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Story Last modified at 10:45 p.m. on Wednesday, March 2, 2011


Paintball vandals splatter Business Boulevard

A man painting inside a business on Business Boulevard told Anchorage police that he heard something hit the outside of the building and saw several buildings shot up with paintballs on Feb. 18 around 10:45 p.m.

A few hours later, around 1:30 a.m. on Feb. 19, an APD officer in Anchorage was hailed by a snow removal driver who said he saw somebody shooting paintballs at the back of a Shell station on Boniface Parkway and Debarr Road, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said.

"He didn't get a license plate – if they saw him he was afraid they'd shoot him," Lammers said.

The suspect vehicle is described as a newer model full-sized silver Dodge pickup.

Dark headlights give way to dope inside vehicle

Anchorage police said they cited and released Reed Burger of Nikiski for sixth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance after an officer stopped Burger on Business Boulevard for no headlights on Feb. 18 around 11:15 p.m. and smelled a strong odor of marijuana in the vehicle. Devin Goodwin, 18, of Anchorage was also cited and released.

In another, unrelated drug incident, police cited a 16-year-old Eagle River High School student for fourth-degree misconduct involving a controlled substance on Feb. 22 around 10:45 a.m. after a teacher saw him pass a small paper bundle containing marijuana to another student, Lammers said. He was released to his parents.

Driver says someone shot at tire, then took off

A 42-year-old driving the Glenn Highway at the North Eagle River exit told Anchorage police a reckless driver shot at his tire on Feb. 19 at around 7:30 p.m. The suspect vehicle took off, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. It is described as a late 1980s or early 1990s silver Subaru wagon. The driver described the people inside as four young Asian males, Lammers said. He said he did not know them.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Michael Manriquez, 35, of Anchorage for driving under the influence on Feb. 17 on the Glenn Highway at the Hiland Road exit. Several witnesses called 911 to report an erratic driver who eventually drove into the center median and got stuck, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. Manriquez's blood-alcohol levels were estimated at more than twice the legal limit, Lammers said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Other DUI arrests, according to police:

Mike Jones, 34, of Anchorage on Feb. 20 at 12:05 a.m. on the Glenn Highway. Police spotted Jones speeding and swerving, Lammers said.

He was arrested for DUI, but also for driving with license revoked and in violation of his interlock ignition device. His blood alcohol levels were estimated at nearly three times the legal limit, she said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail plus third-party custodian.

Two die at Arctic Valley

In separate incidents last weekend, two skiers in their 60s died of apparent heart problems at Arctic Valley ski area.

Steve Hackett, 65, of Homer collapsed near the lodge on the afternoon of Saturday, Feb. 26, Anchorage police said. Witnesses and friends skiing with Hackett said he was fine throughout the day, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. He collapsed within sight of ski patrol staff, who performed CPR along with U.S. Army medics from Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson.

Paul Todd, 68, of Anchorage died the next day, Feb. 27, after similarly collapsing near the lodge, said Alan Heckart, president of the nonprofit Anchorage Ski Club that operates the ski area. Both deaths appeared to be cardiac-related, Heckart said. Military responders arrived very quickly after ski patrol started immediate emergency care, he said. A medical helicopter also arrived on Feb. 27 to transport Todd but he did not survive.

Eagle River man reported missing by roommate

An Eagle River woman told Anchorage police on Feb. 25 that her roommate and employee, 25-year-old Clifford Price, had not been seen since Feb. 23. Price remained missing as of Feb. 28.

Price told the woman that he was going to a bar the last time they spoke, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. A mutual friend also told her Price may have been suicidal.

Price is described as a white male, 5-foot-11 and approximately 190 pounds with brown hair and blue eyes. He was last seen wearing a green coat and blue jeans.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, March 2, 2011.

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