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Story Last modified at 1:20 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 2011

Police Briefs

Chugiak High student brings weapon to school

The assistant principal at Chugiak High didn't find the missing cell phone he was looking for when searching a 14-year-old's backpack on Jan. 24. Instead, he discovered a steel knife with at least a 3-inch blade, resulting in a misconduct involving a weapons charge on the morning of Jan. 25.

According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Marlene Lammers, the juvenile was arrested for misconduct involving weapons, fourth degree; theft in the third degree; and theft or loss of mislaid property. The theft charge, she said, resulted the next day, when the boy's father, at a meeting with the assistant principal and the school's resource officer, told administrators that the knife belonged to him, and that his son had taken it from the home without his permission. The boy was released to his parents, with a directive to contact McLaughlin Youth Center.

Eagle River woman reports abuse to child

A grandmother caring for her 18-month-old granddaughter told police she believed the child had been sexually abused, Anchorage police said.

The child's parents live in Kotzebue, and the father had asked the grandmother to care for her because he didn't trust the child's mother to be alone with her, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said.

The grandmother noticed the child exhibiting inappropriate sexualized behavior and notified police, Lammers said.

The case has been forwarded for investigation by APD's crimes against children unit.

Young partiers go into stealth mode

They hid in a crawlspace and in the basement, even under carpets, but a group of young Eagle River residents still couldn't fool the police officers who came looking for them.

A resident of Stewart Drive alerted Anchorage police that her 17-year-old daughter was throwing an underage drinking party on Jan. 29 around 9:30 p.m., police said.

Police eventually counted nine people inside, all under 21 – but they had to work to find them.

Officers who showed up at the house knocked on the door, only to see the lights go out and blinds go down as the people inside ran to hide, according to police reports. Officers got inside the house with the help of a family friend and demanded any occupants speak up and come out but none immediately did.

One officer, using a search mirror, investigated a crawl space and found two males hiding under a piece of carpet, the report states. The two didn't come out until officers got within two feet.

Additional partiers were hiding in the basement.

James Alan Grubb, 18, of Eagle River, was cited and released for Minor Consuming, first offense. Laura Diane Abbott, 20, of Eagle River was cited and released for Minor Consuming, first offense. Jenna Hisa Takakuwa, 18, of Eagle River was cited and released for Minor Consuming, at least third offense. Two other minors found to be impaired were released to their parents with a directive to contact McLaughlin Youth Center.

The nose knows

In the early hours of Jan. 22, police smelled something fishy after stopping 18-year-old Taylor Haag, of Anchorage, behind Carrs grocery store. According to Anchorage Police Department spokeswoman Marlene Lammers, Haag was stopped for a defective headlight, but when the officer approached the vehicle he "observed an overpowering odor of marijuana coming from the cab." Haag was cited and released for misconduct involving a controlled substance, sixth degree. With him was a juvenile passenger, who was turned over to her parents. Lammers said Haag also was driving on a provisional license.

DWI arrest compounded by presence of minor

At just before 5 a.m. on Jan. 23, Anchorage Police arrested Eagle River resident Alexander Kight, 21, for DWI after Kight allegedly approached an intersection in downtown Eagle River and did not stop.

Marlene Lammers, police department spokeswoman, said officers detected a strong odor of alcohol coming from Kight. Kight provided a breath sample, which yielded results 1.5 times the legal limit.

In the vehicle with Kight, Lammers said, was 18-year-old Zane Speegle, who also smelled of alcohol. He was cited and released for minor consuming, second offense, Lammers said. Kight was remanded to Anchorage Jail, with bail set at $2,500 cash, corporate, plus a third-party custodian.

Other DWI arrests include:

Van Hal Briggs, 52, of Chugiak, at about 6 p.m. Jan. 20 after police were dispatched to the parking lot of Fred Meyer in response to a report of a drunken driver. His breath sample was 2.5 times the legal limit, He was remanded to Anchorage Jail with bail set at $1,000.

Joseph Deboer, 25, of Eagle River at Artillery Road, just before 11:30 p.m. Jan. 20. Deboer's breath sample yielded a result almost 1.5 times the legal limit, according to Lammers. He was remanded at Anchorage Jail; no bail information was available.

At 5:20 a.m. Jan. 21, police responded to a vehicle in distress and discovered 24-year-old Dallas Chayalkun of Chevak had gone off an embankment just past the south Eagle River exit. His breath sample yielded a result 3.5 times the legal limit. His bail was set at $500.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, February 3, 2011.

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