. On 5-6-19, it was discovered that on 5-5-19, Mendenhall used a large rock to cause more than $750 damage to a large drive-thru window at Credit Union 1, which is next door to Carquest. Mendenhall was additionally charged with a second count of criminal mischief in the third degree.
On 5/8/19 about 3:15 p.m., Soldotna police responded to the Sportsman's Warehouse for a male actively concealing merchandise on his person while inside the store. Investigation led to the arrest of Lonnie Kukowski, 24, of Soldotna, for two counts of theft in the third degree. Kukowski was taken to Wildwood.
On 5-8-19 about 3:53 p.m., Soldotna police responded to Fred Meyer for a shoplifter in custody. Colleen Page, 53, of Soldotna, was arrested for theft in the fourth degree and taken to Wildwood.
On 5/9/19 about 11:05 p.m., Soldotna police contacted Teana Lewis, 23, of Soldotna, on Shady Lane and arrested her on an outstanding warrant and for violating her court ordered conditions of release. Lewis was taken to Wildwood without bail.