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Police Briefs

Chugiak tagger needs more class time

Someone spray-painted graffiti at Chugiak High on the auditorium wall, ticket windows and a speed limit sign on March 25, Anchorage police said. Some of the graffiti was just scrawled images or hard-to-read words but one sentence on the wall is clear – and clearly misspelled: "I wase hear."

Police have no suspects.

Scammer gets schooled

A Chugiak High teacher told Anchorage police that on March 24 she received a phone call from someone who said his name was Kevin seeking a one-time donation for public-safety officers. The quick-thinking teacher interrupted the caller, saying the school's resource officer wanted to talk to him, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. She also got the caller's phone number, though it was out of service when called, Shell said.

Police recently issued an alert warning the public of scams involving people claiming to be collecting money for public-safety organizations. There are three legitimate fundraisers right now, Shell said. She recommended anyone receiving a call from someone asking for money call the organization involved to make sure they're actually holding a fundraiser before agreeing to donate.

Estranged husband sets car on fire

A 45-year-old Eagle River resident who set his wife's car on fire was arrested on charges of criminal mischief on March 30, Anchorage police said. The couple had been separated for some time but reunited the night before and was drinking together at his home on East Lakeridge Drive, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Things "got out of control" and the man started calling the woman names, Shell said. The woman left the residence, leaving her 1997 Chevrolet Suburban parked on East Lakeridge, Shell said. The man set the car on fire, she said.

The resulting cloud of smoke was visible from the Glenn Highway to drivers making their morning commute.

Possible prowler spotted on Eleonora

A 14-year-old on Eleonora Street told Anchorage police on March 25 that he saw a flash of light and thought he saw someone coming up the stairs to the porch at the back of his house.

He also thought he saw someone running to the north, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said. Nothing was missing in the home and officers couldn't find a suspect, she said.

Burglary follows mysterious beer

A 45-year-old homeowner on Whirlaway Road told Anchorage police that between 11 p.m. March 25 and 7:30 a.m. March 26 someone broke a basement window and stole a Yamaha amplifier and three speakers from an entertainment center, all estimated at $500. The homeowner woke around 5:30 a.m. to find clocks flashing as if the power had gone out, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

The woman said a few days earlier she had found a collection of empty and full beer cans in the house and kitchen but nothing missing from the house, Shell said. The homeowner is in the process of selling the home, and discussed with police the possibility of real-estate agents not locking the home. She also said she has a friend watching the house for her.

Thieves make use of open invitation

A homeowner on Margaret Mielke Street in Chugiak watched a 19-year-old white male take two full 5-gallon gas cans out of an open carport, load them into a red pickup, and flee southbound, Anchorage Police said. Police have no suspects.

That same day in Eagle River, a Northwood Park Circle resident told police someone stole their car keys and garage-door opener – which they left in their unlocked vehicle in a garage with a door they possibly forgot to close.

DWI arrest

Anchorage police said they arrested Nicole Green, 23, of Eagle River on March 26 after witnesses reported her car weaving on Eagle River Road before it turned into the Wal-Mart parking lot.

Green was passed out behind the wheel of her Subaru when officers arrived, police spokeswoman Anita Shell said.

Green told different stories about the amount of alcohol she had consumed before driving and wasn't physically capable of performing field sobriety tests, Shell said.

Her blood-alcohol level was estimated at twice the legal limit.

This article published in The Alaska Star on Wednesday, April 6, 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.