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Police Briefs

MTA worker reports car damage

A Matanuska Telephone Association employee told Anchorage police that someone broke the right rear passenger window of her 2007 silver Honda CRV while she was at work on March 17. Police have no suspects.

Gas-and-go suspect leaves case behind

An employee at the Holiday gas station in Eagle River turned over to Anchorage police a briefcase left as collateral on March 18 by someone who never came back to pick it up. The man provided a phone number that didn't go through, but the gas station employee also called the man's daughter who said the man was in jail but she would pick up the briefcase and pay the bill, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. She never showed.

Pot busts in the air

Anchorage police said they found a 16-year-old Chugiak High student in possession of marijuana on March 18. The student was told to contact McLaughlin Youth Center, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said.

The next day, March 19, police cited and released a 15-year-old on the Old Glenn Highway after he was stopped for tinted windows in a car smelling of the distinctive odor of recently smoked marijuana. He and a passenger said they had done just that. He was released to a parent, Lammers said.

Then, on March 23, police logged a report of a suspect carrying 80, 4-foot-tall marijuana plants into a residence on Delores Drive, Lammers said. An officer had barely exited his vehicle in response to the report when he smelled "an odor of green or growing marijuana in the air," Lammers said. No arrests had been made as of Tuesday.

Vacuum cleaner stolen

A 19-year-old Eagle River resident told Anchorage police that someone removed a boxed Kirby vacuum cleaner with shampoo attachment from a home on End Street on March 20. The woman said she was a former Kirby salesperson and was going to return the vacuum, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. It was stolen while the woman spent the night at a friend's house.

That's one way to redo the deck

A resident of Sarichef Loop told Anchorage police on March 20 that someone shot her front deck with bright-yellow paintballs. The woman also said a house down the street suffered the same fate earlier in the week, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said.

Arctic Valley missing money

A representative of Arctic Valley ski area on March 19 told Anchorage police that someone stole cash from the lodge. The amount was less than $1,000, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. An employee put the money in a drawer in the back office when they closed up the lodge for the week on March 13 and it was discovered missing when they opened March 19. The company that operates the lodge security system told ski area officials that the alarm was deactivated the afternoon of March 16, Lammers said. All 10 or 15 employees of the ski area have lodge keys and access to the alarm code, she said. Police have identified a possible suspect.

Library reports theft

An employee of the Eagle River library branch told Anchorage police that someone removed several items from her office between March 17 and March 19: two dolls, fur slippers and two small furs. The items were valued at about $200, said police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers.

DWI arrests

Anchorage police said they arrested Chad Sloan, 20, of Anchorage for driving under the influence on March 19 at the Mirror Lake exit of the Glenn Highway after an officer clocked him at 100 mph. Sloan's blood-alcohol levels were estimated at nearly twice the legal limit, police spokeswoman Marlene Lammers said. He was lodged at Anchorage Jail in lieu of $250 bail.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, March 30, 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.