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Story Last modified at 10:10 a.m. on Thursday, March 17, 2011


Man at church raises suspicion

The First Baptist Church has told Anchorage police that it seems a man is showing up there when children are around.

A church official told police on March 5 that the unknown man has come to the church and "only seems to show up when there are children's events going on," police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. This has been happening for the last few weeks. The man, when approached, says he is looking for his dog. A church official tried to make contact with the suspect but the man left the area, Lammers said. The man is described as a white male about 5-foot-7, 180 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He is about 60 years old. He was last seen driving a white Ford Crown Victoria.

Mystery man is really maintenance

An Eagle River house sitter on March 4 told Anchorage police she woke up in the morning to find a strange man in the house. But as police spent a little more time talking with the woman, they realized the unknown man was there for on a helpful mission: the day before, the carbon monoxide detector had gone off and the woman was told to leave the house, which she did. The man in the home that day was the maintenance man from the apartment complex, police said. He got in through the front door – which the woman had left unlocked.

Let's go to the videotape

An 18-year-old from Eagle River was arrested for fourth-degree assault and minor consuming alcohol after slapping two people at Taco Bell on March 6, Anchorage police said. After the incident, the victims told police, the teen left the restaurant but they provided a description and other officers stopped him on the Old Glenn Highway.

Initially, Douglas Means denied assaulting the victims, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. But videotape reviewed at Taco Bell showed otherwise.

Means was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,000 bail.

Police crash party

At 4:30 a.m. on March 6, Anchorage police issued a disorderly conduct warning to residents of an apartment in the 11400 block of Heritage Court. Officers told partiers they'd be arrested if police had to come back.

At 10:30 p.m. that same day, police came back in response to complaints about a loud party.

A male teenager outside ran into the apartment and locked the door when the officers arrived, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. People inside refused to answer the door so police got a search warrant. Officers ended up breaking down the door, Lammers said. Two males inside escaped out a top-floor window but two females inside were arrested, she said. Kelseigh Simpson, 20, of Eagle River and Samantha Mulhern, 19, of Eagle River were arrested for resisting/interfering with an officer, cited for minor consuming and arrested for disorderly conduct. Both were lodged in the Anchorage Jail in lieu of $500 bail.

Rear window reveals Chugiak pill buy

A woman told Anchorage police that somebody shot out the rear windshield as she drove in a vehicle on the Old Glenn Highway near the Shoppers Cache in Chugiak on March 8. But the story changed some as officers investigated.

Officers first had to find the woman: she hung up and dispatchers couldn't re-establish the connection, so officers went to the woman's address but were told she no longer lived there but that maybe she was with a guy on Sparkle Drive. Police found the woman there, then made contact with a man she identified as the window-breaker. He told officers he got mad after the woman stole his money when he tried to buy prescription pills from her, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. The man, who was following the vehicle the woman was riding in, said he did not shoot out the window but rather threw a D-ring at it, Lammers said. The suspect, who is on probation, was told to contact his probation officer. No arrests were made.

DUI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Jaime Lee House, 44, of Chugiak at the Glenn Highway and Boniface Parkway on March 3 after receiving a call from a citizen who was following a possible drunken driver. House may have been under the influence of prescription medication, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. This was his third arrest for driving under the influence. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail with no bail set.

Other DUI arrests, according to police:

Selena Stahlman, 45, of Anchorage on March 4 on the Old Glenn Highway at Mercy Drive after she was stopped for driving with no lights just before 2 a.m. Stahlman was believed to be under the influence of narcotics, Lammers said. She refused to provide a blood sample for testing and a search warrant was requested. Stahlman was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

Kim Shipman, 55, of Talkeetna on March 9 at South Birchwood Loop Road after he was stopped for speeding on the Glenn Highway. Shipman refused to provide a breath sample and did not cooperate with officers, Lammers said. Along with DUI, he was arrested for resisting/interfering with an officer, refusal to submit to the breath test and for an outstanding warrant for failure to appear out of Palmer. Shipman was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $1,600 bail.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Thursday, March 17, 2011.

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