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Story Last modified at 10:57 a.m. on Thursday, March 10, 2011


Counterfeit twenties making the rounds

The tobacco register at Wal-Mart was popular with a local counterfeiter, according to Anchorage police reports. One fake bill also showed up at Pizza Man.

On Feb. 27, a Wal-Mart employee reported a counterfeit $20 in the register, police said. The same day, Pizza Man reported another fake $20 – with the same serial number as the one found at Wal-Mart, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Then on Feb. 28, Wal-Mart again reported six counterfeit $20 bills in the register, Shell said.

Tip nets recreational rigs and three gallons of pot

Responding to a tip, Anchorage police found two stolen snowmachines and a stolen Polaris four-wheeler on a property on Needles Loop in Chugiak on Feb. 24. Then they heard the sound of a fan running and followed the sound to the scent of marijuana, said police spokeswoman Anita Shell. The officers served a search warrant and retrieved three one-gallon bags of marijuana from a freezer as well as some plants, Shell said. Chad Simpson, 27, was arrested on a probation violation and charges of misconduct involving a controlled substance, she said.

Stolen car turns up in ditch

Chugiak residents who reported their Acura Integra stolen learned on Feb. 24 of its whereabouts: a ditch along Hillcrest Drive. Anchorage police found the car, its windshield and rear window covered in snow, with damage to its undercarriage where it had made the plunge off the road, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. The victims told police the car had a dead battery and started with a jump from a friend but when they went out to start it again later it was gone, Shell said. The car had no keys in the ignition, the victims said, so they weren't clear on how it was stolen.

In an unrelated case of another car that met an unpleasant end, a four-door gray sedan left unoccupied on Eklutna Village Road Feb. 28 was apparently torched some time after midnight, police said.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Anthony Eugene Bockelman Jr., 28, of Anchorage on Feb. 26 for driving under the influence after two people reported a full-size lifted pickup swerving across all lanes of traffic on the inbound Glenn Highway just south of the Knik River Bridge. The truck was driving anywhere from 30 mph to 60 mph, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. At one point, its passenger door swung open in transit, Shell said. "At another point, the truck stopped on the shoulder before continuing." Bockelman was contacted by police after he crashed into the snowy median just south of Eklutna, she said. He told officers he fell asleep. He failed field sobriety tests and his blood-alcohol levels were estimated at just under twice the legal limit, Shell said. He was taken to Anchorage Jail. A bail amount was not available.

Other DUI arrests, according to police:

Jeffrey Wasser, 23, of Anchorage on Feb. 26 on Business Boulevard after police stopped him for running the stop sign at Business and Regency Drive. Wasser failed his field sobriety test and his blood-alcohol level was estimated at one and a half times the legal limit.

Amy Sampson, 36, of Wasilla on Feb. 28 after witnesses reported a reckless truck near the South Birchwood exit on the northbound Glenn Highway. Sampson failed a field sobriety test and her blood-alcohol level was estimated at more than twice the legal limit. She was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, March 10, 2011.

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