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Story Last modified at 10:21 p.m. on Wednesday, January 5, 2011

POLICE BRIEFS

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Water streams from the north entrance to the Eagle River Fred Meyer on Dec. 29. The Chugiak Volunteer Fire Department arrived to assist after a water pipe burst and sent water throughout the front of the store but store maintenance crews were already onsite. The electronics department received the most water, which ran like a slow stream near the TV displays.
Star photo by Melissa DeVaughn

Grinch alert

A 35-year-old Chain of Rock Drive resident told Anchorage police that someone entered her home on Christmas Day and stole several new gifts.

The complainant told police that some time between noon and 7:30 p.m., someone stole a laptop, a Garmin GPS, Wii games and other toys, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. She valued the stolen items at more than $1,000.

Police have no suspects, Lammers said.

Heroin found in car

Anchorage police said they arrested Glen Baldwin, 29, of Palmer, after officers found a small plastic container containing heroin in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

Baldwin was stopped for speeding on Dec. 29 around 11:45 p.m. at the southbound Glenn Highway and South Birchwood exit, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. During a pat-down search, an officer found glass pipes and the container, which field-tested positive for heroin, Lammers said. The amount of heroin in the container was not available.

Baldwin, who had a female passenger with him, was arrested on charges of driving with a revoked license, driving with a suspended license and fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. He was remanded to Anchorage Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail.

Holiday cheer prompts DUI arrests for three

Anchorage police said they arrested Fredrick Altman, 55, of Eagle River for driving under the influence just after midnight on Christmas Day after police found his vehicle stuck in a snow berm at Fire House Lane and Old Eagle River Road. Altman's blood-alcohol levels were estimated at almost three times the legal limit, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. He was remanded to Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Other DUI arrests, according to police:

Harold Gage, 51, of Anchorage, on Dec. 25 at the Birchwood exit of the Glenn after officers received reports of a reckless driver passing the Knik River Bridge. Gage, whose blood-alcohol levels were estimated at one and a half times the legal limit, was released on his own recognizance.

Stephen King Jr., 38, of Willow on Dec. 30 on Birchwood Loop after police found his vehicle in a ditch. King, who refused to submit to a breathalyzer test, was remanded to Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, January 5, 2011.

Charges are merely accusations; defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in at trial or until a plea of guilty is accepted by the courts.