Angry confrontation lands man in prison

Posted: Wednesday, June 08, 2005

Soldotna police were called to the Timber Wolf Lodge on Saturday afternoon to quell a disturbance in the parking lot.

Lodge owner Mike Beals said he called police when a man who was hired to do yard work began arguing with him and started yelling and using obscenities.

Police responded and found Beals and John R. Hardesty, 39, of Soldotna, in a verbal argument. During the police investigation, Hardesty reportedly started yelling and using obscenities again and was warned that his behavior was disorderly.

He allegedly continued yelling and was handcuffed for the safety of officers and himself. He again was warned that if he continued yelling, he would be arrested for his disorderly behavior.

Hardesty started to yell once again and reportedly said he would burn down the lodge. He was arrested for disorderly conduct.

According to a police report, while being placed in a police car, Hardesty kicked the inside of the door causing damage to the door panel and, while being taken to Wildwood Pretrial Facility, he repeatedly hit his head against the window separating the front and rear of the car. He allegedly said if the officer did not have a gun, Hardesty would beat him up and said he could kill officers.

At Wildwood, the officer saw blood on the glass barrier in the police car and on Hardesty's forehead and Hardesty was given medical treatment.

He was charged with disorderly conduct and fourth-degree criminal mischief. Bail was set at $5,000.

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