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Story Last modified at 9:19 p.m. on Wednesday, February 16, 2011

POLICE BRIEFS

Vandals flood church

Anchorage police said that someone turned on three outside faucets at the United Methodist Church on the Old Glenn Highway on Feb. 9 around 11:12 a.m. The resulting flooding did damage to the church, police said.

Abuse cases reported

An Eagle River man was charged with child abuse on Feb. 7 after a relative reported the man had assaulted his own son, Anchorage police said. The man was apparently disciplining the boy and left bruises, police said. Children were removed from the home and placed in foster care, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The man was in the military. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $200 bail.

In an unrelated case, another military family in Eagle River was investigated by the state Office of Children's Services after the Army received a report of possible child abuse, police said. The investigator found nothing "out of the ordinary," Lammers said. But she did say there were some "strange forms of discipline" in the home and recommended parenting classes.

Xbox items surprise 'buyer'

A 55-year-old Eagle River woman told Anchorage police on Feb. 9 that someone used her Alaska USA debit card to make three separate purchases on the Internet for Xbox products. The woman said the total cost of purchases was just under $200, police said. She didn't know who the suspect was.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Sean Sanders, 44, of Palmer for felony driving under the influence and misconduct involving a controlled substance after following up on reports of someone driving erratically on the southbound Glenn Highway early the morning of Feb. 5. Sanders was found parked near the overpass at the North Peters Creek exit, asleep or passed out behind the wheel, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. Officers found marijuana in Sanders' 2000 Chevrolet pickup. He had been arrested twice before in the last 10 years for driving under the influence and for drugs, Lammers said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.

Other arrests, according to police:

Eric Urena-Cruz, 23, of Wasilla on Feb. 6 on the Glenn Highway at Eklutna after being stopped for speeding. Urena-Cruz was also charged with sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $750 bail.

James Sadowski, 49, of Anchorage on Feb. 6 at South Birchwood Loop Road after a traffic stop. Sadowski's estimated blood-alcohol level was almost twice the legal limit, Lammers said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.



This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, February 16, 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.