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Story Last modified at 9:25 p.m. on Wednesday, January 26, 2011

POLICE BRIEFS

Lost and found at Walmart

Someone lost their stash of marijuana, according to Anchorage Police, when on Jan. 15, a bag of pot was discovered on a bagging turnstile at one of the registers at the Eagle River Walmart. According to Anchorage Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker, no suspects were found.

The next day, a counterfeit $50 bill was recovered at the store, Parker said. No suspects were identified in the case.

Snow versus DWI

Those pesky snow banks led to the arrest of two for DWI after the drivers got caught in the white stuff. According to Anchorage Police Department spokesman Lt. Dave Parker, 18-year-old Eagle River resident Heather Jobkar high-centered her vehicle along Business Boulevard just after 6 p.m. Jan. 15. No breath-sample result was available, but she was arrested and bail set at $500.

Just after 7:30 on the morning of Jan. 16, Jeremiah Tikiun, 20, of Eagle River, was arrested for DWI and driving with a suspended license at Monte Road and Celestial Street after being stopped for leaving the roadway and colliding with a snowbank. According to Anchorage Police spokesman Lt. Dave Parker, he provided a breath sample, which yielded an alcohol level more than two times the legal limit. He was jailed on $3,000 bail.

Other DWI arrests, according to Parker:

Cassandra Simanski, 28, of Eagle River, arrested 12:26 a.m. Jan. 16 for DWI and driving with a suspended license at Eagle River Road and Terrace Street after being stopped for a red-light violation. She provided a breath sample, which yielded an alcohol level 1.5 times the limit. She was jailed on $2,500 bail.

Wayne Bollig, 45, of Anchorage, arrested for DWI and driving with a suspended license at 4:29 p.m. Jan. 18, after being stopped when a caller told police dispatch that a male was drinking and driving. He provided a breath sample, which yielded an alcohol level more than two times the legal limit. He was jailed, without bail being set, according to Parker.

Patrick Sheehan, 36, of Eagle River, was arrested at 2:39 a.m. Jan. 19, for DWI along Eagle River Loop Road after being stopping for following too closely and failing to turn on his headlights. He provided a breath sample, which yielded an alcohol level more than two times the legal limit. He was jailed on $500 bail.

No harmony at home

Anchorage Police dealt with three cases involving domestic disputes recently.

At about 4 p.m. Jan. 16, police arrested 21-year-old Anchorage resident Melody Jette on two counts of assault and malicious destruction of property, after she allegedly assaulted two household members in the 17000 block of Park Place. The injuries were not serious but a door was damaged in the disturbance, according to the police report. Her bail was set at $500.

At 10:45 p.m. Jan. 16, a juvenile was arrested and charged with third-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree assault at the 16500 block of Centerfield Drive after a disturbance in which he allegedly assaulted a family member and damaged computer equipment.

Jason Jackson, 59, of Chugiak was arrested Jan. 19 at just after 6 p.m. for assault after allegedly striking a roommate during an argument at a home in the 18300 block of Old Glenn Highway. According to the police report, alcohol was involved. His bail was set at $1,000.

Need for speed ends in arrest

Anchorage Police report that on the morning of Jan. 18, Nelda Marroquin, 39, of Wasilla was arrested and cited for reckless driving at South Birchwood.

According to a police report from spokesman Lt. Dave Parker, Marroquin's vehicle was disabled in the median on the side of the highway, and that police had received reports that the vehicle was being driven recklessly prior to it leaving the road.

Target practice

Anchorage Police received a report on Jan. 19 that a bullet hole was found in the exterior of a house on the 18600 block of Little Cape.

According to the report, no suspects were found, and no one was home at the time of the bullet strike.

Note: A criminal charge is merely an accusation of criminal wrongdoing. All persons charged with crimes are presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty by a court of law.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, January 26, 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.